Category: Lee Dorsey

Lee Dorsey – The New Lee Dorsey

ARTIST: Lee Dorsey MI0002952754

TITLE:  The New Lee Dorsey

YEAR RELEASED: 1966

CHART ACTION: #129 US, #13 R&B, #27 UK

SINGLES: Confusion (#38 UK), Working in the Coal Mine (#8 US, #5 R&B, #8 UK), Holy Cow (#23 US, #10 R&B, #6 UK). Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) (#95 US, #33 R&B) charted as is included as a bonus track.

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  Nah, but who cares!

LINEUP: Lee Dorsey, Alan Toussaint, The Meters

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Another 1966 album by the Dorsey / Toussaint partnership is again filled with great songs and joyful performances.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Hot on the heels of Ride Your Pony, and taking advantage of the huge hit in Working in the Coal Mine, Dorsey and Toussaint assembled this collection and got it out in late 1966. Momentum was theirs, and it was the most successful original album by Dorsey.

It’s pretty fabulous, really. Just hearing Dorsey sing these tracks is an experience, because he has so much joy and life in his voice. Everyone knows (well, I hope they do) “Working in the Coal Mine”, but even some trifle like “A Little Dab Will Do Ya” is fun to hear because the musicians are tight and solid, and Dorsey’s having fun.

It’s a shame that Dorsey didn’t have another big hit, because it seemed that Amy Records concentrated on singles, and if they didn’t have a lot of chart action they didn’t bother with an album. Alas.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Dorsey had an auto repair business that he still kept while he was touring.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, another 12 cuts from other singles and b-sides released up until 1969.

GRADE: A-: Fun New Orleans Soul is good for your soul.

Lee Dorsey – Ride Your Pony

ARTIST: Lee Dorsey  MI0001646926.jpg
TITLE: Ride Your Pony
YEAR RELEASED: 1966
CHART ACTION: None
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.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably no
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?