Editors’ Notes Put simply, Allen Toussaint is the greatest musician produced by New Orleans in the latter half of the twentieth century, and the music compiled on the Complete Warner Recordings is arguably his best work. This is not an idle boast, but a simple statement of fact. If Toussaint had never recorded as a solo artist he would still be accorded a hallowed place in America’s musical history because his songwriting and production work for artists like the Meters, Lee Dorsey, and Ernie K. Doe revolutionized New Orleans music while paying tribute to its progenitors. Toussaint drew upon the raucous parade ground rhythms of Professor Longhair, the deep swamp boogie of Slim Harpo, and the musical sophistication of Louis Armstrong to create a supple, organic style of funk possessed of both toughness and sensitivity. On his early ‘70s albums for Warner Brothers, Love, Life and Faith, Southern Nights, and Motion, compiled here in their entirety, Toussaint took this formula one step forward by masterfully adapting his sound to the pop music idiom. HIs compositions on these albums rival those of Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson for economy and grace while possessing a sense of soul and purpose uniquely and more deeply his own.

SONG
Victims of the Darkness
1
3:30
 
Am I Expecting Too Much
2
2:50
 
My Baby Is the Real Thing
3
3:05
 
Goin' Down
4
2:58
 
She Once Belonged to Me
5
2:51
 
Out of the City (Into Country Life)
6
3:36
 
Soul Sister
7
2:49
 
Fingers and Toes
8
4:07
 
I've Got to Convince Myself
9
2:43
 
On Your Way Down
10
4:00
 
Gone Too Far
11
3:27
 
Electricity
12
2:33
 
Last Train
13
3:01
 
Worldwide
14
2:42
 
Back In Baby's Arms
15
4:49
 
Country John
16
4:45
 
Basic Lady
17
2:58
 
Southern Nights
18
3:36
 
You Will Not Lose
19
3:42
 
What Do You Want the Girl to Do?
20
3:40
 
When the Party's Over
21
2:38
 
Cruel Way to Go Down
22
3:52
 
Country John
23
4:28
 
Night People
24
4:20
 
Just a Kiss Away
25
4:10
 
With You In Mind
26
3:43
 
Lover of Love
27
3:18
 
To Be With You
28
3:24
 
Motion
29
6:03
 
Viva la Money
30
3:34
 
Declaration of Love
31
4:42
 
Happiness
32
3:26
 
The Optimism Blues
33
3:05
 
Intro / High Life (Live - Previously Unissued)
34
1:55
 
Touch of Love (Live - Previously Unissued)
35
3:09
 
Brickyard Blues (Live - Previously Unissued)
36
3:44
 
What Is Success (Live - Previously Unissued)
37
3:14
 
Freedom for the Stallion (Live - Previously Unissued)
38
3:25
 
Last Train (Live - Previously Unissued)
39
2:56
 
Shoo-Ra (Live - Previously Unissued)
40
3:29
 
Allen and Gary Brown (Live - Previously Unissued)
41
12:15
 
Southern Nights (Live - Previously Unissued)
42
4:17
 
Allen's Closing Remarks (Live - Previously Unissued)
43
0:59
 

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