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Tribal

Dr. JohnAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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 (August 3, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B003K2SD36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Iconic American musician Dr. John goes TRIBAL with the follow-up to his 2008 Grammy Award Winning release 'The City That Care Forgot' for 'Best Contemporary Blues Album.'
TRIBAL, featuring a track with Grammy winner Derek Trucks, is a unique spicy mix of New Orleans funk and blues with a spiritual and Native flavor with songs written by Dr John and a few of his friends - Allen Toussaint and the late Bobby Charles and joined by his ultra funky Lower 911 band of musicians.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac Trucks!!!! August 5, 2010
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Of all the musicians who emerged in the sixties and who are now creeping towards their eighth decade, no one has done so with more grace than Mac Rebennack---Dr. John. But then, he always seemed to be an old soul, even when he was a young buck. Old not in the sense of infirm or worn-out, but old in the sense of having a world of experience and amassed skills. Health permitting, he will be able to continue to do what he has always done with no loss of dignity for decades longer, and I hope he does. His voice, as instantly recognizable as Satchmo's, has not changed one bit. People can imitate Armstrong---Tom Waits did so in "I Was I Was in New Orleans", and Ella Fitzgerald channelled Satch for a few bars, hilariously, on her "Ella is 40!" live album---but I've never heard anybody imitate Dr. John. If a cape buffalo could sing, this is what he would probably sound like---and this is a compliment. The fact that Dr. John is still with us and still performing and recording regularly is something to remember whenever gloom looms. And he is not coasting on past glories---"Tribal", his new album, stands among his best.

One quibble: I assume Dr. John wrote or co-wrote these songs, but the liner notes contain no songwriting credits---or at least none that I could detect. Whoever created them, they are a tasty blend of Dr. John funk, soul, R&B, and Big Easy gumbo. The backup band, the 911, is tight but loose---a contradiction, but one who hears this CD will understand. This album sounds very organic; it was probably cut live in the studio. Derek Trucks guest stars on one cut. No one song stands out as an instant classic, but all fourteen cuts are terrific.

Offhand, I cannot think of any recording artist not yet honored with a career-spanning box set who is more deserving of one than Dr, John. It's time somebody righted this wrong. I will suggest a title, and I think it's a pretty good one: DOC IN A BOX.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribal August 8, 2010
By RonSag
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Dr John's new album is as fresh and innovative as any music he's done in the last thirty years! How does he do it? Most of his contemporaries are getting by singing their old hits in casinos and concerts. Dr John is still fresh-still pounding out songs with the same musicality and funky feel. Three bars into any Dr. John song and you know it's his music. He's covered many other artist's songs, but few can cover his- and no one else can come up with that sound- that music.
Most of the songs on this album are short. There's a lot of versitality in the music on this album. He could have turned any one of these songs into a ten minute riff, but instead he chose to give us a taste of many things from his menu. You get the feeling that the good doctor has a lot more to say.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dr is WAY IN August 3, 2010
By Fischer
Format:Audio CD
The Voice of NOLA strikes again - and with the help of Derek trucks ( for my money the top new guitar-slinger out there ) = very cool album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! September 4, 2010
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I own most of Dr. John's output of the last 20 years. This release stands head and shoulders above most of those releases. The lyrics are witty, the arrangements are smokin' and Dr. Johns voice has rarely sounded as gritty and earthy. Although his acoustic piano playing is not as prominent here as on some of his albums, the tight and soulful playing by his band and supporting cast more than compensates. And his organ playing is a standout. This is one album that grows on you the more you listen. It's complex, fascinating and simply makes you feel good to listen to. Favorite tracks: Tribal, Only in Amerika and A Place in the Sun. Pick up a copy today. Incredible music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growly Grace Rising August 28, 2010
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Wynton Marsalis, on a local radio show here in San Francisco, talked about how the blues are optimistic. I kind of understood then. Dr. John's City that Care Forgot presented the sense of betrayal and disgust with how New Orleans and the Gulf Region were ripped to pieces by natural and bureaucratic disasters. Tribal comes back with verve, savvy and tons of soul. There is humor and growly grace in every song. I don't want to write more because I am not that good at criticizing music. Care forgot, but Hope is sorting it all out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good Doc hits a home run...again August 28, 2010
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Honestly, everything that the Doc has recorded with the Lower 911 band over the last decade or so has been a winner. This is no exception, the Doc simply aging like a fine wine. Go see these guys live too, a really awesome band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. John
"Tribal"
(429 Records, 2010)
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Riding high on his ongoing role in the HBO TV series, Treme, the illustrious New Orleans jazz-blues-funk guru known as Dr. John (aka, Mac Rebennack) is in fine form on this boisterous, assertive, super-funky album. The backing band is tight (contemporary blues star Derek Trucks throws in a few licks, along with Dr. John's current crew...) and the lyrics have a laser-beam focus, including several songs with a searing social message... Not too hard to understand, considering all that Louisiana's been through lately. If you're a Dr. John fan, you won't be disappointed -- this record is relevant and persuasive -- and if you're new to the Doctor's swampy roots-voodoo stew, you're in for a treat. Don't forget to dig into his early stuff as well! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. John's Tribal August 16, 2010
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The man keeps bringing it!.......not bad for a 70 year old geezer. This album rocks with my favorites being "change of heart"
"manoovas" 'tribal" "them" a place in the sun" another solid Dr . john release. Hopefully a many more will come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying it
As with all Dr. John albums, the keyboard work is stellar and the back up players match it. If you like New Orleans and Dr. John the by all means buy it.
Published 7 months ago by R. Michael Oguin
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love The Big Easy then You will love Dr, John
I was fortunate enough to live in New Orleans in the French Quarter for many years, Dr, John is a Classic coon ass. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gary J. Chenett
1.0 out of 5 stars bad song writing, bad singing, dumb lyrics
I enjoyed Dr. John's Duke Elegant record a lot, and bought this on on the strength of that plus the positive amazon reviews. Unfortunately I thought this record was awful. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Benjamin Crowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. John - "Tribal"
I will say simply that Tribal is the very best album of Dr. John's career so far. Buy it immediately.
Published on March 14, 2011 by Adam2
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy
Mac Rebennack still makes albums and I love listening to real albums. They grow on you. What a relief in this time of one-hit performers.

And this is a good album. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Jan Robijns
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. J only gets better with age
Dr. J's music keeps up with the times and, in Tribal, shows his vast experience with writing lyrics and playing music. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by Dr. Susan Marcinkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dr. John
I love Dr. John. I love his style and his funk. And this album is just more of the same.
I saw him perform in New Orleans and he is a very consistent performer. Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by S. Gebel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fonky!!!!!!!!!
Brilliant masterpiece of funk, from The Genius of N.O. Rizzum & Blues.!! Two thumbs way up!
Published on September 5, 2010 by D. Snoble
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep on keeping on!
As Dr. John grows older, he gets better and better. This is back to what he knows best, the heartbeat of New Orleans and the bayou country.
Published on September 5, 2010 by D. D. Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Attained mastery on this one
This is probably the most pleasurable album he's ever made. I can't say exactly why. Maybe it's the simplicity of the songs. Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by smith
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