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The Neville Brothers: Fiyo on the Bayou [A&M, 1982]
Unlike their Jack Nitzsche-produced flop, this one sounds like gumbo--the spirit is willing and the flesh can't resist. Unfortunately, the tunes are so surefire that I long ago memorized the way other Nworlins stalwarts (and Jimmy Cliff) do 'em--in a word, better. An enjoyable way for neophytes to get into the most universal rock and roll style--and a lazy way for oldtimers to convince themselves that the world isn't changing. B+