Dr. John, Locked Down (2012)
So, I was sold on this album from when I first heard it. And I was lucky to hear it earlier in the year – about a month before it was released. That hardly happens these days, record companies don’t trust people and don’t (often) know what they’re doing. But you get someone enthused or let them have the opportunity to be enthused and it can work out okay for everyone. I wrote about the album early, straight away; a preview/teaser. And then I played it a whole lot more – passing on the CD to someone else after I’d heard it a heap; getting someone else into it. Then, the coolest thing happened. I’d been humming/harring about buying the vinyl. It was always going to happen. One day. And then, one day, I head to the store – I’ve got a copy on hold – and I’m not necessarily off to buy it. But I’m just passing by and having a look. And the guy in the store hands me the LP and I’m like “I know, I’ve seen it”. And he says that no I need to have a good look at this copy. So I do. And inside is a card from a couple of my very good friends and it says that this is my birthday present. They’d nipped down and paid for the LP and left it there for me to collect. Very cool. That LP came with a free copy of the CD which I played in the car for a bit and then handed on to another friend. This is how it works. Record companies should be so fearful. Albums do get purchased if you give people a chance; trust them a bit – let them share things around and get enthused and get others enthused. As for me – this Dr. John LP is a fine comeback of sorts. And anyone worried it’s not up there with his very best stuff is not hearing it right. It’s a killer album – as good as can be from a guy at this age and stage. And that’s what matters. And, actually, for me, I think it ranks pretty nicely alongside the very best stuff anyone. I’m still digging it. Lots.
Sample Track: You Lie
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