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The Sun Moon & Herbs Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic UK
  • ASIN: B000006YCH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on June 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This classic recording sees Dr John's transformation into the persona of the Night Tripper fully complete. Richly textured and sumptuous, this is a CD that must be owned.
Opening with Black John The Conqueror, wait for the thrill as the gospel-like tones of the backing singers and stabs of the brass lay down the framework for this recording. Where Ya At Mule follows and is perhaps the only weak point. A little light. A touch too whimsical. Fear not, for Craney Crow takes us firmly back into Night Tripper territory with its fusion of jazz, psychedelia and pseudo-Southern black magic. We are then propelled into Familiar Reality, and for me, one of the best intros ever. Something to enjoy. Again and again.
File Gumbo seamlessly picks up where Familiar Reality left off, before we journey into the loose jazz of Who I Got To Fall On (If The Pot Get Heavy) only to be transported back into Night Tripper territory and the excellent Zu Zu Mamou ... Then, just as the party seems to be over and you're left wanting more, solace can be found in the form of Familiar Reality (Reprise).
A monumental recording, in the dark days of vinyl you had to hunt this one out. On CD, nothing is lost, save perhaps the sleeve notes, where small print addicts could read the guest list that reads like a celebrity call-out that includes Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger. Second, one no longer has the thrill of a Side One and Side Two and the excitement of turning the record over and wondering if the opening to Familiar Reality really is as good as the last time that you heard it.
By all accounts it is ... Buy. Treasure. And enjoy.
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I hadn't heard this album in over 25 years, and when I bought the CD I wasn't sure if it would be as good as I remembered. It is that and more, and is definitely one of those over looked gems that rewards repeated listens by revealing layer after layer of interesting dark corners, secret places and beguiling hooks. On first listen the pace is so leisurely as to possibly seem uneventful, but if you are patient and allow yourself to succumb to its odd charms it will begin to draw you into a very strange headspace and worm its way under your skin. It is certainly quirky...a kind of funky, gritty, gumbo blues with a mind-bending undercurrent of light psychedelia mixed with equal doses of voodoo and humour. Imagine Macy Gray singing Tiki music written by the Cramps and you won't be that far off. This is one of my favourite albums to have on while I am reading a good book. Believe me, somehow the whole thing works.
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This summer of 71 gem is, to my ears, absolutely unique and groovy Americana a la NOLA. I don't feel it's too "far out", strange, inaccessible, etc. To me, it's a good & logical bridge between Gris-Gris & Gumbo... between Night Tripper medicine show weirdness & a more traditional R&B feel.

As you may know, his renown was evolving and drawing the attention of rock n' roll big hitters. The album features his prior band but includes a variety of major names in the biz, all wanting in on a bit of the Night Tripper's funk... Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon & John "Buddy" Boudreaux, Bobby Keys & Jim Price, and Mick Jagger & Bobby Whitlock. Folks playing at their peak back at the turn of the 70s.

"Black John the Conqueror" kicks things off with a dark, thick & swampy soul. It certainly sets the vibe of the Night Tripper's trip. The opening piano thrills drop into a creeping bluesy groove.

"Where Ya at Mule" is an album highlight. True New Orleans bounce and swagger. As the ladies sing... There's no place like home - home sweet home.

"Craney Crow" is voodoo, baby. Funky & weird. It falls into its vamp and stays put. Seems pretty much a "feel" piece; it can initiate a trance.

The second side of the LP is really where the album shines. "Familiar Reality (Opening)" is awesome. The tracks kicks off with a flat-out funky drum & percussion beat that sets the mood and pace of the track. Great vocals - psychedelic lyrics. Great horn section lines. Great song. Done.

"Pots on Fiyo (Filé Gumbo) / Who I Got to Fall On (If the Pot Get Heavy)" takes you into Dr. John's kitchen. Time to throw on your Mardi Gras garb (a la ZuZu Man) & start choppin' and mixin' and stirrin' and seasonin' the FUNK.
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This is the low lights rainy night bayou voo doo album. This album sounds good on a cheap player or on a top of the line system. This album will make you a Dr John fan. Its a sit and listen album. Hard to believe it was made so long ago.
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Dr. John is so good at creating moods and always getting it just right, where every note and the feel is just right, he always has great side men but who ever is playing with knows just what he wants and is able to deliver.
I always recommend Dr.John
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I bought this album at Tower Records in Hollywood over 40 years ago. Been enjoying it ever since It's one of my all time favorites!!A genuine classic from start to end.
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