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Gris Gris

Dr. John

1968

Gris Gris

Album Summary

Gris-Gris (stylized as GRIS-gris) is the debut album by American musician Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack). Produced by Harold Battiste, it was released on Atco Records in 1968. The album introduced Rebennack's Dr. John character, inspired by a reputed 19th century voodoo doctor. The style of Gris-Gris is a hybrid of New Orleans R&B and psychedelia. It was recorded in California, albeit with several native New Orleans musicians. Gris-Gris failed to chart in the United Kingdom and the United States. It was re-issued on compact disc decades later and received much greater praise from modern critics, including being listed at number 143 on the 2003 and 2012 editions and at number 356 on the 2020 edition of Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

2.91

Votes

4634

Genres

  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Jazz
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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Dr. John's Gris-Gris is among the most enduring recordings of the psychedelic era; it sounds as mysterious and spooky in the 21st century as it did in 1968. It is the album where Mac Rebennack established a stage identity that has served him well. A respected studio ace in his native New Orleans, Rebennack was scuffling in L.A. Gris-Gris was his concept, an album that wove various threads of New Orleans music together behind the character of "Dr. John," a real voodoo root doctor from the 19th century. Harold Batiste, another ex-pat New Orleanian and respected arranger in Hollywood, scored him some free studio time left over from a Sonny & Cher session. They assembled a crack band of NOLA exiles and session players including saxophonist Plas Johnson, singers Jessie Hill and Shirley Goodman, and guitarist/mandolinist Richard "Didimus" Washington. Almost everyone played percussion. Gris-Gris sounds like a post-midnight ceremony recorded in the bayou swamp instead of L.A.'s Gold Star Studio where Phil Spector cut hits. The atmosphere is thick, smoky, serpentine, foreboding. Rebennack inhabits his character fully, delivering Creole French and slang English effortlessly in the grain of his half-spoken, half-sung voice. He is high priest and trickster, capable of blessing, cursing, and conning. On the opening incantation "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya," Dr. John introduces himself as the "night tripper" and boasts of his medicinal abilities accompanied by wafting reverbed mandolins, hand drums, a bubbling bassline, blues harmonica, skeletal electric guitar, and a swaying backing chorus that blurs the line between gospel and soul. On "Danse Kalinda Boom," a calliope-sounding organ, Middle Eastern flute, Spanish-tinged guitars, bells, claves, congas, and drums fuel a wordless chorus in four-part chant harmony as a drum orgy evokes ceremonial rites. The sound of NOLA R&B comes to the fore in the killer soul groove of the breezy "Mama Roux." "Croker Courtboullion" is an exercise in vanguard jazz. Spectral voices, electric guitars, animal cries, flute, and moody saxophone solos and percussion drift in and out of the spacy mix. The set's masterpiece is saved for last, the nearly nearly eight-minute trance vamp in "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" (covered by everyone from Humble Pie, Cher, and Johnny Jenkins to Paul Weller and Papa Mali). Dr. John is brazen about the power of his spells in a slippery, evil-sounding boast. Congas, tom-toms, snaky guitar, and harmonica underscore his juju, while a backing chorus affirms his power like mambo priestesses in unison. A ghostly baritone saxophone wafts through the turnarounds. Droning blues, steamy funk, and loopy R&B are inseparably entwined in its groove. Remarkably, though rightfully considered a psychedelic masterpiece, there is little rock music on Gris-Gris. Its real achievement -- besides being a classic collection of startlingly deep tunes -- is that it brought New Orleans' cultural iconographies and musical traits to the attention of an emergent rock audience.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

This is exactly why I started this challenge. I have never heard Dr John before and I absolutely loved it! It is so cool and interesting.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

One of the most unique albums I’ve heard in my time. A masterpiece of spooky, weird, and downright catchy stuff. I loved this.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Parents in 1968 must have been freaked the fuck out when they heard this coming from their child's bedroom. It's crazy how music changed in ten years between 58 and 68. Ten years ago for us it was like, Bon Iver S/T and Arcade Fire The Suburbs.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Spooky and atmospheric. Accomplished musicianship and swamp animal sounds. Such cray cray.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

A very bizarre album. Not at all what I expected. The arrangements are generally spare and unusual with a lot ambience and echo and strange noises that seem to come out of nowhere. The backing vocals on the opener Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya are angelic and distant really gorgeous. There are lots of different styles here most of which I can't identify. My first run through the album I was ready to give it a low rating...but my second spin is giving a much more positive perspective. I can't quite say that I live every song but man each song has something at least interesting to offer and deserves closer inspection. 4 🌟

