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Hiring the Meters as his backing band might be the shrewdest decision of Dr. John’s career. The funk quartet was at the peak of its powers in 1974 — easily the most complex and well-oiled music machine in a city that boasted the baddest bands. The Meters were able to say everything they needed to without the aid of a vocalist, and working with Dr. John could have come off as overkill. Instead, it was the perfect match. The Doctor encouraged the Meters to stretch out, and the Meters helped the Doctor tighten up. “R U 4 Real,” “Can’t Git Enuff,” “Quitters Never Win,” “Stealin’” “(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away” and “Desitively Bonnaroo” are wilier than jackrabbits and as sharp as switchblades. George Porter’s bass pops right off the record and Allen Toussaint — the maestro of New Orleans R&B — infuses every performance with his gentle touch. Dr. John wiggles into the tight spaces of the Meters’ music, spaces other musicians would have trouble just locating. This isn’t an album for the mainstream — it’s music built by a hard funk band for hard funk fans.

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Destively Bonnaroo

Max is back but the doctor is still in. The musician we know today is seen on this album and the doctor goes into semi-retirement. Max R. begins to 'Go Tell (all) the People (that you know)' a message as insightfull today as the time first released. A down to earth style is seen along with the healing touch of the good doctor. Yes I still have this on vinyl but the cd sounds better.

Mac 'n Meters

If you like Dr. John's more well known material, grab this fast. This didn't get the attention it deserved, and is RIGHT up there with his better known work (Gumbo, Gris-Gris, Right Place, Wrong Time.) N'awlin's perfection. S'fool

funky album

this is what the new orleans sound deserves... someone with funk and soul... a great album!


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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