Thursday, April 23, 2015

40 Year Itch : Chugging Like a Choo Choo Train

Charles Bronson on the set of 1975's Breakheart Pass
Allen Toussaint: Last Train

  Glen Campbell's cover version of the title track was a #1 country/ pop/ adult contemporary crossover smash but when you dig a little deeper into Southern Nights, you find some funky New Orleans soul thanks to Allen Toussaint's decision to team up with his house band, The Meters.

   On "Last Train",  I wonder of Toussaint is huffing and puffing to keep up with a young lover or whether he's suffering from Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, fearing the speed of rapid change that could mean the end of the railroad.

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