Alvin Robinson -- Down Home GirlAlvin Robinson -- Down Home Girl
Great things about this song (credits in order of appearance):
- the horns
- the choice of acoustic bass
- the bassline (this needs sampling, if it hasn't been already)
- the interplay of trumpet and bass
- Lord I swear, the perfume you wear / Is made out of turnip greens / Every time I kiss you, girl / It tastes like pork & beans
- the vocal delivery: gritty, soulful, with a slightly throttled intensity that makes it come off as sincere rather than theatrical
- the piano. It's low in the mix, but it's doing good things
- Every time you move like that / I got to go to Sunday Mass
- the drum fill right before the bridge
- the horn on the bridge
- the piano under the horn on the bridge
- the piano on the outro
- the way the songs gets in, gets the job done, gets out
Alvin Robinson's version of the track has made it onto a couple of CD comps, so you can pick it up there if you need. New Orleans Party Classics got a good review at allmusic.com, though I haven't heard it personally.
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The sequel is completely different. No famous songs but lots of lesser-known funk -- like, well, Alvin Robinson's "Down Home Girl" along with The Meters' "Cabbage Alley," Sugar Boy Crawford's "Jock-a-Mo," Robert Parker's "All Night Long (Part One)" and an odd brass-band version of "Tipitina" by Bo Dollis and the Rebirth Brass Band. It's more of a mixed bag: I prefer the original but the sequel has its gems, too. Together, they're a great introduction to New Orleans R&B. (In fact, they were some of my first New Orleans records.)
I'll have to pick it up; what I've heard on this LP I ruined (Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey, mostly, but also the Alvin Robinson and a Barbara Lynn track I'll post soon) has been amazing.
Thanks, Girish, Lorezsky.
Dan has a version of this that he just sent me which is very good, too; maybe he'll post it here or in a separate post. It's well-worth hearing.
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Taj Mahal has a version of the song too, but I don't think it's his finest hour. It's fairly close to the Alvin Robinson version, except with a sax on that's not right for the song at all.
Fantastic record! Thanks!