Dr. John: Gris-gris 180g vinyl
In the seven magical musical numbers of “Gris-gris”, the root doctor conjures up a potent mixture of creole melodies, primeval heathen sounds, a pinch of mardi-gras and New Orleans jazz and even undreamt-of sounds. “Gumbo Ya Ya”, a dragging procession with archaic sing-song, shows that suggestive Afro sounds are what rule in this album. And to play with them, to soften them here and there, or to enhance them with dance-like expression and voices from afar (“Danse Fambeaux”) is all part of the programme in this collection of artistic treasures. In between raspy sounds there are flattering, intimate tones such as the springy, gentle and forward-looking “Croker Courtbullion”.
The equation Witchcraft = Masterwork certainly applies to this unrivalled album, which is listed at No. 143 in the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time by the magazine Rolling Stone.
Recording: 1967 at Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles
Production: Harold Battiste
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
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