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The addition of a Hammond organ really fills the song out, adding character to it. Both the arrangement and production are of the highest standard. That is my only criticism of this brilliant song. The title track Anutha Zone is the next track. After three great tracks, one after the other, this song has a lot to live up to.

Everything else is good, the arrangement and production, and the standard of musicianship. All that lets the song down, is slightly weak lyrics. Thankfully, I Like Ki Yoka, sees a return to the high standard of the rest of the album. The atmosphere is moody, moody with a capital M. A saxophone blows, setting the tone, afterwards Dr John whispers moodily, before singing.

Drums, percussion and brass section provide a backdrop, with backing vocalists accompanying Dr John. Once the track ends, you feel relieved, yet privileged, to have heard such a great track. What changes is the lyrics. Straight away, Dr John keeps the moody, atmosphere up. His band join him in accomplishing this. Drums, percussion, congas and clarinet all set the mood. His vocal is strong and dramatic, articulating the powerful lyrics.

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What he ends up with, is a strong track, one thats dark and moody. Soulful Warrior begins with an organ playing, its sombre. Then quickly, the mood changes, heading uptempo. The rhythms are joyous, catchy and infectious. However, the lyrics are dark and sad, touching on the futility of war and conflict. His voice is softer, not as loud, and is more melodic, than on other tracks. Both Dr John and is band are at one on this track, and have produced a great track. His vocal is almost a growl, as if suppressing his anger and disgust. The lyrics match the darkness of his mood.

Contributing to this atmosphere, is the backing band.

Their performance meanders, moodily, full of darkness, occasionally, allowing the light to shine in. Good things come to those who wait. All of them come together to make this a fantastic end to a great album.

Anutha Zone was a welcome return to form from one of my musical heroes. It was one of his best albums in a long time. During a career that now spans six decades, he has produced many masterful albums. Strangely enough, he is not an artist that is widely known. On Amutha Zone, there are some wonderful songs, songs Dr John sings and plays piano brilliantly on.

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They will give you a snapshot of the best of his career. Skip Spence is incapable of writing anything as good. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. John persona, and Mac started writing songs with that vibe in mind. The venture would have gone nowhere without the help of Harold Battiste. Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler gave Battiste some level of freedom to come up with projects of his own. Battiste seized an opportunity of free studio time when Sonny and Cher were busy filming the musical thriller comedy Good Times, a waste of celluloid that better remains in the vaults. During that free studio time Battiste got Mac and his crew into Gold Star Studios to record their brew of music voodoo.

Realizing that he can do a singing job no worse than Sonny Bono or Bob Dylan, he decided to debut on vocals on this album. The resulting album was appropriately named Gris-Gris and it starts with one of the best album opener lyrics of all time: They call me Dr. Its them at the marvelous ending of that song, which also features one Mac Rebennack on piano. Not only that, he had two bongos between his legs, and on a stand next to him two dombekis — a battery of nine percussion instruments. He played Haitian finger-style rhythm, and African-style, and mixed that up with his own Cuban jazz.

I was lucky as hell to have him join my first Dr. John band. Steve Mann, an excellent guitar player who played with many San Francisco s artists such as Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, plays guitar and banjo on the record. You can hear that banjo on Jump Sturdy. In , the same year that Gris-Gris was recorded, Steve Mann taped a live performance at the Ash Grove club in LA and shortly after retired following a nervous breakdown. Plas Johnson played saxophone on the album. On Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya Plas Johnson is playing a saxophone fed through a condor box effect pedal, resulting in a sound between a guitar and an oboe.

Seven minutes of laid back groove that became one of Dr. The strange sounds he heard did not sit well with him. How can we market this boogaloo crap? The man had an ear and passion for music, and he agreed to release the album.

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We were lucky with it, because all those love-ins and be-ins and freak-ins were happening at the same time. I got Chicken Man and some other guys that did a real voodoo show. That was too much for some people, so I toned it down when I began promoting the record. Categories: Album. Tagged as: 60s , psychedelia. Great write up! I first found this record in the mids and have loved it ever since. Thank you, and you are correct.

Lyrics are now fixed in the article. Thanks again. Excellent article. This is the album that exposed me to New Orleans in and set in process my move to the city 43 years later. Thank you and nice to hear that all the voodoo creepiness in the album did not deter you from moving to the city. Me too. After years producing and managing The Persuasions I moved here 2 years ago. Dr John has always been a mileage marker for me. It was Duane Allman who brought me to Dr. Those Dr. Yes, Duane Allman covers the song as only he could. He plays Dobro on that one, and it also features Jaimoe on timbales and Butch Trucks on drums.

The city was ripe with night clubs and other joints where a wide variety of music styles old and new where intermixed. Rebennack was mainly a guitar player then, honing his skills in numerous gigs and recording dates. When they sewed my finger back on, it was dead from the middle-up. In Mac Rebennack moved to LA. There was nothing left for him in New Orleans. When he got out he followed the path of other New Orleans musicians and left for the city of angels. The two knew each other well from New Orleans, where at the end of the s they collaborated on a number of singles for Specialty records, where Harold Battiste managed the local branch of the label.

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Battiste established himself in LA as a piano player and then arranger for Sonny and Cher. The Dr. I walked out of there and never came back. John Routine. What goes around comes around. In Mac Rebennack decided it was time to realize a project he was dreaming about for some time, ever since his sister gave him books on Haitian voodoo. In New Orleans he visited spiritual ceremonies and the Cracker Jax drug store that carried all kinds of potions and mysterious remedies to all maladies known to men. He was aware of a New Orleans mythological character from the s named Dr.

John, a huge black man who made a small fortune by offering a multitude of concoctions and gris-gris small cloth bags containing scriptures to lift curses for a fee. Some of these potions went no farther than boiled water with some herbs. John and a Pauline Rebennack were thrown in jail for their voodoo craft. That sealed the idea of taking on the Dr. John persona, and Mac started writing songs with that vibe in mind. The venture would have gone nowhere without the help of Harold Battiste. Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler gave Battiste some level of freedom to come up with projects of his own.

Battiste seized an opportunity of free studio time when Sonny and Cher were busy filming the musical thriller comedy Good Times, a waste of celluloid that better remains in the vaults. During that free studio time Battiste got Mac and his crew into Gold Star Studios to record their brew of music voodoo. Realizing that he can do a singing job no worse than Sonny Bono or Bob Dylan, he decided to debut on vocals on this album.

The resulting album was appropriately named Gris-Gris and it starts with one of the best album opener lyrics of all time: They call me Dr. Its them at the marvelous ending of that song, which also features one Mac Rebennack on piano. Not only that, he had two bongos between his legs, and on a stand next to him two dombekis — a battery of nine percussion instruments.

He played Haitian finger-style rhythm, and African-style, and mixed that up with his own Cuban jazz. I was lucky as hell to have him join my first Dr. John band.

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Steve Mann, an excellent guitar player who played with many San Francisco s artists such as Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, plays guitar and banjo on the record. You can hear that banjo on Jump Sturdy. In , the same year that Gris-Gris was recorded, Steve Mann taped a live performance at the Ash Grove club in LA and shortly after retired following a nervous breakdown. Plas Johnson played saxophone on the album. On Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya Plas Johnson is playing a saxophone fed through a condor box effect pedal, resulting in a sound between a guitar and an oboe.

Seven minutes of laid back groove that became one of Dr. The strange sounds he heard did not sit well with him. How can we market this boogaloo crap? The man had an ear and passion for music, and he agreed to release the album.