Allen Toussaint’s Warner years (Life, Love, and Faith; Southern Nights; and Motion) bundled on new set

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Allen Toussaint

Few musicians have meant to their home community what Allen Toussaint meant to New Orleans. He was a loved and respected fixture across the entire musical spectrum but never forgot where home was. In November 2015, he passed shortly after a concert in Madrid, and not long after, January 14—his birthday—was declared Allen Toussaint Day in the Big Easy.

His career as a songwriter, musician, producer, and collaborator spanned from the ’50s onward, and in the ’70s, he recorded a string of three underrated albums for Warner: Love, Life, and FaithSouthern Nights; and Motion. In 2003, Rhino Handmade—sadly, now defunct—reissued these albums along with a previously unreleased 1975 concert from Philadelphia in a very limited 2500 pressing 2-CD set that has long since been sold out. While the live set received its first vinyl issue this past Record Store Day, all four albums have been out of print on CD since that Rhino Handmade set. Fortunately, that situation is now rectified with a new issue of the 2-CD on May 13.

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