10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soul, blues, R&B, and especially funk would all sound decidedly different today—and would’ve counted for much less over the years—had Crescent City legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint never been born. Toussaint’s productions and songs (covered by The Band, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, The Rolling Stones, among many others) defined New Orleans’ musical ascension beginning in the early '60s. And by 1975’s Southern Nights, Toussaint had it all down. From the happy-hoppy funk of “Last Train” and “Basic Lady” to the heartstring-jerker “What Do You Want the Girl to Do” to the lovely country teardrop “Back in Baby’s Arms,” Toussaint’s Big Easy sonic footprint is omnipresent. The title song tells of Toussaint’s nostalgia for the Creole-speaking generations of his grandparents and works like a haunting drive through late-night Louisiana—a tone completely lost on Glen Campbell’s 1977 hit version. This American treasure couldn’t do vocally what Lee Dorsey or Lowell George did with his compositions, but no matter. His country croon and barroom scamp do just enough to transport the emotional weight in his songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Soul, blues, R&B, and especially funk would all sound decidedly different today—and would’ve counted for much less over the years—had Crescent City legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint never been born. Toussaint’s productions and songs (covered by The Band, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, The Rolling Stones, among many others) defined New Orleans’ musical ascension beginning in the early '60s. And by 1975’s Southern Nights, Toussaint had it all down. From the happy-hoppy funk of “Last Train” and “Basic Lady” to the heartstring-jerker “What Do You Want the Girl to Do” to the lovely country teardrop “Back in Baby’s Arms,” Toussaint’s Big Easy sonic footprint is omnipresent. The title song tells of Toussaint’s nostalgia for the Creole-speaking generations of his grandparents and works like a haunting drive through late-night Louisiana—a tone completely lost on Glen Campbell’s 1977 hit version. This American treasure couldn’t do vocally what Lee Dorsey or Lowell George did with his compositions, but no matter. His country croon and barroom scamp do just enough to transport the emotional weight in his songs.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Tedward! ,

FINALLY!!!!!

FINALLY, iTunes has "Southern Nights"!!! The best song on this album is his signature song, Southern Nights, though other great ones include Country John, Last Train, and You Will Not Lose. This is Allen Toussaint's best album (he's said it himself), so I highly recommend you buying this album. It's wonderful and funky, and I think you'll really like it!

Pretty Sanitary ,

Thank you!!

I am so happy to hear these songs again, it's been too long. Thank you

l-i-v-i-n ,

Excellent

A true testament to this man's legacy.

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