All hail All Saint's Day at the beginning of November. In France, Toussaint warrants a two-week holiday for school children and a golden opportunity for their parents and grandparents to place pots of chrysanthemums on their ancestors' graves. A sombre affair. Not so the joyful rhythm & blues of New Orleans. And it just so happens that November marks the first anniversary of the death of one of the Crescent City's patron saints: singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and jobbing genius, the modest and charming Allen Toussaint. So this month, our resident DJ celebrates the life, hits, influences and cohorts of the man behind the controls at Sea-Saint Studios, Noo Orleenz. Sprinkle with a few new releases and it'll get you 'huffin' and puffin' and chuggin' like a choo-choo train'. Welcome to the 'Land of 1,000 Dances'.
Intro: Dolapdere Big Gang – 'Smoke on the water'
Track 1: Lee Allen – 'Walking with Mr. Lee'
Track 2: Lee Dorsey – 'Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley'
Track 3: Irma Thomas – 'Ruler of my Heart'
Track 4: Chris Kenner – 'Land of 1,000 Dances'
Track 5: Professor Longhair – 'Longhair's Blue Rumba'
Track 6: Allen Toussaint – 'Tequila'
Track 7: The Meters – 'Just Kissed My Baby'
Track 8: Aaron Neville – 'Hercules'
Track 9: Labelle – 'Lady Marmalade'
Track 10: Mavis Staples – 'Last Train'
Track 11: Dr. John with BB King – 'Hen Layin' Rooster'
Track 12: Azymuth – 'Villa Mariana (Pela Madrugada)
Track 13: Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – 'We Be All Africans' (Chris Depak mix)
Track 14: The Frank Flight Band – 'The Island'
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