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Dr. John — Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968-1974

Dr. John — Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968-1974

Dr. John

Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968-1974

2-LP release date: April 20, 2024 – Record Store Day

CD release date: April 26, 2024


26 of the Good Dr.’s A & B-Sides from 1968–1974.


Dr. John has proven to be one of music’s foremost generalists, a primary-care cat whose practice extends back some 60 years. The awards (six Grammys and counting) and accolades validated the quality of his output, but it’s the range of what he’s done that truly impresses. These Atco and Atlantic sides were clearly the right-place right-time recordings. They put Dr. John on the map and into the ears and minds of music enthusiasts the world over.

—excerpt from liner notes by Gene Sculatti


Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. lived an extraordinary life, from which we all benefitted. His combination of New Orleans R&B, blues, jazz, funk, and rock permeated the musical landscape of the late ’60s and beyond. While quite young, he was influenced by piano players, including Professor Longhair. As a teenage musical prodigy, Mac was a songwriter, arranger, A&R guy, and a producer for Ace Records, running sessions with legendary artists. During the 1960s, as a “first call” Los Angeles studio musician, he honed his chops doing session work for artists including Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat, and Frank Zappa.

Years later, he developed his persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper and his 1968 debut album, Gris Gris, was a phenomenon, attracting fans across the musical spectrum. Its “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” has been covered by The Allman Brothers, Cher, Paul Weller, The Neville Brothers, and was a centerpiece of Humble Pie’s classic Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore.

More singles and albums followed including “Iko Iko” (from Dr. John’s Gumbo) and “Right Place Wrong Time” (which hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.) Both Gris Gris and Gumbo were listed on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time, and Dr. John performed In The Right Place’s “Such A Night” at The Band’s 1976 farewell concert—immortalized in The Last Waltz. He would go on to win six Grammy awards and in 2011 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by John Legend.

Now, his singles from those early and influential Atco/Atlantic years have been collected on Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968–1974. 26 sides of pure musical medicine from Dr. John. Available as a 2-LP on double Opaque Purple Vinyl for Record Store Day (CD to follow), the packaging contains liner notes from Gene Sculatti. Featuring the hits “Right Place Wrong Time,” “Iko Iko,” “Such A Night,” and rare single edits of other classics, Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968–1974 is not only the right place to start your Dr. John journey, but the perfect place to relive the classic Atco/Atlantic albums.

    CD / 2-LP Track List:
    Disc 1:

  1. Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya Dr. John The Night Tripper
  2. I Walk On Guilded Splinters (Part I)* Dr. – John The Night Tripper
  3. I Walk On Guilded Splinters (Part II)* – Dr. John The Night Tripper
  4. Mama Roux – Dr. John The Night Tripper
  5. Jump Sturdy – Dr. John The Night Tripper
  6. The Patriotic Flag Waver (Mono Short Version)* – Dr. John The Night Tripper
  7. Wash Mama Wash – Dr. John The Night Tripper
  8. Loop Garoo – Dr. John The Night Tripper
  9. Iko Iko*
  10. Huey Smith Medley: “High Blood Pressure” “Don’t You Just Know It” “Well I’ll Be John Brown”*
  11. Wang Dang Doodle
  12. Big Chief
  13. A Man Of Many Words – Buddy Guy with Dr. John & Eric Clapton
  14. Let The Good Times Roll (Edit)
  15. Stack-A-Lee
  16. Right Place Wrong Time
  17. I’ve Been Hoodood
  18. Such A Night
  19. Cold Cold Cold
  20. Traveling Mood
  21. Same Old Same Old
  22. Life
  23. (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away
  24. Mos’ Scocious
  25. Let’s Make A Better World
  26. Me – You = Loneliness
    All tracks Stereo except * Mono.

Cat: OV-540

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