Dr. John – The Crazy Cajun Recordings (1999)

Posted by Green on June 24, 2019as


Mac Rebennack made a series of demo-like recordings for Huey P. Meaux’s Crazy Cajun imprint in the early ’60s well before his official transformation into the Dr. John persona in 1967 and before his early-’70s hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such a Night” brought him a wider audience. As such, these recordings literally are an introduction to Rebennack, since they were among the first he recorded as a bandleader, and all the essential ingredients of his later style are pretty much in place on these sides, although a certain intangible spark seems missing at times and the demo feel is obvious. “Somebody Tryin’ to Hoodoo Me” and the impressive “I Got Lonesome-Itis” wouldn’t sound too far out of place on one of Dr. John’s later albums, though, and the loose-limbed “Dog House Blues” is a wonderful slice of pure Crescent City R&B. Pleasant, if a bit understated, these recordings don’t necessarily make the best introduction to Dr. John, but serious fans of the Doctor will want to pick them up, either in this incarnation or Fuel 2000’s 2006 version of the same tracks called An Introduction to Dr. John.


01. Time Had Come
02. Women
03. Shining as Hard as I Can
04. Which Way
05. Little Closer to My Home
06. Make Your Own
07. You Said It
08. Bring Your Own Along
09. Somebody Tryin’ to Hoodoo Me
10. Don’t Want No Monkey in My Business
11. I Pulled the Cover off You Two Lovers
12. Ear Is on Strike
13. Go Ahead On
14. Chicky Wow Wow
15. I Got Lonesome-Itis
16. Dog House Blues
17. Flight #5

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