Dr. John The Best of The Parlophone Years
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- Released: March 28, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
Uncut - p.1193 stars out of 5 - "Two songs from DUKE ELEGANT, his stupendous Duke Ellington jazz-funk tribute, leave you wanting more..."
JazzTimes - p.115"[W]ith a lengthy dip into the London-recorded ANUTHA ZONE plus adequate representation from CREOLE MOON..."
- 2.I Like Ki Yoka
- 3.It Don't Mean A Thing
- 4.Voices In My Head
- 5.Marie Laveau
- 6.Party Hellfire
- 7.Now That You Got Me
- 8.Hen Layin' Rooster
- 9.I Ate Up The Apple Tree
- 10.I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
- 11.Hello God
- 12.Food For Thot
- 13.I Don't Wanna Know
- 14.Lay My Burden Down
- 15.Sweet Home New Orleans
- 16.Careless Love
- 17.Look Out
Personnel: Dr. John (vocals, keyboards); Cyril Neville, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Fred Wesley, Gaz Coombes, J. Spaceman, Jools Holland, London Community Gospel Choir, Mavis Staples, Paul Weller, Randy Newman, Robin Jones , Steve Mason , B.B. King, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Willie Tee, Mardi Gras Indians, Damon Minchella, Mick Quinn, Carleen Anderson.
Liner Note Author: Dr. John.
Photographer: Andy Earl.
This fine compilation brings together highlights from Dr. John's Parlophone tenure, covering four albums recorded between 1998 and 2004. Selections from the records are distributed fairly evenly across THE BEST OF's 17 tracks, and display Dr. John's lovable growl, honky-tonk funk, and bluesy, New Orleans gumbo approach. On top of that, THE BEST OF features cameos by everyone from Mavis Staples to Paul Weller.
Among Dr. John's many talents are his penchant for dabbling in different projects and styles, and his excellent taste in collaborators. ANUTHA ZONE is a record Dr. John cut in London with a host of young admirers (most of them rock musicians), including members of Supergrass, Spiritualized, Ocean Colour Scene, and the Beta Band. DUKE ELEGANT is a tribute album to Duke Ellington, while CREOLE MOON is a funk-based collaboration with James Brown band lynchpin Fred Wesley. N'AWLINZ: DIS DAT OR D'UDDA featured another all-star roster, including Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and Randy Newman (who performs on the excellent "I Ate Up the Apple Tree" here). The diverse directions on these albums come together surprisingly well here, unified expertly by the dynamic performances of Dr. John and company, and the fine sequencing of the collection.
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