Neville Brothers

Neville Brothers

简介: 乐队信息:<br/>Neville Brothers是一支天才的乐队,成立于1977年,灵魂人物便是擅唱soul (pop & country) 和 R&B的Aaron Neville ,他们从分别以乐队和个人的形式发表了多张R&B和“灵魂乐”唱片,是七八十年代美国国内新奥尔良R&B的最活跃的乐队之一。虽然他们到目前为止尚未发行过一张真正算得上经典的唱片,但是The Neville Brothers为R&B界留下的财富是不能被我们忽略的,因此,这张名为Family Groove的专辑值得每一个真正喜欢R&B的人聆听。&nbsp;<br/> 评价:by Jason Ankeny <br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;Throughout their long careers as both solo performers and as members of the group that bore their family name, the Neville Brothers proudly carried the torch of their native New Orleans rich R&amp;B legacy. Although the four siblings — Arthur, Charles, Aaron, and Cyril — did not officially unite under the Neville Brothers aegis until 1977, all had crossed musical paths in the past, while also enjoying success with other unrelated projects: Eldest brother Art was the first to tackle a recording career, when in 1954 his high school band the Hawketts cut Mardi Gras Mambo, a song that later became the annual carnivals unofficial anthem. Both Aaron and Charles later joined the Hawketts as well, and when Art joined the Navy in 1958, he handed Aaron the groups vocal reins.Two years later, Aaron scored his first solo hit, Over You; in 1966, he notched a pop smash with the classic Tell It Like It Is, a lush ballad showcasing his gossamer vocals. Art, meanwhile, returned from the service to begin his own solo career, and recorded a series of regional hits like Cha Dooky Doo, Zing Zing, and Oo-Whee Baby. In 1967, he formed Art Neville and the Sounds, which included both Aaron and Charles as featured vocalists and quickly became a sensation on the local club circuit.<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;In 1968 producer Allen Toussaint hired the group as the house band for his Sansu Enterprises; minus Aaron and Charles, the Sounds evolved into a highly regarded rhythm section which backed artists as diverse as Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, and LaBelle before eventually finding fame on their own as the Meters. Consequently, Aaron resumed his solo career, although with only sporadic success; as a result, he also worked as a dock hand. Charles, meanwhile, relocated to New York City, where his skills as a saxophonist led to tenures with a variety of jazz units; after returning to New Orleans, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and served a three-year sentence at the Angola Prison Farm.&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;In 1975, the Meters backed the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a group led by the Nevilles uncle, George Big Chief Jolly Landry. Both Aaron and Charles were enlisted for the session, as was youngest brother Cyril; when the Meters disbanded the following year, the four brothers backed the Tchoupitoulas on tour, and in 1977 they officially banded together as the Neville Brothers. Despite their gift for intricate four-part harmonies, their self-titled 1978 debut unsuccessfully cast the vocal quartet as a disco band, and following a dismal response they were dropped by their label, Capitol.<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;The Nevilles spent the following three years without a contract, but after signing with A&amp;M, fan Bette Midler helped secure the services of producer Joel Dorn for 1981s superior Fiyo on the Bayou, which spotlighted Aarons angelic tenor on standards like Mona Lisa and The Ten Commandments of Love along with renditions of Iko Iko and Brother John. Despite widespread critical acclaim, the album sold poorly, and again the Nevilles were cut loose from their contract. After signing to the tiny Black Top label, they issued 1984s Neville-ization, an incendiary live set recorded at the Crescent City landmark Tipitinas which featured Duke Ellingtons Caravan and Aarons perennial Tell It Like It Is alongside the brothers own Africa and Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy.&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;After another concert album, 1987s Live at Tipitinas, the Nevilles signed with EMI and returned to the studio in 1987 with Uptown, which again met with commercial failure despite cameo appearances from Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia, and Carlos Santana. In 1989, they re-signed to A&amp;M and recruited the services of famed New Orleans producer Daniel Lanois; the atmospheric Yellow Moon, the groups finest hour, finally earned them success on the charts, thanks in part to the anthemic single Sister Rosa. 1990s Brothers Keeper fared even better, no doubt spurred by Aarons concurrent success with Linda Ronstadt on the smash duet Dont Know Much.&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;In subsequent years, Aaron reignited his solo career while also remaining with his brothers; while the Nevilles retained their cult following with LPs like 1992s Family Groove, 1994s Live on Planet Earth, and 1996s Mitakuye Oyasin Oyasin/All My Relations, Aaron scored a Top Ten hit in 1991 with the single Everybody Plays the Fool, taken from the Ronstadt-produced Warm Your Heart. In 1993, he notched a minor hit with Dont Take Away My Heaven from the LP The Grand Tour; a year later, he found success with I Fall to Pieces, a duet with country star Trisha Yearwood. In 1990, Charles also issued the jazz collection Charles Neville &amp; Diversity.&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;In addition, a second generation of Nevilles also began making their mark on music; in 1988, Aarons son Ivan, a member of Keith Richards backing band the Xpensive Winos, released his solo debut, If My Ancestors Could See Me Now. The Neville Brothers legacy continued in 1999 with Valence Street.<br/>
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