Dr. John - The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974

Dr. John - The  Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974
Release Date:
September 18, 2015
New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll, Piano Blues
The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974

Dr. John is often thought of either as an album artist or a session man, not as a musician whose medium is singles. Omnivore's 2015 compilation The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974 throws a curve to that notion, collecting the As and Bs he released on Atco/Atlantic during the height of his stardom. During this time, he sprawled out on such spooky platters as Gris-Gris but within a few years he streamlined his New Orleans funk and wound up with a genuine Top Ten hit in "Right Place Wrong Time." Both extremes are sampled here and unlike Rhino's 1995 compilation The Very Best of Dr.

John, this proceeds in a chronological fashion so it's possible to hear Mac Rebennack shed the Big Easy psychedelia for smooth, rolling funk.

Mac certainly did more than what can be heard in these 22 tracks -- his latter-day recordings illustrated the depth of his reach, his early singles hit harder, and the full Atco/Atlantic albums show his mastery of mood -- but this collection illustrates just how smart his development of the Dr. John persona was and hints at all the good music he made.

The Patriotic Flag Waver [Mono] [Short Version] / Mac RebennackDr. John4:57
Mama Roux / Jessie Hill / Mac RebennackDr. John3:00
Jump Sturdy / Mac RebennackDr. John2:21
I Walk on Gilded Splinters, Pt. 1 / Mac RebennackDr. John2:53
I Walk on Gilded Splinters, Pt. 2 / Mac RebennackDr. John2:46
Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya / Mac RebennackDr. John5:36
Loop Garoo / Mac RebennackDr. John4:42
Wash Mama Wash / Mac RebennackDr. John3:41
Iko Iko / James "Sugarboy" CrawfordDr. John3:12
Huey Smith Medley: High Blood Pressure/Don't You Just Know It/Well I'll Be John Brown / Huey Smith / Johnny VincentDr. John3:20
Wang Dang Doodle / Willie DixonDr. John2:44
Big Chief / Quezerque GainesDr. John3:26
A Man of Many Words / Buddy GuyDr. John2:38
Right Place Wrong Time / Mac RebennackDr. John2:54
I Been Hoodood / Mac RebennackDr. John3:12
Such a Night / Mac RebennackDr. John2:54
Cold Cold Cold / Jessie Hill / Mac Rebennack / Alvin RobinsonDr. John2:40
Life / Allen ToussaintDr. John2:29
Let's Make a Better World / Earl KingDr. John2:55
Me - You = Loneliness / Mac RebennackDr. John3:07
(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away / Mac RebennackDr. John2:40
Mos' Scocious / Mac RebennackDr. John2:46

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