With my website under attack and a lighter load in respect of HiFi reviews, I note I have not progressed with my 1001 Albums Odyssey. One reason may be that this next album, Gris Gris by Dr John, is just not my cup of tea. Psychedelic, self indulgent and rhythm-less, I just don’t get it. I cannot fathom the lyrics, I guess you need to be stoned out of your mind to get this music so I don’t know why I’m here.
Dr John is a musical project based on a New Orleans voodoo preacher called Dr John Creaux. Malcolm Rebbernnack took the role on and developed a sound based on creole influences from New Orleans, fused with Latin (Danse Kalinda Ba Doom), Cuban, Brazilian (Mama Roux) and African beats.
I’ve listened to this a few times now and I have to say, some of it is growing on me! ‘Mama Roux’ has some vibes I quite like and ‘I Walk on Guilded Splinters’ is a dense, wandering self indulgent jazzy jewel in a sea of mediocre tracks that stands out for me as a favourite track, but all in all, this is not my bag, still at least I can enthusiastically move on to…. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, oh no, more psychedelia
I have finally moved my site and I am no longer under attack by the way.
Album – Gris-Gris
Artist – Dr John, The Night Tripper
Favourite Track – I Walk on Guilded Splinters, Mama Roux
Released – 1968
Rating – 5.5, reminds me of Os Mutantes, didn’t get that either
Time – 66’25” (37’07” on the original)
Tracks – 7
Source – Tidal, MQA
Player/Streamers – Bluesound Node
Amplifier/DAC – T+A AMP 8/DAC 8
Output – JERN 14 DS, supported by REL T/5i. QED Supremus speaker cable and balanced cables
Next Album – 127 – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Iron Butterfly