The Best of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1
is an incredible collection of 18 of the greatest Crescent City R&B singles ever released. Divided equally between classics ("Mother-In-Law," "It Will Stand," "I Hear You Knocking," "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday," "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)," "A Certain Girl," "One Night," "Ooh Poo Pah Doo [Pt. 1]"), and terrific but frequently underappreciated singles from the likes of the Spiders
, Irma Thomas
, Aaron Neville
, Earl King
, and Dave Bartholomew
, the collection is a concise and utterly intoxicating overview of New Orleans R&B, one that appeals not only to neophytes, but also to collectors.