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

At first I was thinking "Who is this ripping off Tom Waits?" then I see it was released in 1968. Wow. Ok not surprising he is an influence on Waits. As a Waits fan this is fascinating. I like Gris-Gris and Mama Roux but the vocals on Croker Courtbullion are super annoying. Definitely hear some Zappa-esque things here as well. I don't know if I'd wanna listen to a lot of this again but, damn I gotta give it a 4 just for the respect of this being 1968.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
1

I can see how if you were listening to this album, it would be very difficult to leave your car. Because it would be a difficult decision to unbuckle your seat belt to get out of a car plunging off a cliff. What in the world! To be fair, Mama Roux was interesting, but I can't listen to this ever again.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
1

I had to google the author of 1001 to establish his age. There is a disproportionate amount of content from '67 '68 '69. I was wondering if he was 18 around then. Some of it was a golden age but this type of album does not compare with other eras. Maybe it was the drugs. Cover art 2/5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Shamanistic van morrison

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Love the fusion of genres and the "space" between the instruments that that works most of the time. Some of the songs were definitely a little too "out there" for my liking. All in all a cool & different album

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

I wasn't crazy about this the first time through, but because it's so short I gave it another listen, and I liked it significantly more the second time. It's fun and weird and sounds like something Dewey Cox would have made.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Love this. Putting instrumentals so low-key that they appear as soundtrack next to something like "Jump Sturdy" is obviously weird, but in this case it's New Orleans weird. I expected something more uptempo when I saw the genre and length, but the way it is feels right.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Unexpectedly amazing. I had wrongly written off Dr John as some proggy old blues appropriator. An amazing blend of Cajun, blues and psych rock here. I and hear how he has influenced the sound of many bands that followed. The layering of some of the tracks is like nothing I have heard from that era Now to explore some of his other albums

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

There was a guru who calls himself Dr. John, because he has a so-called "spiritual kinship" with a spiritual healer named Dr. John Montaine. That's probably where he got his treasured amulet that he call a "gris gris". Something about New Orleans voodoo. The mysterious man offered some stories about some native communities in New Orleans. Curious, I sat and chewed the stories. I'm not sure and I don't remember if we used some psychedelics, but we probably did. It IS psychedelic. But those nighttime stories - the trippiest ones - bore me. I prefer the festive daytime rituals. I love the vivid and lively imagery of it, especially the stories and songs for Mama Roux - the queen of little red, white, and blue, and Jump Sturdy - who come out of the swamps like a lazy fool. I felt like I was in that little community, happily chanting with them. It felt like a non-horror version of "Midsommar", it's trippy, exotic, and tribal. I'll definitely come back to his stories, but if I do, I'll probably skip the slow, lengthy trippy ones.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I was ready to love this but it’s all a bit messy and weird. Cool to read that he ran away from the law in New Orleans, bringing those swampy influences with him but not as funky as I was expecting.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

I dig Dr John's unique brand of psychedelic funk. There's nothing quite like it and it's timeless. At some points it genuinely feels like it's part of a voodoo ritual, other times it's all mellow feel good vibes. Either way it's always dripping with soul.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

For when you drop acid and suddenly crave Cajun food. Essential listening if your favorite Manning is Archie and your child is named after Bobby Hebert. It's your favorite album if you still harbor resentment towards HBO for canceling Treme, and you completely understand why the Katrina victims refused to move.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Music to Manson Family to.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

Practically unlistenable

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Incredible. Fun in every way.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

this was really cool and unexpected

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

I have some qualms about the Dr John phenomena from a cultural standpoint but this is such a testament to his talent, taste, and personality

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

What an absolutely fantastic album.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

A really cool hidden gem! I had never heard of Dr. John, but this is some awesome New Orleans jazz meets psychedelic nightmare fuel

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

I find this album to be unique, magical and local to Nola flair. Loved it.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Not a single standout song, just an entire standout album, nothing so far has sounded as groovy and gritty as this.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

So this was a very interesting mellow and swampy and fun album. Great rhythms hinting at the Caribbean grooves with a very much Creole setting. There’s a hint of a future Tom Waits in here - I loved this. And it was short enough to keep you wanting more

