Toussaint McCall – 1967 – Nothing Takes The Place Of You

The entire LP is in a soulful vein and everybody who likes deep, strong, soulful music that tugs at your heart will positively LOVE it!

At times a stirring soul balladeer, organist/vocalist Toussaint McCall doesn’t have a lengthy string of hits. But his 1967 version of “Nothing Takes The Place Of You” was among that year’s finest performances. It gave McCall his lone R&B hit, reaching number five. It was one of two singles he had that year for Ronn Records that clicked, the other being “I’ll Do It For You,” which made the Top 30. He has continued performing and recording for tiny Southern independents, but hasn’t returned to the charts.

This is a @320 Vinyl Rip of the original Ronn Records including covers.

Tracks
A1
I’ll Do You It For2.41
A2 The Toussaint Shuffle 2.25
A3 Nothing Takes The Place Of You 3.15
A4 The Title Escapes Me 1.50
A5 (I Left My Heart) In San Francisco 3.49
A6 La Rea 1.49
B1 Step By Step 2.53
B2 Perhaps I Love You 2.18
B3 Shimmy 2.15
B4 I’m Undecided 2.03
B5 All For A Love Like You 2.45
B6 Summertime 2.08

A landmark bit of southern soul from the great Toussaint McCall a wonderfully talented singer, songwriter, and organist every bit as great as Otis Redding, James Carr, and other southern soul great of the 60s! This album is Toussaint’s strongest legacy, known best for its sublime title cut, and filled with gems that burn and bubble with a raw soul energy few other singers of the south could match! The set features some great funky instrumentals “Shimmy”, “Toussaint Shuffle”, and “The Title Escapes Me” plus the classic vocal number “Nothing Takes The Place Of You”, and the tracks “I’m Undecided”, “Step By Step”, “Perhaps I Love You”, and “La Rea” (Dusty Groove).

“…Deep soul doesn’t get much deeper than Toussaint McCall….NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE contains his career highlights, beginning with the eerie, mournful title ballad…” (Living Blues Magazine).

Groovy Emmanuel gives the final touch with his comment : “These are the small things that big things are made of! As long as they remain as soulful and passionate as to motivate the shape of things to come. Tiny studios, small record labels, poor equipment, but yet what a great feeling can they produce! “Shimmy” is centered around some pounding Louisiana-syncopated drums that leave a little space enough for Toussaint to fill in a shimmering performance in his distorted B-3. Two pieces only, but yet it sounds like an orchestrated big band! On The other hand the man defines what deep soul vocals are all about. Excellent balancing. It was just 1967 and thank God this fine piece of southern music was heard all over America.

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39 Comments
  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 16:33h, 14 July Reply

    Thanks so much, Nikos. Unfortunately the link doesn’t seem to be working.

  • wallofsound
    Posted at 16:41h, 14 July Reply

    I’d love to hear this. Looking forward to a new link. Thanks for sharing.

  • Messiah
    Posted at 16:57h, 14 July Reply

    This sounds like it’s right up my alley….i’ve been having a ball with “Introducing The Whatnauts”…..thanks Nikos! Peace

    Messiah

  • Numba
    Posted at 19:55h, 14 July Reply

    Man ! No words to describe how I LOVE Toussaint Mc Call’s music !!!

    Massive thanks !!!

  • W
    Posted at 20:05h, 14 July Reply

    A really rare album! Thanks, I love your blog.

  • Andre
    Posted at 20:55h, 14 July Reply

    never heard this before, the description sounds good though. i gotta check this one out thanks a lot Nikos!!!

  • k02
    Posted at 22:13h, 14 July Reply

    Amazing than you so much

  • beats2go00
    Posted at 22:53h, 14 July Reply

    thx great album

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 00:51h, 15 July Reply

    Here is awesome Toussaint McCall lp that features the club dj burner ‘shimmy’ this is pure booker t mgs style soul funk for the club djs. there are 3 solid tunes in all. and this record never turns up only the 45.

  • daniel S.
    Posted at 01:08h, 15 July Reply

    A southern soul diamond!
    what i like most in this great site, is that i can dig all kind of soul and funk without exclusions. GREAT!

