Dr John amazes on debut ‘Gris-Gris’

Dr_johnDr John’s ‘Gris-Gris’ is the most perculiar LP ever cut. On first listen, it is hard not to think of the Doc actually being a witch doctor, capable of taking your still beating heart out of your chest whilst you’re still nodding along to the incredible opener of the LP, ‘Gris Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya’.

The whole album is littered with strange voodoo, with the grains and pulses left in the master tapes, and a weird creek about it. With it being a product of New Orleans, it’s not without it’s funk. ‘Mama Roux’ is one of the cheekiest grooves you’ll ever hear in your life. Mac Rebennack’s drawl cuts through the feathers and baubles with ace creepy affect. ‘Jump Sturdy’ is another great floorfiller amongst a true masterpiece of an LP. You don’t have this LP? You’re missing a bona fide classic.

Mof Gimmers

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