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Fantastic stuff as always from The Dr.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Ge mig mer av The Night Trippers sizzling Gris-Gris! Wow! Detta var annorlunda. Mörkt, psykedeliskt, träskigt, långsamt funkigt. Jävlar vad jag gillar det. Dr. John har ett tydligt New Orleans-sound, voodoo-influerad swamp-blues. Liknar Tom Waits Rain Dogs (eller Rain Dogs som liknar Gris-Gris, såklart). I de mörkare låtarna sitter du vid en lägereld i en fuktig bayou i Louisiana. Det är mitt i natten, det regnar, du har hamnat mitt i en voodoo-ritual och vet inte riktigt om du är i fara eller inte. Allt du har att luta dig mot är shamanen Dr. Johns raspiga stämma mässandes Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya. Albumet är perfekt komponerat, lagom kort. Mitt i det skräckinjagande mörkret finns en välkomnande lättsam andningspaus i mitten med Mama Roux, och till en viss del Danse Fambeaux. Bäst är I Walk on Guilded Splinters, med det finns inte en enda svag låt. Om jag skulle tvingas ta ut min top-5 från detta albumet (på 7 låtar) så skulle nog Danse Kalinda Ba Doom och Croker Courtbullion ryka. Ett album som griper tag i en och inte går att sluta lyssna på. Jag kommer hålla hårt i denna talisman. Bästa låt: I Walk on Guilded Splinters.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Such wonderful, swampy, sticky sounds. I can definitely see the influence on future artist like Tom Waits! Can’t wait to give it another listen and explore more Dr John.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

super cool surprised I haven't heard it

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

Dr. John's first album is a feast of New Orleans rock and psychedelia. He leans into his namesake's legend as a voodoo doctor to create a persona that is mesmerizing and menacing. The music itself is slow burning, and simmers like a pot of gumbo to develop and deliver something that sits at a musical crossroads and dares you to classify it. Dr. John found himself in legal trouble and fled to Los Angeles from New Orleans. Apparently, his storied hometown followed him there because he put together a group of New Orleans session musicians and took on the Dr. John moniker. I'm a big fan of New Orleans music and lore and this album manages to weave it all together without becoming yet another forgettable 60s psychedelic album.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Psychedelic voodoo blues.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Wonderfully spooky (the cover artwork is perfect) the music is weird yet accessible. It's got an exotic New Orleans vibe through a psychedelic lense. And Dr John's snake-like vocals are the icing on a highly spiced cake. Absolutely love this, it's rare to find an album where every track is a winner, so it's easily one of my all time favourites.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Can swamp groove be considered a genre? There is some blues, some funk, some R&B, but swamp groove seems a better description to me. It is also music that doesn't seem it can be from anywhere other than New Orleans. If one is a fan (I am), this is where it all began. Dr. John as a persona may simply be a creation by Mac Rebennack, but it is fully formed here. Great saxophone work by Plas Johnson. Wonderful throughout.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

I had not heard this one before, but I came to it completely prepared to dislike it because it's late 60s psychedelic and I thought my hippy parents kinda burned me out on this whole genre (although I adore Jimi, Janice and any number of hippy era artists so this is probably one of those dumb prejudices that has no basis in reality). Indeed, I loved this album! So much that I'm giving an album I had never heard until yesterday FIVE STARS. That's serious stuff. This album is hard to put words to, but it's a richly layered Cajun/zydeco cacophony. Extremely well produced, super fun songs, amazing musicianship. I listened to it twice and want to listen to it again right now.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

cool

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

3/23 Wild, funky, swampy. Deep in the Bayou. Standout Tracks: Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, Danse Kalinda Ba Doom, Croker Courtbullion, I Walk on Guilded Splinters

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

While not the best album that normally would be a 3, the whole character and music fit together perfectly and sold the album. Very creative and unique

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Insert Bart high on pure syrup squishy gif. This album rules.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

A classic if you grew up in SoCal in the 70s/80s.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Interesting

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Love some New Orleans Dr. John. Wasn't his best but still enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

A pleasant surprise. Really enjoyed it

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Pretty psychedelic 70s era funk with a touch of the Louisiana sound. Very cool album. Sets a mood/tone. Not sure how often I would listen recurring.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Funky psychedelic music

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Exotisch! Darf man sagen, als Vollwestfale, oder? Ich find das ziemlich geil - gleite gerade noch durch "Walk on Guilded Splinters". Zum Glück nur auf Platte, in echt würde mich das viel zu stark ängstigen alles. Super schwül, irre Blicke, jede Menge mir unbekannte Drogen am Start, Magick und Voodoo - weiß man denn, ob's nicht doch wirkt?! Musikalisch zwar nicht immer voll mein Ding, aber für den Headtrip ziemlich perfekt. Machen wir 3,6 draus!

