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Chris Kenner: The Chris Kenner Collection: Land of 1000 Dances

Album Reviews:

No Depression (p.89) - "Kenner makes one of the first celebrations, and critiques, of the rock 'n' roll life....This is soul music, primal American corruption, and something else entirely."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Chris Kenner (vocals); Allen Toussaint (piano).

Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.

Chris Kenner was a fairly unknown New Orleans R&B singer in the 1960s. Three of his songs are remembered, however. "I Like It Like That, Pt. 1" reached number two on the pop charts in 1961, "Something You Got" was a hit when Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown covered it in 1965, and "Land of 1,000 Dances" became a huge hit for Wilson Pickett in 1966 and Cannibal & the Headhunters turned it into a garage band anthem. Those three songs are on Fuel 2000's retrospective, Land of 1000 Dances, along with 24 more swinging R&B tunes. Kenner's laid-back and funky style is reminiscent of Lee Dorsey and fits right into the New Orleans sound. This fine collection, which replaces Collectables' 1987 I Like It Like That: Golden Classics as the best Kenner collection available, is a must-have for anyone interested in great New Orleans R&B. ~ Tim Sendra


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