1976, Island Records ILPS 9360
Sleeve, inner sleeve and record in excellent condition
1 Brother John
2 Meet the Boys on the Battlefront
3 Indians, Here Dey Come
4 Hey Pocky A-Way
5 Indian Red
6 Big Chief Got a Golden Crown
7 Hey Mama (Wild Tchoupitoulas)
8 Hey Hey (Indians Comin')
with The Meters:
Arthur Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, jr., Joseph Modeliste, Cyril Neville, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, a.o.
Produced by Allen Toussaint
Biography by William Ruhlmann
The Wild Tchoupitoulas — Spy Boy (Amos Landry), Trail Chief (Booker Washington), Big Chief Jolly (George Landry), Flag Boy (Carl Christmas), the Third Chief (Thomas Jackson), and Second Chief (Norman Bell) — are a Mardi Gras ceremonial parade group and "Black Indian tribe" based in New Orleans. George Landry is an uncle to the Neville Brothers. The Wild Tchoupitoulas is their only album.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Wild Tchoupitoulas — a group of Mardi Gras Indians headed by George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry — only released one album, but that one record caused a sensation upon its initial 1976 release. It was one of the first records of the album-oriented rock generation that captured the heady gumbo of New Orleans R&B and funk. Landry may have fronted the Wild Tchoupitoulas, but the key to the record's success was his nephews, Charles and Cyril Neville, who headed the rhythm section. They drafted in their brothers, Art and Aaron, to harmonize, and thereby unwittingly gave birth to the band that became the Neville Brothers. Still, the fact that The Wild Tchoupitoulas ranks among the great New Orleans albums isn't because of the Nevillles themselves, but the way the Wild Tchoupitoulas lock into an extraordinary hybrid that marries several indigenous New Orleans musics, with swampy, dirty funk taking its place in the forefront. There are only eight songs, and they are all strung together as if they're variations on the same themes and rhythms. That's a compliment, by the way, since the organic, flowing groove is the key to the album's success.