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Rolling with the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Allen Toussaint is unquestionably one of the great American songwriters of the 20th century, so it is no surprise Ace Records dedicated a volume of their ongoing Songbook series to the New Orleans R&B titan. They're not the first label to showcase Toussaint's writing. Ten years prior, EMI released Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet: 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions for Minit Records 1960-1962, a terrific primer that focused on Toussaint's hitmaking prime as a producer, pianist, and writer for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Jessie Hill, Benny Spellman, Aaron Neville, and the Showmen. As good as this was, it only scratched the surface (after all, his greatest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Allen Toussaint is unquestionably one of the great American songwriters of the 20th century, so it is no surprise Ace Records dedicated a volume of their ongoing Songbook series to the New Orleans R&B titan. They're not the first label to showcase Toussaint's writing. Ten years prior, EMI released Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet: 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions for Minit Records 1960-1962, a terrific primer that focused on Toussaint's hitmaking prime as a producer, pianist, and writer for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Jessie Hill, Benny Spellman, Aaron Neville, and the Showmen. As good as this was, it only scratched the surface (after all, his greatest singer, Lee Dorsey, was nowhere to be found). Rolling with the Punches does a better job in illustrating the full range of Toussaint's gifts and influence, touching upon classic '60s New Orleans sides (Dorsey's "Holy Cow"; Benny Spellman's "Fortune Teller"), how his music got funkier as the '70s began (Ernie K-Doe's "Here Come the Girls"; Dorsey's "Occapella," which Toussaint produced; Don Covay's "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky [From Now On]; the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can"), and, especially, how many rockers and blue-eyed soul singers relied upon his songs. Robert Palmer got seriously funky with "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley" (assisted by Little Feat leader/guitarist Lowell George, who was a huge Toussaint fan and is heard here covering "What Do You Want the Girl to Do"), Frankie Miller tore into "Shoo Rah," Bonnie Raitt laid down a seductive groove on "What Is Success," and Boz Scaggs ushered "Hercules" toward the slick Southern California coast. By no means does this contain all of Toussaint's great songs -- some of the versions are by no means close to definitive, either, with the Judds' perfectly fine version of "Working in the Coal Mine" being the main example -- but this illustrates his depth and range and, best of all, it's wildly entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667050623
  • Catalog Number: 6705062
  • Sales rank: 77,920

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here Come the Girls - Ernie K-Doe (3:10)
  2. 2 Hercules - Boz Scaggs (4:01)
  3. 3 What Is Success - Bonnie Raitt (3:29)
  4. 4 Occapella - Lee Dorsey (2:40)
  5. 5 Let's Live - Aaron Neville (2:36)
  6. 6 Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) - Don Covay (3:14)
  7. 7 Ride Your Pony - The Meters (3:18)
  8. 8 Soul Sister - Allen Toussaint (2:48)
  9. 9 Working in the Coal Mine - The Judds (3:03)
  10. 10 Get Out of My Life Woman - Solomon Burke (3:21)
  11. 11 Sweet Touch of Love - Irma Thomas (3:34)
  12. 12 Shoo-Rah - Frankie Miller (2:48)
  13. 13 Yes We Can Can - The Pointer Sisters (3:55)
  14. 14 Fortune Teller - Benny Spellman (2:13)
  15. 15 Freedom for the Stallion - Bill Medley (3:08)
  16. 16 Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley - Robert Palmer (4:24)
  17. 17 Whoever's Thrilling You (Is Killing Me) - Z.Z. Hill (3:16)
  18. 18 Brickyard Blues (Play Somethin' Sweet) - Maria Muldaur (4:29)
  19. 19 What Do You Want the Girl to Do - Lowell George (4:47)
  20. 20 I'll Be Rolling (With the Punches) - Millie Jackson (3:08)
  21. 21 Tampin' - The Rhine Oaks (3:02)
  22. 22 A Certain Girl - Warren Zevon (2:43)
  23. 23 Holy Cow - Lee Dorsey (2:31)
  24. 24 Southern Nights - Glen Campbell (2:58)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Glen Campbell Producer
Herb Alpert Producer
Millie Jackson Producer
Irma Thomas Producer
Don Covay Producer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Scott Billington Producer
Joe Boyd Producer
Johnny Bristol Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Jerry Jumonville Arranger
Gary Klein Producer
Greg Ladanyi Producer
Clarence McDonald Arranger
Brent Maher Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Arranger, Producer
David Rubinson Producer
Marshall Sehorn Producer
Brad Shapiro Producer
Allen Toussaint Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Warren Zevon Producer
Mac Rebennack Arranger
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joe Banashak Producer
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Naomi Neville Composer
Barry Kaiser Photo Courtesy
Charles Callelo Arranger
Rick Mason Interviewer
Vicki Fox Memorabilia
Phil "Enthucol" Etgart Memorabilia
Steve Smith Producer
Shawn Conner Interviewer
Nick DeRiso Interviewer
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