Friday, June 1, 2007

DR JOHN - Gris-Gris

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

1. Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
2. Danse Kalina Ba Doom
3. Mama Roux
4. Danse Fambeaux
5. Croker Courtbullion
6. Jump Sturdy
7. I Walk On Guilded Splinters


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Anonymous said...

this is a great album; get it if you don't have it!

Sweeny said...

Yeah, thanks for this, will look forward to hering it - it has a real reputation.



fuzztunnel said...

If Krautrock had come from New Orleans instead of, um, Germany.

gordon said...

Like this album. Its really gritty and dirty. Good stuff.


Anonymous said...

Can't get it from megaupload - wants me to download toolbar (which I definitely don't want to) - can you (or somebody, who downloaded it already) post it on rapidshare or zshare ....


. said...

We are all downloading from Megaupload and having a toolbar, so I do not see any reason why you should not do the same. Toolbar is not slowing down the computer and has not any pop-ups and that kind of shit and there is not any valid reason for me to upload it somewhere else. Also, all the files are safe and there are not any deletions. Hope you will find what you are looking for somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Supposedly, Dr John and the band badmouthed this album. Ironic, because it's the one great thing he ever did. Thanks for posting it.