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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0019F8HSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One masterpiece of an artist detailed to the last degree.
Connery
I think this album has a more polished feel than many of his others -- not that there is anything wrong with that rougher, funkier, dirtier sound, of course!
JRMlaw
Dr. John is totally in charge and teaches his New York City session playing pupils multiple Crescent City tricks.
Robert Putignano

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam E. Maroney on August 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Dr. John's "City Lights" showcases his late '70's transition from his earlier "Voodoo Rock" period into his emergence as both a composer/performer of smooth, more sophisticated (yet funky) music and interpreter of the American songbook. The majority of the tracks on this CD were composed as part of the good doctor's highly creative colloboration with the late Doc Pomus. Highlights from this CD are "Sonata/He's A Hero," "Rain," and the title track, "City Lights." The mood this long out of print album creates is that of a lonely, rainy city night with an optimistic hope for a brighter tomorrow. Besides the wonderful music, the album art is very cool, also, (I keep my LP copy of this on display in my office!) I highly recommend this to anyone who loves music and especially to anyone who is a fan of Dr. John. Also recommended is "City Lights'" companion album, "Tango Palace," which was recorded during the same time period.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Putignano on November 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's long been out of print having made its vinyl debut in 1978 (LP copies selling for over $20 and the import edition of the CD sells for in excess of $10), but now you can own a 2008 brand new re-mastered edition (no bonus tracks) of Dr. John's City Lights, courtesy of Verve Records. The legendary producer Tommy LiPuma has been steadily re-releasing vintage 1970's recordings that he either produced or enjoyed, like many of the Blue Thumb and Stewart Levin's Chisa label albums by the Crusaders, Gabor Szabo, Hugh Masekela, Roy Ayers, and others, thus this LiPuma-produced recording is another welcome addition to the Verve reissue catalog.

City Lights is arguably one of Dr. John's most overlooked recordings, which is hard to imagine as the quality of session players are the crème de la crème of the then New York City recording scene. On drums is the great Steve Gadd, co-producer Hugh McCracken on guitar, guitarist John Tropea (whose credits include superlative work with Deodato, as well as his own solo efforts), bassist Will Lee certainly needs no introduction, and the sorely missed Richard Tee on keyboards. The horn section features Ronnie Cuber and David Sanborn, who takes several solos throughout, and background vocalists George Jones, Tammy Lynn, and Alvin Robinson shine. Man, why don't they make records like this anymore? This fine album is kind of New York City meets the Big Easy; sumptuously funky, somewhat slick, but superbly tight. LiPuma's top-notch production values never interfere with the artistic intent and Dr. John fits the groove like a glove. Dr. John is totally in charge and teaches his New York City session playing pupils multiple Crescent City tricks.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kortick VINE VOICE on June 26, 2010
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This is one of Dr Johns lesser known albums. It came out in the late 70s but it still has the New Orleans sounds on it. There are some really good tracks here, like "City Lights',co- written with Doc Pomus, which is a bluesy/spiritual song. If you are a fan of Dr John then I think that you will enjoy adding this to your collection. It is by no means as powerful as the Gumbo album, but it is an enjoyable listen still. Dr John fans will like it, if your new to the Doctor start with Gumbo.
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