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Lee Dorsey, Holy Cow!: The Best of Lee Dorsey


This week's LP digitization is another best-of, this time Holy Cow!: The Best of Lee Dorsey, an out-of-print Arista Records collection of songs first recorded between 1961 and 1970. I've been thinking about Dorsey a lot lately, ever since the death of Allen Toussaint. Toussaint was the songwriter and producer of most of Dorsey's hits, and was even something of a mentor to the singer, despite the fact that Dorsey was fourteen years older than Toussaint. Their collaborations were nothing less than wonderful - Dorsey's warm, soulful tenor, the steady groove of the backing band (often the Meters, and Toussaint himself) and Toussaint's clean, rich studio production. Everything here is great, though my favorite is "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley", written by Toussaint and backed by the Meters.

I picked up this LP years ago from a cutout bin (you can see the telltale notch at the lower left corner of the cover, just below the C) at some record store I've forgotten. Safe to say that the store probably no longer exists.

February 21, 2016 in Music | Permalink