HIPPIE, VOODOO, PSYCH, MARDI GRAS, TRIBAL, HIGH NIGHT TRIPPIN' OF THE LATE 60's
GENRE`````PSYCHEDELIC, FUNK, ROCK N' ROLL, DRUGS?
This guy was something special in the late sixties. His debut album (Gris-gris) is quite an exploration of R&B blended in primitive voodoo aesthetics and coloured by some strange mystic/psych elements that I can't recognise. A very unique artist indeed. Lots of drugs involved too. Lots.
AN UNSUALY SHORT REVIEW FROM ALLMUSIC:
The most exploratory and psychedelic outing of Dr. John's career, a one-of-a-kind fusion of New Orleans Mardi Gras R&B and voodoo mysticism. Great rasping, bluesy vocals, soulful backup singers, and eerie melodies on flute, sax, and clarinet, as well as odd Middle Eastern-like chanting and mandolin runs. It's got the setting of a strange religious ritual, but the mood is far more joyous than solemn.