  • Jazzy
    Posted at 01:11h, 15 July Reply

    ‘Nothing Takes The Place Of You’ has a soulful heartache that still hits the spot. Warm arrangements and McCall’s sonorous voice! What’s better for the night…..

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 09:08h, 15 July Reply

    These are the small things that big things are made of! As long as they remain as soulful and passionate as to motivate the shape of things to come. Tiny studios, small record labels, poor equipment, but yet what a great feeling can they produce! “Shimmy” is centered around some pounding Louisiana-syncopated drums that leave a little space enough for Toussaint to fill in a shimmering performance in his distorted B-3. Two pieces only, but yet it sounds like an orchestrated big band! On The other hand the man defines what deep soul vocals are all about. Excellent balancing. It was just 1967 and thank God this fine piece of southern music was heard all over America.

  • gorgio
    Posted at 10:57h, 15 July Reply

    Seductive sound from the South! Keep it up with these gems like this one, never seen in before!

  • Eliah
    Posted at 11:11h, 15 July Reply

    Much much LOVE for your dedicated work. It is amazing for us – the young ones – to discover R’n’B classics!!!!!!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 13:28h, 15 July Reply

    Thanks Nikos! This Looks very interesting! I can’t wait to hear it! Much Appreciated!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:13h, 15 July Reply

    I don’t know how to thank you. Since I heard him in the John Water version of “Harspray”, I was dreaming of earring others stuff by him…Thanks

  • NewB.
    Posted at 16:09h, 15 July Reply

    some efficient beats on this gem ! Thank you for sharing. I definitely learn a LOT on this blog.

    PS : there’s 2 orig. copies for sale on cdandlp

  • Sotiris
    Posted at 16:46h, 15 July Reply

    Nice blog

  • kate
    Posted at 17:25h, 15 July Reply

    Deep soul classic! i had no idea of him. thanks very much.Congrats!

  • hooch
    Posted at 17:36h, 15 July Reply

    many thanks man!

  • Donovan
    Posted at 20:18h, 15 July Reply

    Deep deep deep (soul) thanks for this dope record, nikos.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 23:40h, 15 July Reply

    WOW!! This brings back many memories – thank you!

  • robert
    Posted at 01:31h, 16 July Reply

    This is the kind of deep ballad that just kills me every time! I’ve never heard this artist before so I’m really glad you thought to share it. Come to think of it, I’ve never heard of Ronn Records before. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled in future digs.

    Thanks again, Nikos.

  • UMA
    Posted at 09:48h, 16 July Reply

    Can’t wait to give it a listen. Love as always…

  • liam
    Posted at 15:34h, 16 July Reply

    thanx a million.

  • Paul G.
    Posted at 16:56h, 16 July Reply

    Super. Appreciate it nick.

  • Fin
    Posted at 20:43h, 16 July Reply

    Classic! More Southern Soul please.

  • Son
    Posted at 00:27h, 17 July Reply

    Absolutely great record! Excellent organist and vocals reflecting the heart.

  • BarLok
    Posted at 10:49h, 17 July Reply

    This is a superb album and blog. Thanks for being there!

  • Kizza
    Posted at 11:56h, 17 July Reply

    Lovin’ it! Thanks for another gem!

  • manny
    Posted at 01:44h, 18 July Reply

    ur always schooling me on stuff i dont kno about

    thanks for posting

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 03:04h, 18 July Reply

    Much thanks Nikos and Trakbuv for this beautiful album!

  • willjello
    Posted at 05:12h, 24 July Reply

    thank you so much for what you do!

  • King Megatrip
    Posted at 05:04h, 28 July Reply

    many thanks again!

  • Yves
    Posted at 22:05h, 12 October Reply

    Wow what a great record! Thank you so much for making such musical gems available. In my opion “I`ll do it for you” is even better than “nothing takes…”.

    Cheers

  • St. Laurent
    Posted at 17:31h, 21 November Reply

    The title track is truly amazing and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the LP. You’re the shiznit!

  • rhys
    Posted at 23:59h, 19 October Reply

    this song is the definition of what soul music can be, thanks so much for posting. I’ll be listening to this for the rest of my life

  • M
    Posted at 12:34h, 04 November Reply

    Thanks Nikos!

  • Ha Ha
    Posted at 18:41h, 12 September Reply

    Hello from 2013 link working. Thank you.

    HaHa

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