Dr. John - The Sun, Moon & Herbs

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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The Sun, Moon & Herbs is the fourth studio album by New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John, originally released in August 1971 by Atlantic Records.

Dr. John a.k.a the night tripper is a singer, songwriter, voice actor, pianist, and guitarist, whose music combines Blues, Pop, Jazz, Zydeco, Boogie Woogie and Rock & Roll.

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960's following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive music. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. This eventually resulted in his signature 'voodoo' music style.

Originally intended as a triple album, The Sun, Moon & Herbs was chopped up, whittled down and re-assembled into this single-disc release, and while Dr. John never liked this version much, perhaps the single disc is testament to the "less is more" theory.

The seven cuts are all quite lengthy and the spells Dr. John and his consorts weave are dark and swampy. "Black John The Conqueror" comes from old Cajun folklore which the good Dr. has modernized and given a beat. "Zu Zu Mamou" is so thick that you can almost cut the music with a knife. Here, the atmosphere takes on a whole other meaning altogether.

The centrepiece of the album is "Familiar Reality", a long cut based on one evil-sounding, relentlessly repeated riff. It concerns déjà vu, and the dark, almost martial accompaniment suggests a man with his mind stuck in a rut, fiercely trying to recollect where he has seen something before. The other songs on the album - all bits of New Orleans folklore - seem to spin off this one seminal number like sudden and inexplicable flashes of memory.

The Sun, Moon & Herbs is best listened to on a hot, muggy night with the sound of thunder rumbling off in the distance like jungle drums. Dr. John was definitely onto something here, but just what is left up to the listener.

Check out the tracks: “Zu Zu Mamou”; “Familiar Reality (Opening)” and “Black John The Conqueror”.

This LP record is a Music On Vinyl 2017 reissue on 180 gram audiophile vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed insert, pressed in Europe.

(8719262002623)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Black John The Conqueror

6:20

A2

Where Ya At Mule

4:56

A3

Craney Crow

6:40

B1

Familiar Reality (Opening)

5:25

B2

Pots On Flyo (Filé Gumbo) / Who I Got To Fall On (If The Pot Get Heavy)

5:48

B3

Zu Zu Mamou

7:57

B4

Familiar Reality (Reprise)

1:53

SKU 8719262002623
Record Label ATCO Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1781
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 14 April 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 31 August 1971
Barcode # 8719262002623
Shipping Weight 0.3550kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues
Genre Funk / Soul
Genre Bayou Funk
Format VINYL LP

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