Lee Dorsey – Wheelin’ And Dealin’: The Definitive Collection (1997)

Lee Dorsey - Wheelin' And Dealin': The Definitive Collection (1997)
Artist: Lee Dorsey
Album: Wheelin’ And Dealin’: The Definitive Collection
Genre: New Orleans R&B, Funk, Soul
Label: Arista
Released: 1997
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Tracklist:
Ya Ya (2:28)
Do-Re-Mi (2:15)
Ride Your Pony (2:54)
Work Work Work (2:29)
Can You Hear Me (2:15)
Get Out Of My Life Woman (2:28)
Confusion (2:28)
Working In A Coalmine (2:51)
Holy Cow (2:33)
Operation Headache (1:38)
Gotta Find A Job (2:29)
Love Lots Of Lovin’ (3:01)
My Old Car (2:01)
Go-Go Girl (2:25)
I Can’t Get Away (2:17)
Lottie Mo ’68 (3:44)
A Lover Was Born (2:56)
Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On) (3:11)
Give It Up (3:05)
Candy Yam (2:14)

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Wheelin’ and Dealin’: The Definitive Collection pretty much lives up to its title, presenting 20 choice selections from one of the greatest figures of New Orleans R&B. All of his big singles are here — “Ya Ya,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Ride Your Pony,” “Get Out of My Life Woman,” “Working in a Coal Mine,” “Holy Cow,” “Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)” — along with lots of great lesser-known singles like “Confusion,” “Can You Hear Me,” and “My Old Car.” There are some really good songs missing, both from his prime Bell recordings and such latter-day singles as “Sneaking Sally Through the Alley,” but that’s primarily because everything Dorsey cut was consistently enjoyable; even when the quality of the material dipped, the band and Dorsey remained appealing. So, even if there’s a handful of songs that could have been here, it’s impossible to argue with what is, since it does result in a wonderful, endlessly listenable collection.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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