1978 Allen Toussaint – Motion

Motion is the sixth album by Allen Toussaint, released in 1978,

Allen Toussaint (January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) was an American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans R&B from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as “one of popular music’s great backroom figures.” Many musicians recorded Toussaint’s compositions, including “Java”, “Mother-in-Law”, “I Like It Like That”, “Fortune Teller”, “Ride Your Pony”, “Get Out of My Life, Woman”, “Working in the Coal Mine”, “Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky”, “Here Come the Girls”, “Yes We Can Can”, “Play Something Sweet”, and “Southern Nights”. He was a producer for hundreds of recordings, among the best known of which are “Right Place, Wrong Time”, by his longtime friend Dr. John (“Mac” Rebennack), and “Lady Marmalade”, by Labelle.

Tracks

1  Night People (Allen Toussaint) 4:21
2  Just a Kiss Away (Allen Toussaint) 4:11
3  With You in Mind (Allen Toussaint) 3:45
4  Lover of Love (Naomi Neville) 3:20
5  To Be With You (Allen Toussaint) 3:26
6  Motion (Allen Toussaint) 6:04
7  Viva la Money (Allen Toussaint) 3:33
8  Declaration of Love (Allen Toussaint) 4:40
9  Happiness (Allen Toussaint) 3:26
10  The Optimism Blues (Allen Toussaint) 3:06

Media

Musicians

BassBob Popwell
BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarLarry Carlton
PianoAllen Toussaint
PianoRichard Tee
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionVictor Feldman

Other Musicians

1 Night People

Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
Background VocalsEtta James


3 With You in Mind

Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
Background VocalsEtta James


5 To Be With You

Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJessica Smith


6 Motion

Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
Background VocalsEtta James


7 Viva la Money

Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
Background VocalsEtta James


8 Declaration of Love

Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
Background VocalsEtta James


9 Happiness

Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJessica Smith


10 The Optimism Blues

Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJessica Smith

Liner Notes

Producer – Jerry Wexler
Arranged By (Horns) – Allen Toussaint (Tracks 2, 7, 9)
Arranged By (Strings And Horns) – Nick DeCaro (Tracks 3, 5, 6, 8)
Engineer – Dee Robb, Skip Godwin, Skip Godwin
Engineer (Assistant) – Joe Chiccarelli, Richard Leech
Engineer (Remix) – Lee Herschberg
Engineer (Remix) – Dee Robb (Track 1)
Remix – Paul Wexler

Art Direction – Ed Thrasher
Photography By – Mario Casilli

Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Remixed At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Recorded At – Sea-Saint Studio