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Let Me Play With Your Poodle

Marcia Ball Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1. Let Me Play With Your Poodle
2. Why Women Cry
3. Crawfishin
4. How Big A Fool
5. The Right Tool For The Job
6. I'm Just A Prisoner
7. I Still Love You
8. Can't Trust My Heart
9. The Story Of My Life
10. Something I Can't Do
11. For The Love Of A Man
12. American Dream
13. Louisiana 1927

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Long, tall Marcia Ball kicks off her new album with the title track, "Let Me Play with Your Poodle," a rollicking, double-entendre blues number originated by Tampa Red. In Ball's version, she reinforces the salacious lyrics with a punchy horn section, her own second-line New Orleans piano solo and her own giddy vocal. And Ball doesn't need to dip into blues history for a bawdy song; she proves she can write her own on "The Right Tool for the Job." The rest of the album isn't quite so blunt, but whether she's admitting she "Can't Trust My Heart" or declaring there's "Something I Can't Do," Ball locks her voice and piano parts so firmly into the syncopated Gulf Coast rhythms that there always seems to be a party in full swing on this recording.

The album is dominated by the sights and sounds of Ball's native Louisiana, from the culinary delights of Clarence Garlow's "Crawfishin'" to the ironic history of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927." Ball is now based in Austin, however, and she is backed by some of the finest blues musicians in Texas, including Clarence Hollimon, who plays guitar on "I'm Just a Prisoner," and Doyle Bramhall, who sings the duet vocal on "How Big a Fool." Ball doesn't possess the strongest voice in the blues world, but few revivalists can match her instinctive grasp of rhythmic phrasing. --Geoffrey Himes

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Format:Audio CD
During a recent on-stage interview in Austin, Texas(courtesy of NPR's great program, "Fresh Air" and its talented host, Terri Gross), the marvelous Ms. Ball resisted attempts to peg her as being EITHER from Texas or Louisiana. Instead, she gave a musician's rationale for disregarding state borders where the gulf-states region is considered. It was no swipe at state sovereignty, but rather, a compelling homage to the rich mixture of influences that infuse the music from New Orleans to Austin! Just listen to what she serves up on this disc, and you'll readily endorse her her right and claim to dual-state residency. I've been a guitar player all my life...and yet, when I listen to Marcia Ball tickling the keys of a piano, I wish I'd taken up the ivories as well. There's just no limit to the ways Marcia Ball makes her musical presence known! She's equally at home with raucous, New Orleans boogie (listen to the opening title track), and heart renching blues and r&b ballads like "I Still Love You" and "How Big A Fool" (I could almost see Etta James and Ruth Brown nodding their approval). Then listen to Marcia "preach the gospel truth" on "For the Love of A Man" and you'll have been witness to that masterful blend of instrumentation and visceral vocal phrasing that is R&B at its most convincing. And if the soulful slow numbers have you immobilized and your knees pinned to the floor, just jump to "Crawfishin'" and you'll be back in full motion.
When's the next flight to New Orleans and Austin?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia's best to date. June 24 1998
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Format:Audio CD
I think this is Marcia Ball's most far-reaching and sophisticated CD to date. Her full range as a musican and singer are on display. The first song "Let Me Play With Your Poodle", reaches out, grabs you out of your chair, and takes you full-speed into the joyous world that is Marcia Ball's music. You get the full drive and power of her piano playing. Other Louisiana type songs include "Crawfishin'" and "The Right Tool for the Job". "American Dream" is a little bit different for Marcia--a Delbert McClinton-style rocker--but it's become one of my favorites. Lost-love ballads like "The Story of My Life" are a great change of pace, and the final song "Evangeline" is a quietly passionate cover of a Randy Newman song that is just exquisite.
I thought "Blue House" was the best, but this is even better. It really shows off the Marcia Ball Band (which, unfortunately, has seen almost a complete turnover since this CD came out) at its most mature and powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make it talk girl!!! April 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was a chance purchase by my Father who shares my love of blues. I feel like I have been let into a new field of boogie~woogie, key dancin...world. This lady is fantastic, I would give my right left toe to be able to do what she does to those ivorys. Play with Your Poodle is a piece of mastery that would bring anyone out of the deepest funk they have ever been in. I thought for a minute this lady knew me in 'can't trust my heart'... Wonderful mix of boogie and soulful heart breakers... I will be working my through the rest of these! If you love piano music of this kind as I do, this is a must have..the whole CD is great....
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4.0 out of 5 stars party music from the Bayou June 26 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I've been following Marcia off and on for the last 10 years...always thought of her as a fun artist with a nice voice and enough piano to make her credible.
Then I heard this album...she cranks out a bunch of blistering pounding piano solos that impressed this old hard heart.
Go get this one...by far the best of her albums
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