Whilst Allen Toussaint had released two fantastic solo albums in the early 70s, they didn’t succeed in getting his own recording career to take off, and so he was still most successful as a producer, helping craft first class New Orleans-flavoured funk and soul for other artists. Amongst the best work he produced in this era was Dr John’s In The Right Place (1972) and Desitively Bonnaroo (1973), and Labelle’s Nightbirds (1974), with its #1 hit “Lady Marmalade”.
Eventually he released another solo album in 1975. Southern Nights was another collection of cool, funky R&B in his own idiosyncratic style, full of great songs and tight grooves. The title track in particular, a swirling, trippy mirage of a tune, has endured as one of his best known songs - it became a #1 hit for Glen Campbell two years later. Toussaints’s original version was not as successful, and the album itself never made much of an impact on the charts. However it is generally seen as his masterpiece, and he’s apparently referred to it himself as his best album.
Life, Love And Faith (1972) <|> Motion (1978)
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