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Anutha Zone

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000024B0P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Zonata
  2. Ki Ya 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. Soulful Warrior
  12. The Stroke
  13. Sweet Home New Orleans

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For those of us who long for the days when Dr John smeared himself with face paint, wore impossibly large headdresses and sang about gris-gris, gumbo ya-ya, and croker courtbullion, Anutha Zone is indeed a heartening development. For too long Dr John has paid the bills as a genteel purveyor of tasteful blues and Tin Pan Alley standards, and while it's helped him sustain a career and win Grammies, it's probably used up about an eighth of his true potential as an artist and musician. In the late 1960s, Dr John was a visionary musical alchemist, working with psychedelic imagery and funky rhythms to nab the rock crowd, then plying them with spooky swampland mythology and raw Southern R&B. On Anutha Zone, Dr John digs deep into that murky musical well once again, with stunning results. "John Gris", "Party Hellfire" and "Soulful Warrior" brilliantly fuse slow-burn grooves, sly musicianship and Dr John's elegantly gruff vocals, conjuring images of dark revelry down French Quarter back alleyways. --Marc Weingarten

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Format: Audio CD
This album is on Anutha planet ! Quite easily the best of Dr Johns's lengthy and varied career and make no mistake.Probably the least commercial of his most recent albums as he fuses elements of R&B,Soul,Funk,Gospel,World music and along with his own trademark gravelly sounding vocals into an album that defies categorisation.
"I like Ki Yoka" has world music influences with it's African backing vocals and percussion, "Sweet home New Orleans" is probably the most heart felt & loving tribute to Dr John's home town as you'll ever hear,"Party hellfire" is worth a careful lisen to the humourus vocals delivered in that trademrk rasping voice,"Ki Ya Gris Gris" and "John Gris" are heavily voodoo/gospel tinged and just to show that he does have a gentle side "I don't wanna know" is delivered with tenderness and warmth that goes against the grain of the album but is welcome nevertheless.
What sets this apart from a lot of Dr John's other albums is that there is a consistent African/Voodoo/Religious/World music feel about the whole thing which i can't recall being conceived by anybody prior to this album.
Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
How cool is this man... Album after album of glorious sounds, and THAT VOICE!
Here he collaborates with many UK musicians including Paul Weller and Supergrass, but don't let this put you off.. the work is still all that you would expect of Dr John. Another masterpiece.
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Bought this when it first came out on vinyl, just had to buy the cd, it's second only to, In The Right Place anutha Dr John classic, both cds highly recommended.
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Manages to retain its driving edge whilst following an even easier vibe than his earlier classics: In 'The Right Place', and 'Destively Bonaro'.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93064e10) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93456edc) out of 5 stars Ohhhh yeah. This tha TRUE prescription. 14 Mar. 2001
By Leigh Ann Hussey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From the very first notes, I knew I had something good in my hands. Unlike a previous reviewer, I don't find "the 'gris gris' stuff" old -- but then, I loved "Gris Gris" best of all Dr. John's older albums, and "Back to New Orleans" best of all his later albums, so that ought to give you an idea of where I'm coming from.
Like "Gris Gris", "Anutha Zone" partakes of the spiritual and magical in places -- but unlike "Gris Gris", "Anutha Zone" benefits from all of the higher-quality production techniques of thirty years later. You can even hear a little of "Walk on Gilded Splinters" in "John Gris", with the female backup chorus (mostly the London Gospel Community Choir).
And while I'm on the subject of backups, let me just mention how ably the good Doctor is supported by his band. Butt-twitchin rhythm provided by the likes of percussionist Sammy Figueroa and a variety of kit drummers, and powerfully sensitive guitar playing by Paul Weller, Bobby Broom and Matt Deighton.
And as for the Doctor himself? He's at the top of his form, lyrically and musically (on some of the songs, his wife Cat Yellen shares the lyric credit). My favorite line in the entire album, from the title track:
"And the lesson you can never forget / is the lesson you ain't gotten yet."
From somber and pensive to greeeezy richness to unabashed party-fonk, that gumbo-spice voice sure is to my taste, and it's never tasted better.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92fa67b0) out of 5 stars Great songs, over-busy production. 15 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Another of Dr John's finest. However, a word must be said about John Leckie's production; Dr John's fantastic piano playing is reduced to the far distance on the mix. Pity.
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HASH(0x932b3d50) out of 5 stars Never mind the content, FEEL the voice 9 July 2000
By Junglies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have always liked Dr. John, but not always liked the music. But what a wonderful and rich evocative voice. Along with a handful of others, Captain Beefheart and John Martyn to name just two, his voice conjures up images and feelings like no other. This album is a throwback in some ways to Gris-Gris and Babylon, to be sure and is a diversion away from the blues and jazz which has characterized a lot of his career but to create visions in the mind of voodoo and swampland is an awesome gift and this album achieves this in no small part. I could talk about individual songs but I prefer the imagery and symbolism of the album as a whole. Pity Joe Cocker could not learn from this guy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x932b7180) out of 5 stars Let it grow a bit 19 Jan. 2005
By lawdood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At first blush this album may sound overproduced and underwritten - a lot of different sounds (both musical and atmospheric) but not a lot melody or range. But after a few listens, it grows like spanish moss, reaching into little nooks and crannies of your brain and soul. I know this sounds like a cheesy platitude, but there is so much going on in the mix that it is initially very hard to distinguish the melodies and harmonies that are woven together. Had they never sorted themselves out after multiple listenings, I would call this a sonic mush, but after a while, the melodies come to the fore and the layers of the sound can be distinguished and appreciated for their odd hypnotic affect. The only real sonic complaint I have after multiple listens is that bass seems WAY over-pumped.

As for individual tracks, my favorite is I Don't Want to Know, which is really a beautiful and uplifting combination of lyric and music. Soulful Warrior is also a strong musical statement. Sweet Home New Orleans deviates from the rest of the pack in both sound and theme and, while good, doesn't fit the rest of the album. Everything in between is very good to great, with the possible exception of the The Stroke and the chorus in Hello God, which I found somewhat grating, and the end Voices in my Head, which to me remains a sonic mush nothwithstanding the obvious theme.

I urge you to give this a few listens before making up your mind on it - in that way it kind of reminds me of Exile on Main Street - both are dense and murky, but when the lightbulb finally comes on, it shines pretty brightly.

Probably a 4 1/2 star effort, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92f76f84) out of 5 stars He's back! (not that he was ever gone) 8 Oct. 2000
By MamaRoux Jax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is quite an album. I'm surprised that FM stations didn't play it more. There are a few tracks that would have turned some new people onto the Doctor - for example: Soulful Warrior. It's a very powerful song, blusey, fonky and certainly would attract new listeners to the Doctor. I could listen to this CD for hours on end. I find it draws me in and keeps me there. "Zonata" instantly shows just what an accomplished piano player this man is! "Ki Ya Gris Gris" brings you back to the spritual hoodoo side of New Orleans. You'll just want to sit and close your eyes and feel lifted! "Sweet Home New Orleans" is one of my personal favorites. Makes me want to go get on a plane and head down there for Jazz Fest! Buy this, you won't regret it!
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