Various Artists – Gumbo Stew: Original AFO New Orleans R&B


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Release Date:  1993

Label:  Ace Records UK


Track List

1  AFO Executives – Olde Wine
2  Barbara George – I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)
3  Tami Lynn – Mojo Hanna
4  Prince La La – Things Have Changed
5  Eddie Bo – Tee Na Na Na Na Ney
6  Dr. John & Ronnie Barron – My Key Don’t Fit
7  The Tick Tocks – Mary
8  Willie Tee – All For One
9  Wallace Johnson – Private Eye
10  Dr. John – The Pot
11  Pistol – Keep On Lovin’ You
12  Charles Carson – Time Has Expired
13  Nookie Boy – I’ll Make A Bet
14  Robbie Lee – True Love
15  Willie Tee – I Found Out (You Are My Cousin)
16  The Tick Tocks – Is It Too Late
17  The Turquinettes – Tell Me The Truth
18  Alvin Robinson – Tuned In, Turned On
19  Alvin Robinson – Give Her Up
20  Melvin Lastie & Harold Battiste with Cornell Dupree – Ignant
21  Alvin Robinson – Empty Talk
22  The Pastor – I Shall Not Be Moved



In the early ’60s, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Harold Battiste (who had done some A&R for Specialty) formed the New Orleans-based AFO label with the intention of giving local artists a fairer deal via a Black-owned company. Only one true hit resulted, Barbara George’s “I Know” (included here), but some solid New Orleans R&B was recorded during its brief time in operation. This is the first of three compilations of AFO material, including a couple of obscure performances by the young Dr. John, sides by second-tier Crescent City artists like Eddie Bo and Alvin Robinson, and several names known only to record collectors. Most of it’s from the early ’60s, although a few from the late ’60s (when Battiste was a successful arranger on the West Coast) also sneak in.

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