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  • Yes We Can Yes We Can Quick View

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    Yes We Can


    Limited Edition Of 1,000 Numbered Copies On Green Vinyl

    Including Songs Yes We Can Part I & Part II, Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley, Who's Gonna' Help Brother Get Further

    Lee Dorsey began his career as a lightweight boxer in the early 1950s and moved on to become an influential African American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

    His successful period began when he met songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint with whom he recorded several songs like Ya Ya, Working In The Coalmine, Ride Your Pony and many more which all charted in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

    In 1970 Dorsey recorded the Yes We Can album again with Allen Toussaint together with the support band The Meters. Several of the songs were covered by major artists who scored hits with them later that decade; Yes We Can by The Pointer Sisters and Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley by Robert Palmer. The other songs are straight up funky tracks and have a variety of styles and sounds. Included are the protest soul recording Who's Gonna' Help Brother Get Further and the somewhat hilarious comedy song Would You. All in all it stands as a great soul album for that time.

    The Music On Vinyl edition is pressed on green vinyl and is available in a limited run of 1,000 individually numbered copies, including an insert with song lyrics.

    1. Yes We Can - Part I
    2. Riverboat
    3. Tears Tears And More Tears
    4. O Me-o, My-o
    5. Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley
    6. Yes We Can - Part II

    7. Who's Gonna' Help Brother Get Further
    8. Games People Play
    9. When The Bill's Paid
    10. Occapella
    11. Gator Tail
    12. Would You?
    Lee Dorsey
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Walking The Dog

    One of the artists who defined Memphis soul and put Stax Records on the map, Rufus Thomas is known for liking his R&B hard-edged, gritty and earthy. That approach served him impressively well on his debut album Walking the Dog. In contrast to the sleeker, more elaborate production style favored by the Northern soulsters of Motown, Thomas rejects pop elements altogether and thrives on rawness on his hits Walking the Dog and The Dog, as well as inspired versions of Land of 1000 Dances (which became a major hit for Wilson Pickett), Lee Dorsey's Ya Ya and John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom. Thomas was in his mid-40s when these fun, infectious recordings were made, and he definitely lives up to his title The World's Oldest Teenager (a title later given to Dick Clark as well).

    - Alex Henderson (AllMusic)

    1. The Dog
    2. Mashed Potatoes
    3. Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo
    4. You Said
    5. Boom Boom
    6. It's Aw'rite
    7. Walking The Dog
    8. Ya Ya
    9. Land Of 1,000 Dances
    10. Can You Monkey Do The Dog
    11. 'Cause I Love You - By Carla & Rufus
    12. I Want To Be Loved
    Rufus Thomas
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  • I Don't Want To Go Home I Don't Want To Go Home Quick View

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    I Don't Want To Go Home

    The album features a number of guest artists and duets. How Come You Treat Me So Bad features a duet with Lee Dorsey, while Broke Down Piece of Man features a duet with Steven Van Zandt, 'It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)' features a duet with Kenny 'Popeye' Pentifallo, 'You Mean So Much To Me' features a duet with Ronnie Spector. I Don't Want To Go Home (1976) is Stax - influenced R&B arranged and produced by the co-founder of the band and Springsteen confederate Steven Van Zandt which featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen. The Van Zandt-written I Don't Want To Go Home became Southside's signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics.
    1. I Don't Want to Go Home
    2. Got to Get You Off My Mind
    3. How Come You Treat Me So Bad
    4. The Fever
    5. Broke Down Piece of Man
    6. Sweeter Than Honey
    7. Fanny Mae
    8. It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)
    9. I Choose to Sing the Blues
    10. You Mean So Much to Me
    Southside Johnny & Asbury
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    The Meters

    Few funk groups have had as far-reaching an influence as New Orleans band The Meters, the project of keyboardist/vocalist Art Neville, and the famed house band of Allen Tousaint. During their mid-60s-to-late-70s heyday, they released a heavy mixture of instrumental and vocal albums and singles of Louisiana-inflected soul, R&B, and funk music that continues to inspire and marvel, and get covered by groups and artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jaco Pastorius, Widespread Panic, and even The Grateful Dead.

    The Meters had already made a name for themselves by 1969, as a backing act for the likes of Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris, but their own legacy as a group began that same year with the release of their self-titled album debut. Their distinct New Orleans swing set themselves apart from the other funk groups of the time, as they plowed their way through a bevy of groovy instrumental tracks, including interpretations of songs by Sly Stone and Buddy Buie. The Meters was additionally noteworthy for the inclusion of the track Cissy Strut, which became a signature tune for the group, a Billboard Hot 100 hit, and a staple of hip-hop production, having been sampled in tracks by N.W.A., A Tribe Called Quest, 2 Live Crew, and Del The Funky Homosapien, to name but a few. A staple of the genre, that set a path for years and years of funk music innovation and influence.

