With a generous 56 tracks on 2CDs housed in an attractive hard-bound mini-book with biographical notes, label scans, photos and an annotated track listing, 'SOUL MINE:The Greatest Hits And More 1960-1978' is a must for any true fan of Lee Dorsey. The first disc is basically a reissue of an older 2LP compilation, the second CD contains Lee's greatest recordings featuring all of his U.S. and U.K. chart hits except those featured on the first disc.
Disc One begins with Lee's first hit single, "Lottie Mo" and it's flip, "Lover Of Love." Next are eight previously unreleased tracks including a live version of "Ride Your Pony" and two great Coca-Cola commercials! Track 11 is his rare Spring single "Occapella" written by frequent collaborator, the legendary Allen Touissant, followed by four cuts from the fantastic Yes We Can...And Then Some album, including "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" (also a success for Robert Palmer) and another rare single, "Soul Mine" released on the Sansu imprint. After three more unreleased tracks including covers of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter" and Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do," we get both sides of his last single, "Night People/Can I Be The One?" and end with six more unreleased tracks, the final four live versions of "Ya Ya," "Working In The Coalmine." "Lottie Mo" and "Ride Your Pony."
Disc Two is a 29 track troll through Lee's best for Fury, Constellation, Amy, Bell, Polydor and ABC, including "Ya Ya" (#1 R&B, #7 Pop), "Do-Re-Mi" (#22 R&B, #27 Pop), "Ride Your Pony" (#7 R&B, #28 Pop), "Work, Work, Work" (#121 Pop), "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" (#7 R&B, #44 Pop)), "Working In The Coal Mine" (#5 R&B, #8 Pop), "Holy Cow" (#10R&, #23 Pop), "Rain, Rain, Go Away" (#105 Pop), "My Old Car" (#97 Pop), "Go-Go Girl" (#31 R&B, #62 Pop) and "Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)" (#33 R&B, #95 Pop). Tellingly, all but two were either written or co-written by Toussaint, sometimes under his nom de plume, Naomi Neville (his mother's maiden name). The only well-known song missing is "Eenie-Meenie-Minee-Mo," although it's flip, "Behind The Eight Ball" is present. I'd be remiss without mentioning the sympathetic syncopated musical backing on most tracks by the legendary New Orleans group The Meters. Everything's gohn-a be funky indeed!
Although the sound isn't up to the high standards of Sundazed or Bear Family, everything is enjoyably listenable unless you're a snobby Grinch. For currently (Dec. 2013) less than $11, you can't go wrong. In life Lee Dorsey was known as a temperate man with a laid-back attitude, whose "what me, worry?" persona shows through in his smooth, joyful vocals. If all that work, work, workin' in that coalmine, waitin' for your ya ya, and your old car is gettin' you down, tell that rain to go away and get out from behind that eight ball and get yo'self some funky Lee Dorsey! Great Googa Mooga!
a good overview of lee dorsey's songs although i would have prefered a more chronological approach. the first disc has popular tracks which were never singles. robert palmer's solo career began here. the second disc is a singles collection hits and misses. most people would be happy with a straight best of. a nice digibook package, not sure about charly's history of cd remasters. Soul Mine: The Greatest Hits & More...