Lee Dorsey – Ride Your Pony

ARTIST: Lee Dorsey  MI0001646926.jpg
TITLE: Ride Your Pony
SINGLES: Ride Your Pony (#28 US, #7 R&B), Get Out of My Life, Woman (#44 US, #5 R&B, #22 UK). My Old Car (#97 US) and Go-Go Girl (#62 US, #31 R&B) charted, and are included as bonus tracks.
LINEUP: Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, other session players in New Orleans
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Old school New Orleans soul singer records a bunch of Allen Touissant songs around this time, gets a couple of hits and makes a fun album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Allen Toussaint and Lee Dorsey – together they mean a fun time. Most of the tracks on this album are kind of lightweight, but they convey a sense of fun that always surrounds New Orleans.

The backing is excellent by Toussaint and a bunch of New Orleans musicians (of course it’s top notch and funky). Dorsey’s vocals are also show joy. He’s not the best technical singer but he hits the right spot of fun for this kind of album.

The two singles above are the highlights, and you may have heard them, but the other songs here are also groovy as well.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They cover the old standard “Shortin’ Bread”.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with a dozen fun bonus cuts as well that were B-sides, singles, extra songs, etc..

GRADE: B+: It’s a great record for those of us who like 60’s soul, which I think is everyone, right?

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