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Album Review

Released in 1978, Louisiana's Le Roux is the self-titled debut long-player from Le Roux — a sextet whose moniker is derived from a word describing a distinct gumbo. As it is traditionally extracted from several sources, the broth-like substance retains an extremely unique flavor. In much the same way, Bobby Campo (trumpet, flügelhorn, flute, congas, percussion, vocals), Tony Haselden (electric guitar, vocals), Leon Medica (bass), David Peters (drums, percussion), Jeff Pollard (electric and acoustic guitars, lead vocals), and Rod Roddy (Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano, clavinet, Oberheim synthesizer, vocals) create a fusion drawing from pop, rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and of course their Crescent City roots. Le Roux evolved from the Jeff Pollard Band out of Baton Rouge, and their initial notice grew out of supporting blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (guitar, vocals) during a mid-'70s tour of North America and Africa. Leon Medica (bass, producer) brought them to the attention of Screen Gems-EMI exec Paul Tannen, which ultimately led to a three-disc deal recording for Capitol. For their audience, the platter was undoubtedly a welcome diversion from the pop music disco dregs and remained nowhere as angst-ridden as the ensuing punk movement. "Take a Ride on a Riverboat" is a propulsive midtempo rocker commencing the affair with both their penchant for tight well-arranged harmonies and an ability to kick out the jams — especially Roddy's effusive piano fills, Campo's bluesy solo, and Medica's thick and hearty bassline holding it all together. Pollard's fretwork alternately shines and grinds throughout the slinky and satisfying "Love Abductor." The compact vocals during the chorus stand as a perfect correlation against Pollard's chiming jazzy-inspired progressions. "New Orleans Ladies" is their ode to the bayou's steel magnolias, and became not only the best-known track from this album, but arguably of Le Roux's entire repertoire. That honor was solidified when the prestigious Creole-based Gambit Weekly magazine named "New Orleans Ladies" as Song of the Century. The driving rocker "Slow Burn" allows the band — especially Campo, Medica, and Pollard — a chance to wail. Not surprisingly, it also became an outlet for extended improvisations during live performances. "Snake Eyes" is a bouncy foreboding tale with some tasty phrases recalling Steely Dan's "Haitian Divorce." "Bridge of Silence" is a lyrical love song that again shows the combo's blend and Pollard's considerable skills as a composer, while "I Can't Do One More Two-Step" is freewheeling, offering a groove that isn't too far removed from the Meters. Louisiana's Le Roux made a brief entry onto the Pop Album survey, although outside the prestigious Top 100.

Customer Reviews

New Orleans Ladies

Finally! I've been looking for the original version of "New Orleans Ladies" for years. The song takes me back to days long gone by. Thanks iTunes!

Louisiana's LeRoux

I came across this album, because a friend had it. I got a copy on cassette and I have loved it ever since.
Growing up in the south, this was the kind of music I heard everywhere, Ozark Mountain Daredevils,Black Oak Arkansas, Marshall Tucker band etc. Well as time went by, the tape wore out and snapped, as all good tapes will, and ever since I have been trying ( to no avail ) to find another copy. I am glad I looked here. Thanks iTunes for carrying this album. Its a goody amd I bought it!

FINALLY!

I LOVED this group! This is great stuff. I had several of their albums. I can't wait for them to get added to the catalog! Thanks iTunes!

Biography

Formed: Louisiana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Named for a creole sauce, this unit came together working as an in-house rhythm section at Studio in the County, a major recording hub in Bogalusa, LA. Staff producer Leon Medica picked up the bass, Rod Roddy took the keys, Bobby Campo tooted the flute and horn, David Peters manned the drums, and Jeff Pollard stepped out in front with his guitar. The crew worked steadily behind local legends like Clifton Chenier and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Soon the quintet toured as the Jeff Pollard Band. Inking...
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