Sunday, September 20, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Gathers Dr. John's Best ATCO And Atlantic Singles

American jazz singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Mac Rebennack began the path of his music career when he was 16, but it wasn't until he changed his name to Dr. John that history was made. The famous jazz musician has made over 30 albums and has become one of the most iconic artists of the New Orleans music scene. He is also a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and has worked alongside practically every modern music in rock, blues and jazz music. His radio hits came early in his career, so Omnivore Recordings gathered his singles between 1968-1974 for a new compilation entitled "The ATCO/Atlantic Singles."

The new 22-track album features the well-known numbers like "Iko, Iko," "Wang Dang Doodle" and of course "Right Place Wrong Time." The purpose of this release is to re-discover some of his lesser known hits, like Dr. John's view of democracy in "The Patriotic Flag Wave" and mystical delivery of "Loop Garoo." Also featured on this compilation is the blues funk of "A Man Of Manny Words" that features Buddy Guy on vocals and Eric Clapton on guitar. The last nine tracks on this release features another New Orleans great, Allen Toussaint as producer and conductor of the seventies sounding funk of "I Been Hoodood" and the lounge-like blues of "Me-You=Loneliness." To find out more about this great new Dr. John compilation, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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