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City That Care Forgot

Dr. John, Dr.john & the Lower 911Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Keep On Goin' 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Time For A Change [feat. Eric Clapton] 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Promises, Promises [feat. Willie Nelson] 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You Might Be Surprised 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Black Gold 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. We Gettin' There [feat. Terence Blanchard] 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stripped Away [feat. Eric Clapton] 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Say Whut? 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. My People Need A Second Line [feat. Troy Andrews, James Andrews] 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Land Grab [feat. Terence Blanchard] 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. City That Care Forgot [feat. Ani DiFranco, Eric Clapton] 5:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Save Our Wetlands [feat. Terrance Simien] 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B0017LEFYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Ani Difranco and Terence Blanchard join Dr. John and the Lower 911 in this musical paean to Dr. John's beloved New Orleans. This powerful new recording features stirring and thought-provoking songs about the post-Katrina crises in the ravaged jewel of the American South, including "City That Care Forgot," "Time for a Change," "Promises, Promises," "We Gettin' There" and many more.

Few protest albums have the percolating groove appeal of Dr. John’s City That Care Forgot. If not for lyrics like "the road to the White House, paved with lies" the song "Promises, Promises" would be a typically chipper New Orleans second-line strut. And "You Might Be Surprised" sounds like the kind of horn-and-strings-colored blues that has always been part of the piano giant’s repertoire -- until its darker hues come through in the lines "life is a near death experience/Hell is right here on this great big Earth." Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of Dr. John’s beloved hometown and the following years of neglect sparked these 13 angry songs. The government, insurance companies and developers, and still-lingering institutional racism take a whooping with help from Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Terence Blanchard, Ani DiFranco, and Terrance Simien in cameo appearances. The zenith is a suite -- "Dream Warrior," "Black Gold," "We Getting There" -- whose brooding imagery, funky keyboards, Latin percussion, and dramatic horns recall the great Blaxploitation movie music of the ’70s. On the flip side "My People Need a Second Line" speaks to the resilience of New Orleans culture, holding threads of hope bright as the trilling of Dr. John’s piano. -- Ted Drozdowski

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting his voice where his heart is July 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Dr. John is to New Orleans is what Willie Nelson is to Austin, TX and heartland causes. Anytime someone's in need these two guys are putting themselves out there singing their hearts out for the causes they believe in. Of course, Willie's on this CD, so's Slowhand, Ani DiFranco, and Terence Simien.

"City that Care Forgot" isn't just a statement, though. You can tell when you're listening to this that the folks performing had a good time putting heart and soul into these songs.

I usually have a favorite song or two. Hands down, for me, it's "You Might Be Surprised." The lyrics really spoke to me:

"Life is a near death experience
Hell is right here on this great big Earth
It could be a little taste of heaven
If we only knew our worth
All we got to do is want it bad enough
To push ourself through
We always underestimate ourselves
We do every day we can always do better
In each and every way
If we don't believe in ourselves
Nobody's gonna do it
If we don't push ourselves
We'll never make it through it..."

If you can listen to "Dream Warrior" without tears in your eyes, you've got a 'heart of iron' as Homer says. Dr. John tells it like it is regarding the 'second battle for New Orleans.' It's the harshest hurricane protest song I've heard, be prepared.

"Black Gold" is a double entendre about oil and military recruitment and it's another political statement that people of conscience should be listening to.

"Promises, Promises" features Willie Nelson singing with the good Doctor. I am surprised at how good these two very distinctive voices sound together.

"Stripped Away" features Clapton backing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning! June 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gosh, what a tour de force! From the opening "bop" of "Keep on Going" right through all 13 tracks the good Doctor is on form, on song, on rhythm & on message here. There's cool jazz, funk, swamp blues & great contributions from the guest artists, in particular Eric Clapton & Terence Blanchard.
You know, a lot of "protest" albums suffer from the angst getting in the way of the artistry but not here. For example I was REALLY worried about the combo with Willie Nelson on "Promises, Promises" but by gum it works & makes the words truly resonate - "Promises, promises, empty words, empty words; the road to the White House, paved with lies.....fought in your wars, paid with our lives.....the truth will set you free". Yet the really great thing is how the tracks without the guests see the Doctor really getting down & nasty with great, driving, funky beats - just listen to "Dream Warrior" for proof positive.
Other highlights of an album of consistently high quality are "Land Grab" (great trumpet from Blanchard) & the title track (some of Clapton's "bluesiest" guitar in ages). Very rarely do I download every single track from an album into my iPod/iTunes but I did with this album. HIGHLY recommended
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIS BEST EVER June 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Not only will this please long-time fans of the Doctor, it's also a good place to start for those who don't know his work. This is an album of integrity, drive, commitment and purpose. It sounds great on the first listen and only gets better.

