Dr. JOHN – ” Remedies ” Record Store Day 2020

Posted: June 3, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Arriving on the heels of the socially conscious “Babylon”, Dr.John’s 1970 album “Remedies” marked his 3rd studio release under his eccentric, voodoo-inspired “Night Tripper” persona, and his first not to be produced by Harold Bapttiste, instead turning to famed rock producer Tom Dowd. Featuring a psychedelic and progressive take on Dr. John’s signature style of swampy, hazy New Orleans boogie-woogie rock, undoubtedly inspired by his then recent stint in a psych ward.
Remedies is not rock and roll, it is something nearly otherworldly, and almost beyond comprehension. While it includes such standout Dr. John tracks as “Wash Mama Wash” and “Loop Garoo,” it also includes “Angola Anthem,” which is murky, mysterious and downright evil-sounding. Much of this very long cut is lost without headphones, for the music floats about in a smoky fog while Dr. John and his backup singers chant, moan, and cry out. Progressive radio loved this stuff, and it still sounds great during those late-night flirtations with the dark side of the psyche.

The sound on this album is a transition from the voodoo stew on the Dr’s first album Gris Gris and the funky sounds of albums like In The Right Place & Desitively Bonnaroo,

“Remedies” must be heard to be believed. One of the records that made Dr John a legend back in the day – a set that steps off from New Orleans roots into a world of weird funk, tripped-out sounds, and lots and lots of super-heavy grooves! The album’s got a nicely exploratory vibe – as the first side features shorter funky cuts, but the second half really stretches out, and features a side-long track that has the Doctor at his most freewheeling – mixing deep currents from soul and blues with all the great ear for studio techniques he’d developed over the years – fused into a sound that’s almost a fantasy of a soulful subculture in the swamps. Titles include “Loop Garoo”, “Wash Mama Wash”, “What Goes Around Comes Around”, “Mardi Gras Day”, and “Chippy Chippy” – plus the side-long “Angola Anthem”

Track listing:

A Side.1.Loop Garoo 2.What Goes Around Comes Around 3.Wash, Mama, Wash 4.Chippy, Chippy 5.Mardi Gras Day
B Side.1.Angola Anthem

Splatter Colored Vinyl Pressing Exclusive For RSD 2020. First issued in 1970. CD last issued in 2002.
Original Vinyl out of print since the 70s. 2500 copies worldwide

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