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Rolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint Songbook

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:01 pm
by Rob Hall
An unreserved thumbs up from me for this collection of Allen Toussaint songs, covered by just about everyone you might expect, plus a couple you might not. Despite the fact that I already own the majority of these recordings, I went ahead and ordered it anyway, and I'm very pleased that I did. It really works as an album, rather than just a collection of songs which happen to have a songwriter in common. The guys at Ace (Tony Rounce?) have done a really good job with the sequencing, and the mastering - as always with Ace - is superb. An essential purchase, I would think, for most of the people likely to be reading this.

I say all of the above even though the last track, Glen Campbell's take on "Southern Nights", is irredeemably crass, with a rhythm arrangement straight out of the 'Sinaglonga Bert Kampfaert' school of oompah. But being the last track, it can easily be omitted if you remember to get to the off switch before it kicks in. Even with a track less, this is still a great CD.

Re: Rolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint Songbook

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:48 pm
by NormanD
They've gone for many of the less obvious versions, so one clunker out of twenty four isn't such a bad strike rate. The Judds version of "Coal Mine" isn't so bad, though I'd have preferred Petula Clark's French version of "Ya Ya" - remember that one?

Here Come The Girls - Ernie K-Doe
Hercules - Boz Scaggs
What Is Success - Bonnie Raitt
Occapella - Lee Dorsey
Let's Live - Aaron Neville
Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) - Don Covay
Ride Your Pony - The Meters
Soul Sister - Allen Toussaint
Working In The Coal Mine - The Judds
Get Out Of My Life Woman - Solomon Burke
Sweet Touch Of Love - Irma Thomas
Shoo-Rah - Frankie Miller
Yes We Can Can - The Pointer Sisters
Fortune Teller - Benny Spellman
Freedom For The Stallion - Bill Medley
Sneakin' Sally Thru' The Alley - Robert Palmer
Whoever's Thrilling You (Is Killing Me) - Z.Z Hill
Brickyard Blues (Play Somethin' Sweet) - Maria Muldaur
What Do You Want The Girl To Do - Lowell George
I'll Be Rolling (With The Punches) - Millie Jackson
Tampin' - The Rhine Oaks
A Certain Girl - Warren Zevon
Holy Cow - Lee Dorsey
Southern Nights - Glen Campbell

PS - On second thoughts, was "Ya Ya" an Allen Toussaint song? I bet he's on piano, at least.
Fly like the wind, you trusty blues hounds, and return with the truth!

Re: Rolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint Songbook

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:02 pm
by Rob Hall
Actually, Jon Cleary does a lovely cover of 'Southern Nights' on his most recent album ('Occapella!') which, as it happens, has him addressing the Allen Toussaint songbook. I can't access Youtube at the moment, so I don't know if there's any samples available there, but details are here:

http://www.joncleary.com/discography/occapella-2012

It's not a brilliant album, but a handful of the tracks bear repeated listening. 'Southern Nights' is the standout for me.

Re: Rolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint Songbook

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:07 pm
by gary booth
Allen Toussaint would have played piano but he was contracted to Minit Records which prevented him so it's Marcel Richardson with the 'Toussaint' style.

Re: Rolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint Songbook

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:18 pm
by will vine
Fancy them overlooking this version of Ya Ya

http://youtu.be/cFzwOVfaxrk