Ernie K-Doe

Absolutely the Best

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You can't think of Ernie K-Doe without thinking of "Mother-In-Law," his 1961 chart-topper and the only pop hit on his resumé. As the 18-track collection Absolutely the Best proves so well, though, K-Doe recorded many great sides, a few of which beat even the glorious "Mother-In-Law." The disc covers his early-'60s sides for the Minit and Duke logos very well, scooping up pleasant chart entries like "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta" and "Popeye Joe." Fortunately, the compilers also recognized that as a lark, fans would want to hear "Get out of My House," a quasi-cover of "Mother-In-Law" featuring the same deep bass vocals repeating the title as Benny Spellman had provided for the big hit. Those unfamiliar with K-Doe's career will undoubtedly get knocked out by "A Certain Girl" and "'Tain't It the Truth," two classics of New Orleans R&B with the same laid-back, sheepish finesse that made "Mother-In-Law" such a hit.

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