By 1970, when this album was recorded, Allen Toussaint was already a New Orleans legend on several fronts: as pianist, arranger, songwriter and producer. In the 60's, he had written and produced hits for Irma Thomas, Art and Aaron Neville, Lee Dorsey and others, and his compositions had been covered by a range of artists, including Otis Redding, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Though not technically his debut, this marks his true start as a solo artist. The proper title for this release is a little confusing; it was first released as "Toussaint" on the Scepter label, and re-released in the 80's as "From A Whisper To A Scream" by Kent. The album is split into two parts: Side 1 is the "vocal" side, and Side 2 "instrumental." Vocal highlights include the title track, "Sweet Touch Of Love" (used recently in an award-winning TV commercial for Axe deodorants) and "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" (covered by the likes of Lou Donaldson, Claudia Lennear and O'Donel Levy). The breadth of Toussaint's influence in the music world is vast; other artists who have recorded his songs include The Judds, Devo, Robert Palmer, The O'Jays, The Band, Glen Campbell, The Pointer Sisters, Boz Scaggs and Herb Alpert, to name just a few. Legend indeed!
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