Everything I Do is Gonh Be Funky

Everything I Do is Gonh Be Funky

by Allen Toussaint
     
 

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Charly's 2011 double-disc collection Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky: The Hit Songs & Productions 1957-1978 is an excellent attempt at providing a detailed overview of the first two decades of the legendary Allen Toussaint's career as a songwriter, producer, pianist, and recording artist. At 50 tracks it is extensive but it is by no means exhaustive, lacking any…  See more details below

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Charly's 2011 double-disc collection Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky: The Hit Songs & Productions 1957-1978 is an excellent attempt at providing a detailed overview of the first two decades of the legendary Allen Toussaint's career as a songwriter, producer, pianist, and recording artist. At 50 tracks it is extensive but it is by no means exhaustive, lacking any of Toussaint's '70s solo recordings for Scepter and Reprise, and there are a few major songs -- such as Ernie K-Doe's "I Cried My Last Tear" and Lee Dorsey's "Ride Your Pony" -- that aren't here, but what is here amounts to a comprehensive, thoroughly entertaining history of one of the great figures of American popular music. Of the two discs, the first is the bumpiest, not because the material is bad but because there's a blend of jumping instrumentals and vocal R&B where it's apparent that Toussaint is finding his voice. He does toward the end of the disc, via a clutch of singles by the Rubaiyats (particularly the riotous "Omar Khayyam"), and then the second disc serves up nothing but gold: beginning with Jessie Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Doo," it runs through Aaron Neville's "Over You," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother in Law" and "A Certain Girl," Benny Spellman's "Fortune Teller" and "Lipstick Traces," Irma Thomas' "It's Raining" and "Ruler of My Heart," Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That," the Showmen's "It Will Stand," and Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine," "Holy Cow," "Yes We Can," and the title track. Most of this is easily available on other collections, but presented alongside the early work this gives a sense of Toussaint's evolution and importance, which is enough to make this double-disc set one of the best Toussaint collections ever, even with its notable omissions.

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Release Date:
03/08/2011
Label:
Snapper Uk
UPC:
0803415762422
catalogNumber:
624

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Want You to Know  - Fats Domino
  2. Walking with Mr. Lee  -  Lee Allen & His Band
  3. Tic Toc  -  Lee Allen & His Band
  4. Young School Girl  - Fats Domino
  5. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day  - Fats Domino
  6. Whirlaway
  7. Happy Times
  8. Java
  9. Wham Tousan
  10. Naomi
  11. Moo Moo
  12. Beverly Baby  -  Allen and Allen
  13. Heavenly Baby  -  Allen and Allen
  14. Tiddle Winks  -  Allen and Allen
  15. Whipped Cream  -  Stokes
  16. Pie Crust  -  Stokes
  17. Banana Split  -  Stokes
  18. The Fat Cat  -  Stokes
  19. Young Man Old Man  -  Stokes
  20. Poor Boy Got to Move  -  Stokes
  21. Go Back Home  -  Stokes
  22. Omar Khayyam  -  Rubaiyats
  23. Tomorrow  -  Rubaiyats
  24. Baby Do Liddle  -  Willie & Allen
  25. I Don't Need No One  -  Willie & Allen

Disc 2

  1. Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pts. 1-2  - Jessie Hill
  2. Over You  - Aaron Neville
  3. Mother in Law  - Ernie K-Doe
  4. A Certain Girl  - Ernie K-Doe
  5. Fortune Teller  - Benny Spellman
  6. Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)  - Benny Spellman
  7. It's Raining  - Irma Thomas
  8. Wrong Number (I'm Sorry, Goodbye)  - Aaron Neville
  9. Ruler of My Heart  - Irma Thomas
  10. I Like It Like That, Pt. 1  - Chris Kenner
  11. I Like It Like That, Pt. 2  - Chris Kenner
  12. All These Things  - Art Neville
  13. Oogsey Moo  - Jessie Hill
  14. It Will Stand  -  Showmen
  15. Hot Tamales, Pt. 1  -  Prime Mates
  16. Hot Tamales, Pt. 2  -  Prime Mates
  17. Nearer to You  - Betty Harris
  18. I'm Evil Tonight  - Betty Harris
  19. Working in the Coal Mine  - Lee Dorsey
  20. Holy Cow  - Lee Dorsey
  21. Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)  - Lee Dorsey
  22. Sophisticated Cissy  -  Meters
  23. Look A Py Py  -  Meters
  24. Yes We Can  - Lee Dorsey
  25. Night People  - Lee Dorsey

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