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Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights [Warner Bros., 1975]
Toussaint's vocals have gained confidence in a soft-sung kind of way, but I really like only two songs here, one of which has been done better by Bonnie Raitt and the other of which is called--I hesitate even to type it--"Basic Lady." You have to figure that anyone who can write a Grammy-winner for Glen Campbell might fall victim to delusions of mediocrity. B-