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In the Right Place [Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (November 12, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B002W24CXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Funk, in its purest form, is hard to come by these days. That's because we don't have the kind of wreckless visionaries that the 70s had, like Dr. John and George Clinton. These guys were so far gone into their music that they bordered on being parodies of themselves, and somehow that translated into the kind of raw and unprecedented energy that makes their music so saturated in what one would ideally define as 'funky'. Take Dr. John: the dude is basically the white George Clinton, with his crazy head dresses and honky tonk muppet voice. Put him in front of a piano, get the Meters to lay down the tightest funk grooves you've ever heard, and add producer Alain Toussaint's canjun roots and you've got an exceptionally enjoyable album in "In The Right Place". The music is uplifting and listenable; The Meters take the house down with some thick bass riffs, brilliantly arranged horns and tight-as-hell percussions. Dr. John wails like a drunken canjun cartoon character, which is such an endearing and appropriate compliment to this musical experience that you will not know how to listen to this kind of funk without a voice as original and funky as this.

While the entire album provides a consistent line-up of quality jams, the two stand-outs that have become two of Dr. John's greatest hits are "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such A Night". "Right Place, Wrong Time" would fill any dance floor with its danceability factor, while "Such A Night" is a kind of honky tonk interpretation of a faster-paced soul ballad, with great backing vocals and a nostalgic, Bugsy Malone-sounding keys section.

This album is a must-have for any self-respecting fan of the funk. Dr. John is a true pioneer in the genre and, while most of his work is worth owning, this is nonetheless one of his best albums to prove it.
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This is a straight reissue of the 1973 album release. A scant 34 minutes and no bonus tracks. Not even any liner notes -- which might just be the way the disc was originally issued.
Backed by the Meters (Leo Nocentelli, Arthur Neville, George Porter and Joseph Modeliste), augmented by the multi-instrumentalism and production of Allen Toussaint, Dr. John stretches out in more funky and soulful directions than the previous year's reading of New Orleans classics, "Gumbo." Dr. John wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 11 tracks here, with three more Crescent City treats (James Waynes' "Traveling Mood", Allen Toussaint's "Life" and Alvin Robinson's "Cold Cold Cold").
The disc leads off with Dr. John' only top-40 hit, "Right Place Wrong Time" (#9 in June of '73). This is one of those great productions that at the time just slipped right into the stream of things, but looking back at it now it's a wonder to think it actually made it into the popular conscious. It's a similar feeling to realizing that Johnny Nash's "Hold Me Tight" or Desmond Dekker's "Israelites" brought ska and reggae sounds to the American top-40 without ever really saying so. There's a soulfulness to this, an r'n'b sound in the horns, organ and background vocals, that just defies the sort of prefabricated pieces that usually make the charts.
The rest of the disc continues in the soulful vein, feeling much like the Neville Brothers work at points. It moves from the upbeat and funky (the title track, "Qualified") through gospel-tinged pieces ("Peace Brother Peace") to quiet, more soulful ballads ("Just the Same") There's some interesting interplay between Dr. John's piano and Art Neville's organ. Nice horn playing throughout from the Bonaroo horn section.
Overall a great piece of funky early 70's New Orleans soul, all filtered through Dr. John's nighttripper persona.
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Dr. John's 'In the right place' for sure-in my top 10. I listened to this album when it first appeared and am still loving it like it is the first time. Definitely a personal top 10 all time album pick.
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The album is a very good representation of Dr. John's skill as a musician and a songwriter. I expect those new to Dr. John would especially enjoy this album. Those that have enjoyed Dr. John for years will find it amongst the albums they want to have in their collection.
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Not as swampy as the good Doctor's classics "Gris Gris" and "Sun, Moon and Herbs", but still seriously FONKY with the title track, and steamy "I been Hoodoo'd". "Such a Night" was a taster for his role as preserver and interpreter of New Orleans' musical heritage. A rich spicy gumbo- savour it!
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Hot a mighty Damn! Dr. John's finest work. He's on fire, the band's on fire, hell even the cover of the album is on fire. Can't go wrong with this purchase.
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like Cleary after him, Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) is an inheritor of the Professor Longhair tradition of N'Orleans piano style which is both unique to the US and the center of the beginnings of blues and jazz in this country.
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I came to the good Dr. through the back door. Of course I knew of him and the hit "Right Place, Wrong Time." Once owned the "Mos Scocious" anthology but didn't like it much. I don't like his Night Tripper or MOR stuff. Then heard him on Treme, got more interested in NOLA music, and bought the recent "Locked Down" album produced by Dan Auerbach, which I liked very much. Okay, so how about trying "Dr. John's Gumbo?" Great album -- once you get past the first few songs which are good but sound a bit overproduced you get to a string of classic songs that sound like something you'd hear live on stage in a NOLA club. Has stood the test of time, it's the real stuff! Then along comes "In the Right Place." Sorry, it's mostly mediocre MOR 70s production. The hit single is worth having as a tasty nostalgic slice of hit R&B music. "I've Been Hoodooed" is fine and sounds more like what he laid down with Auerbach. "What a Night" is a good song, but cries out for a completely different interpretation. Overall, not something I'll listen to often. "Gumbo" is much better and authentic.
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