- Released: June 15, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Rolling Stone - 9/17/92, p.963.5 Stars
- Good Plus - "...the music of Dr. John has never strayed far from its roots. And those roots have never been more joyously, bawdily or playfully celebrated than they are on this album..."
Q - 9/92, p.714 Stars
- Excellent - "..serves as a tour d'horizon of the music of the Crescent City, its don't-rush-me vocals, with-you-in-a-minute rhythms and all-pervading swing.."
Down Beat - 9/92, p.344 Stars
- Very Good - "...the culmination of Mac Rebennack's career to date....evokes Wynton, with high-stepping horn charts and a retro repertoire that goes back to Buddy Bolden and beyond..."
- 1.Litanie Des Saints
- 2.Careless Love
- 3.My Indian Red
- 4.Milenburg Joys
- 5.I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
- 6.Basin Street Blues
- 7.Didn't He Ramble
- 8.Do You Call That A Buddy?
- 9.How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come 'Round
- 10.Good Night, Irene
- 11.Fess Up
- 12.Since I Fell For You
- 13.I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You
- 14.Cabbage Head
- 15.Goin' Home Tomorrow
- 16.Blue Monday
- 17.Scald Dog
- 18.Goin' Back To New Orleans
Personnel: Dr. John (vocals, guitar, piano, organ); Danny Barker (guitar, banjo); Tommy Moran (guitar); Pete Fountain (clarinet); Charles Neville, Herb Hardesty, Eric Traub, Amadee Castenell, Frederick Kemp (tenor saxophone); Alvin "Red" Tyler, Roger Lewis (baritone saxophone); Al Hirt, Jamil Sharif, Charlie Miller, Umar Sharif, Clyde Kerr, Jr. (trumpet); Bruce Hammond (trombone); Kirk Joseph (tuba); David Barard, Chris Severin (bass); Freddy Staehle (drums); Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Chief "Smiley" Ricks, Cyril Neville, Charles Neville (percussion); Shirley Goodman, Stephanie Whitfield, Connie Fitch, Tara Janelle, Chuck Carbo (background vocals).
The Neville Brothers: Art Neville, Aaron Neville, Charles Neville, Cyril Neville (vocals).
Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Personnel: Dr. John (vocals, guitar, piano, electric piano, organ); Charles Neville (vocals, whistling, tenor saxophone, horns, percussion); Danny Barker (vocals, guitar, banjo); Cyril Neville (vocals, percussion); Aaron Neville, Art Neville (vocals); Tommy Moran (guitar); Pete Fountain (clarinet, horns); Amadee Castenell, Jr., Eric Traub, Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone, horns); Fred Kemp (tenor saxophone); Alvin "Red" Tyler, Roger Lewis (baritone saxophone, horns); Alvin "Red" Taylor (baritone saxophone); Clyde Kerr, Jamil Sharif, Umar Sharif, Al Hirt (trumpet, horns); Charlie Miller (trumpet); Bruce Hammond (trombone, horns); Kirk Joseph (tuba, horns); Fred Staehle (drums); Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Big Chief Smiley Ricks (percussion); Chuck Carbo , Stephanie Whitfield, Connie Fitch, Shirley Goodman (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Photographer: Jason Jones.
Arrangers: Danny Barker ; Edward Frank; Alvin "Red" Taylor; Mac Rebennack; Alvin "Red" Tyler; Wardell Quezergue.
Dr. John burst into the popular consciousness in the late '60s with the release of GRIS GRIS: THE NIGHT TRIPPER, an album that saw the gifted multi-instrumentalist filtering his years of experience as a New Orleans session player through the cracked lens of the psychedelic era. Though that album's dark blend of New Orleans rhythms and outr‚ production techniques made it a '60s counter-culture favorite, it drew from a much more venerable set of musical traditions. On 1992's GOIN' BACK TO NEW ORLEANS, Dr. John takes his audience on a guided tour of New Orleans jazz and r&b, assaying memorable covers of beloved standards like W.C. Handy's "Careless Love" and more obscure numbers like Jelly Roll Morton's "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say." Dr. John and his accompanists, including a plethora of New Orleans music luminaries, give these numbers compelling and authoritative readings. GOIN' TO NEW ORLEANS is a fascinating slice of New Orleans history that also sheds light on the origins of Dr. John's inimitable aesthetic.