Editors’ Notes Allen Toussaint's blend of blues, jazz, soul, and funk could be brewed into many forms. The New Orleans musician's spindly, expressive voice powers the ragtime tones and scratch-funk tempo of “Working in the Coal Mine,” and he lends a haunted air to the stutter-step rhythm and bluesy thump of “Victims of the Darkness.” “Holy Cow” finds him and his piano performing a soliloquy of loneliness, a jaunty melody flowing beneath his melancholy lyrics.

SONG
ALBUM
Chokin' Kind
3:22
 
My Baby Is the Real Thing
3:05
 
Basic Lady
2:58
 
To Be With You
3:24
 
When the Party's Over
2:38
 
Egyptian Fantasy
4:39
 
Viper's Drag
3:17
 
Back In Baby's Arms
4:49
 
Singin' the Blues
5:40
 
The Optimism Blues
2:51
 
Wham Tousan
2:21
 
Cruel Way to Go Down
3:52
 
Bright Mississippi
5:07
 

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