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The man who's been known variously as Dr. John, Mac Rebennack, and The Night Tripper has inhabited an even greater variety of musical guises in his long career. For a single-album anthology, The Essentials does a great job of encompassing them. You get Dr. John the second-line Mardi Gras parade master on "Iko Iko" and "Tipitina," the salacious funkmeister on the indelible '70s smash "Right Place, Wrong Time," and the lovable duet partner of Rickie Lee Jones on the pair's GRAMMY®-winning version of "Makin' Whoopee." And that's just for starters. Even though The Essentials is just a dozen tracks long, numerous other identities reveal themselves before it's all over. Dr. John the mellow jazz piano stylist pops up on an urbane interpretation of Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," and Mac the melancholy blues balladeer appears for a jazz-flecked take on the Ray Charles hit "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'." By the time the album closes with a funky, mostly instrumental version of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," we've gotten a pretty good look at this musical maverick's many faces.

Customer Reviews

We are all at the right place but all at the wrong time

right place wrong time is a classic by it you will love it

NawLinz Music at its best!

Mac Rebenack (aka Dr John) epitomizes The New Orleans Sound of the 80's. This album contains most of his best studio stuff...but the live versions are better. This has a real good version of his anthem "Right Place, Wrong Time" and a good funky version of "Mos Scocious". The Carribbean classic "Iko Iko" is always fun, and "Makin Whoopie" is a true classic. All in all, a fun album to have to introduce you to a very different sound than everyday Rock N Roll.

American horror story

I heard it from American horror story coven and after it stayed in my head for 6 days


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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