Let Them Talk

Let Them Talk

by Hugh Laurie


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A glorious celebration of New Orleans blues, Hugh Laurie's debut album Let Them Talk unites Laurie's musical talent with a very personal selection of standards and lost blues classics performed with his band of renowned musicians and some very special guest stars.

Produced by Joe Henry and recorded at sessions in Los Angeles and New Orleans, Let Them Talk sees Laurie on vocals and piano heading a team of musicians whose previous collective credits include work with artists as varied as Greg Allman, Solomon Burke, Robert Plant, kd lang, T-Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss, and John Legend. Together, they interpret and revive songs originally recorded by New Orleans blues legends such as Lead Belly, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, and Memphis Slim.

Let Them Talk also features collaborations with the "Soul Queen of New Orleans" Irma Thomas and Sir Tom Jones on the little known "Baby, Please Make A Change." Thomas also leads the vocals on "John Henry," while Laurie's lifelong hero Dr. John provides a momentous collaboration on "After You've Gone." Another legend, the producer, musician, and songwriter Allen Toussaint, contributes horn arrangements throughout.

"In my imagination, New Orleans just straight hummed with music, romance, joy, despair; its rhythms got into my gawky English frame and, at times, made me so happy and sad, I just didn't know what to do with myself," said Laurie. "I love this music as authentically as I know how, and I want you to love it too. If you get a thousandth of the pleasure from it that I've had, we're all ahead of the game." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0825646663316
catalogNumber: 527497
Rank: 11154

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugh Laurie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Dr. John   Vocals
Irma Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Jones   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Mandola,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
David Piltch   Upright Bass
Allen Toussaint   Conductor
Patrick Warren   Accordion,Autoharp,Keyboards
Kevin Breit   Mandolin,Mandocello,Guitar (Tenor)
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Craig Eastman   Violin,Tenor Violin
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tracy Griffin   Trumpet
Clarence Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Levon Henry   Tenor Saxophone
Robby Marshall   Clarinet,Alto Clarinet
Big Sam Williams   Trombone
Jo Green   Hand Clapping
Gennine Jackson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Joe Henry   Producer,Liner Notes
Roy Byrd   Composer
Peter Chatman   Arranger
Henry Creamer   Composer
Lew Douglas   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Cosimo Matassa   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Horn Arrangements
Clarence Williams   Composer
Virginia Liston   Composer
Arthur Phelps   Composer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Sam Gray   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Arranger
Wesley Fontenot   Recording Assistant
Wesley Seidman   Recording Assistant
Stephen Collins Foster   Composer
Harry Carlson   Composer
Robert Leroy Johnson   Composer
Erwin King   Composer
Hugh Laurie   Liner Notes
Conrad Withey   Executive Producer
Paul Marinaro   Recording Assistant
Ferdinand Morton   Composer
Armenta Bo Carter Chatmon   Composer
Alonzo Lonnie Chatmon   Composer

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Let Them Talk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bookworm312 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big HOUSE fan, and when I saw the album at my local Starbucks, I bought it based on some of Laurie's own componsitions featured on HOUSE. I listened to the CD over & over working that day and I really enjoyed the very thoughtful selections featuring Blues, Jazz, gospel tinged blues and some really old tunes. I was enchanted - especially with a vocal contribution by Dr. John! Great album! I'm playing it now through my stereo to my fiance' who is enjoying it as well. Thanks Hugh for this contribution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago