Various Artists – Cracking The Cosimo Code


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Release Year: 2014

Label: ACE Records

Track List

  1. Ooh Poo Pah Doo – Jessie Hill
  2. I Got To Know – Eddie Bo
  3. Trick Bag – Earl King
  4. New Orleans Twist – Blazer Boy
  5. Something You Got – Chris Kenner
  6. We Got A Party Part II – The Party Boys
  7. The Joke – Reggie Hall
  8. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye – Danny White
  9. Second Fiddle Girl – Barbara Lynn
  10. You Told Me – Willie West
  11. I’m Gonna Get You Yet – The Tick-Tocks
  12. This Is The City – Berna-Dean
  13. Who Shot The Lala – Oliver Morgan
  14. The Monkey Speaks His Mind – Dave Bartholomew & His Orchestra
  15. Did She Mention My Name – Ronnie Barron
  16. Get Out Of My Life, Woman – Lee Dorsey
  17. 99 Plus 1 – June Gardner
  18. Teasin’ You – Willie Tee
  19. Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
  20. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  21. Poor Sam – Earl King
  22. Release Me – Johnny Adams
  23. Lover & A Friend – Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham
  24. Play A Cornbread Song For Me And My Baby – Joe Haywood

Reviewed In OffBeat

Jeff Hannusch (October 2014 Issue)

Not the first CD inspired by a website, but Cracking the Cosimo Code is certainly the first one inspired by a website devoted to researching New Orleans R&B. (For more on the Cosimo Code, check Offbeat’s May 2013 issue or go to

Obviously a tribute to the late architect of the New Orleans Sound and all around great guy, Cosimo Matassa, this is one of the most ambitious and well thought out reissues of New Orleans R&B ever undertaken. Sound quality here is stupendous. In all cases, the tracks were taken from the original master.

Music wise, it’s a mix of all-too familiar national hits, Seventh Ward favorites and tracks “from way, way, way back in the crypt” as WWOZ’s Billy Delle would say. The hits don’t require comment—Jessie Hill’s “Ooh Poo Pa Doo,” Chris Kenner’s “Something You Got,” Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is,” Lee Dorsey’s “Get Out of My Life Woman,” Robert Parker’s “Barefootin’,” Johnny Adams’ “Release Me.” Of the neighborhood hits—check off Reggie Hall’s novelty “The Joke,” Danny White’s classic ballad “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” Oliver Morgan’s infectious “Who Shot the La La,” detective Earl King’s “Trick Bag,” and the Huey Smith-inspired classic he wrote for Willie Tee, “Teasin’ You.” A few obscure surprises jump out, including Blazer Boy’s catchy “New Orleans Twist,” King’s humorous “Poor Sam” and the Tick Tock’s “I’m Gonna Get You Yet,” where Motown meets the Ninth Ward.

There’s a few head scratchers here though, including the inclusion of Barbara Lynn material over Irma Thomas and a couple of the generous 24 tracks frankly are stinkers. Sources at Ace report the first pressing of Cracking the Cosimo Code sold out in less than a week and already folks are clamoring for a volume two.

Presently though, it seems remote that will happen as legally licensing tracks from this era is increasingly expensive and difficult, as ownership of this material is scattered and often questionable. (Ace’s lawyer has been deflecting lawsuits since the release of this collection). As always with Ace, extensive, informative notes (I got a name check!) and several rare photos.

If you dig the New Orleans R&B groove, this one is for you.

Additional information

Weight 5.5 oz
Dimensions 5.0 x 5.5 x .5 in
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