Lee Dorsey

The EP Collection

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See for Miles' series The EP Collection is always fascinating, since it not only provides collectors with a nifty compilation of pop artifacts, but it also provides a chance-taking, unpredictable singles collection. Such is the case with Lee Dorsey's The EP Collection. There's not a bad track to be found on this dynamite 26-track collection that boasts three original British EPs, two French EPs, and six A-sides from "Ya Ya" to "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley." The very fact that there aren't any weak moments is a testament to just how damn good Lee Dorsey was. It wasn't just that he was backed by stellar musicians under the direction of Allen Toussaint -- it was that he was a supremely gifted vocalist with a sly turn of phrase. He could make throwaway songs sound substantial, and he brought unexpected twists to stronger numbers. These talents are readily apparent on any Dorsey collection, but this is one of the very finest, ranking just beneath the slightly tighter Arista compilation, Wheelin' and Dealin'. The truth of the matter is this -- Lee Dorsey sounds terrific in any context and the singles sound great in any sequence, so even if you buy this for the handful of tracks that you don't have, you'll be satisfied. And if you get this as your first Lee Dorsey album, you're bound to be converted.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:12
3 2:49
4 2:39
5 2:27
6 2:07
7 2:23
8 2:33
9 2:51
10 2:29
11 2:13
12 2:25
13 2:45
14 2:03
15 2:23
16 2:36
17 2:23
18 2:17
19 2:29
20 2:48
21 2:25
22 2:15
23 1:58
feat: Betty Harris
25 3:10
26 2:52
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