Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dr. JOHN - Bottom Line' New York, NY (7 November 1978)


Dr. JOHN - Bottom Line' New York, NY (7 November 1978)
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This recording, along with a series of other shows around the time, was cut at New York’s famed Bottom Line club. The Doctor, as he is often called, was promoting his City Lights album on the now-defunct Horizons/A&M jazz-pop label. City Lights, which features an eerie painting of the New York City skyline that shows the World Trade Center melting down as dripping, burning candles, is now out of print but has long been regarded as one of his best studio album’s ever.
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From the very beginning of the show, when the emcee announces, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Doctor will see you now…" it's clear that this audience is in for an amazing show. Opening with an instrumental boogie-woogie romp on his grand piano, Dr. John (nee Mac Rabennack) proves straight away why he is originator and all time king of swamp-rock music. The boogie run morphs into a Cajun version of "Swanee River Boogie," before the band joins the Doctor onstage for an all around stunning show.

This recording, along with a series of other shows around the time, was cut at New York's famed Bottom Line club. The Doctor, as he is often called, was promoting his City Lights album on the now-defunct Horizons/A&M jazz-pop label. City Lights, which features an eerie painting of the New York City skyline that shows the World Trade Center melting down as dripping, burning candles, is now out of print but has long been regarded as one of his best studio album's ever.

For the album and this tour, Dr. John assembled an all star musical cast that included David Sanborn, Steve Gadd, Hugh McCracken, and other top studio players. The material on the record (much of which is featured in this show) is among the best original stuff he has ever written, and was played in conjunction with veteran R&B songsmith, the late Doc Pomus. "Rain," an absolutely stunning smoky-jazz ballad, is featured on that record, and is a highlight of this memorable performance.

In addition to promoting City Lights, Dr. John also took a ride on the way back machine a few times, delivering a punchy, funky version of his 1972 pop hit "Right Place, Wrong Time," and later, at the end of the show, a nine-minute version of the New Orleans staple "Iko Iko." A phenomenal show all around.
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Dr. John- Lead Vocals, Piano
David Sanborn- Alto Sax
Kim Hutchinson- Alto Sax, Woodwinds
Buzzy Feiten- Lead Guitar
Jim Calhoun- Bass
Neil Larsen- Organ
Hugh McCracken- Guitars
Steve Gadd- Drums
Joyce Kaye- Vocals
Tami Lynn- Vocals
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01. Introduction
02. Swanee River Boogie
03. Dance The Night Away With You
04. Wild Honey
05. Sonata-He's A Hero
06. Street Side
07. Mama Roux
08. Happy Birthday (To Joni Mitchell)
09. Fire Of Love
10. Right Place Wrong Time
11. Rain
12. Lets Make A Better World
13. Such A Night (incomplete)
14. Crowd
15. Iko Iko
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the Dr John way cool Steve and dexondaz it's a gem

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  2. yes it is and thx to dexondaz.

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