OffBeat Magazine. Retrieved Record Research. Complete UK Hit Singles 1st ed. London: Collins. The Quietus. Retrieved 20 October Australian Chart Book — St Ives, N. Q: Are We Not Men?
A: We Are Devo! Allen Toussaint. Putting the River in Reverse Hidden categories: Webarchive template wayback links Articles with hAudio microformats. Wonderful music! You can't go wrong with this disc: Allen Toussaint's early '70s self-titled LP, with some singles thrown in for good measure.
I extracted and reburned the CD so the tracks are in the order of the original LP release. Such an amazing album- the only CD I keep in my car now. Maybe this jusn't to my tastes, or not what I was expecting. I was hoping for something gritty, but got someting that had a pretty tame and 60s style showing its age. I wish I could say Allen Toussaint doesn't need any introduction. But for some reason he still does.
Allen Toussaint doesn't need any introduction amongst Soul fans, not even amongst the more casual admirer of the genre.
But beyond that people hardly have a clue of who he is, hardly have a notion of the vastness of his legacy. With "The River in Reverse" a critical success, commercially even being relatively successful, there has been some new attention to the man.
His albums have finally all been Working In The Coal Mine - Allen Toussaint - Toussaint (Vinyl released hopefully leading to more of a notion again of Allen Toussaint's influence on the development of popular music. Allowing people to see the man live in action. The sense of importance fading over time. Allen Toussaint was essential in developing the sound of New Orleans. A sound that eventually spread out through artists like Dr. John, the Band and the Rolling Stones to a world wide audience.
The brilliance of those acts is heralded, the origin of their brilliance a fading memory. In the case of Allen Toussaint this might not be so surprising. He mostly created behind the scenes. Allen wrote, produced, arranged and played for the greats of Soul music. At the age of 18 Allen was already a very accomplished piano player, mimicking the style of the great Professor Longhair.
Soon Toussaint found himself filling in for no other than Fats Domino in the studio. Fats being mostly on the road, where the real money was, hardly had the time to record.
Toussaint would play the piano on the studio track laid down in New Orleans for Fats, the instrumental would then be sent to a studio in the neighborhood of where Fats was on tour at that moment, and Domino would simply do the vocal. To this day it's uncertain on which tracks Fats played himself and what tracks Toussaint delivered for him.
His studio work would eventually lead to an album of instrumentals under the name of Tousan for the RCA label. Although the album failed to chart and Toussaint was dropped from the label, it gave him enough clout to become a producer. Toussaint did as much to create what we now call Soul as those two labels did. It is therefore highly ironic that his biggest commercial success came when he let bubble gum cocktail Pop artist use his "Whipped Cream" on what would become one of the most successful albums of the sixties.
The instrumental would go on to be used as the trailer for the immensely popular TV show "The Dating Game". The royalty checks of that one song must have softened the lack of commercial recognition for his own records later on down the road a bit.
After his service in the army Toussaint went on to produce a second string of impressive hits with his own production company Sansu, formed with partner Marshall Sehorn in the early sixties, Working In The Coal Mine - Allen Toussaint - Toussaint (Vinyl.
At Sansu his sound would become decidedly funkier. On Sansu Allen also started his collaboration with the Meters, a funk band whose influence on the genre is trumped by James Brown only. Even though it is very possible that Toussaint's work with Dorsey and the Meters is where Brown found the raw material for his polyrhythmic revolution. Brown may claim otherwise, but nothing is born in a vacuum.
Brown ants came crawling in his pants all the way down from New Orleans to Augusta Georgia. The history of Funk originates in New Orleans and beyond. It was born out of a sweaty fusion of styles and Toussaint was one of its main ingredients. Finally inafter recording so many brilliant sides for others, Toussaint started to explore his own voice at Bell records with a string of three singles, amongst which the upbeat civil rights anthem "We The People" and his own version of the Lee Dorsey hit "Get Out My Life, Woman".
