Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dr. John has had a long and successful career which had its commercial and critical peaks during the late 60’s and early 70’s when he recorded for Atlantic and Atco Records.
On September 18, Omnivore Recordings will release a 22-track compilation of the best of that time on Dr. John: The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968 – 1974. All of the singer’s A & B sides from the period are included on the set.
Dr. John put four singles on the Billboard Hot 100 starting in 1972 with Iko Iko, which made it to 71 and followed by Such a Night (1973 / #42 Pop / #76 R&B), Right Place Wrong Time (1973 / #9 Pop / #19 R&B) and (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away (1974 / #92). All four are on the new album.
Included also are A Man of Many Words, featuring accompaniment from Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton, and the mono short version of The Patriotic Flag Waver.
Arrangers and producers include Allen Toussaint, Harold Battiste, Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler, Eric Clapton, Ahmet Ertegun and Michael Cuscuna. Writers include Willie Dixon, Huey Smith, Buddy Guy Allen Toussaint, Quezerque Gaines, Earl King, James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, Alvin Robinson, Jessie Hill and Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack himself.
Musicologist Gene Sculatti wrote the compilation liner notes. From Sculatti’s notes: “Dr. John has proven to be one of music’s foremost generalists, a primary-care cat whose practice extends back some 60 years. His expertise encompasses rock ’n’ roll, swamp pop, New Orleans, R&B, funk, jazz, and the Great American Songbook — and he’s made worthy contributions to recordings by the Stones, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Buffalo Springfield, Gregg Allman, and others. The awards (six Grammys and counting) and accolades long ago validated the quality of his output, but it’s the range of what he’s done that truly impresses.
“These Atco and Atlantic sides were clearly the right-place right-time recordings. They put Dr. John on the map and into the ears and minds of music enthusiasts the world over.”
The track list:
The Patriotic Flag Waver (Mono Short Version)
I Walk On Gilded Splinters (Part I)
I Walk On Gilded Splinters (Part II)
Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Wash Mama Wash
Huey Smith Medley: High Blood Pressure / Don’t You Just Know It / Well I’ll Be John Brown
Wang Dang Doodle
A Man Of Many Words (Buddy Guy With Dr. John & Eric Clapton)
Right Place Wrong Time
I Been Hoodood
Such A Night
Cold Cold Cold
Let’s Make A Better World
(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away
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