Lee Dorsey – 1970 – Yes We Can

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This album is nothing short of a masterpiece. Allen Toussaint and Lee Dorsey were a perfect match and the work they created together is unsurpassed in it’s brilliance and inventiveness.

The Yes We Can album captures a peak moment in Allen’s work with songs like “Riverboat“, mentioned in the previous review with it’s genius drum patters, written by Allen and played by New Orleans drumming legend, James Black.

A1 Yes We Can (Part 1) 3:30
A2 Riverboat 2:34
A3 Tears, Tears and More Tears 3:20
A4 O Me-O, My-O 2:43
A5 Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley 2:51
A6 Yes We Can (Part 2) 3:28
B1 Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further? 3:04
B2 Games People Play 3:14
B3 When the Bill’s Paid 2:28
B4 Occapella 2:42
B5 Gator Tail 3:03
B6 Would You? 3:47

Arranger and producer Allen Toussaint knows that funk can be subtle and still hit hard.  With The Meters as the backing band, you know you’re getting excellent musicianship.  And to top it all off, Lee Dorsey possesses one of the most soulful yet commonman deliveries in all of rhythm & blues.  What more could you want?  How much more could you even handle?

Yes We Can is 12 songs of pure New Orleans splendor, each track a Toussaint original.  It’s flat out thrilling to hear the horns laze ‘n slide in on the title track and then punch it up right when your defenses are down.  The smoky blues percussion of “Riverboat” can be accused of giving the listener whiplash.  The voodoo grind of “Occapella” can shake the nastiest curse.  The bassline of “Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?” is a powerful statement all on its own.  And then you add Toussaint’s wicked songwriting talents and Lee’s humble but purposeful delivery on top of it all and, before you know it, you’re addicted. 

And with all due respect (and then some, and then some more, and then even a wee bit more on top of it all) to Allen Toussaint and The Meters for providing the oomph and the groove and the howl and the chill of Yes We Can, the real aspect that pushes the album over the top for me is the personality of Lee Dorsey.  He pulls off the call-and-response of “Would You?” with genuine quiet class.  He pumps through “Tears, Tears and More Tears” with unmatchable urgency and shamelessness.  

His smooth delivery in “O Me-O My-O” makes me want to break it down somehow or someway, whatever that entails.  And when he finally cuts in on Part II of the title track, I get goosebumps.  There’s a magic to Lee Dorsey’s presence on every record, and when you throw Allen Toussaint and The Meters into the mix, it’s unbeatable.  

This is real funk.  Pure New Orleans soul.


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  • Terry
    Posted at 09:41h, 05 December 2018 Reply

    Thanks again,for the series great post, great job

  • Wojtek
    Posted at 09:52h, 05 December 2018 Reply

    Truly amazing – thanks for this flavour of new orleans soul!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 13:06h, 05 December 2018 Reply

    A great discovery for me.

  • Mick Glover
    Posted at 19:41h, 05 December 2018 Reply

    Outstanding i miss this kind of music.

  • Roberto
    Posted at 00:09h, 06 December 2018 Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing so much great music with us !!! I love your blog !!!

  • Bruce
    Posted at 09:48h, 06 December 2018 Reply

    Oh man.wonderful album.thank u.

  • Hans
    Posted at 13:26h, 06 December 2018 Reply

    Absolutely sublime,listening to this is a wonderful experience.

  • Stratino
    Posted at 19:05h, 06 December 2018 Reply

    Thanks Nikos for this brilliant share.

    Posted at 10:08h, 07 December 2018 Reply

    insane! thank you so much!

  • Seth
    Posted at 11:26h, 07 December 2018 Reply

    Perfect. Have a nice weekend.

  • Josie
    Posted at 13:45h, 07 December 2018 Reply

    Love it.

  • Derek
    Posted at 19:18h, 07 December 2018 Reply

    Many Thanks.

  • Bobby
    Posted at 22:16h, 07 December 2018 Reply

    Thank you for sharing the hot stuff.

  • Jean
    Posted at 18:39h, 08 December 2018 Reply

    Fantastique!! Merci beaucoup!!!

  • Jesse
    Posted at 19:44h, 08 December 2018 Reply

    Pure heat right here.

  • Manolo
    Posted at 00:14h, 09 December 2018 Reply

    If you are truly a fan of 60’s and 70’s soul, this album is a must have.

  • Sercovio
    Posted at 12:01h, 09 December 2018 Reply

    an old school classic!!!

  • Edmilson
    Posted at 22:04h, 09 December 2018 Reply

    I have been dying to get an original vinyl copy of this for years!!!

  • Lemon77
    Posted at 09:52h, 10 December 2018 Reply

    I absolutely love this! Listen to it often!

  • Nino
    Posted at 10:27h, 10 December 2018 Reply

    Muito boa!! Obrigado.

  • Bill
    Posted at 21:54h, 10 December 2018 Reply

    This is a really solid joint. thanks for the share.

  • Musiconaute
    Posted at 09:39h, 03 January 2019 Reply

    1000 mercis. Ce joyau retrouve ici son éclat.

  • Etta
    Posted at 22:11h, 05 January 2019 Reply

    It’s timelessly good.

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