The Sun, Moon & Herbs (Remastered) Dr. John

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Album-Release:
1971

HRA-Release:
31.01.2017

Label: Rhino Atlantic, Rhino Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Funk

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  • 1Black John The Conqueror06:20
  • 2Where Ya At Mule04:56
  • 3Craney Crow06:42
  • 4Familiar Reality-Opening05:29
  • 5Pots on Fiyo [File Gumbo]/Who I Got To Fall On [If The Pot Get Heavy]05:49
  • 6Zu Zu Mamou07:57
  • 7Familiar Reality-Reprise01:49
  • Total Runtime39:02

Info for The Sun, Moon & Herbs (Remastered)



„Originally intended as a triple album, The Sun, Moon & Herbs was chopped up, whittled down and re-assembled into this single-disc release, and while Dr. John never liked this version much, perhaps the single disc is testament to the "less is more" theory. The seven cuts are all quite lengthy and the spells Dr. John and his consorts weave are dark and swampy. "Black John the Conqueror" comes from old Cajun folklore which the good Dr. has modernized and given a beat. The swampy "Craney Crow" is the younger sibling of his earlier "Walk On Guilded Splinters" and has a similar effect on the listener. "Pots on Fiyo (Fils Gumbo)" combines Latin American rhythms with lots of Cajun chants and spells. The vocals are nearly incomprehensible and actually serve as another instrument in the mix. "Zu Zu Mamou" is so thick that you can almost cut the music with a knife. Here, the atmosphere takes on a whole other meaning altogether. The Sun, Moon & Herbs is best listened to on a hot, muggy night with the sound of thunder rumbling off in the distance like jungle drums. Dr. John was definitely onto something here, but just what is left up to the listener.“

Dr. John, vocals, piano, organ, guitar, vibes & percussion
Eric Clapton, guitar
Ronnie Barron, keyboards
Graham Bond, alto saxophone
Tommy Ferrone, rhythm guitar
Steve York, bass
Jesse Boyce, bass
Carl Radle, bass
Walter Davis Jr., piano
Jim Gordon, percussion, conga
John Boudreaux, drums
Vic Brox, pocket trumpet & organ
Ray Draper, tuba, percussion & background vocals
Wayne Jackson, trumpet, horn
Chris Mercer, saxophone
Jerry Jumonville, saxophone
James Mitchell, baritone saxophone
Ed Logan, tenor saxophone
Andrew Love, tenor saxophone
Bobby Keys, tenor saxophone
Jim Price, trumpet
Jack Hale, trombone
Kenneth Terroade, flute
Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuels, percussion
Freeman Brown, percussion
Fred Staehle, trap drums
Mick Jagger, background vocals
Doris Troy, background vocals
Shirley Goodman, background vocals
Tami Lynn, background vocals
P. P. Arnold, background vocals
Bobby Whitlock, background vocals

Recorded July, 1970 at Trident Studios, London; October, 1970 at Criteria Studios, Miami
Produced by Mac Rebennack, Charles Greene

Digitally remastered



Dr. John
The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones' “Exile On Main St.” During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album “Gris-Gris,” which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album “Sun, Moon and Herbs” in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s “In The Right Place,” which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”

In addition to his six Grammy wins (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013), he has received six other Grammy nominations over the years. In 2007 he was nominated for “Sippiana Hericane,” his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. After Hurricane Katrina Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings. In 2007 he was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008 he released “City That Care Forgot,” winning him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His latest album "Locked Down", released in 2012 with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

In 2013 Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. John is currently hard at work completing an album in tribute to Louis Armstrong which is scheduled to be released in July of this year. After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane.

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