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Goin Back to New Orleans Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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Who better than Dr. John to give a history of New Orleans music? from 1992. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

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Goin' Back traces a century of Crescent City musical history, starting in the mid-19th century with Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a classical composer influenced by the African chants and slave dances he witnessed in New Orleans' Congo Square. With support from some of the city's most prominent musical pioneers (including Danny Barker, Pete Fountain, and the Neville Brothers), Dr. John breathes new life into the work of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, and Huey Piano Smith. From early jazz to junkie blues, Goin' Back covers it all, ranging from well-trod standards ("Basin Street Blues," "Careless Love") to otherwise forgotten jewels ("I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say," "How Come My Dog Don't Bark"). What's most remarkable is how utterly alive and timeless it sounds. --Keith Moerer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 16, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am a fan of delta blues, chicago blues, and New Orleans blues because of Dr. John. This album has incredible blues piano on several tracks - definitely check out "Careless Love" and "Basin Street Blues" to see what I mean. My two favorite songs on this album are "I thought I heard Buddy Bolden Say" and "How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around?" It's hard to choose favorites on this album because they are all so good! The songs on this album include New Orleans blues favorites that have endured for so long it is not known who originally wrote the song!
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Dr John has had a hard time fore several decades living up to the promise of his amazing debut album. With this disc, however, he finally (amazingly, for the first time) records in New Orleans and covers a set of New Orleans standards. Althogh "covers" is perhaps the wrong word. Perhaps the highlight is a serious remake of "Basin Street Blues", where the original "good darkie" lyrics are re-written to describe the NO that Mac knows, rather than a place where (charmingly) the "black and the white folks meet". However, it is matched or bettered by excellent versions of such classics as "Goodnight Irene" (perhaps not the song one would think of as a natural for Dr John).
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On this disc, Dr. John covers a bunch of old New Orleans standards and they all sound great. He has home-town guests including the Neville Brothers, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain. Even the liner notes are cool, as Dr. John gives a little bit of history for each one of the songs. Some of the lyrics are a little funny, and some of the other lyrics must have been the gangsta' rap of their day. Apparently, when there is cheating going on, somebody is going to get cut up. It's mostly just good-time music, though.
Dr. John is the coolest!
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...as well as a great Dr. John Album. When I bought it, I only knew one song, but I knew it had the best damn version of "Goodnight Irene" I'd ever heard. When I put it on and it played me "Litanie de Saints" I knew it was twenty dollars well spent. There's music for all moods on this album, from a fun rocker "How Come My Dog Don't Bark" to a moody "Goin' Home Tomorrow" to a rollicking "Indian Red" to "Goodnight Irene," which will make you fall in love with the first woman you meet named Irene.
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Beginning with "des saints", Dr. John draws you into a New Orleans of many years past when you could step inside a piano bar and hear the best play. And ending with "Goin' Back to New Orleans" makes you wish you could stay in that frozen moment of time. Just hit replay, relax, and wish you had lived when it all went on.
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One of my top 10 favorite albums from the 1990s. The vocal interpretations of these classic New Orleans songs are fabulous. The production is lush, and in this case, all the orchestration works to propel this album into something that is both fun and exquisitely beautiful. You can listen to this album again and again and always find something new that's interesting. A finely detailed portrait of New Orleans music intelligently done.
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I picked up this album while in New Orleans for Jazz Fest 2005. I found it at a discount price while shopping in the LA Music Factory. This album now remains in my rotation on a regular basis. This was my first Dr. John album and he blew me away. I knew after listening to this album I would be a fan for life. When I think of New Orleans Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis come to mind...add Dr. John to that list!
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That New Orleans and Mardi Gras feeling is all around when you slip this into your machine. New Orleans native Dr. John does a once-in-a-lifetime project paying tribute to his hometown and the colorful customs and lifestyles of the magical town. Every year when Mardi Gras comes around, New Orleans comes alive, and that's where a real celebration happens. That same spirit is as every bit as alive in this masterfully created album. Dr. John covers the entire New Orleans musical heritage in these 18 tracks that re-create that authentic sound so well. Listen to the horn and the rhythm sections and you'll feel it. He takes a nod to all the legends like Leadbelly ("Good Night Irene"), Fats Domino ("Blue Monday"), and Louis Jordan ("Do You Call That a Buddy"). He even takes you back to 1850 with the Gris-Gris chant of "Litanie des Saints." Legendary performers took part in this album like the Neville Brothers, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain. That detracting factor is that a handful of these songs are a bit pessimistic in subject, but the music is very exquisite. A true landmark album from Dr. John, a very unique artist who paid a great respect and tribute to his hometown in these arrangements of such timeless classics. It makes it a perfect soundtrack for a Mardi Gras celebration, too.
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