It became a showcase of his talents. Mixing instrumentals with new materials and re-recordings of a few songs he had earlier produced for Lee Dorsey. Especially when you hear the latter you can't help but wonder why he didn't record for himself sooner than he did. Maybe it has something to do with his demeanor.
Toussaint has always been a quiet force, lacking the gusto and bravura that is so common in the world of Soul. Allen is a man of a gentle smile sooner than a roaring laugh, more at ease in the back ground it seems.
But as "Toussaint" demonstrates he has a voice to be reckoned with. Allen's delivery is gentle yet commanding, somewhat distant but simmering with contained emotion through out.
Toussaint continuously sounds warm and gentle, even on his more confrontational songs. The song finds us looking into a relationship falling apart because of blindness. Subtle guitar work underscores the desperation of one of the partners as he franticly tries to make amends, yet we feel it all falling apart. The instrument "Pickles" lightens things up a bit after that, smooth, seductive and sexy.
Allen Toussaint. Only 2 left in stock more on the way. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Allen Toussaint Collection Vinyl. Southern Nights. Register a free business account. Customer LP. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I knew the Medley version existed but didn't think I'd ever find it on CD. That's what these Ace [U. But it's not just one major chart of the '60s and '70s that could contain him: he topped all four of the U. That record is here, and while not really a "collectible," I'm guessing that not many connoisseurs of Southern soul have extensive Glen Campbell collections.
No less an expert than Allen Toussaint himself calls Campbell's hit rendition "wonderful" and "much more entertaining" than his own. This latter nugget of information is from compiler Tony Rounce's 17 pages of comprehensive liner notes contained in the colorful [or "colourful" because it's British] page photo-filled booklet.
On the deep soul side are a couple of stellar obscurities a B-side and a LP track, respectively that deserve to be savored: Z. Donald E. Gilliland Top Contributor: Rock Music. Wow, oh wow! LP is simply an amazing collection of songs, all written by the talented Allen Toussaint, a man who is a musical all-rounder: a brilliant songwriter, bonafide ace musician, soulful singer, and great live performer. Just looking at the impressive list of artists on this compilation shows the sheer breadth and diversity of Toussaint's songs.
There are not many other "tribute" albums that can boast such a wide variety of artists. Maybe the mix of different musical styles on here won't please every listener, but there is no denying the quality and power of these recordings. It's a mix of predictable covers and fun surprises, and it all sounds splendid.
But as good as these versions are, it's hard to top the originals by the Working In The Coal Mine - Allen Toussaint - Toussaint (Vinyl himself: Mr. If you are impressed with the songs on this CD, you should definitely seek out some of his older solo recordings. It's all good, and so is this compilation from Ace, which includes an informative booklet with track details and liner notes. Another job well done! This CD collates some of his more famous songs often by unexpected vocalists.
This is a terrific compilation by Tony Rounce and while one could probably second guess every song and every version that Mr Rounce has selected with a 'why not him or her ", or "why not this song"this is just a reflection of the prolific productivity of Mr.
The songs are so carefully and cleverly written with wonderful orchestration there is little fear of this CD becoming aural wallpaper which some of the other Ace Songwriter CD sets tend towards. The choice of Z. Hill's "Whoever's Thrilling you" written and produced by Mr. Hill's Toussaint-produced output. The notes on the songs are up to Mr Rounce's usual high standards.
All in all, a great set that will hopefully lead to a second Toussaint compilation from Ace.
People Are Strange - The Doors - The Very Best Of The Doors (CD), Golden Earring - Albino Moon (CD), Three To Get Ready - The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (Vinyl, LP, Album), Honeycomb, Evaporate - Foundation (12) - Hang Your Head (Vinyl), Blue China - Tomorrow Never Knows (Vinyl), Def Beat - Various / The Prodigy - The Castbreeder (Cassette), Freedom Is A Burden - Enjoy (12) - Gold (File, MP3, Album)