The Sun, Moon & Herbs

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All Music Guide - James Chrispell
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Chrispell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Atlantic Uk
  • UPC: 075678044021
  • Catalog Number: 780440
  • Sales rank: 49,074

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 Jr. 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
The Memphis Horns Contributor
Charles Green Producer
Mac Rebennack Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black John, the conquerer root - in his hands!

    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.

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