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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008F6M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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new orleans vocalist lee dorsey. pop, rock, R&B, blues, new orleans, funk. solo performer with ensemble for back up. within R&R genre.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J P Ryan on July 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
With a voice like a wonderfully wry, warm, generous smile, Lee Dorsey's music remains as knowing, sly, open-hearted, and idiosyncratic as one could hope given that he was one of New Orleans' most successful national hitmakers. Certainly the laid back rhythm of the city is evident in a vocal persona that betrayed fewer gospel mannerisms than any other 'soul' singer of his generation (Dorsey was born December 24, 1926). Indeed, Lee was joyous and wary, restrained and intimate. You almost felt like this most conversational of stylists was singing to you straight from his body-and-fender shop. Debuting in 1957 on Ace ('Rock'), Dorsey's early singles gained attention on his home turf, but it wasn't until he Bobby Robinson signed Dorsey to his Fury label in 1961 that he hit big nationally, with the surreal 'Ya Ya' and 'Do-Re-Me'. 1963 saw Lee recording with the A.F.O. All Stars for Smash, and Constellation released a pair of singles the following year. These coincided with Allen Toussaint's two years' military service.
By the time "Yes We Can" was released by Polydor in 1970, Dorsey and Toussaint had been collaborating for so long that a classic album was almost inevitable. Toussaint first worked with Dorsey as pianist on the singer's 1958 single 'Lottie Mo' (Valiant Records). During the especially prolific 1965 - 70 period the pair scored several national hits ('Working In The Coal Mine', 'Ride Your Pony', 'Holy Cow', etc) on the Amy label. All of the Amy material has been collected on two terrific CDs issued by Sundazed, "Ride Your Pony" and "The New Lee Dorsey". Both titles were originally Amy LPs, and in 2000 they were greatly expanded for a combined total of 47 tracks, nearly every one a gem.
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