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Everything I Do is Gonh Be Funky

Album: Everything I Do is Gonh Be Funky
# Song Title   Time
1)    That Thang - Pee Wee Ellis
2)    Short Eyes - Curtis Mayfield
3)    Ripplin' - Ripple
4)    It's a New Day - Skull Snaps
5)    Dudley Do-Right - Leroy Hutson
6)    Hang on in There - Bobby Womack
7)    I Made a Promise - Sir Joe Quarterman
8)    Can't Nickname the Truth - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart
9)    Stump Juice - Jimmy McGriff
10)    Stoop Down - Ernie K-Doe
11)    Jessie Joe - Jean Knight
12)    Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Maceo & All the King's Men
13)    Delights of the Garden - The Last Poets
1)    Sport - Lightnin' Rod
2)    Chicken Strut - The Meters
3)    Jungle Band
4)    Cakes - Jungle Band
5)    Mag-Poo - Maceo & All the King's Men
6)    Koochie Koochie Koochie - Mavis Staples
7)    Get Off - Ripple
8)    Moon Walk - Pee Wee Ellis
9)    Jazzoetry - The Last Poets
10)    You Said a Bad Word - Joe Tex
11)    Chameleon - Buddy Rich
12)    Give Me Back My Freedom - Sir Joe Quarterman
13)    Bitchin' - Charlie Rouse
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Performer Notes
  • 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (p.72) - "[With] a delightfully silly ditty titled 'Tiddle Winks,' a previously little-known gem that's being given a second chance to shine in this 50-track overview..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his 50-track collection is hard to beat....It was Toussaint's skills as a writer, producer and arranger that cemented his status as an integral cog of the New Orleans sound..."
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