- Released: January 11, 2000
- Label: Cd Baby
- 1.Go To The Mardi Gras - Professor Longhair
- 2.Second Line Pt. 1 - Bill Sinigal & The Skyliners (previously unreleased)
- 3.Meet De Boys On The Battlefront - The Wild Tchoupitoulas
- 4.Carnival Day - Dave Bartholomew (previously unreleased)
- 5.It Ain't My Fault - Rebirth Jazz Band
- 6.Bourbon Street Parade - Frank Assunto & The Dukes Of Dixieland (previously unreleased)
- 7.Jock-A-Mo - Sugar Boy Crawford
- 8.Do What Cha Wanna Pt. 2 - Rebirth Brass Band
- 9.Little Liza Jane - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
- 10.Mardi Gras Mambo - The Hawketts
- 11.Carnival Time - Al Johnson
- 12.Night Rider - Sugar Boy Crawford
- 13.Hey, Mardi Gras! (Here I Am) - Chuck Carbo
- 14.Hey Pocky Way - The Neville Brothers
- 15.Mardi Gras Day - Dr. John
- 16.They All Ask'd For You - The Meters
Producers include: Professor Longhair, Joe Ruffino, Bill Sinigal, Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint.
Compilation producer: Jeff Hannusch.
Includes liner notes by Jeff Hannusch.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios, North Hollywood, California).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Hannusch.
Illustrator: Tom Patrick.
Photographers: Chuck Carbo ; Jeff Hannusch; Rebirth Brass Band.
A 16-track collection that shows the whole world how to party during Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, this compilation features some fun tracks from a fine sampling of Louisiana bands playing all kinds of music. Featured are tunes from artists like the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, and Sugar Boy Crawford, among others. Mardi Gras Essentials offers a fine substitute for road-tripping to New Orleans with a car full of beer and beads, and brings a hint of spring to an otherwise dark time. ~ Stacia Proefrock