Dr. John, In The Right Place (1973)
I guess the new Dr. John album has me re-enthused. It’s great when that happens. The new album is good – as good as a Dr. John album in 2012 could/should be – but the best by-product has been going back through his early work. I checked out his autobiography – thoroughly enjoyed it. And decided to finally get hold of this gem on vinyl (previously, many hoodoo moons ago, I had the album on tape). So you’re getting Dr. John, sure. But you also get The Meters – major bonus. Might be reason enough for someone to climb on board with this album, to give it a hoon – not that I can understand Dr. John putting you off, he kills. Such a musician’s musician – no interest in fame, just loves the work. You get that from his book. You get that from the new album – it’s not a late grasp for attention. (Just an opportunity to do some work; an opportunity that might work). And you get it from the early masterpieces. From his dab-hand on so many sessions, from his songs, his playing, his writing. I’m glad to have this record finally. It’s been a favourite for many years. Plenty of joy to come from this wonderful album.
Sample Track: Shoo Fly Marches On
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