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Louisiana's Leroux

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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Great Albums of the 1970s 3 Feb. 2013
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on
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Le Roux was a spin off from The Levee Band, a group of musicians who provided back-up to various regional favorites. The original band line up included Jeff Pollard, who performed lead vocals, and Tony Haselden, Rod Roddy, and Bobby Campo. Unfortunately, record labels tended to think of Le Roux as a regional band; as such, and although they appeared on such venues as The Midnight Special, Le Roux never really got the company support it needed to knock a song up the charts. Which, at least where their 1977 debut album is concerned, is a tremendous pity.

Le Roux is often lumped in with "southern rock" bands, but although they draw on southern idioms--especially Cajun zydeco--they actually have a broader appeal that mixes up a lot of elements, and on their debut album the result was an outright funky sound with lots of groove, hooks, and pop sheen. The album opens with "Take A Ride on a Riverboat," which proved a regional favorite, but the big noise in the line up is "New Orleans Ladies," which has been well-regarded for over thirty years. The song is suprisingly delicate, a series of dreamy observations on the charms of the women of New Orleans as "they sashay by." It really is an astonishingly beautiful, astonishingly memorable song. But then, so is every track, and if you can sit still through the closing "I Can't Do One More Two-Step," you need to see a doctor, because there is something seriously wrong with you.

In later years Le Roux went more and more mainstream, and the band did eventually put an album--the 1982 LAST SAFE SPACE--in the top one hundred. But the band's change in sound made it less unique. Le Roux is still around, and still records, but it has so many changes in line-up that it simply isn't the same band it was in 1977. Fortunately, we've got this recording to remind us of what made it special to begin with. Strongly recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars New Oleans LAdies...Nuff said 3 Mar. 2016
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Waited and searched for decades for this album. New Orleans Ladies was a childhood fav, and when I finally recalled the title I found this small gem once again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Days Revisited 19 May 2014
By C. T. Delk III - Published on
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I had this album on a record many years ago. A conversation brought to mind one of the songs, Bridge of Silence, so I decided to see if it was available on CD. The quality and clarity are better than I remember. Have really enjoyed listening to LeRoux once again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this album new in 1978 and loved it 16 Jun. 2013
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I bought this album when it first came out in 1978 and it was always one of my favorites. New Orleans Ladies is one of my top songs ever. Heard it on the radio the other day and was very pleased to find it available on Amazon!! Great album!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Mar. 2016
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One of the best albums from the 70's. Lots of great music and harmonies.
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