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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff
This is an excellent compilation of Dr John, that makes a perfect introduction to the mans many talents. As producer, guitarist, pianist, writer, voodoo rock star and Jazz and Blues musician you are bound to find something you like here.

You want to hear the Piano playing that inspired Jools Holland? Listen to the 'Honey Dripper' from the marvellous solo Piano...
Published on 19 July 2007 by S J Buck

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plays well
Cut down from Rhino's 2CD anthology Mos' Scosious from the previous year, this 18-track non-chronological collection manages to weave its way through the various styles of Dr John's albums in such a way that they seem to fit together despite their disparate nature, from the mystic voodoo of the Gris Gris album and the New Orleans roots of his piano playing to the lushness...
Published on 12 Nov. 2004 by Lozarithm


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff, 19 July 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent compilation of Dr John, that makes a perfect introduction to the mans many talents. As producer, guitarist, pianist, writer, voodoo rock star and Jazz and Blues musician you are bound to find something you like here.

You want to hear the Piano playing that inspired Jools Holland? Listen to the 'Honey Dripper' from the marvellous solo Piano album 'Dr John plays Mac Rebennack'. His early 70's material (mainly produced by Allen Toussaint) is well represented by 'Right Place Wrong Time', 'Such A Night', 'Iko Iko', 'Qualified', What Comes Around', 'Mos' Scocious' and of course a cover of Professor Longhair's 'Tipitina' (another chance to hear his Piano skills).

Some of the later material like 'Makin' Whoopee!' with Rickie Lee Jones, is a little too smooth for my taste. This track is a swinging big band affair, its still good don't get me wrong, but all the rough edges have gone. However, modern production techniques can't hide Dr Johns singing voice which will not be to everybodies taste - given time you will get used to it.

Theres a nice 4 page booklet with the CD which gives you a mini biography of the artist. In a way those 4 pages are like this CD. Its just an overview. There is or was a better compilation available (The Dr John Anthology) and in truth some of his albums (like ...plays Mac Rebennack) should be in your collection anyway. But this is a fine way to find out which Dr John you want buy into.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the money, 16 Jun. 2002
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authough this is a good album with some real classics on it, i can't help but feel that several tracks on here are just shoved on to fill up space, when there's plenty of other works by Dr. John that could be in there place which are arguably much better. but having said that the good tracks on here are really outstanding, and this CD is a great demonstration of Dr. John's own unique style.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant compilation of the Doctor's '68-74 purple patch......, 6 July 2008
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This review is from: Best Of Dr. John, The: The Night Tripper (Audio CD)
This is a quite brilliant 2CD compilation at an astounding price. This compilation covers the Doctor's years on Atlantic records ATCO subsidary from the swampy voodoo of 'Gris Gris' to the second-line New Orleans funk of 'Desitively Bonaroo'. The sound is pin-sharp sounding remastered to me which is a boon since some of the original CD issues of the albums covered by this compilation date from the early '90s and as a result sound a bit 'thin' in comparison. Regarding the music the most significant observation is that the 1st CD contains the ENTIRETY (!) of Dr. John's '68 masterpiece, 'Gris Gris' which suffice to say is some of the eeriest yet accessible music ever made. In addition the 1st CD contains other choice tracks from the Doctor's late 60's / early 70's "voodoo" phase taking songs from 'Babylon' and 'Sun, Moon & Herbs' (in the latter instance the whole album split over CD1 & CD2) though curiously nothing from 'Remedies' (and therefore sadly does not include one of my favorites the joyous "Mardi Gras Day"). The selections are pretty solid though obviously you can nit-pick about the exact picks, for example I'd like to have seen space for "Glowin'" which is my favorite track from 'Babylon' but space limitations and the fact that all of 'Gris Gris' and 'Sun, Moon & Herbs' are here here makes omissions such as these forgiveable. The second CD is pure gold containing the balance of 'Sun, Moon & Herbs' and an intelligent selection of tracks from Dr. John's New Orleans roots excavation "Gumbo" (6 tracks) and the Doctor's two New Orleans funk classics; "In The Right Place" (6 tracks) and "Desitively Bonaroo" (6 tracks). No complaints about any of the selections here and the latter half of CD2 contains some of the funkiest music ever laid down in the 1970's (he was being produced by Allen Toussaint and backed up by the Meters at the time which should be recommendation enough!). Therefore in conclusion 2+ hours of some of the best (and original) music of the late '60s / early '70s for under a fiver you'd be a fool to pass on this one.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 6 Jan. 2002
This album is a good introduction to the world of Dr John for anyone who is developing an interest, it'll draw you in and make you curious to hear more from this Blues master. Existing fans need not bother much however as they will probably have these tunes on other albums. If you are wondering if the music of Dr John is for you, drawn as I was by his gravelly tones and funky piano then I would recommend buying this album and using it as a tool to decide whether or not to take your interest further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night Tripping, 26 April 2012
This review is from: Best Of Dr. John, The: The Night Tripper (Audio CD)
A good album with a selection from Dr John's earlier albums. A little bit deceptive calling the album The Best of the Night Tripper, as Dr John dropped the Night Tripper bit after the fourth album, and this collection has songs after that. I was only interested in the Night Tripper era and those are represented by the whole of the 1st album Gris Gris, four tracks from the Babylon, nothing from Remedies and the whole of Sun, Moon & Herbs. Plus tracks from Gumbo and other later albums. The track listing is shown wrong here CD finishes with Familiar Reality-Opening and the second CD starts with Pots on the Fiyo. That is a pain as half of Sun, Moon & Herbs is on the first CD and the other half on the second. Why didn't they put Gris Gris and Sun Moon & Herbs on the first CD and four tracks from Babylon of the second CD? Still worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow Big VFM, 5 July 2010
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Within a minute of starting to listen to this I was transported back to dark, moody late 1960s/early 70s parties with strange smelling smokiness (just jossticks?)chilled partygoers,and endless slow,funky music. A double album for a few quid - tremendous value if you remember Dr John. The first cd is a bit too experimental for me, but the second CD has a number of strong songs with really good musicians and backing vocals. Give it a whirl!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plays well, 12 Nov. 2004
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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Cut down from Rhino's 2CD anthology Mos' Scosious from the previous year, this 18-track non-chronological collection manages to weave its way through the various styles of Dr John's albums in such a way that they seem to fit together despite their disparate nature, from the mystic voodoo of the Gris Gris album and the New Orleans roots of his piano playing to the lushness of the two tracks from In A Sentimental Mood. Most of the most popular singles are included (missing are Wang Dang Doodle, Let The Good Times Roll, (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away, Let's Make A Better World and others) as well as some illuminating album tracks made for Atco (to 1974), the Baltimore-based Clean Cuts (a solo piano tour-de-force on Joe Liggins' Honey Dripper)(1981) and Warner (1989-1992) including the Grammy-winning duet with Rickie Lee Jones, Makin' Whoopee
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as anticipated, 6 Jun. 2013
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I first heard Dr John, then known as Dr John the Night Tripper, some time towards the end of the 60's. I loved his music and style then and still do. This is a fine introduction to the man and his music.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Night Tripper pleases, 29 Mar. 2009
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A two CD collection of Dr John's work. The first CD a showcase of the more experimental earlier works with the Cajun New Orleans magic roots clearly visible;the second CD showing the Night Tripper's range of skills including the seriously funky, up there with Funkadelic and the best. A brilliant price for the recording one for real fans.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Doctor, 21 Jan. 2013
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Mark Porter (Bracknell, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
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What a treat - mystic and swampy music from the good Doctor. "Gilded splinters" is even better than I remembered it.
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