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Searching this (admittedly, commonly misspelled by me) name, I've only come across non-starting threads about specific collections and live gigs. Southern Nights has always been classic, but I just heard Life, Love and Faith, and man oh man. So, S&D, C or D, etc.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 11 December 2008 19:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

my name is crap jones (PappaWheelie V), Thursday, 11 December 2008 19:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Getting to see him live a dozen times plus in a year's time has been a major high point in my concert history.
Check out 'From a Whisper to a Scream' and much of 'Life Love and Faith' and his production work on Chris Kenner's 'Land of a 1000 Dances' as good starting points, but nothing's better than Southern Nights.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 11 December 2008 20:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

the whole Southern Nights lp is killer!

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

that lee dorsey album he did is also amazing

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Bright Mississippi, where he explores jazz, is one of my favorite albums of the past ten years. He's been touring a lot, the live stuff I've heard is often grea (think he did an Austin City Limits too, gotta check)tSomething I posted about on Rolling Reissues 2012, still haven't heard it yet:
Well this looks like a good idea, and approved by Toussaint. From Ace, out Nov. 6 (in the States, anyway)
ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES--THE ALLEN TOUSSAINT SONGBOOK
1. HERE COME THE GIRLS - Ernie K-Doe
2. HERCULES - Boz Scaggs
3. WHAT IS SUCCESS - Bonnie Raitt
4. OCCAPELLA - Lee Dorsey
5. LET'S LIVE - Aaron Neville
6. EVERYTHING I DO GONH BE FUNKY (FROM NOW ON) - Don Covay
7. RIDE YOUR PONY - The Meters
8. SOUL SISTER - Allen Toussaint
9. WORKING IN THE COAL MINE - The Judds
10. GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN - Solomon Burke
11. SWEET TOUCH OF LOVE - Irma Thomas
12. SHOORAH - Frankie Miller
13. YES WE CAN CAN - The Pointer Sisters
14. FORTUNE TELLER - Benny Spellman
15. FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION - Bill Medley
16. SNEAKIN' SALLY THRU' THE ALLEY - Robert Palmer
17. WHOEVER'S THRILLING YOU (IS KILLING ME) - Z.Z Hill
18. BRICKYARD BLUES (PLAY SOMETHIN' SWEET) - Maria Muldaur
19. WHAT DO YOU WANT THE GIRL TO DO - Lowell George
20. I'LL BE ROLLING (WITH THE PUNCHES) - Millie Jackson
21. TAMPIN' - The Rhine Oaks
22. A CERTAIN GIRL - Warren Zevon
23. HOLY COW - Lee Dorsey
24. SOUTHERN NIGHTS - Glen Campbell

dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 22:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Its cover

dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 22:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

He put together and led a New Orleans orchestra for Hugh Laurie. sounded pretty great from a NOLA club on PBS. Laurie's voice is quirky, but his piano fits right in. Must've been listening to Toussaint.

dow, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 22:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't know if I ever mentioned it here but a few years back my man Mr. Fine Wine had a conversation with AT in which he was told about some kind of diving- as in diving into the water- act he had been involved with at some point in his career.

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love his work as a solo artist (the jazz one from a couple years back is perfect), but I'm continually impressed by his ability to elevate songs by other artists. He did a concert film with Elvis Costello that's beyond obscure, but his arrangement of Chelsea is unbelievable. Great stuff.

And the horns on The Last Waltz version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down just kill.

Everything You Like Sucks, Thursday, 27 December 2012 03:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I really love this rather anonymous-looking CD (which shows up in used bins fairly often for cheap.) Toussaint, Earl Palmer, Dr. John, Red Tyler et al...

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

he plays some great piano on that blind boys of alabama + new orleans record from a few years ago.

i have to hear that 'bright mississippi' record.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Thursday, 27 December 2012 15:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

bright mississippi is great, though some of it is pretty un-toussaint-y? some great showcases for his piano playing though.

tylerw, Friday, 28 December 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink


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