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Schönes Kleinod. Sleazy Beatnik Voodoo flambiert in karribischem Rum und von Devandra Banhart mit gegrillten Hühnerherzen serviert; im Hintergrund checkt schon Gonjasufi ab, was sich hier an Kupfer abstauben lassen könnte. Den Doktor würde ich wohl nur in bestimmten Zuständen ertragen können, mich dann aber erwartungsfroh zitternd in seine behandelnden Hände begeben. Mr. Bungle gibt zuckende 3.8

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Questo album c'ha un grosso problema che è forse più evidente in assoluto nella prima traccia e quindi è pure un po' un trauma: l'uso a cazzo di cane del pan. Devo dire che nel '60 ogni tanto c'erano questi guizzi creativi nell'uso del pan che sarebbe stato meglio non concretizzare, ma qua sembra che l'ingegnere che ha fatto il misaggio è cascato sui fader del pan mettendoli a caso e poi ha lasciato così. Detto questo, che me lo dovevo togliere, a me sto album m'ha stregato (ah ah ah ah! ;). Cioè come fai a non innamorarti di questa unione di musica tribale, blues e voodoo? Pezzi preferiti "Danse Kalinda Ba Doom" e "Jump Sturdy" ma in generale tutti mi hanno colpito per originalità e personalità e i versi di animali in "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" sono, come Kate Bush sa bene, il modo più veloce per conquistarmi. Direi che forse è un po' meno di 4, tipo un 3.75, però dopo Robbie Williams me sembra il minimo dare 4 al buon Dr. John.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

You can tell so easily that this is a New Orleans album, which I think is really cool. However, I didn't love it much past that sort of atmospheric novelty. 7/10

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

7/10. Some cool sounds, but nothing to drive me wild.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

241021 11:02 3.5

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

I can see why it would be an important album at the time of its release, even if it's not my cup of tea today

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

cool shit. never listened to this before. last track is a jam

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Started rough but once it clicked I was on board to the end.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Better than I anticipated

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Mjög áhugavert! Swamp Rock - blanda af psychadelic og N'awlins rhythm & blues. Geggjuð plata.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

A light four, enjoyable stuff. 'Swamp rock' describes it pretty well, but there seem to be several genres influencing this

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

great album. just totally imbued with the sound of voodoo and the swamps. love zydeco and this is way at the top for me.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Really funky album! I had no idea this was the sound of old Dr. John. Enjoyed a lot. 4/5

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

4/5. Entertaining, and unique especially for ‘68. Dr. John reminds me of Tom Waits

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

A while back I spent a lot of time trying to get a copy of this on vinyl because I had heard it was a great album. I finally got it and really enjoyed it, though something about it feels disjointed or incomplete. I really like the seedy mysticism that Dr John does so well here. Really feels different than much of the popular music of its day.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Very novel sounds! Would be a 3 but it was just so damn interesting

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

It’s fun and mesmerizing. First half was stronger than second half. Track 2 is soo good.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

7/10

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Well that was a religious experience. It's extremely weird, but I think that's part of the charm. I like the strange chanting in "Danse Kalinda Ba Doom" and "Croker Courtbullion". Very pleasantly surprised. The first song was confusing and I wasn't sure where the album was going, but I got it after the second song and thoroughly enjoyed the rest.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Interesting stuff, not something I would have ever listened to outside of this.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Very very interesting. As a listener, I couldn't always predict what was coming next, but it always made sense. 3.5, but close enough to a 4.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

You've got to love the late 60s. A wacky, brilliant little treasure like this could never get made today. This is really a singular kind of album from a singular artist. It's got a laid back and chill style of delivery but with a totally trippy and spooky psychedelic vibe. It's fascinating. Fave Songs: I Walk on Guilded Splinters, Mama Roux, Danse Kalinda Ba Doom, Jump Sturdy

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

One crazy spicy gumbo. Love it.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

What an interesting combination of genres. An enjoyable listen that surprised me a couple times

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Dr. John on jäänyt mun kohdalla aina kuuntelematta. Nyt on tämäkin korjattu. Hyvää psykedeliaa ja ihme vaihtoehtobluesii. Tätä varmaan kannattais oikeesti kuunnella sienissä. Pysyy musta loppuun asti kiinnostavana musana jossa on lainattu paljon vanhaa, mutta on samalla myös luotu aika paljon uutta. En oo ehkä niin suuri psykerockdiggari että tää nousis kärkikahinoihin omien levyjen suhteen, mutta kyllä tää neljän pongon arvoinen on. Hieno. Täytyy tutustua artistin muihinkin levyihin. 4/5

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

That was quite entertaining, not as weird as I thought.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Funk, soul, and jazz all combined to make the Mardi Gras sound. Dr. John's first album is a fun trek down the Mardi Gras wormhole, this is such a great album. 4/5.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Reminds me of First Utterance, or Exuma. Had no idea this existed, very very happy I now do.