    1. Cissy Strut
    2. Here Comes The Meter Man
    3. Cardova
    4. Live Wire
    5. Art
    6. Sophisticated Cissy
    7. Ease Back
    8. 6V6 LA
    9. Sehorns Farm

    10. Ann
    11. Stormy
    23. Simple Song
    The Meters
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    American Tunes

    Nonesuch releases American Tunes, a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint's New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch-joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks-in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others.

    Allen Toussaint's work as composer, producer, arranger, and performer, especially in the 1960s and '70s, helped shape the sound of R&B, soul, and funk as we know it today. He collaborated memorably with artists ranging from Lee Dorsey and Ernie K. Doe to the Pointer Sisters and Labelle, from the Meters and Dr. John to the Band and Paul McCartney. The New York Times recently said, In Mr. Toussaint's long career as songwriter, arranger and producer he has honed a piano style that's supportive and allusive; a little trill or tremolo sums up all the splashy joys of New Orleans patriarchs like Professor Longhair and James Booker, and a syncopated chord under right-hand octaves summons gospel. Mr. Toussaint has the two-fisted, rippling vocabulary of the city's piano legacy, but he uses it in dapper ways.

    Toussaint's children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father's managers, said of the American Tunes album, Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.

    Nonesuch previously released The Bright Mississippi in 2009. Also produced by Henry, the record includes songs by jazz greats such as Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. The album received tremendous critical praise, with the Boston Globe saying it couldn't sound more like New Orleans. (Toussaint) revisits jazz classics and takes them for a stroll through Preservation Hall, imbuing his own funky brand of pop-song charisma. The results are coolly sophisticated, an unfussy, mostly instrumental set of slink-and-slide joints shot through with a harmonic imagination that turns even a traditional hymn into an after-hours swing Toussaint's musical soul guides all, making the classics sound like his own.

    That project indirectly grew from Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, the benefit album that Nonesuch released in fall 2005 to aid hurricane victims in the wake of the Katrina disaster. That collection opens with a version of Yes We Can Can, the Toussaint song the Pointer Sisters made famous, newly recorded with producer Joe Henry, and it included a solo piano piece, Tipitina and Me, co-written by Toussaint in tribute to Professor Longhair.

    Joe Henry had first worked with Toussaint when he invited the pianist to join the sessions for I Believe to My Soul, a studio convocation of mature R&B stars. Henry subsequently acted as producer on Toussaint's post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello, The River in Reverse. He describes the most recent sessions: I have been working with Allen Toussaint-under his spell and subject to his influence-for a full decade now. He was a quiet radical, musically-speaking, and a prince of great humility.

    LP 1
    1. Delores' Boyfriend
    2. Viper's Drag
    3. Confessin' (That I Love You)
    4. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
    5. Lotus Blossom
    6. Waltz For Debby
    7. Big Chief
    8. Rocks In My Bed
    9. Danza, Op. 33
    10. Hey Little Girl

    LP 2
    1. Rosetta
    2. Come Sunday
    3. Southern Nights
    4. American Tune
    5. Her Mind Is Gone
    6. Moon River
    7. Bald Head

    Allen Toussaint
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    The Bright Mississippi

    Through his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He has collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the Meters, the Pointer Sisters and Labelle and released acclaimed albums of his own. The 70 year-old pianist, already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, was the recipient, on the recent Grammy Awards telecast, of the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustee Award, honoring a lifetime in the studio, both behind the scenes and in front of the mic.

    On The Bright Mississippi, his Nonesuch debut, Toussaint continues to break new ground with his first jazz-oriented set, displaying the same effortless swing and relaxed charm he brought to his classic rock and roll sides. He salutes Big Easy stars of a previous generation, the jazz greats who, in the early 20th century, built the genre from the ground up and turned the ears of the world to New Orleans. Backed by an all-star combo that sounds like a group of old friends, Toussaint reinterprets classic jazz and blues tunes popularized or written by such New Orleans greats as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Joe King Oliver, as well as pieces composed by fellow travelers Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. He accedes the producers chair to trusted friend Joe Henry, who sat behind the board for Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, Nonesuch Records best-selling 2005 benefit release aiding hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Henry also produced The River In Reverse, Toussaint's 2006 post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello.

    Henry assembled a decidedly non-traditional band of backing players for The Bright Mississippi, assuring a fresh take on such venerable tunes as West End Blues, St. James Infirmary, and Dear Old Southland. Joining Toussaint for four days of sessions at Manhattans Avatar Studio were guitarist Marc Ribot (Costello, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant /Alison Krauss, Sam Phillips). Nonesuch label-mates Brad Mehldau (piano) and Joshua Redman (saxophone) stopped by for one tune each.It was wonderful, says Toussaint of these convivial sessions.

