The Allen Toussaint Collection

The Allen Toussaint Collection

by Allen Toussaint


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Allen Toussaint's contribution to New Orleans R&B is indelible and his presence can be felt throughout classic recordings from the late '50s, '60s, and beyond. His name, though, is the province of connoisseurs, those who peruse album jackets looking for who wrote that great song or wrote out that phenomenal arrangement. Many who know his name may not even know that he was a solo recording artist, partially because his discography is a little confusing, as he cut for little New Orleans record labels, then signed with Reprise, before returning to sporadic waxings for indies. Of all the albums and compilations that have poured onto the market, the best, by far, is Reprise's The Allen Toussaint Collection, even if it spotlights just a small portion of his career -- namely, his '70s recordings for Reprise. True, this doesn't have all the great songs he's written, or records he's made, but it does provide an irresistible, comprehensive overview of his best albums. These aren't nearly as gritty as any of his productions of the '60s, lacking the earthiness of, say, Lee Dorsey or the down-and-dirty grind of the Meters. Instead, it's elegant, sexy music -- witness how "From a Whisper to a Scream" eases its way out of the speakers as the collection begins, seducing the listener, not hitting them in the gut. Even the funkiest moments here have style and are delivered subtly, which only makes them funkier, while putting such stylistic detours as the trippy "Southern Nights" into perspective. The individual albums Toussaint made for Reprise range from very good to excellent, yet this simply named collection eclipses them all, since it has all the best moments, expertly sequenced. It may be softer than his famous productions, but it's every bit as good and essential; in fact, it's one of the greatest greatest-hits albums of '70s soul, funk, and R&B.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/1991
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992654920
catalogNumber: 26549
Rank: 50136

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Performance Credits

Allen Toussaint   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Etta James   Background Vocals
Art Neville   Organ
Bonnie Raitt   Background Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Earl Turbinton   Alto Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Gary Brown   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Electric Saxophone
Carl Blouin   Baritone Saxophone
John Boudreaux   Drums
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Lester Caliste   Trombone
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Ed Greene   Drums
Joan Harmon   Background Vocals
Eddie Hohner   Bass
Steve Howard   Trumpet
Terry Kellman   Guitar
Fred Kemp   Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Kerr   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Joe Lambert   Drums
Jim Moore   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Walter Payton   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
George Plummer   Guitar
George Porter   Bass,Electric Bass
Richard Powell   Bass
Lon Price   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts   Conga
Francis Rousselle   Trumpet
Teddy Royal   Guitar
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Squirrel   Conga
Fred Staehle   Drums
Richard Tee   Piano
Alvin Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Toussaint   Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Clyde Williams   Drums
Dr. John   Organ,Guitar
Red Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Charles Moore   Guitar
Sharon Neborn   Background Vocals
Deborah Paul   Background Vocals
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass

Technical Credits

Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Skip Godwin   Engineer
Roberta Grace   Engineer
Charles Greene   Producer
Lee Herschberg   Remixing
Ken Laxton   Engineer
Cosimo Matassa   Engineer
Dee Robb   Engineer,Remixing
Marshall Sehorn   Producer
John Stronach   Remixing
Allen Toussaint   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
Vincent Toussaint   Producer
Paul Wexler   Remixing
Don Snowden   Liner Notes
Naomi Neville   Composer

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