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Hard for me to describe on my own. Luckily Wikipedia has my back! Some really interesting psychedelic funk/New Orleans R&B. Can't say I've ever listened to an album quite like this one, and for that I'm grateful that this came my way. Weird and sometimes creepy to listen to, it was a unique experience that left me smiling.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Genre: New Orleans R&B 4/5 Another extreme surprise, Dr. John's Gris-Gris IS a haunting, yet highly rewarding musical experience. From its true and honest New Orleans musical roots, to its near-Captain Beefheart style vocals, to its psychedelic arrangements, Gris-Gris continued to excite me as it progressed through its tracklist. The intro, Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, an intense and mysterious tale of voodoo, featuring growling vocals from Dr. John himself, sets the tone for a real musical treat that normally wouldn't be on my radar. Songs like Danse Kalinda Ba Doom and Croker Courtbullion are tribal trips through the bayous of Louisiana, true tributes to the indigenous history of the area. The album flows beautifully through different soul and R&B backdrops, each just as interesting as the last. The outro, I Walk on Guilded Splinters, is an 8-minute swamp rock jam, ending the album on a musical high note. I was not expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did, but this one will easily slide into the spooky albums list for Halloween play. Very interesting, and very good.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

I enjoyed this - had it on in the background whilst doing some work. Definitely outside of what I usually listen to!

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Loose, weird, bluesy and experimental. It’s got an energy all it’s own. “Croker Courtbullion” sounds like a broadcast from another world, or maybe a recording from someone’s dream. Hearing his growling, half-spoken delivery, it’s pretty clear we wouldn’t have Tom Waits without Dr. John. Highlights: “Mama Roux,” “Danse Fambeaux,” “Jump Sturdy,” “I Walk on Guilded Splinters”

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Blues staple with funky influence - good for a day of home projects or a backyard jaunt.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Really cool and far out record.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

In the middle of the night I awaken to find a pack of wolves feasting on the remains of my father. Rather than panic and try to scare them off, I put this record on and dance. I dance so vigorously that the wolves stop eating my dad and begin tapping their feet to the rhythm. Soon Kevin Costner turns up. He smiles.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

this album makes me think of the voodoo stuff going on in Live and Let Die, the film obviously, not the Macca soundtrack. that's a good thing. he does a really good job of selling me whatever drugs it is he's selling, i would like some please.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Super cool. Made me feel like I was killing a chicken in a swamp.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

It's a bit "out there" - but full of good old funky psychedelic vibes.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Very enjoyable.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Very Tom Waits-y. Interesting album. Loved the music and vocals. Would listen to again.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Rock pantanós i enfebrit, amb multitud de textures provinents dels ritmes de Nova Orleans, sons africans i tot plegat executat amb maestria. Un disc per emmarcar

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Some seriously atmospheric voodoo jive here, plenty dark and vaguely haunting. The call-response and groovy, hushed drumming on “Walk on Gilded Splinters” is the highlight. Vintage and authentic.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

A heady dose of New Orleans, a mix of R&B and psychedelia. Probably even better when under the influence.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Mecopó mecopó

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Dr. John’s southern rock, blues, groove music is authentic and energetic. This record is tight and thoughtful and fun. I liked it mighty biggly.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Love his voice. Music is kinda like African 70s music. Might be best to listen when high

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Fri Sep 11 2020
3

The chanting is kind of interesting. Not sure whether I'm feeling it though.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Nice swampy rock. A slightly better album cover. RE Tom Waits - Idk what the hell he’s saying but I am living. The things he does with his voice are fascinating and the production is very bare and caustic.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Weird swamp rock. It was fun, but I was glad the album wasn't any longer than 33 minutes. Best track: I Walk on Guilded Splinters

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Grimy, dive bar jives. Seems like a bit of a historical oddity

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

This was incredibly weird, and I didn’t even like a lot of it. It was a type of music I’d never heard, though, and it was pretty short, so no real complaints

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Wed May 19 2021
3

It's different, nice, interesting, nice New Orleans Psyc rock?

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Zanimljivo skroz, nisam ranije cuo

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

This one was interesting. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really love it all that much.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Pleasantly surprised by this. Some of the better psychedelic music I have heard.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

I like his later stuff better. This was maybe a little too weird for me.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Recordatorio: no mezclar más de 3 drogas en una noche. Aunque no tenga nada que ver con lo que escucho habitualmente (o sí), musicalmente es una pasada.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

An easy 3 in the end. Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, Walk On Gilded Splinters and Jump Sturdy are all great. Not bad for an album with only 7 songs on it. Groovy in the purest possible sense. ✌🏼

