Sun, Moon & Herbs

The Sun, Moon & Herbs

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by Dr. John
     
 

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Originally intended as a triple album, The Sun, Moon & Herbs was chopped up, whittled down and re-assembled into this single-disc release, and while Dr. John never liked this version much, perhaps the single disc is testament to the "less is more" theory. The seven cuts are all quite lengthy and the spells Dr. John and his consorts weave are dark and swampy.

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Originally intended as a triple album, The Sun, Moon & Herbs was chopped up, whittled down and re-assembled into this single-disc release, and while Dr. John never liked this version much, perhaps the single disc is testament to the "less is more" theory. The seven cuts are all quite lengthy and the spells Dr. John and his consorts weave are dark and swampy. "Black John the Conqueror" comes from old Cajun folklore which the good Dr. has modernized and given a beat. The swampy "Craney Crow" is the younger sibling of his earlier "Walk On Guilded Splinters" and has a similar effect on the listener. "Pots on Fiyo (Fils Gumbo)" combines Latin American rhythms with lots of Cajun chants and spells. The vocals are nearly incomprehensible and actually serve as another instrument in the mix. "Zu Zu Mamou" is so thick that you can almost cut the music with a knife. Here, the atmosphere takes on a whole other meaning altogether. The Sun, Moon & Herbs is best listened to on a hot, muggy night with the sound of thunder rumbling off in the distance like jungle drums. Dr. John was definitely onto something here, but just what is left up to the listener.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Atlantic Uk
UPC:
0075678044021
catalogNumber:
780440
Rank:
148040

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dr. John   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Mick Jagger   Vocals
Ray Draper   Percussion,Tuba,Vocals
Ronnie Barron   Keyboards,Vocals
Graham Bond   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Jim Price   Trumpet
Doris Troy   Vocals
Steve York   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jim Gordon   Percussion,Conga
P.P. Arnold   Vocals
John Boudreaux   Drums
Jesse Boyce   Bass,Percussion
Freeman Brown   Percussion
Victor Brox   Organ,Horn,Keyboards,Pocket Trumpet
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Walter Davis   Piano
Tom Ferrone   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Shirley Goodman   Vocals
Jack Hale   Trombone
Ed Hoerner   Trumpet
Roger Hopps   Trumpet
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Horn
Ron Johnson   Bass
Joni Jonz   Flute,Vocals
Jerry Jumonville   Saxophone
Bobby Keys   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tammy Lann   Vocals
Ed Logan   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Mercer   Saxophone
James Mitchell   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Carl Radle   Bass,Electric Bass
Fuzzy Samuels   Percussion
Fred Staehle   Percussion,Drums
Kenneth Terroade   Flute
Bobby Whitlock   Vocals
Calvin Samuels   Conga
Ronnie Baron   Organ
Tami Lynn   Vocals

Technical Credits

Memphis Horns   Contributor
Charles Green   Producer
Dr. John   Arranger,Producer

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The Sun, Moon & Herbs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all due respect to the "All Music Review" I have to step in here and help out here. Personally,I have waited a long time for this to finally appear on cd. This is one of the world's lost classic albums. If you take the trouble to read through the backing band you might get some idea of what kind of session this was. The original tapes for this disc were lost or mutilated, that matters not. This is the Dr. John that millions have never heard. Despite the very respectable career since this classic and it has been a very incredible one - do yourself a favor, listen to "Familiar Reality" it may take you a couple of times to get it. "Sun, the Moon, and (those) Herbs" the gift that will keep on giving. Trust me on this. Music that could change your (anemic) life. 10 stars.