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5.0 out of 5 stars Soul cool, 21 April 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Allen Toussaint Collection (Audio CD)
Heres a New Orleans artist that should be in everybodies collection. Allen Toussaint is a record producer, arranger, songwriter, musician and occasional performer. He produced the horn charts for The Band, worked with McCartney and The Meters. These 16 tracks are taken from his best albums, which all date from the 1970's I believe.

The first two tracks are from "Whisper to a scream". Amongst the backing musicians are Dr John and John Boudreaux. "What is success" (track 2) is a great soulful track where you can hear a little of Allen's underrated Piano playing. The vocal and brass arrangements are superb and give the track a distinctive sound all of its own, and it remains my favourite on the album. Tracks 3-5 are from the album "Life, Love and faith". Tracks 6-10 are from "Southern Nights" and the remaining tracks are from the album "Motion". Southern Nights is the other stand-out track for me. A beautiful melody with a vocal that sounds as though its been put through some sort of electronic effect.

Theres no weak tracks on this collection and the only think better than owning this is to go and buy the original albums. Now I wonder how much they are....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Success Story, 15 April 2008
This review is from: The Allen Toussaint Collection (Audio CD)
If Fats Domino carried New Orleans through the 50s then it was Allen Toussaint in the next 2 decades.Today he's on tour with Elvis Costello who he cut his last album with a mighty long way down the road from the days of Ernie K-Doe and the Stokes and the times he stood in for Fats Domino on a new single because he was on the road and which was the start of his recording career when he had to learn how to impersonate the Fat Man
He was on a roll even when interupted by the Army-Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass had just cut Whipped Cream -covered from his own original by his group the Stokes.Another easy listening act cut a version of Java and Toussaint had an album of his own music under the name of Al Toussan.
Returning to New Orleans he carried on where he left off-Lee Dorsey had huge hits on the pop charts and in this country too.Other names too like Irma Thomas and Betty Harris In 1969 he made a cover of the Champs' Tequila
Toussaint always liked working with white guys and that included The Band who benefitted from his horn arrangements on Rock of Ages.Then came Paul McCartney & Wings in New Orleans to cut Venus & Mars.Dr John charted with albums and singles like Right place.
In the 90s came the collaboration with Chet Atkins in Nashville which began as a session to cut a version of Southern Nights which had hit for Glen Campbell.It ended up with the album Rhythm and Country and Soul which paired blacks with white doing versions of songs made by soul stars or country stars by pairing up unlikely bedfellows like George Jones with B B King and Gladys Knight with Vince Gill.The CD booklet showed him in a photo with the Pointer Sisters.
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