Freitag 5. April 2019: PROFESSOR LONGHAIR: CD LIVE ON THE QUEEN MARY
Aufnahme auf McCartney-Veranstaltung von 1975
Universal Music 60257728492, Europa.
CD: Track 1: Tell Me Pretty Baby. Track 2: Mess Around. Track 3: Everyday I Have The Blues. Track 4: Tipitina. Vinyl LP Seite 2 / CD (Fortsetzung): Track 5: I’m Movin’ On. Track 6: Mardi Gras In New Orleans. Track 7: Cry To Me. Track 8: Gone So Long. Track 9: Stagger Lee.
Back in 1975 when Paul McCartney and Wings wanted to launch their new album VENUS AND MARS they did it in style. They threw a huge party on board the famous cruise liner, the Queen Mary at Long Beach in California. The ship was (and still is) permanently moored there as a floating hotel, museum, function centre and tourist attraction.
Among the 200 guests on board were George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Marvin Gaye, The Faces, an Everly Brother (Phil), The Jackson Five, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, Cher, and Monkees Mickey Dolenz and Davey Jones. The party was the first time McCartney and Harrison had been seen in public since the Beatle break-up.
Much of the VENUS AND MARS album was recorded in New Orleans at Allen Toussaint’s Sea Saint Studios and clearly Paul and Linda had soaked up a lot of the atmosphere of that quintessentially musical town. The launch party therefore saw musical performances from some Crescent City greats like Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, and Chocolate Milk, as well as The Meters – and the amazing, legendary Professor Longhair.
McCartney had the forethought to have their gigs recorded, and in 1978 the Professor Longhair’s set was released as the album LIVE ON THE QUEEN MARY, co-produced by McCartney. Cover photo: Linda McCartney.