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Dr. John's Gumbo CD


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The legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, ... Read more in Amazon's Dr. John Store

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002I6P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Iko Iko
2. Blow Wind Blow
3. Big Chief
4. Somebody Changed The Lock
5. Mess Around
6. Let The Good Times Roll
7. Junko Partner
8. Stack-A-Lee
9. Tipitina
10. Those Lonely Lonely Nights
11. Huey Smith Medley: High Blood Pressure/Don't You Just Know It/Well I'll Be John Brown
12. Little Liza Jane

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His 1972 triumph, including the classics Tipitina and Junko Partner .

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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

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Great percussion and horns.
hyperbolium
I miss the sounds of the local New Orleans music and Dr. John brings it alive for me.
silverlistener
Gumbo is a masterpiece, and really is his best album.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is impossible to listen to this CD and not want to grab the next flight to New Orleans. Dr. John hit all the right notes when he put this collection of New Orleans standards together back in the 70's. It sounds as good today as it did then because this is timeless music. Just fantastic R & B with tasty arrangements and the Dr's rockin' piano and growling voice supplying the flavor. This is truly a classic and one I've listened to again and again for years without tiring of it. Not many records that I can say that about.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on March 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
An excellent sounding reissue of Dr. John's 1972 albumful of New Orleans R 'n' B. Mostly featuring his interpretations of classics and hit singles ("Iko Iko" "Mess Around" "Junko Partner" "Stack-A-Lee" "Tipitina", and a medley of Huey 'Piano' Smith tracks), with one original ("Somebody Changed the Clock"), and a great slow blues track called "Let the Good Times Roll" (but not the same song as was a hit single for Shirley and Lee... even though Shirley does, coincidentally, sing backing vocals on the LP).
Great piano playing from Dr. John, along with his growly vocals. Excellent support from a bunch of his New Orleans friends who all found themselves in Los Angeles (where this was recorded) in late '71. Great percussion and horns. The mix of r 'n' b, jazz, blues and traditional New Orleans styles is irresistible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is THE Dr. John album to own and is an incredible collection of songs. With the Dr.(nee Mac Rebinack) playing fluid licks over his funky left hand bass lines, a tight rhythm section, and tasty horn arrangements you'll feel like you're right on Bourbon Street. I've heard this album literally hundreds of times and I never grow tired of it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I know Dr. Johns music note for note (I was born and raised in New Orleans). This is his best album ever. It has the prfect blend of cajun and blues songs like Iko Iko and other favorites. So if you ever have acrawfish boil or if your makin' Jumbalaya, you know just what to listen to...Dr. John's GUMBO.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on December 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dr. John belts these tunes out with so much feeling! Didn't know too much about the Dr. before I bought Gumbo, but this disc is like a tour of New Orleans... "Iko Iko", "Big Chief", "Junko Partner", "Stack-A-Lee", "Tipitina"!!! Fantasitic piano playing that makes you think they had a blast just recording the album. In the liner notes the Dr. refers to "Gumbo" as blues and stomp music with a touch of dixieland jazz. Take a listen to "Blow Wind Blow" and his amazing cover of Fess' "Tipitina", and you'll see why that description pretty much sums it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keegan R. Lerch on July 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Man, I have wanted this album ever since my friend played it for me on his turntable...."Iko Iko" caught my ear and hasn't let go since! This album is so much fun, it really does make you want to hop on a flight to New Orleans.

Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack is in top form on this album, and it is my favorite of all of his works. All of the songs are catchy and pay homage to other N'Awlins pioneers such as Professor Longhair and Huey "piano" Smith. Most of the songs are reinterpretations of classics, with a few originals. Dr. John plays the heck out of the keyboards in full boogie style, and is joined by a mass of musicians: Melvin Lastie (cornet), Sidney George, Lee Allen, David Lastie & Harold Battiste (saxes); Ken Klimak & Alvin Robinson (guitars); Ronnie Barron (elec. piano); Jimmy Calhoun (bass), Freddie Staehle (drums); Richard "Didimus" Washington (percussion) and several background vocalists. All of the musicians create a tight band and have a superb feel for the New Orleans style.

Buy this album for a fun, New Orleans-tinged, time! Rock out to the Voodoo-funk-R&B-Rock that is Dr. John!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JG on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not only is it a classic and timeless...it is real happy and upbeat and can get you out of any gloom..The New Orleans feel is only part of the story, Dr. John must have influenced The Clash when they were doing London Calling..Stagger Lee, Junko Partner etc...are all on this CD..you can not go wrong if you like King Oliver,Professor Longhair,Jelly Roll Morton etc....take a chance on a classic from close to 35 years ago...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed Brickell on June 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A New Orleans musical history lesson that doesn't feel or sound like school at all. Actually, it sounds like a party in Dr. John's living room. Spirited piano and vocals in his inimitable style, and freewheeling arrangements of a number of Deep South R n' B standards - guaranteed fresh, hot, and steaming every time you stick it in the player. Plus, highly informative liner notes on each and every song by the good doctor.
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