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Locked Down [CD]

Dr. John Audio CD
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Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements have fused New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of ... Read more in Amazon's Dr. John Store

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0074EIQUG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Born in 1940, Dr. John is like no other musician. He came to prominence in the late 1960s when his combination of jazz, blues, soul and psychedelic voodoo hit a chord with a crazed America. On albums like Gris-Gris and Gumbo, his ‘Dr. John the Night Tripper’ persona was backed up with winning tracks, and at least two of his songs, Right Place Wrong Time and I Walk on Gilded Splinters, are acknowledged classics (the later having fallen victim to both Humble Pie and Paul Weller). After struggles with heroin, the former Mac Rebennack has enjoyed several career revivals and has also appeared on a lot of other people’s records – he is possibly the only musician ever to have played on records by both Hugh Laurie and Spiritualized.

Now, at a time when most acts are looking wistfully at either nostalgia tours or bed, Dr. John finds himself the subject of a cool reboot, that stalwart tactic of the heritage music industry. This time, his collaborator is not one of the usual tribute crew – Elvis Costello, Dave Stewart or one of several familiar middle-aged hipsters – but the relatively young and happening Dan Auerbach from the modernist blues band The Black Keys. Best of all, Auerbach is interested neither in providing pastiches of Dr. John’s old sound nor weighing it down with misguided over-contemporary tricks; Locked Down is an unusual album, clearly based in the 21st century with its jagged guitars, staccato beats and stark production, but it’s also true to the spirit of the artist on its cover, being mean, lean and funky.

At times the Doctor sounds like Captain Beefheart or Tom Waits, two acts he’s clearly influenced, while at others he’s a spectacularly scathing vocalist on songs like Revolution and Ice Age. The anger that fuelled his Hurricane Katrina EP, Sippiana Hericane, is still present, as is the sense of menace behind his best recordings. Always there’s the experience of almost 50 years as a recording artist in this music. The voice is still there, as is the attitude, and Auerbach has done an excellent job bringing an artist who will never be out of date into the 21st century.

--David Quantick

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have long been a fan of Dr. John, especially his early albums under that moniker, where he created a funky blues/voodoo mixture that just spoke to the soul. His output has been of variable quality over the years, so it was with a bit of excitement that I read that he was aiming to return to that sound with his latest release. I was even more excited to hear that Dan Auerbach, whose work the Black Keys I love, would also be heavily involved.

And the album does not disappoint. It really manages to deliver that dense funky sound one associates with early Dr. John, with that languid drawl hovering just above the music drawing us into some classic songs.

As well as a superb production, Dr. John is on fine song writing form. As with Sippiana Hericane he manages to take inspiration from things that impassion him, with either love or hate, and this spurs him on to produce some of his best songs in years. He describes the world from the perspective of someone who has lived in it for 70 years, and has seen all that life has to see. There is bewilderment at the modern world, and a mourning for some things that have been lost, and an anger that there is still so much inhumanity in the world. It is perhaps his most mature and well rounded work lyrically. Added to which vocally he is on top form, his voice never sounding better. It totally belies his age.

This album is a joy to listen to, and is really worth 5 stars. It is easily the Nite Tripper's best since Anutha Zone. In the same way as Cash, Solomon Burke and Tom Jones enjoyed late career artistic revival with a sympathetic producer it seems as though Dr. John has achieved the same here, and I sincerely hope there is more to come from this pairing of artist and producer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album - Dr John at his best 15 Oct 2012
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Having a number of Dr John's albums, when I spotted this new one on his website, a play of the sample track - Revolution - was a must. I was immediately hooked. A fine, balanced sound. I have only heard this quality of music previously from the good Doctor when he worked with the late Wardell Quezergue. If you don't know Dr John's music, this would be a very good place to start. Then move on to "N'Awlinz - Dis Dat Or D'Udda" for a great range of different styles.
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Between 1968 and 1972, New Orleans-cum-L.A. session musician Mac Rebennack transformed himself into Dr. John, The Nite Tripper.
He recorded a series of albums for Atlantic, most importantly "Gris-Gris", but also "Babylon", "Remedies", and "The Sun, Moon, & Herbs"; they seamlessly wove a heady, swampy brew of voodoo ritual, funk, and R&B, psychedelic rock, and Creole roots music.
The Black Keys' guitarist Dan Auerbach admitted upon meeting Rebennack that he wanted to produce a Dr. John album and to revisit the Nite Tripper's musical terrain on record.
The pair worked in Auerbach's Nashville studio with a group of younger players to explore the rawer, spookier elements in Dr. John's music.
"Locked Down" is not an attempt to re-create "Gris-Gris", which remains his classic; it -- and the other three records -- resembled nothing that existed before.
Auerbach and Dr. John wanted to make a modern recording that drew on the spontaneous, more organic feel of those records; they succeeded in spades.
"Locked Down" isn't quite swampy, but it is humid, even steamy. Its grooves are tight but raw and immediate. Its lyrics and music are charged with spiritual energy, carnal desire, and righteous indignation. It melds primal rock, careening R&B, and electric blues in an irresistible, downright nasty brew.
The fingerpopping horn chart that announces "Revolution", is underscored by a fat baritone sax, an urgent, shake-your-ass bassline, and pulsing guitars.
Drum breaks are constant in accompanying Rebennack's screed against corruption, "religious" hatred, and violence, which degrade humanity.
His Wurlitzer solo is brief yet searing.
"Ice Age"'s guitar, drum, and percussion vamp are deadly infectious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21 Jun 2014
By Jamie
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Great album. Good vibes, high energy and strong lyrics. Featuring tracks produced by one of the members of black keys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 28 Oct 2013
By ecky
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i am more than happy with this album, love all the tracks good album cover too, one of my best purchases
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr.John with authority 4 July 2013
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This is Dr.John close to his best, with an excellent band. A lot less meandering than he can be, these tracks have the stamp of New Orleans authority.
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5.0 out of 5 stars locked down 26 April 2013
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bought this album for my husband a long standing dr john fan an he loves it every track pure genious
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looks wierd - sounds normal 21 April 2013
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The sound is more mainstream than his Capital recordings but still a good album. Fans will want it anyway, those who have not come across the earlier recordings will I feel enjoy this album but those who have only encountered his 70's recordings may be disappointed
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