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What Is Success: The Scepter & Bell Recordings Import


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As a producer, bandleader, arranger, songwriter, session musician and all-around musical eminence, Allen Toussaint impacted the New Orleans music scene of the Sixties in much the same way that Dave Bartholomew had in the Fifties. Toussaint, in fact, apprenticed under Bartholomew at sessions for such legends as Fats Domino, so it was a seamless transition when the R&B baton passed between ... Read more in Amazon's Allen Toussaint Store

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kent Records UK
  • ASIN: B000UYND0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

This CD restores to catalogue Toussaint's second album - the first that he released under his own name - titled originally "Toussaint", then renamed "From A Whisper To A Scream" - augmented with the A- and B-sides of three Bell 45s from 1968 and 1969. Five of these have never been reissued in 35+ years.Originally released on vinyl on Scepter Records in 1970, New Orleans' eminent musical genius's solo LP was largely overlooked at the time but is nowadays considered to be a real masterpiece of Crescent City Soul.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Soulboogiealex on November 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I wish I could say Allen Toussaint doesn't need any introduction. But for some reason he still does. Despite his '98, long overdue, induction into the R&R Hall of Fame, most people were very much in the dark on who Allen was when Elvis Costello decided to record with him last year for "The River In Reverse". Allen Toussaint doesn't need any introduction amongst Soul fans, not even amongst the more casual admirer of the genre. But beyond that people hardly have a clue of who he is, hardly have a notion of the vastness of his legacy. With "The River in Reverse" a critical success, commercially even being relatively successful, there has been some new attention to the man. His albums have finally all been re released hopefully leading to more of a notion again of Allen Toussaint's influence on the development of popular music. On top of that, Costello's and Toussaint's successful tour has been released on DVD. Allowing people to see the man live in action. A rarity since Allen has always been an artist that preferred to be in the shadows of R&B's greatest.

Toussaint, at first glance, is a perfect example of how the influence of Black artists on R&R generally seem to be forgotten. The sense of importance fading over time. Allen Toussaint was essential in developing the sound of New Orleans. A sound that eventually spread out through artists like Dr. John, the Band and the Rolling Stones to a world wide audience. The brilliance of those acts is heralded, the origin of their brilliance a fading memory. In the case of Allen Toussaint this might not be so surprising. He mostly created behind the scenes. Allen wrote, produced, arranged and played for the greats of Soul music. At the age of 18 Allen was already a very accomplished piano player, mimicking the style of the great Professor Longhair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Ellenberg on June 22, 2010
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You can't go wrong with this disc: Allen Toussaint's early '70s self-titled LP, with some singles thrown in for good measure. Wonderful NOLA R&B. I extracted and reburned the CD so the tracks are in the order of the original LP release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
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The folks at Kent have done it again with another excellent reissue, this time packagaging one of Allen Toussaint's early albums with some extra cuts that he recorded for the Scepter and Bell labels. In a word: brilliant. These are superbly performed versions of superbly written compositions. As another reviewer noted, it's a shame --- no, it's a travesty --- that one has to talk up the talents of Toussaint and his relative lack of fame. This man is a musical genius, whether you are talking songwriter or performer. As most listeners are aware, he's an accomplished piano player, and his instrumentals are some of this album's highlights. But he's also a very engaging vocalist, his soulful/bluesy vocals adding just the right touch of tasty icing on a sweet musical cake. So many of these songs were later covered by other artists, another sure sign of the high quality of this music. If you enjoy 60s and 70s R&B or soul, or even soul-jazz from that period, treat yourself to this excellent collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Idle Vinyl on October 7, 2013
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Maybe this jusn't to my tastes, or not what I was expecting. I was hoping for something gritty, but got someting that had a pretty tame and 60s style showing its age
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