Chris Kenner – I Like It Like That: The Definitive Collection 1956-1968 (Shout!)


Chris Kenner isn’t one of the more recognizable names in R&B history, but the large, hard-drinking New Orleans singer recorded three timeless songs: “Land Of 1,000 Dances”, “Something You Got” and “I Like It Like That”. Thirty-one of Kenner’s sides are collected on I Like It Like That, presenting listeners with a full picture of his output beyond the commonly heard hits. Truth be told, Kenner better suited to be a song-writer than a singer (his songs have been covered by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Gories). His annunciation is weak and he didn’t have the vocal fire of someone like Wilson Pickett (who took “Land Of 1,000 Dances to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1966) or the smoothness of Sam Cooke, which is part of the reason he’s not as fondly remembered today. The other part was Kenner’s reputation as lazy performer who couldn’t dance or dress the part, and would often show up to concerts too drunk to sing. In fact, according to the informative liner notes, some folks credit almost all of Kenner’s success to legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, who collaborated on the arrangements for many of his best songs (and also contributed some great piano parts), rescuing them from Kenner’s shortcomings. Even if Kenner didn’t have the natural talent to be one of the all-time greats, I Like It Like That still comes recommended for listeners who can like good ol’ classic R&B, especially when it comes with a New Orleans twist. Picture a drunken, sloppy Fats Domino bashing out tunes and that’s more or less what you get – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Tracklisting:

1. Land of 1000 Dances

2. Come Back and See

3. How Far

4. Time

5. Come and See About Me

6. Packing Up

7. Something You Got

8. I Like It Like That, Pt. 1

9. I Like It Like That, Pt. 2

10. Go Thru Life

11. A Very True Story

12. That’s My Girl

13. Grandma’s House

14. Don’t Let Her Pin That Charge

15. Sick and Tired

16. Rocket To The Moon

17. Johnny Little

18. What’s Wrong With Life

19. Never Reach Perfection

20. Anybody Here Seen My Baby

21. She Can Dance

22. My Wife

23. Cinderella

24. All Night Rambler, Pt. 1

25. All Night Rambler, Pt. 2

26. Shoo Rah

27. Stretch My Hands To You

28. Fumigate Funky Broadway

29. Wind the Clock

30. Mini Skirts and Soul

31. Sad Mistake