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Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Containing some of the best songs he's ever written, Southern Nights is Allen Toussaint's 1975 'swing for the fences' attempt at an all out masterpiece. Somewhat of a concept album, with reoccurring instrumental themes usu... more »
Containing some of the best songs he's ever written, Southern Nights is Allen Toussaint's 1975 'swing for the fences' attempt at an all out masterpiece. Somewhat of a concept album, with reoccurring instrumental themes usually based on the title track popping up between songs, this album spawned at least two hits for other artists. The title track (minus the Lennon-esque rotary speaker vocal effect) was a giant hit for Glen Campbell, and What Do You Want The Girl To Do? was one of several singles on Boz Skaggs' 1976 gazillion seller Silk Degrees and also recorded with some success by Bonnie Raitt. For the first time on CD, this set also includes Back In Baby's Arms and Basic Lady. Original artwork. New detailed liner notes.
His best album, an overlooked classic
rocksteady | Seattle, WA USA | 04/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't give 5 stars lightly. I agree with everything that the first reviewer has said. Long admired by music industry insiders, Allen Toussaint is a major American talent. If you don't know who he is, he produced and wrote many hits for New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey, LaBelle, and others, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Palmer, The Band and Paul McCartney, to name a few. This album is the ultimate Allen Toussaint -- great songs, great arrangments and a thematic quality makes it one whole piece of work. This is helped along by the fine New Orleans musicians who play on the recording, including members of the Meters and the great Gary Brown on sax. This record did spawn hits for other artists, "Southern Nights" and "What Do You Want The Girl To Do" where two songs that became very successful cover versions for Glen Campbell, Boz Skaggs and Bonnie Raitt. While not a killer singer, Toussaint's vocals are warm, soulful and intimate, and I've loved this record since it first came out in the mid-70s."