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.
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.“