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Lee Dorsey: Wheelin' and Dealin': The Definitive Collection

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Includes liner notes by The Hound.

Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York).

When he wasn't pounding out fenders in his body shop, Lee Dorsey would venture into the studio to lay down some of the catchiest New Orleans-based R&B released in the '60s. His largest hit (covered later by Steve Miller who also had success with it), "Ya-Ya," was a number-one hit and his signature tune. Most importantly, the song became a distinct member in the hallowed club of great nonsense songs.

The other great moments here offer similar rewards of easy-going charm and brevity. Nearly every tune is shorter than three minutes, as if the good times were too contagious to sustain. The clanging "Working in the Coal Mine" (covered by Devo in the '80s) may describe hard labor but it sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to hear Dorsey tell it. The more ruminative "Holy Cow" dispels heartbreak in 2:41 minutes of plaintive longing. The bubbling "Love Lots of Lovin'" quickly turns the percolator back up. And when the jumpy New Orleans rhythms kick in, the charms of Lee Dorsey defy resistance.


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