Fiyo on the Bayou

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Fiyo on the Bayou
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1981 (1981-04)
RecordedStudio in the Country, Bogalusa, LA; Sea-Saint Studio, New Orleans, LA
GenreNew Orleans R&B, rock and roll, funk, soul
ProducerJoel Dorn
The Neville Brothers chronology
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Fiyo on the Bayou is the second studio album by the New Orleans four piece the Neville Brothers. It was released in 1981 on A&M.[1]

The album features background vocals performed by Whitney Houston and her mother Cissy Houston, with soul singer/songwriter Eltesa Weathersby, on the tracks "Fire on the Bayou" and "Sitting in Limbo", with the vocal arrangements by Cissy Houston.

In 1975 another album entitled Fire On The Bayou was released by the Meters, a band that included Art Neville on keyboards. "Hey Pocky Way" is a tune heard on the Meters' album, Rejuvenation. The album has also been released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab as an Ultradisc gold CD in 1994.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB+[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

Robert Christgau called the album "an enjoyable way for neophytes to get into the most universal rock and roll style."[4] The Globe and Mail wrote that "the New Orleans brand of pop, more than any other, displays Latin and Caribbean influences that it draws from the islands and continent to the south and adds to the sounds of the blues heartland to the immediate north."[6] Robert Palmer, in The New York Times, listed the album as the 4th best of 1981, writing: "The first family of New Orleans rock 'n' soul, the brilliant horn and string arrangements of Wardell Quezergue and the production expertise of Joel Dorn conspired to make Fiyo on the Bayou an instant classic."[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hey Pocky Way" (Ziggy Modeliste, Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr.) - 4:14
  2. "Sweet Honey Dripper" (Neville) - 5:19
  3. "Fire on the Bayou" (Modeliste, Neville, Nocentelli, Porter) - 5:16
  4. "Ten Commandments of Love" (Marshall Paul) - 3:45
  5. "Sitting in Limbo" (Guilly Bright, Jimmy Cliff) - 4:11
  6. "Brother John / Iko Iko" (King, Neville) - 5:34
  7. "Mona Lisa" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) - 3:45
  8. "Run Joe" - 3:36



  1. ^ Christou, Corilee (22 Oct 1981). "Records". Calendar. The Boston Globe. p. 1.
  2. ^ Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Album Discography
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ a b "The Neville Brothers". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  5. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 502.
  6. ^ McGrath, Paul (22 Aug 1981). "Fiyo on the Bayou Neville Brothers Band". The Globe and Mail. p. F6.
  7. ^ Palmer, Robert (30 Dec 1981). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. p. C9.