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Monday, June 30, 2008

Dr. John - Gris-Gris

Only recently did I have the pleasure of discovering Dr. John. This album was a very refreshing discovery for me. Not only is this Dr. John's debut album, but it is also the most well rounded effort that I have listened to thus far. It's an odd mixture of Psychedelia, Jazz, New Orleans R&B, and ritualistic voodoo chants, yet it's a mixture that works very well. I'm a little short on time today, but I did manage to find an excellent review which can give you a little more information that I can at the moment.

"Covered in a variegated spray of New Orleans Mardi Gras feathers and shiny voodoo baubles, Mac Rebennack's highly personal mythology was finally made real on this 1968 album. This was his first appearance made under the new guise of Dr. John Creaux, the Night Tripper. Before then, he'd been a pivotal figure on the Crescent City R&B circuit. Afterward, he became one of its most significant blues ambassadors. This album is a classic of the admittedly specialized psychedelic swamp-gumbo genre, boasting at least four tracks that have become cult favorites. "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya," "Mama Roux," "Jump Sturdy," and "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" each delicately mix catchy choruses and weird spatial sound effects, with radical stereo separation, intensely croaking, close-quarter vocals from the doctor, pneumatic keyboard riffs, pinprick electric guitar, and booming Afro-Caribbean percussion. The album still stands at its original 33-minute length, with no bonus cuts unearthed, but its high density more than compensates for any brevity. - Martin Lonely

Year of Release: 1968
Label: Atco
Genre: Blues, Jazz
Bitrate: 320kbps

Track List:
1. Gris-Gris Gumbo
2. Danse Kalinda Ba Doom
3. Mam Roux
4. Danse Fambeaux
5. Croker Courtbullion
6. Jump Sturdy
7. I Walked On Guided Splinters

Download: Dr. John - Gris-Gris


Mars said...

You know, I've heard a lot about this record but it always slips my mind - thanks - I'll do it up toot sweet.

Smoked Eels said...

I recently picked this up on Vinyl from a great market stall. I love it; it shifts wonderfully from strange voodoo witchcraft to mad tribal chanting while having some tracks which could be called “catchy”.
It seems to be a universally held opinion that this is his best work, but I’d still be interested in hearing some of his other albums, have you any in particular to recommend Zero?

khun ross said...

Thanks for reminding me how good this album was/is.

CMYK Diseño Grafico y Publicidad said...

descubriendo grupos que van más allá de lo convencional. Esto es justamente lo que andaba buscando. Saludos¡¡¡

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