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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001XQ6FE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Featuring special guests Mavis Staples, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cyril Neville, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, B.B. King and others.


Mac Rebennack took his stage name from the voodoo healer Dr. John and became a '70s pop star by recasting New Orleans's myth and music in his own psychedelic image. At 63, he's again revamped the Crescent City sound, minus the acid-trip trappings, for his best album in decades. With its string, horn, and Afro-Latin percussion sections and its slate of re-imagined classics, N'Awlinz is a masterful summation of Dr. John's abilities as a leader and performer. Guests such as Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and Mavis Staples, plus a roster of Louisiana luminaries including Randy Newman, Nicholas Payton, Snooks Eaglin, Gatemouth Brown, Dave Bartholomew, and Earl Palmer, all make winning contributions. In Dr. John's grasp, "When the Saints Come Marching In" becomes a stately waltz that twines his elegant piano and gravel throat with Staples's rich, red-clay gospel singing. And he honors the spirit of standards like "Stackalee" and "St. James Infirmary" while spinning his own lyrics and melodies into them. "Time Marches On" (with King, Nelson, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band), "Life is a One Way Ticket," and several spirituals contemplate mortality, but never interrupt the graceful, upbeat flow of this late-career opus. --Ted Drozdowski

Customer Reviews

A good, solid album of the Doctor's music.
R. B. Wise
Unlike others I enjoyed "I ate up the apple tree." with Randy Newman.
R. Kyle
In my opinion this album is a real treasure.
D. Stichick

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Garik Tal on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
hey you, guys at Amazon, come on adjourn your Dr. John's essential recordings list!!!
Needless to say this is not the new Gumbo, it is not even the new Goin' back to New Orleans: the fact is that during the decades the Doctor has constantly expanded his musical palette and now he has summed all his science up into this new album, though we find the usual receipt of Rebennack originals and Rebennack arranged traditionals here too. The special guests are really special and do special things with the Doctor: Mavis Staple on When the Saints - the fabulous slow version trademarked by Rebennack - and on Lay my burden down; Randy Newman is amazing - though every connoisseur is aware that Randy is very knowledgeable of New Orleans music - when he sings I ate up the apple tree; Cyril Neville vocals will kill you on Marie Laveau, Chickee le Pas and the closing number I'm goin' home; and what about Nicholas Payton and his trumpet who help the Doctor paying hommage to Louis Armstrong on Dear old Southland? and how not to be haunted by Wardell Quezergue's horns and strings? and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band does a wonderful job on Time marches on and Lay my burden now, then I wish you own a decent hi-fi system to enjoy the wonderful percussion job by John Boudreaux, Smokey Johnson and Joachim Cooder. And don't forget all the regular guests of Dr. John recordings: the legendary Earl Palmer, the Mardi Gras Indians, David Barard and many others. And what to say about Malcolm "Mac" Rebennack? well, I want to say one word no one would use to describe the Dr. John persona: he is serious, he is a damned serious musician in love with the music and he respects the music and the musical heritage of New Orleans.
Buy this record, it makes no difference if you are already a fan of the good Doctor or a newcomer: this album is - to put it simply - great music, genre bending music, a masterpiece.
And don't miss your chance to see Dr. John in concert!!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By lawdood on September 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A fine album by the good Dr. and his special guests, but not every selection is top notch. While most of the material captures a Nawlinz buzz and has that identifiable Mac sway, I found Newman to be pretty irritating on "I Ate Up the Apple Tree" - if someone could be accused of mugging for the microphone (rather than the camera), this is it. He actually sounds like he is trying to relegate Dr. John to the background. Also, to my ears, Nelson and King on "Time Marches On" sound uninspired and dull, especially when contrasted with B.B.'s much better vocal performance on "Hen Layin' Rooster." I get the feeling that were it not for their presence, "Time" would have been left on the studio floor. It's a shame because Mac and Willie sounded great together on the tune "Black Night" (Nelson's Milk Cow Blues). That said, the remaining material is so strong, so much fun, so dense and atmospheric, that it is easy to recommend this album as a whole.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Christensen on July 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is mesmerizing! This is definately one of the most enjoyable albums I have heard this year. Dr John brings the "flava" of New Orleans home in this album with the funeral dirge-like lamenting of "When The Saints Go Marching In" (with Mavis Staples)- also the Marie Laveau with Cyrille Neville is enchanting. Not to mention all the other remarkable vocal couplings with other legendary artists! Get in the bayou mood and get this one!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is my first Dr. John CD and I'm pretty amazed. "When the Saints Go Marching In" with Mavis Staples' smoking voice and a waltz-time type rhythm had me literally up on my feet.

"Marie Laveau" with Cyril Neville took me to Nawlins past. Great tribute to the legend from two of my favorite artists.

Unlike others I enjoyed "I ate up the apple tree." with Randy Newman.

Overall, a great effort and a fun one. Can't be given up for Lent or any other reason!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Sean Brickell on July 13, 2004
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Straight shot o' Weesi-anna's best musical soundscape here, and ol' Dr. John is just the professor to bring it all home. If you prefer your Bayou sounds sanitized and watered down for Top 40, stay away from this. It's too pure and likely gonna be a tough dose of the real thing.
On d'udda hand, this is a treasure chest. Each song is worthy of repeated listens, and each time something new and valuable is discovered. Picking the best of these 18 songs ain't possible, as each contributes to the overall perspective.
Spirituals, blues, standards, voodoo, soul. It's all here.
It's become way-too-commonplace today to puff up a CD with guest artists. But this has very serious cats sittin' in, and they don't simply show up for a payday. They came to play and pay homage to the distinct music found only in N'Awlinz.
I'm a sucker for anything Randy Newman does, but he has never sounded more inspired. Willie Nelson is today's Perry Como, but he, too, finds a new depth of performance. What can be said of B.B. King except you'd better be ready to play when he shows up; and they do!
Arrangements of lyrics and themes and scores are so evenly proportioned that songs you know like the palm of your foot sound fresh again. The way Mavis Staples and Dr. John retool "When The Saints Go Marching In" makes you wonder where you ever heard these lyrics before.
With The Dirty Dozen Brass Band backing, Michael Bolton could make passable music, so you can imagine what happens when blended with the real deal.
Forgive my musical ignorance. I'm not familiar with a lot of the other notable local musicians on this CD. But any of 'em could cut the famous studio boys in The City or L.A. or Nashville without breaking a sweat.
I'm here to testify. It's gonna be a long time until I've fully digested this cajun meal, and I love each bite.
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