A wonderful slice of New Orleans funk history that would certainly qualify as rare grooves. This 1973 recording of Dr John's glorious live set is one of the only documents of the actual everyday working band of this period and this FM Broadcast catches them on a really, really good day. Mac's own description of this band admits they were a hard partying bunch. But what a band it is! The roster of this ultimately funky ensemble (named The Rampart Street Sympathy Orchestra by the mighty Professor Longhair) is; Dr John: Piano and Guitar; John Boudreaux: Drums; Robert Lee Popwell: Bas; Sugar Bear Welch: Guitar; Darrell Leonard: Cornet and Trumpet; Jerry Jummonville: Tenor Sax; Bobbie Montgomery & Jessie Smith: Vocals. The venue was a weekly live radio spot for WLIR in Hempstead, NY (Long Island) that took place (ironically) at Ultrasonic Studios. This was more than three years before the famous New Orleans Ultrasonic Studio was even built. The show is deep voodoo funky and wonderfully tight. This here is simply the best damn Dr John album you never heard (previously!). Dr John the Night Tripper and the Rampart Street Sympathy Orchestra live in Hempstead, NY 1973 what a bloody delight!