The Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon
If you have some of your friends over and one is a funk lover, another is a blues hound, a third member of your posse likes good old gospel, and the rest of the group likes their music with a bit of a pop sheen, The Neville Brothers Yellow Moon is just the ticket. An appetizer that will cleanse the most discerning of palates.
Released in 1989 and produced by Daniel Lanois with Brian Eno on keyboards, this one goes from the supreme to the sublime at the blink of an ear. The swampy groove of the title track, the all New Orleans down and dirty “Voodoo,” and the Link Wray classic “Fire and Brimstone” that features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on horns, are highlights, but don’t stop there.
“The Ballad of Hollis Brown” goes low and slow, and you won’t have to go to church on Sunday after listening to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “With God On Our Side,” a song that that floats into angelic territory courtesy of the beatific vocals of Aaron Neville. “A Change is Gonna Come” is the best version you will ever hear this side of Sam Cooke, and the funky as all get out “Wild Injuns” will have you running, not walking to New Orleans.