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4.0 out of 5 stars Working In A Goldmine, 8 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (Audio CD)
A four- rather than five-star review here isn't based on any assessment of the music. The music throughout is fantastic, being witty, warm, laid-back, sexy and insanely funky at all times, and molecules of concentrated funk will permeate your dwelling long after you've finished playing it. And "Vision On" fans of a certain age will go into a nostalgic gumbo of pleasure as "Java" appears over the horizon.

I've dropped a star because I can't quite get my head round the sequencing. The first disc is essentially solo recordings by Toussaint, or, as another reviewer noted, sessions where he's pretending to be Fats Domino, in chronological order. The second disc concentrates on his writer-producer efforts for others, again in chronological order, and will probably create more pleasure for most people than the first, because it's more diverse and there's more vocals on it. Both, however, are worth their weight in gold.

But they don't sit well together for this listener. They're too different to make for a unified package, so it seems to be slightly lacking in identity (this is relative, of course: it has far more identity than at least 90% of all the other music you could buy from Amazon). But this is more a criticism of my addled and aging noggin than of the item itself.

It's an essential purchase anyway, because Toussaint is a hugely under-rated figure by the world at large and there's not enough of his great legacy readily and conveniently available. There's also plenty more where this came from, so let's hope Charly are already digging in the goldmine for volume two.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Success story, 14 April 2011
This review is from: Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (Audio CD)
This 2 CD 50 tracker of Allen Toussaint's career as both a writer/producer and recording artist in his own right begins in the 50s with Fats Domino (when he depped for him) to Lee Dorsey in the late 60s with along the way tracks from his albums made under the name of Al Toussan and the Stokes to his work on the Minit label before founding his own imprints and is as comprehensive a collection as you could expect.
Since the 60s Toussaint has had even more success via covers of his songs like Southern Nights (Glen Campbell),input on the Wings album Venus & Mars and lately a collaboration with Elvis Costello and the posthumous hit by Ernie K-Doe Here comes the girls-used on a Boots commercial for an ongoing campaign
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