Allen Toussaint - Go Back Home (ALON 9021)
Go Back Home
This is the B side of the great "Poor Boy Got to Move", which has been comped on CD. The record was released in 1965, and was one of the last things Toussaint ever did for Joe Banashak. Once again, it's years ahead of it's time... the piano, the guitar, that whole dark moody ambience thing - I love it!
The song takes on special meaning in light of all the misery and tragedy our beloved New Orleans is going through now, huh? In the early days after Katrina hit, it was being reported that Allen Toussaint was stuck down with the crowd at the Superdome, remember that? That's when the whole thing really hit home for me, man.
Allen Toussaint is THE MAN, pure and simple. Without him, our entire musical world would never have existed, know what I mean?
I always made it a point to go see him on the rare occasions he would come to town, as well as every year at Jazz Fest. I even became an "official" member of the fan club...
I went to visit Sea-Saint Studios on Clematis Avenue in New Orleans sometime in the late 80s. Toussaint was there, and personally showed me around the place. He was so humble, and like accessible, man. To stand in that space where albums like "Rejuvenation" and "Desitively Bonaroo" were recorded with DA MAN at my side just blew me away!
I don't know if you saw the pay-per-view benefit thing from Madison Square Garden, but it was really great to see Toussaint at the center of it all, finally getting some of the recognition he deserves.