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Songbook [CD/DVD Combo][Deluxe Edition]
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Album: Songbook [CD/DVD Combo][Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Introduction More Info...
2)    It's Raining More Info...
3)    Lipstick Traces More Info...
4)    Introduction to Brickyard Blues More Info...
5)    Brickyard Blues More Info...
6)    With You In Mind More Info...
7)    Who s Gonna Help Brother Get Further More Info...
8)    Sweet Touch of Love More Info...
9)    Holy Cow More Info...
10)    Introduction to Get Out Of My Life, Woman More Info...
11)    Get Out Of My Life, Woman More Info...
12)    Freedom for the Stallion More Info...
13)    St. James Infirmary More Info...
14)    Introduction to Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed More Info...
15)    Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed More Info...
16)    Soul Sister More Info...
17)    All These Things More Info...
18)    We Are America/Yes We Can More Info...
19)    The Optimism Blues More Info...
20)    Old Records More Info...
21)    Certain Girl Medley: Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working In The Coal Mine More Info...
22)    It s A New Orleans Thing More Info...
23)    I Could Eat Crawfish Everyday More Info...
24)    There s No Place Like New York More Info...
25)    Southern Nights More Info...
 

Album: Songbook [CD/DVD Combo][Deluxe Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Introduction More Info...
2)    It's Raining More Info...
3)    Lipstick Traces More Info...
4)    Introduction to Brickyard Blues More Info...
5)    Brickyard Blues More Info...
6)    With You In Mind More Info...
7)    Who s Gonna Help Brother Get Further More Info...
8)    Sweet Touch of Love More Info...
9)    Holy Cow More Info...
10)    Introduction to Get Out Of My Life, Woman More Info...
11)    Get Out Of My Life, Woman More Info...
12)    Freedom for the Stallion More Info...
13)    St. James Infirmary More Info...
14)    Introduction to Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed More Info...
15)    Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed More Info...
16)    Soul Sister More Info...
17)    All These Things More Info...
18)    We Are America/Yes We Can More Info...
19)    The Optimism Blues More Info...
20)    Old Records More Info...
21)    Certain Girl Medley: Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working In The Coal Mine More Info...
22)    It s A New Orleans Thing More Info...
23)    I Could Eat Crawfish Everyday More Info...
24)    There s No Place Like New York More Info...
25)    Southern Nights More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Sean McClintock.
  • Recording information: Joe's Pub At The Public, NYC (03/01/2009/09/30/2009).
  • Photographers: Michael P. Smith; Glade Bilby II.
  • Allen Toussaint experienced a late-career revival sparked, ironically enough, by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He had to leave his hometown New Orleans after the hurricane, relocating to New York City where he started to play regular gigs at Joe's Pub and, soon enough, he cut The River in Reverse with Elvis Costello. That 2006 album propelled Toussaint toward a greater audience, leading to more headlining concerts, two of which are chronicled on Rounder's 2013 release Songbook. Recorded in 2009 at Joe's Pub, Songbook features nothing more than Toussaint alone at a piano running through songs he's written over the decades. He sprinkles in a New Orleans standard here and there -- there's an excellent rendition of "St. James Infirmary" -- but the spotlight is on his peerless originals, songs that are standards in their own right: "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)," "Holy Cow," "Get Out of My Life, Woman," "Yes We Can," a medley of "A Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller," "Southern Nights." Toussaint's voice sounds smooth and silky -- he in no way seems as if he's in his seventies -- and his piano is similarly nimble as it glides from signature New Orleans stride and boogie to sophisticated, elegiac chords. Perhaps this album packs no revelations -- there are no rearrangements, nothing unexpected in the songs -- but as an elegant summation of strengths, this Songbook is mighty attractive. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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