Desitively Bonnaroo (Remastered) Dr. John

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Label: Rhino Atlantic, Rhino Records

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Artist: Dr. John

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  • 1Quitters Never Win03:15
  • 2Stealin'03:29
  • 3What Comes Around (Goes Around) (2)03:10
  • 4Me Minus You Equals Loneliness03:03
  • 5Mos' Scocious02:46
  • 6[Everybody Wanna Get Rich] Rite Away02:42
  • 7Let's Make A Better World02:55
  • 8R U 4 Real04:14
  • 9Sing Along Song02:41
  • 10Can't Git Enuff02:59
  • 11Go Tell The People03:03
  • 12Desitively Bonnaroo02:29
  • Total Runtime36:46

Info for Desitively Bonnaroo (Remastered)

One of the Night Tripper's great Seventies albums. Features legendary New Orleans funksters The Meters as his backing band. Produced by Allen Toussaint.

Mac Rebennack - a musician better known by a moniker which paints him as one of the funkiest physicians in New Orleans - released an album which has gained considerable notoriety beyond the contents of its grooves due to its title inspiring the name of an annual music festival.

Released in 1974, Desitively Bonnaroo was an album which hewed very close in both style and substance to its predecessor, 1973's In the Right Place, which is hardly surprising when one considers that In the Right Place remains to this day Dr. John's most successful album on the Billboard Top 200, hitting #24. Unfortunately, lightning didn't exactly strike twice, or at least not in the exact same location: Desitively Bonnaroo still charted, but despite featuring arrangements and accompaniment from Allen Toussaint and quite a lot of contributions from The Meters, it only made it to #105, and the closest it came to earning a hit single was “(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away,” which limped into the Hot 100 but never made it out of the 90s.

In fairness, one might argue that it's impressive enough that the mainstream audience embraced Dr. John the first time, so it was always relatively unlikely that they'd be primed and waiting for a second round with the same level of enthusiasm. That said, however, the fact that Dr. John still has a substantial fanbase four decades later is a testament to the level of devotion his music has inspired over the years.

„When you latch onto a hit formula, don't mess with it, and that is just what the doctor ordered with Desitively Bonnaroo. With installment number three of Dr. John's funky New Orleans-styled rock & roll, trying to strike gold again proved elusive. There wasn't the big hit single this time around to help boost sales, and the tunes were starting to sound a little too familiar. While not a carbon copy of his previous releases, Desitively Bonnaroo was a disappointment to his fans. Good as it was, it was the end of an era for Dr. John and his type of music.“ (James Chrispell, AMG)

Dr. John, guitar, piano, sound effects, vocals
Allen Toussaint, keyboards, percussion, arrangements, background vocals
Leo Nocentelli, guitar
Art Neville, keyboards, organ
George Porter Jr., bass
Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste, drums
Gary Brown, alto, soprano & tenor saxophone
Mark Colby, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Whit Sidener, baritone & alto saxophone
Peter Graves, trombone
Kenneth Faulk, trumpet, flugelhorn
Robbie Montgomery, background vocals
Jessica Smith, background vocals

Recorded 1974 atCriteria Recording Studios, Miami; Sea-Saint Recording, New Orleans
Produced by Allen Toussaint

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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