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Fri May 28 2021
3

It began to grow on me after the second play, but it's not really my type of thing. Reminds me of Screamin' Jay Hawkins/Captain Beefheart. Also very pleased and surprised to discover that 'I walk on gilded splinters' was a Dr John song - love Paul Weller's version from Stanley Road.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Gris-Gris is the debut album by Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) and was released in 1968. This 33-minute LP falls under the following genres: New Orleans R&B, psychedelic rock, swamp rock, and zydeco. The track list is as follows: Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya Danse Kalinda Ba Doom Mama Roux Danse Fambeaux Croker Courtbullion Jump Sturdy I Walk on Guilded Splinters This album opens with "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya," with Dr. John's raspy bluesy acid-casualty voice and subtle guitar and drums. Dr. John sings about his remedies while backing vocals carry the song along a smooth, chill vibe. The next track, "Danse Kalinda Ba Doom," opens with mandolin strums and more backing vocals. This track has a fun, positive, dancy feel... "danse" in fact! Track #3 is "Mama Roux," a smooth song about Dr. John's queen: "The Queen is comin', ooo, un ba may Queen is coming to way pocky way" Backing vocals sing "mama rouuuuux" while simple percussion and keyboards fill out the song. Track #4 is another "danse" song, "Danse Fambeaux." This track features more mandolin with some funky whistling. Folksy, story-telling lyrics carry this song while the backing vocals do a lot of the heavy lifting. This is a fun song. "Croker Courtbullion" comes next. This song features some funky instrumentation and bongo work. This track is an instrumental piece of chaos (with some backing vocals chanting the song's namesake), with constant percussion and bass work mixed with electric guitar and a maraca-like beat. The guitar work is very fun. "Jump Sturdy" is the penultimate track on this album, and at 2 minutes and 20 seconds, it's by far the shortest. Dr. John sings about a lady: "She came out the swamps like a crazy fool (Jump sturdy) Jump sturdy jump sturdy was her name She came out the swamps like a crazy fool" This track is very folksy, with the backing vocals carrying the chorus, and a cool banjo and bass guitar keeping the rhythm. This is a very fun story-song, a shame it's barely 2.5 minutes! Dr. John closes his album with his longest song at 7 minutes and 37 seconds. "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" has been covered by countless musicians, and it has critical acclaim. Critic Richie Unterberger wrote that "I Walk On Guilded Splinters" was "the album's most durable song, a creepy voodoo soup that both smoldered with ominous foreboding and simmered with temptations of sensual delights." This track is definitely creepy and definitely the album's strongest track. Great production and a fun backing band give this track its earned recognition. Favorite song: Jump Sturdy Honorable mention: I Walk on Guilded Splinters

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Good. More my style.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Oke als album tof om eens naar te luisteren...maar stel gij staat in het boechoutse op een wei en daar staat een grote witte tent en daar staat ge met in elke hand een pintje dat ge gewoon gekregen hebt samen met uw maten wat te jammen, ge draagt een wit linnen hemdje met een knopje teveel open en espadrilles. Voor u staat een nederlandse leerkracht (50+ jaar) in een driekwartsbroek, die twee lessen zumba heeft gevolgd en nu helemaal in de ban is van afrika, te dansen met een jonge 20-30 jarige man met afrikaanse roots... EN DEZE BOPS KOMEN OP... puur genieten bruurs (vooral eerste nummers gaven me deze vibe)

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

3,2 Ik vind zijn stem wel leuk, als hij begint dan luistert ge ook wel. Ook leuk dat het album niet zo lang is dat maakt het leuker om nog is op te zetten.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Pretty forgettable

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Way too psychedelic for my liking although Dr John has some really good music. It must be 1968.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

i had fun

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Non conoscevo Dr. John e l'ho trovato molto originale. Purtroppo come al solito a un certo punto ho perso l'attenzione e ho dovuto ascoltarlo a più riprese, ma inizio a pensare che sia un mio problema. Una cosa che mi ha un po' deluso è stata la qualità dell'album, capisco che siamo a fine anni '60, ma ci sono album dello stesso periodo che suonano molto meglio. Le frequenze medio-alte sovrastano quelle basse. Tutto sommato è un album interessante! Voto 3

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

-This was odd. It was a psych rock-esque album, but just not very exciting

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

This was a nice change of pace and I loved some of the sounds, but it had a lot of issues as well. I found the group vocals pretty grating at times, and the poor production did not help. 6/10

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

It was a solid 3/5 stars.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Weak 3

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

I kind of liked this, actually. Very odd, but not bad. It's between a 3 and a 4 for me. I'll go for 3 since it is a bit less appealing than others I've rated 4 stars.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Pretty weird album, but also weirdly not that bad.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Solid some standards

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

New Orleans Blues at it's darkest and most soulful, did like this Genre defining work. The Classic "I Walk On Guilded Splinters" the highlight for me. Don't have it in my collection but well worth a listen and rightfully in this lis

