Dorsey, Lee

Band members               Related acts

- Lee Dorsey - vocals



- none known





Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The New Lee Dorsey

Company: Amy

Catalog: 8011

Year: 1965

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG


Comments: mono pressing; cut out hole lower left corner

Available: 2

GEMM Catalog ID: 4856

Price: $50.00


Reflecting standard marketing procedure that placed an emphasis on hit singles (particularly when it came to soul artists), Amy Records was reluctant to invest money in a Lee Dorsey LP.  That reluctance lasted for over a year and only collapsed after Dorsey turned in four massive hits via 'Ride Your Pony', 'Get Out of My Life Woman', 'Working In a Coal Mine' and 'Holy Cow'.  When Dorsey was finally allowed to record an LP, Amy executives apparently envisioned it as an effort to squeeze some additional cash out of the earlier singles since all four were incorporated in the track listing.  Luckily Dorsey was teamed with producers/arrangers Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn for the remaining new material.  The collaboration was magical.  Unlike most "quickie" supporting LPs, 1965's "The New Lee Dorsey" was a sterling effort.  Blessed with what is to my ears is one of soul's most likeable voices, in addition to the four classic singles, the album featured a wonderful set of mid-1960s' soul.  With all twelve track credited to Toussaint, highlights included 'Can You Hear Me', 'A Mellow Good Time' and 'Confusion'. One of those LPs that sound like it was fun to actually record, among the few missteps was the throwaway 'Mexico'.  Released without much support, the album actually proved a respectable seller, peaking at # 123 on the pop charts.


"The New Lee Dorsey" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Working In a Coal Mine   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:47

2.) Can You Hear Me   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:12

3.) The Greatest Love   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:16

4.) A Mellow Good Time   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:15

5.) Mexico   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:07

6.) Get Out of My Life, Woman   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:26


(side 2)

1.) Ride Your Pony   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:51

2.) Confusion    (Allen Toussaint)- 2:30

3.) Holy Cow   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:35

4.) Don't You Ever (Leave Me)   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:07

5.) Neighbor's Daughter   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:38

6.) A Little Dab a Do Ya   (Allen Toussaint) - 2:39