Thread: Dr. John: ANUTHA ZONE

robslob - 2/13/2018 at 12:18 AM

I put on Dr. John's "Anutha Zone" (1998) yesterday for the first time in quite awhile.

I've always loved it ever since I picked it up, must have been close to 20 years ago. Now I'm not a big Dr. John freak............I only own ONE other record, "Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack", a pretty solo piano record. But I've seen him 6 or 7 times and have always been blown away by him.

But putting this on yesterday.......well, you know, I'm sure most everyone here has put on a record that they've often heard before but all of a sudden you appreciate it in a new way.

I really think Anutha Zone is one of the best records ever made in ANY genre. What really hit me about it yesterday was two things: A. The songs. Just undeniably great from start to finish, and there are 14 of them. B. The musicianship. The swampy Cajun mood throughout is always changing, never boring, and full of charming nuances in every tune. Oh, one more thing: "I Don't Wanna Know" has got to be the most beautiful thing I've heard in quite some time. "Why Come" is hilarious and fun.

I suggest picking this one up if you don't have it. But I'm also interested in suggestions for my own sake since my Dr. John catalog is singularly lacking. But please, try and keep it to something at least close to the level of Anutha Zone. This record sets a very, VERY high bar indeed.............

ANUTHA ZONE

1. Zonata
2. Keya Gris Gris
3. Voices In My Head
4. Hello God
5. John Gris
6. Party Hellfire
7. I Don't Wanna Know
8. Anutha Zone
9. I Like Ki Yoka
10. The Olive Tree
11. Why Come
12. Soulful Warrior
13. The Stroke
14. Sweet Home New Orleans







[Edited on 2/13/2018 by robslob]


IPowrie - 2/13/2018 at 04:20 PM

Love Drr. John but have not heard this album. Should change that today.


Brewster - 2/13/2018 at 07:11 PM

My wife is a big Dr. John fan so I'm often giving her his CD's as gifts. Anutha Zone I've never come across but I'll definitely pick it up now.

I'll give you my three favorites:

1. Gumbo - an absolute must for any lover of Newlins music - several classics you'll know well and an overall rollicking good time. Really takes you to the city if you've ever spent time there.
2. Goin' Back to New Orleans - more classics from the region but covers a broader range of song writers and themes. Neville Brothers are in it a good bit too.
3. Locked Down - produced by Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys is harder edged, and a darker side of the Dr that is full of really great musicianship with songs that speak to the here and now.

And if you want to get really weird - try his first album Gris-Gris. It's all voodoo and mysticism that I can't even come close to understanding but it's pretty interesting stuff!

[Edited on 2/19/2018 by Brewster]


jparadise - 2/13/2018 at 09:27 PM

Gave Anutha Zone a spin this afternoon. I'm a Mac fan but hadn't heard this one......that is indeed a tasty burger!!!


PhotoRon286 - 2/13/2018 at 10:14 PM

I love Locked Down.


[Edited on 2/14/2018 by PhotoRon286]


dimplesjbc - 2/14/2018 at 01:42 AM

I too haven't heart Anutha Zone , the first Dr. John album I bought was In The Right Place and I still really dig it as well as Gumbo and Locked Down as mentioned is real good .


robslob - 2/14/2018 at 02:25 AM

quote:

I'll give you my three favorites:

1. Gumbo - an absolute must for any lover of Newlins music - several classics you'll know well and an overall rollicking good time. Really takes you to the city if you've ever spent time there.
2. Goin' Back to New Orleans - more classics from the region but covers a broader range of song writers and themes. Neville Brothers are in it a good bit too.
3. Loaded - produced by Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys is harder edged, and a darker side of the Dr that is full of really great musicianship with songs that speak to the here and now.


Thanks! May just go to Amazon and pick up all three of those.


robslob - 2/14/2018 at 02:29 AM

Hey Brewster: Did you mean Locked Down? Amazon said "no results" for Loaded.


JimSheridan - 2/14/2018 at 03:48 AM

Yes, "Locked Down" is the one Dan Aurbach assisted on, and it is really terrific. It is locked IN and grooving.


robslob - 2/14/2018 at 01:57 PM

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Yes, "Locked Down" is the one Dan Aurbach assisted on, and it is really terrific. It is locked IN and grooving.


Thank you for the clarification Sir! Dr. John catalog to expand here very soon............


meandean - 2/14/2018 at 04:59 PM

One of my favorites that hasn't been mentioned is "Creole Moon." Sonny Landreth guests on a couple songs and the tune "Food for thot" is New Orleans funk at it's finest.


DeadMallard - 2/14/2018 at 11:35 PM

I do not have this so thanks for suggestion. I read this review on AllMusic.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [-]
Dr. John has spent so much time turning out perfectly enjoyable but interchangeable records that it may be easy to forget the spooky voodoo vibes of his earliest, arguably best, records. He may have forgotten it himself, too, but there was a whole generation of British musicians, from Modfather Paul Weller to Spaceman Jason Pierce to the teenaged punks in Supergrass, who remembered the haunted vibe lurking in Gumbo and Gris-Gris. Citing his name in interviews, covering his songs, and enlisting him as a session musician (Mr. Rebennack played on Spiritualized's acclaimed 1997 album, Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space), they created a buzz around Dr. John and were more than willing to play on Anutha Zone, hopefully generating some sales for him in return. As should be expected from any project that is a marketer's dream, the collaborations occasionally seem awkward, but what is surprising is how often it works. Pierce helps Rebennack conjure the psychedelic R&B of his earlier albums, while Weller and Supergrass help keep things cooking; furthermore, members of Primal Scream and Portishead help make "Sweet Home New Orleans" a titanic workout. The Brits aren't as funky as the classic New Orleans musicians, but they are willing to push Dr. John into his best work in years. Anutha Zone isn't a perfect album by any means, but it's Rebennack's most ambitious and rewarding album in many a year.
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DeadMallard - 2/15/2018 at 06:12 AM

Another of his that I enjoy is "City That Care Forgot" which he did after Katrina. Clapton appears on 4 tracks, as well as Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard among others.


Stephen - 2/17/2018 at 05:01 PM

Love Anutha Zone -- "if all the world's a stage, why everyone in the seats, why come, why come it is" -- cool mention on Terence Blanchard too, his Magnetic CD from a few years back is real nice


Brewster - 2/19/2018 at 12:30 AM

quote:
Hey Brewster: Did you mean Locked Down? Amazon said "no results" for Loaded.


Yes! - As in Locked and "Loaded"...? Maybe thats what I was thinking...


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