on 13 August 2002
In 1965 Lee Dorsey teamed up with legendary New Orleans R&B maestro Allan Toussaint to produce some of the funkiest soul tracks ever cut. Previously Dorsey had enjoyed huge early success with the naive sounding, nonsense sing-a-longs 'Ya-Ya' and 'Do-Re-Mi', both featuring on this flawless budget compilation. But it was with Toussaint firmly established at the helm that Dorsey really began to scale the heights of clipped soul perfection. Best known on these shores for hit single 'Holy Cow' and the classic 'Working in The Coal Mine', all of the Dorsey recordings featured here are infused with his supremely soulful, feelgood touch. It's impossible not to raise a smile to such infectious grooves as 'Go-Go Girl', 'Ride Your Pony', and the groin-thrusting ecstacy of 'Give it Up', sample lyric: "Give it up girl/You know what a'hm talkin' about". Also featured are rarities such as 'Lottie Mo'68' and 'Love lots of Lovin', the latter a soaring duet with Betty Harris.
I can't recommend the music of Lee Dorsey, and this generously priced retrospective, highly enough. Early in his career Dorsey earned the nickname of 'Mr TNT' for his explosive stage presence, and upon hearing these recording for the first time it's abundantly clear why.
on 5 October 2012
Make it this one. Can honestly say in over 40 years of buying albums I have never unearthed such a buried treasure as this, if all you know is Ya Ya and are wondering if everything else is of the same standard I have to tell you that this classic is one of the weaker tracks on this.
Work, work , work, Confusion, Ride your pony, Get out out my life woman were all unknown to me and are now permanent fixtures in my brain, and that's before you hit the twin diamonds of Working in A coal mine and the superlative Holy Cow.
Take a chance and splash out the best four quid of your life, satisfaction guaranteed or take your Ya Ya's back.
When Lee Dorsey (1926-86) sings the opening line of his massive first hit Ya Ya, the first song on this 52-min 20-track compilation, it sounds like the best
possible way to start an album. Based on a kids` playground ditty it`s nevertheless a winning, lightly soulful number that still sounds both fresh and funky today.
He followed it up with Do-Re-Mi, a not dissimilar song, then there was a four-year hiatus until the legendary Allen Toussaint came on board, producing and arranging, as well as, one assumes, playing the very tasty piano, on many more hits, nearly all of which he wrote too. (A credit to `Neville` on two early tracks is simply Toussaint`s pseudonym back then: Naomi Neville, his mother`s name.)
Lee Dorsey`s smattering of hits really brightened up the charts in the mid-60s, not only the famous Ride Your Pony but - and even better, to my mind - the insidiously catchy Get Out Of My Life Woman with its memorable piano riff, the terrific, soulful Confusion, the fizzing, harmony-fuelled Working In The Coalmine, and the languid moan of Holy Cow.
The second half of this excellent, well-presented collection consists of his later singles, all of which are worth hearing, some being as agreeably listenable as his bigger hits.
This New Orleans singer (who partly grew up in far away Oregon, relocating to the Crescent City in his mid-30s) used to sound at times almost like a novelty artist, what with the nursery rhyme lyrics and simple meoldies of his early 45s, but listen closer and you can hear he was as funky and, in his understated way, as emotive as many a more obvious soul singer. Moreover, these songs are beautifully arranged - take a bow, Mr Toussaint - and sound fresh as paint half a century later.
Not everything is included here, but enough is. You won`t be disappointed.
on 19 January 2008
If you like the New Orleans sound you'll enjoy this CD: it has the obvious Dorsey hit songs, but also contains some more obscure numbers that are equally strong. The sound quality is high - excellent re-mastering by Bob Irwin, it comes with comprehensive sleeve notes and the good sleeve design make for a great value budget package.
Great album, but, where`s ' SNEAKING SALLY THRU` THE ALLEY '?....Brilliantly "covered" by ' Robert Palmer ', this classic should be here!!!...Therefore, this is NOT the "Definitive collection".