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Hlustaði tvisvar og hún vann á. Margt töff, hljóðblöndunin skemmtilega hrá og flott stemning. Mér finnst Dr. John sjálfur bara ekki mjög skemmtilegur söngvari.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

7/10

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

The first time I heard this, I thought it was an odd album to have on a list like this, but it is starting to grow on me. Getting better each time I hear it. 3/5.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Just to keep review in place. I did like his last album

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Interesting vibes

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

3. Mins

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Fun album for drinking on the weekend.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

An odd album even for that time. Not sure how much I actually like it as such, though. Good, but not one I'd return to often.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

7/10 Best song - Dense Kalinda Ba Doom

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

weird

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

4/7/22 Fun Cajun vibes! Makes me want some crawfish. I like the voodoo feel but I couldn’t see myself actually listening to this. Very unique and cool vibes. Would like as background music. Favorite song: Gris gris gumbo ya ya

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Very unique and Cajun feeling album. Favorite song was probably Jump Sturdy.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Very interesting Psychedelic album. Hard to believe this came out in the 60’s sounds a lot like Tom waits. Maybe a little dated now.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Interesting album. Not something I feel I'll need to come back for, but it definitely sets a chill, funky mood. I liked the opening track, Mama Roux, and the closing track in particular.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

I enjoyed it more than I thought I might. He's definitely got a distinct voice but it's also familiar, and more than because I know a couple of his later hits. A bit of Sam the Sham, Van Morrison, or War? Feels like 60's psychedelia with a cajun twist. Some cool beats and some nice vocal work (from Dr. John and his backup singers). First and last tracks were my favorites. Again, enjoyed the album but not sure how many times I'd go back for another listen.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

I had watched the show "Treme" on HBO, this reminded me a lot of that, but like the previous generation. I think that's just because of some of the dated production. I like the false ending on the last song, that was a bit of a surprise. But honestly this sounded very dated. Not surprising as it was 1968. I like a few songs by Dr. John, but this whole voodoo thing seemed kinda... goofy to me. I get what he was going for, but it just didn't connect with me.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
3

Psychedelic bayou stomp.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Good vibes, but nothing special

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Fri May 06 2022
3

No está mal. Por la portada y el año pensé que iba a ser un peñazo. Croker Courtbullion con el clave tiene un aire al principio de Golde Brown que me gustó. Un disco raro, peculiar, casi más de horror-folk que folk. Creo que aunque no sea brillante hay que escucharlo y en 1968 debió ser impactante.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Spooky Oscuro Vanguardista Buen álbum

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Love the doc's new Orleans rag tag sound

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Is this... psychedelic Cajun weed smoking music? Is it Cajun funk? I really can't pin down exactly what this one is, but that's part of its charm. Worth a listen for sure, but wouldn't revisit every track. However, the closing track was excellent so I'm bumping this up a star. Most songs here felt a bit dull and ambling to me, but that one was worth the price of admission. Fave track: "I Walk on Guilded Splinters"

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

I expected much different, more piano New Orleans jazz, but this was entertaining.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Pros: - The production is really interesting. The panning on the first track is super wide and only gets more intriguing as the song goes on. The first minute and a half or so is mostly in the left ear, and then the next minute and a half is mostly in the right. That's something you don't really see too often. - I like the vibey moody sort of world of sounds that this guy is weaving on this album. Misc: Overall I liked it! Cool album from a band/act that I haven't heard of before.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

A folk/soul hybrid. Singing and spoken word delivery make for an unusual album.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Quite nice.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

bit weird and waily, but not actually that bad

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

Interesting and psychedelic. Not exactly my taste but well made.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Hmm. Lots of sounds. Some of the songs are good, and enjoyable. There are a few songs where I’m not sure what going on.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Funk psicodélico. Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Funk psicodélico. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

Dr Bloody Congo! A deafening, painful, shameful roar.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Weird, not in the right headspace for this

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Pretty interesting stuff! Not exactly my vibe, but I do appreciate it for what it is. I liked some of it, but not all of it.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Delightfully weird

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Super funky and cool, however need to be in the right mood for it.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Perhaps novel at the time, but kind of boring, too hippie.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

A fun psychedelic album. Enjoyed the tribal sound.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

The beginning of this album had me worried, as while I don't mind talk-singing, it didn't exactly sound great in the first song, and then the second song was mostly instrumental, but it wasn't interesting instrumental. Luckily, the third song, Mama Roux, was actually pretty enjoyable, and I enjoyed my time with the rest of the album. I don't know if I think it's anything all too special. Even if this was 1968, I'm sure plenty of other artists were making music such as this, as it's obviously inspired by such. Forgive my ignorance if that's not true, though. But yeah, okay. Perhaps I'll revisit this album sometime to see if my views become more positive, as I could see it doing that.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. On paper I should have loved a psychedelic New Orleans album from the late 60s but it was just a little too scattered for me. I think maybe because there weren’t many strong Melodies to hook me in?