    Everything is live, of course. This isn't the kind of assembly line music where somebody put the wheels on here and somebody put the top on there. Everything got done at the same time, so everybody fed on each other, their personality and tonality.

    LP 1
    1. Egyptian Fantasy
    2. A Dear Old Southland
    3. St. James Infirmary
    4. Singin the Blues
    5. Winin Boy Blues
    6. West End Blues

    LP 2
    1. Blue Drag
    2. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
    3. Bright Mississippi
    4. Day Dream
    5. Long, Long Journey
    6. Solitude

    Allen Toussaint
    140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Working In A Coal Mine (Out of Stock)

    "If a smile had a sound it would be the sound of Lee Dorsey's voice. No wonder he inspired so many of
    my favourite songs". A mainstay of the New Orleans music scene, Lee Dorsey's funky and infectious
    sound was an essential party ingredient during the 60s and 70s. During this time he charted some ten
    singles, most of which were recorded under the aegis of producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint and often
    featured funk supremos The Meters.

    Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this collection includes a selection of Dorsey's biggest US singles including
    'Ya Ya' (R&B No.1), 'Ride Your Pony' (R&B No.7), 'Get Out Of My Life, Woman' (R&B No.5), 'Working
    In The Coalmine' (R&B No.5) and 'Holy Cow' (R&B No.10), alongside other classic tracks plus Toussaint's signature song 'Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)'.

    1. Lottie Mo
    2. Ya Ya
    3. Do-re-mi
    4. Messed Around (And Fell In Love )
    5. Ride Your Pony
    6. Can You Hear Me?
    7. Get Out Of My Life, Woman
    8. Confusion
    9. Working In The Coalmine
    10. Holy Cow
    11. Yes, We Can - Part 1
    12. Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)
    13. Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
    14. Night People
    Lee Dorsey
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Everything I Do Is Gohn Be Funky (Out of Stock) Everything I Do Is Gohn Be Funky (Out of Stock) Quick View


    Everything I Do Is Gohn Be Funky (Out of Stock)

    180g vinyl LP featuring the New Orleans legend's solo recordings plus several of his biggest hit productions for Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, The Meters and more.

    This collection covers the early part of his remarkable career, beginning with his first appearances on record as a session pianist, his first solo recordings in 1958 under the name Al Tousan and ends in thelate 1960s with his productions for artists like Lee Dorsey and The Meters.

    In addition this set includes the original versions of instrumentals later recorded by Al Hirt and Herb Alpert plus the original versions of songs that he wrote and/or produced that later became hits for British groups The Hollies and The Dave Clark Five. blaxploitation homage 'Jackie Brown'.

    1. Walkin` With Mr. Lee
    2. Java
    3. Wham Tousan
    4. Beverley Baby
    5. Whipped Cream
    6. Young Man, Old Man
    7. Poor Boy, Got To Move
    8. Omar Khayyam
    9. Mother-in-law
    10. Fortune Teller
    11. I Like It Like That - Part 1
    12. It Will Stand
    13. Hot Tamales - Part 1
    14. Nearer To You
    15. Working In The Coalmine
    16. Look-ka Py Py
    Allen Toussaint
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    Look-Ka Py Py (Out of Stock)

    As New Orleans producer Allen Toussaint's houseband at Sansu Records, The Meters began performing in the mid-60s lending their talents as backing musicians to Dr John, Lee Dorsey and later Paul McCartney and Robert Palmer.Blending melodic grooves and syncopated NOLA rhythms, The Meters' highly charged guitar riffs and keyboard workouts helped integrate the Crescent City sound into mainstream Pop. Although they contributed to scores of hit records, success in their own right proved elusive and yet their influence endures thanks in part the Hip Hop scene whose artists have long since sampled their tracks.

    Comprised of Art Neville [keyboards, vocals], Leo Nocentelli guitar], George Porter Jr. [bass] and Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste [drums], the foursome were later joined by percussionist/vocalist Cyril Neville. Produced by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn and recorded at Le Fevre Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA, the allinstrumental Look-Ka Py Py builds on the success of the R&B hits 'Sophisticated Sissy' and 'Sissy Strut' from earlier in the year. With the album ranked at No.216 in Rolling Stone magazine's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time', it's easy to see why The Meters deserve their status as the founding fathers of funk.

    Revered by contemporary Funk fans this is a welcome reissue for a highly regarded album by one of the genre's foremost exponents.

    1. Look-ka Py Py
    2. Rigor Mortis
    3. Pungee
    4. Thinking
    5. This Is My Last Affair
    6. Funky Miracle
    7. Yeah, You're Right
    8. Little Old Money Maker
    9. Oh, Calcutta!
    10. The Mob
    11. 9 'till 5
    12. Dry Spell
    The Meters
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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