The Neville Brothers: Shake Your Tambourine


Shake Your Tambourine


The Neville Brothers


Live on Planet Earth (A&M 31454)

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Art Neville (keyboard vocals), Cyril Neville (percussion, vocals), Aaron Neville (vocals), Charles Neville (sax, vocals),

Eric Kolb (keyboards), Tony Hall (bass, background vocals), Eric Struthers (guitar, background vocals), Willie Green (drums, percussion , miscellaneous background noises)


Composed by Gerald Tillman


Recorded: No info given (CD released in 1994)


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

In 1981, the same year the Columbia discovered the Marsalis brothers, the folks at A&M signed another group of New Orleans siblings. The Neville Brothers were unlikely to become the next teenage sensationóArt (born in 1937) was older than Wynton and Branford put togetheróbut that didn't stop them from attracting a younger audience with their fervent mixture of R&B, funk, reggae, rock and Louisiana swamp sounds. On this live track, the Nevilles bring a little bit of New Orleans on the road, and successfully translate their street party sound on to the big stage. The band is tight and the vocals blend with that appealing consonance that is a characteristic of vocal groups made up of siblings. And it is always better to experience this type of music in performance rather than in the sterility of the studio. New Orleans has been honored with many admirable musical ambassadors over the years, but few have done more to expose the city's distinctive sounds to more people than these talented brothers.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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