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

The epitome of the sound of New Orleans. Swampy and mysterious and a little creepy too.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Expected to hate this… and did not. That said it’s probably a one time listen, but appreciated it.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Dr John is weird quirky and eclectic. Is it for everyone nope.. Is there some crap on this album yep, is that some great stuff on this album yep. Should you listen to this before you die, probably not but you should at least be stoned when you do so.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

I mean, it's a Dr. John joint. It's gonna be weird. And it was. I always enjoy Dr. John for a song or two and then I'm ready for something a little more structured. I'm glad this album was short. It made it more digestible.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

What a strange album. It's very unique but there are times where it feels like it's in a different language. The Nawlins vibe is so heavy that I don't think many people (including me) outside of that area will really vibe with it

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Mon Dec 05 2022
3

Completely understand why some listeners might not enjoy this. I sorta get it, enjoyed some, but not others. 3/5

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

2.5

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Just isn't for me.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Pretty average

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Frigging weird

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Sat May 29 2021
2

Strange cat.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Really weird, but it did have aspects that I liked. I ended up, after listening to the album, to go listen to the only Dr. John song I know (Right Place Wrong Time) and have been listening to Dr, John all morning, so I like Dr. John, just not that fired up about Gris-Gris.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Not for me.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Really just wasn’t a fan, despite its uniqueness

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Apart.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Didn't do much for me. The vibe's not bad, but that's about it. It also bugs me that he misspelled "gilded".

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

On Gris-Gris, Dr. John gives us the most uncompromising music of his career, weaving together strands of soul, blues, jazz, and most tellingly, Indian and Cuban music, all tied together with his thoroughly stoned, even psychedelic Night Tripper persona. I wish I could tell you that Gris Gris is the masterpiece the critics would want you to believe it is, but it's too ramshackle for that. Dr. John apparently took advantage of some leftover studio time from a Sonny & Cher recording session, and not having the time or inclination to thoroughly arrange the material, counted on the expertise of a group of crack session players to fill in the gaps. That approach sometimes works in a jazz setting, but rarely in popular music, especially when you're combining at least four different music genres on the fly! To my ears, Dr. John's gamble doesn't really pay off. I prefer the more disciplined (and yes, more commercial) approach of his mid 70s albums or the rootsy, Professor Longhair inspired solo piano sides he cut in the early 80s. But still, respect is due Dr. John for having the balls to attempt such a whacked out melange of styles. I have no doubt that a great album could be made from these ingredients. Too bad Gris Gris isn't it.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Some merit in it vut zero chance it'll ever be back on my speakers.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Didn't mind this at all. Almost a 3 star.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Gris gris gumbo Ya Ya I walk on guilded splinters Etonant, mais sympa!

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

definitely and odd, eclectic sound.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

The first track grabbed me as being a perfect soundtrack to a horror movie set in the deep south of the USA. The psychedelic rock of Dr. John would also not be out of place on a mind bending trip. Although not sure if I'd recommend going down that route. The ending of "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" capped off an odd album. Best: Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya; I Walk on Guilded Splinters Worst: Danse Fambeaux; Croker Courtbullion 2.5 Stars

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Speciaal, goed voor op de achtergrond maar opnieuw luisteren ga ik niet doen.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

Swampy chanting, occasional jazz and blues, and bits of nonsense and noise. Best Tracks: Mama Roux, Jump Sturdy, I Walk On Guilded Splinters

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

Ich kann mir vorstellen, warum es Fans hat, ich muss es aber nicht haben. Das New-Orleans-Vodoo-Lokalkolorit geht mir eher auf den Sack und interessiert mich auch nicht.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
2

Et "stemningsalbum" Men simpelthen for mærkeligt og mange laaange numre med mange lyde

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Sun Sep 12 2021
2

…I don’t get it

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

First Listen. 2/5. Different. I'd like to hear more, but not sure about it now.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Did not listen...

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Just couldn’t find a feel for it.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

ja premlada za ovo

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

Some interesting songs, but not for me

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

The album has new orleans style of music known as Gris-Gris. It's an ok album. Be on this list?

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

This Creole jazz LP struggles to string even 30 minutes of runtime together without feeling threadbare and hollow.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

It was alright. Nothing special. Left me wanting more, but not enough

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Maybe hearing these songs after a few drinks and in a New Orleans bar would leave me feeling more satisfied - sadly I’m not there.

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