His 1972 triumph, including the classics Tipitina and Junko Partner .
After earning a name for himself as a high priest of psychedelic voodoo, the man baptized Mac Rebennack returned to his New Orleans roots with this 1972 concoction. Gathering tunes and players he'd encountered in his many years as a Crescent City session pro, Dr. John assembled a loving tribute to the city and the sounds he loved. Tunes such as "Iko Iko," Big Chief," and "Junko Partner" have become roots-music standards over the last quarter century in significant part due to this venerable valentine to the long-lost likes of Sugar Boy & the Cane Cutters, the Spiders, Paul Gayten, and Huey Smith. --Steve Stolder