Even less seems to be written about Allen Toussaint‘s final A-side for Bell, 1969‘s populist anthem, “We the People“:
“We the People“
Allen Toussaint (1969)
Imagine the magnitude of our collective output if we all directed our energies toward constructive ends instead of squabbling amongst ourselves. Help me understand exactly how squaring off against each other will create a better future.
Unfortunately, it takes grown-ups to keep a democratic-style government from being overrun by career politicians and well-funded special interests, and too many people have bought into the “confrontational approach” to governance and public policy that passes for “civic discourse” in this country (e.g., boxing match sound effects employed at shouty “news” networks that allow you to keep score at home). And thus, as The Wall Street Journal reports, while 95% of post-recession gains (2009-2012) have gone to the wealthiest 1%, we the people fight over the crumbs, instead, and demonize each other. Is this really the best we can do – or expect?
US – 1969
UK – 1969
“Perhaps owing to their very scarcity, the Bell Records singles ‘Get Out of My Life Woman‘ b/w ‘Gotta Travel On‘; ‘Got That Feelin’ Now‘ b/w ‘Hands Christianderson‘; and ‘We the People‘ b/w ‘Tequila‘ have actually been mastered from vinyl (rather than tape) sources. While surface noise is audible throughout, each of the selections is thoroughly listenable, thanks to Rob Shread‘s effective audio restorations.”
Six years prior, Toussaint (as “Al Tousan“) had issued a B-side entitled “Real Churchy,” which is exactly how I’d described the piano chording that Toussaint employs throughout.
Q = Would it be wrong to tag “We the People” as “gospel“?