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The final installment in the trilogy of albums that launched Mac Rebennack’s Dr. John persona, Remedies is less monumental than 1968’s Gris-Gris and 1969’s Babylon, but more focused and unfussy. Instead of trying to expand on the tumultuous backwoods orchestrations of the previous two albums, Rebennack pared down his sound and emphasized the groove. “What Comes Around (Goes Around),” “Wash, Mama Wash” and “Chippy, Chippy” are simply classic New Orleans R&B songs, twisted just enough by John’s psychotropic leanings. “Loop Garoo” is a slinky, lubed-up blues that reflects the seamy side of Rebennack’s Los Angeles environs. In a way, Remedies is his farewell to that city before moving on to London, and later, back to New Orleans. “Angola Anthem” is the cathartic climax of Dr. John’s early career. Critics initially mistook the song as a comment on Africa — it actually refers to the state penal farm in Louisiana. Over 17 minutes of swirling voodoo incantation, Rebennack exorcises every last impulse of the hippie era. It’s his goodbye to the '60s.

Customer Reviews


This is worth the price if only for Angola Anthem. This epic speaks of a dark place as true as ever written. Somewhere I still have the Night Tripper on vinyl.

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This particular album doesn't have the same swampy, moody feel of Gris-Gris. Overall, the mood is much more upbeat. The track "Wash, Mama Wash", to me, didn't exactly fit well in the context of the album, but is still quite catchy. All the songs are good in their own right, my personal favourite being "Mardi Gras Day". If you've not listened to any Dr. John before, definitely check out Gris-Gris. But if this is another flirtation with his swampy magic, by all means, give it a shot!


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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