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Allen Toussaint: Life, Love and Faith

Album Reviews:

Q (9/96, p.134) - 3 Stars - Good - "...full-fledged funkathon..."

Uncut (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]isplaying his measured yet disparate skills on the disco hit 'Soul Sister' and the sublime, moving 'On The Way Down'."

No Depression (p.103) - "[T]he set sounds like a goldmine of hits....the dozen songs make for one of the finest, if most overlooked, albums out of the Crescent City."

Album Notes

Recorded at Jazz City Recording Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Clive Anderson.

All songs written by Allen Toussaint.

As a musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer, Allen Toussaint has been a key figure in New Orleans music since the 1960s. His 1972 solo release, LIFE, LOVE AND FAITH (his Warner/Reprise debut), shows his talent in full flower. Toussaint blends all the best elements of New Orleans R&B (many of which he helped shape and refine), including swampy funk, second-line boogie, Professor Longhair-styled R&B, and touches of jazz. But Toussaint's far more than a sculptor of grooves: he is a singer-songwriter with a wide compositional palette that encompasses ballads, smooth soul, and psychedelia, as well as tasty jams. LIFE, LOVE AND FAITH is one of the finest from this Big Easy legend.


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