Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Dr. JOHN - Dr. John's Gumbo 1972
This is New Orleans R&B with muscle and bite. It's a fun record, as you would expect for the genre, with wonderful, punchy arrangements and inspiring musicianship. The song selection is damn near perfect, as well, each gem tailor-made to showcase Dr. John's multi-faceted talent. This album will not disappoint.
Dr. John's Gumbo bridged the gap between post-hippie rock and early rock & roll, blues, and R&B, offering a selection of classic New Orleans R&B, including "Tipitina" and "Junko Partner," updated with a gritty, funky beat. There aren't as many psychedelic flourishes as there were on his first two albums, but the ones that are present enhance his sweeping vision of American roots music. And that sly fusion of styles makes Dr. John's Gumbo one of Dr. John's finest albums.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
A1. Iko Iko 4:08
A2. Blow Wind Blow 3:17
A3. Big Chief 3:25
A4. Somebody Changed the Lock 2:42
A5. Mess Around 3:09
A6. Let the Good Times Roll 3:56
B1. Junko Partner 4:27
B2. Stack-A-Lee 3:28
B3. Tipitina 2:04
B4. Those Lonely Lonely Nights 2:30
B5. Huey Smith Medley 3:17
a. High Blood Preasure
b. Don't You Just Know It
c. Well I'll Be John Brown
B6. Little Liza Jane 2:59