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Even though it is soaked in New Orleans flavor, Babylon is a product of late- '60s Los Angeles, the city where Dr. John made his living as a session player. The band here is comprised of his buddies from the L.A. studio scene, as well as new additions like John McAlister, a young recruit who brought tablas, gongs and other exotic and homemade instruments. Babylon is a portrait of the L.A. milieu, refracted by Mac Rebbenack’s voodoo sensibilities. The atmosphere is more foreboding than its predecessor (1968’s Gris-Gris). “No politicians, no high religions to guide you from the dark,” the Doctor croaks on the title song. “No more love-ins, no more human be-ins will light up Griffith Park…” In his autobiography Rebennack said he was going for something “not unlike Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, but with visions of the end of the world — as if Hieronymus Bosch had cut an album.” Even though the album was largely ignored upon release, it fits right alongside contemporaneous works by Sly Stone and Captain Beefheart, two other visionary bluesman of the post-hippie malaise in Southern California.

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The only album to sound the way it does

Gris Gris was a breakthrough in music, as Dr John paved his way into the music scene creating a sound only he has been able to capture. Babylon fallows Gris Gris as an out of this world trip into sounds unkown with complex song structure and perfect production. It's not Gris Gris, but it certainly has a unique sound only the likes of Dr John can capture. This album is a classic gem. There's seriously, nothing else like it.


Born: November 21, 1940 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements fused with New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of "voodoo" music. He's also quite accomplished and enjoyable when sticking to purely traditional forms of blues and R&B. On record, he...
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Babylon, Dr. John
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, R&B/Soul, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll
  • Released: 1969

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