The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans

The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans

by GalacticGalactic


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For those who've been among the Galactic faithful from the beginning, The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans is the big payoff. It's not that there is a dearth of sanctioned live material, either: their 2008-2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest gigs were issued by MunckMix; and way back in 2001, We Love 'Em Tonight: Live at Tipitina's was issued as well. But Other Side of Midnight is an entirely different level. Recorded at Tipitina's in October of 2010, this disc follows the issue of Galactic's musical masterpiece, Ya-Ka-May and the core band -- saxophonist Ben Ellman, bassist Robert Mercurio, drummer Stanton Moore, guitarist Jeff Raines, and organist Rich Vogel --was at its tightest. Anti ponied up a budget for this set as well: engineered by the Crescent City's mad genius Misha Kachkachshvili, with a live mix by Ryan Jones, the sound quality on this date is big, fat, dynamic, and hot. That said, Galactic seems to be at its best when collaborating with guests and there are plenty here. Trombone Shorty stops by for a rollicking live reprise of "Cineramascope," from Ya-Ka-May (with added trumpet of Shamarr Allen who appears on most tracks here); Legend Cyril Neville lends his vocals to a nasty version of the Meters' classic "Gossip" (which also features the Rebirth Brass Band's Corey "Boe Money" Henry's trombone), and the hard-rocking "Heart of Steel." Henry's rap fronts Galactic and the Soul Rebels Brass Band on the title track off From the Corner to the Block. Whether it's the scorching yet humorous Eastern European brass band music-meets-Mardis Gras street party on "Balkan Wedding," the careening brassy funk of "Garbage Truck," or the driving, knotty brass band (the Soul Rebels again) and rhythm section jazz changes in "Boe Money," the grooves are non-stop, over the top, and firmly in the pocket, no matter how wild things get. Nola's gender blender bounce star Big Freedia handles the encore on a maniacal reprise one of Ya-Ka-May's best tracks, "Double It." Clocking in at an hour, this set is pure party from beginning to end and belongs in any serious collection of New Orleans music in general, and more specifically, in every Galactic fan's. Period.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778715220
catalogNumber: 87152
Rank: 46304

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Galactic   Primary Artist
Corey Henry   Trombone,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cyril Neville   Percussion,Vocals
Stanton Moore   Cymbals,Drums,Group Member
Ben Ellman   Harmonica,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Robert Mercurio   Bass,Group Member
Richard Vogel   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Group Member
Derrick Freeman   Master of Ceremonies,Guest Appearance
Jeff Raines   Group Member
Shamarr Allen   Trumpet,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Corey Henry   Composer
Juvenile   Composer
Leo Nocentelli   Composer
Galactic   Composer,Producer
Ben Ellman   Engineer
Robert Mercurio   Engineer
Erik Jekabson   Composer
Boban Markovic   Composer
Ryan Jones   Live Mixing
Rich Browd   Art Direction
Misha Kachkachishvili   Engineer
Glen David Andrews   Composer

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