The band is hot and tight-- you get a sense that a lot of the performances emerged from jams. Some may feel Dr. John's recent albums have steered too close to MOR territory. But the swamp funk of 'Gumbo' has finally returned, in a deeper and darker form. And the Doctor even revives some of the ol' voodoo magic on a couple of tracks.

Don't be scared off by the fear that the guest stars will dominate the album (always a danger). In truth, the guests emblazoned across the cover play s co-operative, understated role. Clapton guitar speaks with austere reverence, and Willie Nelson's contribution is barely audible.

Like a lot of peers who first achieved international fame forty years ago, the good Doctor has hit a purple patch. Not only is this his greatest album, it's also one of the best albums of the decade. The Doctor is IN!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! June 3, 2008
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
City That Care Forgot is easily a career high for DR JOHN. Expressing his concerns over the Government's inempt reaction to Hurricane Katrina, DR JOHN brings us home to the NEW ORLEANS VOODOO BLUES scene. With friends, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, and Ani DiFranco, this CD is a memorable must have!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is musical expression at it's best. June 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was so thrilled upon listening this record. The good Dr., with his amazing line up of guests, has made a great record, with a great statement. City that Care Forgot is a hauntingly beautiful song and I can't get it out of my head. And that's a good thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor's got it. June 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just back from Nawlins helpin my wifes sister die, and had some time to ride around a little, mainly ninth and irish canal area. Our government fell down on everyone. My bride was back down last year for the Gras and stayed w her sister on St Charles and the main bright spot was the Dr. at house o blues. Heard a bit of this album riding around w me and was moved to tears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Care forgot but Dr. John Makes Sure We Don't Forget August 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dr. John/Mac Rebennack is not keeping his passionate feelings about what has happened in New Orleans and the Gulf region a secret. I have always enjoyed listening to his music. Listening to The City that Care Forgot takes our relationship to another level passed enjoyment to relishing and letting it remold my perception. The betrayal and tragedy are there, but the beauty of the songs and how they are performed are rich medicine. After you listen to this wonderful CD; make sure you get Tribal. Care forgot, but Hope is working harder after listening to an American master who only gets better and better at driving the truth into our hearts and minds and try harder for a better world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit-Filled Music
Great music. Dr. John does a fantastic job of communicating the spirit of New Orleans. This is truly soulful music.
Published 12 months ago by webmark
3.0 out of 5 stars Huge Dr.John fan here....
BUT, I can only give this three stars, and that's being generous. The first song is great but the rest of them are just plain bad, mostly b/c he lets political bias get in the way. Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by JMH0911
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr John Is The Man!
Dr John is and has always been one of my favorite Blues Rock artists. He is definitely the Leon Russell of New Orleans. Great music from the master of all the New Orleans artists.
Published on December 27, 2011 by Jack D. Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars This is pure awful
This is pure awful sound. I won't even go there to call this music. This is nothing but a very poor political manifesto disguised with popular artists to get people to purchase... Read more
Published on March 23, 2009 by ByronS
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you! Dr John
What a great piece of work and truth...Thanks for having the balls to tell the truth with this masterpiece of Funk! Hope you take home the grammy for your hometown... Read more
Published on January 23, 2009 by Johnny Lanz
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. John gets political/stays funky!
I bought this CD when it was first released & have listened to it many times since. I've listened to a number of the post-Katrina CD's & think this is one of the best. Read more
Published on December 4, 2008 by M. Tarr
4.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans
A taste of New Orleans sound. The sound is still there, while the city may never be the same.
Published on November 10, 2008 by Denver B. Cornett
1.0 out of 5 stars Dr. John is Ill
I am a big fan of Dr. John. This is not one of his best and I can't even play it again to get familiar enough to enjoy it. Read more
Published on November 1, 2008 by Harold Fox
1.0 out of 5 stars UG
If you relish being depressed as hell, then you will love the lyrics to these dirges disguised as New Orleans romp. Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by UG
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor is In
City That Care Forgot portrays very well how Dr. John feels about the aftermath of Katrina. Though this album is a little off the beaten path for Dr. Read more
Published on September 28, 2008 by John Sileo
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