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Let Me Play With Your Poodle

Marcia Ball Audio CD
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Has anyone read the title on this page? July 19 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Just pointing out Amazon's mistake...amusing as it may be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album!!! June 23 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Enough said. Marcia knows her way around the piano. Well-written songs and a tight, supportive band bring out the best of this great musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let me play with your poodle Feb. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
Marcia is a great New Orleans blues singer. She has a wonderful stage presence and should get more national recognition.
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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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