180g vinyl edition. Originally released in 1973, with help from producer Allen Toussaint and backing band The Meters. Includes the hit "Right Place Wrong Time." All 100% original Dr. John funk and a total classic.
Start with the Meters, whose hard funk is so efficient there's not a wasted note or out-of-sync beat. Add producer Allen Toussaint's wonderful vocal and horn arrangements. Top them off with seven Rebennack originals plus four well-chosen covers, and you have an album that seemed to arrive out of nowhere at the time of its original 1973 release. It still sounds garden-fresh today, not just the monster hits, "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such a Night," but also the chain-gang funk of "Same Old Same Old," the verbal insults of "Qualified," even the second-line soul of "Shoo Fly Marches On." The closest thing to a weak link is "Peace Brother Peace," in which Rebennack anoints himself the Dr. Feelgood of love and happiness. But the Meters sound as if they believe every word he's singing, so who are we to argue?
Leo Nocentelli (guitar); Aurthur Neville (organ); George Porter (bass); Joseph Modeliste (drums); Allen Toussaint (piano, electric piano, acoustic guitar, conga drum, tambourine); Mac Rebennack (vocals, piano, organ, percussion); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); David Spinozza (guitar); Gary Brown (saxophones)