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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GOOD DOCTOR'S HOT STREAK CONTINUES
Doctor John is on his hottest streak since the Seventies.

The purposeful 'City That Care Forgot' was one of his best ever. It capped a series of recordings in the 2000s that showed Mac playing to his strengths (the glossy sheen of some of the Eighties and Nineties LPs was gone). Whether he was paying tribute to Duke or Mercer, or returning to his own special...
Published on 10 July 2010 by David P. Weber

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3.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Same Old
On his latest album, Mac Rebennack revives his legendary Night Tripper persona from the late sixties. The decades just fall away. The good doctor will be seventy later this year, but he can still cut it with the best of them. His piano playing is as mesmerising as ever, lyrically he has plenty to say and he ain't afraid to say it, and the band (complemented by a...
Published on 28 Jun. 2010 by Leonardo27


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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GOOD DOCTOR'S HOT STREAK CONTINUES, 10 July 2010
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This review is from: Tribal (Audio CD)
Doctor John is on his hottest streak since the Seventies.

The purposeful 'City That Care Forgot' was one of his best ever. It capped a series of recordings in the 2000s that showed Mac playing to his strengths (the glossy sheen of some of the Eighties and Nineties LPs was gone). Whether he was paying tribute to Duke or Mercer, or returning to his own special sound ('Dis Dat'), these were all albums you wanted to go back to.

His tribute to New Orleans and his anger at his government's response provoked a recording that set a new standard. So it was perhaps inevitable that he'd go back to something fun and simple. This new album is virtually a summing up of his entire career, and to listen to the whole thing in one sitting is like taking a journey into forbidden realms (just like his earliest works).

It's cool and it's hip, and funnily enough, Doctor John's release in his 70th year is actually a good place to start for those new to the N'Awlins Fonk!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE ME BACK TO NEW ORLEANS !, 20 July 2010
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P. Clack "pete" (WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Dr. John has over many years now defined the amazing music of New Orleans.Along with piano greats performing in and from the Crescent city since the late forties like Professor Longhair,Fats Domino and Jon Cleary, Dr. John alias Mac Rebbenack has continued to produce great albums continue to be an awesome live performer over many years now.So come 2010 we get a new album with his more recent band Lower 911 and some band this is,from beginning throughout this wonderful set they back up the doctor superbly.We get 16 yes 16 tracks of top new songs covering the whole gammut of his sounds and styles to bring us I feel one of his best albums ever and that is saying something.It's fresh full of great arrangements yet as in most of his releases still has so much to offer.A few added musicians here and there give just the right backing and balance to every track.This is the music of New Orleans by one of it's greatest talents old and yet brand new.This album along with Mac's festival appearances this year could well draw in a new young audience and new fans of the man,but for long time fans this is another wonderful disc full of absolute top quality Dr. John, and shows he's still very full of ideas and still at the very top of his musical game.Absolutely recommended throughout.Good five star set this one certainly is !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tribal: Dr. John and the Lower 911 - Feel Good Music!, 17 Aug. 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This 2010 release, the (I think!) 23rd studio album by Mac Rebbenack under the moniker Dr. John, is a middling to good album. It has all the trademark Dr. John touches that we have, over the years, come to expect. The funky sound, the good Dr's Louisiana drawl, the sheer showmanship. And that is enough to carry the album. But there is something missing, a slightly too glossy production, a lack of anything much to say in the lyrics that stops it being a great album. It's a decent album, and worth four stars, but compared to his 2012 release `Locked Down', which has a much more sympathetic production and Dr John sounds like he has fire in his belly it feels a little lightweight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Same Old, 28 Jun. 2010
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Leonardo27 (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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On his latest album, Mac Rebennack revives his legendary Night Tripper persona from the late sixties. The decades just fall away. The good doctor will be seventy later this year, but he can still cut it with the best of them. His piano playing is as mesmerising as ever, lyrically he has plenty to say and he ain't afraid to say it, and the band (complemented by a sprinkling of notable guests) is as tight as the proverbial you-know-what. The only downside is that, musically, the doc seems just a little too ready these days to slip into a familiar well-worn groove instead of really pushing the boat out, and so real killer tunes are at something of a premium. It's a malaise that's affected his last few releases, with 2004's 'N'Awlinz - Dis Dat Or D'Udda' the last truly great Dr John offering.

'Tribal' is what would elsewhere be called a game of two halves. Whilst always listenable it starts slowly with the swaggering 'Feel Good Music', almost as if the good doctor was easing himself gently into the session, before things really kick off with the funky 'Whut's Wit Dat' about half-way through. The best tracks, by a clear distance, are the title song replete with tribal chanting and infectious percussion, a sort of latter-day 'I Walk On Gilded Splinters', 'Manoovas' which is energised by the considerable presence of slide guitar wizard Derek Trucks, the shuffling 'Scroungin' and 'Only In Amerika' a sardonic sideswipe at the most powerful country on the planet, echoing the sentiments of Randy Newman's 'A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country' a couple of years ago.

The album eventually builds up a head of steam and gets better as it goes along, but somewhere along the way some of the tunes seem to have been left behind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribal - Join the Doc's Tribe., 4 July 2010
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J. D. Naylor "jazzfan" (England) - See all my reviews
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Another excellent release from the good Doctor.With the exception of the below par "Mercenary" album this one stands very much along side "N'Awlinz" and "The City that..". More tracks and more music for your money gives the Doc the opportunity to offer a wide range of musical styles from Jazz to pop with a little blues,funk and voodoo along the way.As is the norm there are special guests in slide guitar wizz Derek Trucks for some dirty blues and sax great Donald Harrison for some soulful funk.
The Doctor growls his way through the album as you would expect making some political statements in the title track "tribal" and "Only in America" which shows the music comes from the heart.
Pick of the tracks ? "Jinky Jinx" for some real dirty voodoo blues and "Feel good music" which is pretty apt for the whole album really.
No worries here - the Docs still on form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Tribal, 9 July 2010
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A return to form from the Doctor. I saw him do 5 tracks from Tribal in Tunbridge Wells on 7th July. The tracks he did worked really well live and 82 year old Chris Barber added some colour to the sound with his trombone. A great gig and a great album. Terrific to hear Donald Harison on the album.

A word of caution. At the time of writing this, the download version was missing two tracks from the CD; 'sleepin in my bed' and 'scroungin'. This isn't Amazon's fault, it is they same on every music website. I have flagged it up and it may have been corrected by the time you read this, so just doublecheck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form? How should I know?, 9 Aug. 2010
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Yves Vandezande (Belgium) - See all my reviews
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I haven't followed the good Doctor's last couple releases to be honest.
Tribal is still on first play when I write this but four stars are rewarded without any hesitation.
Fantastic grooves all the way through!
The best thing I can do now is go back and get the previous few cd's that I missed.

Carry on up that mighty Mississippi!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Jan. 2015
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Al well!
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