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Anutha Zone
     

Anutha Zone

by Dr. John
 

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Dr. John has spent so much time turning out perfectly enjoyable but interchangeable records that it may be easy to forget the spooky voodoo vibes of his earliest, arguably best, records. He may have forgotten it himself, too, but there was a whole generation of British musicians, from Modfather Paul Weller to Spaceman Jason Pierce to the teenaged punks in

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Dr. John has spent so much time turning out perfectly enjoyable but interchangeable records that it may be easy to forget the spooky voodoo vibes of his earliest, arguably best, records. He may have forgotten it himself, too, but there was a whole generation of British musicians, from Modfather Paul Weller to Spaceman Jason Pierce to the teenaged punks in Supergrass, who remembered the haunted vibe lurking in Gumbo and Gris-Gris. Citing his name in interviews, covering his songs, and enlisting him as a session musician (Mr. Rebennack played on Spiritualized's acclaimed 1997 album, Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space), they created a buzz around Dr. John and were more than willing to play on Anutha Zone, hopefully generating some sales for him in return. As should be expected from any project that is a marketer's dream, the collaborations occasionally seem awkward, but what is surprising is how often it works. Pierce helps Rebennack conjure the psychedelic R&B of his earlier albums, while Weller and Supergrass help keep things cooking; furthermore, members of Primal Scream and Portishead help make "Sweet Home New Orleans" a titanic workout. The Brits aren't as funky as the classic New Orleans musicians, but they are willing to push Dr. John into his best work in years. Anutha Zone isn't a perfect album by any means, but it's Rebennack's most ambitious and rewarding album in many a year.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/1998
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384621827
catalogNumber:
46218

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Performance Credits

Dr. John   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Jools Holland   Hammond Organ
Ronnie Cuber   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Baritone
Carleen Anderson   Vocals
David Barard   Bass,Background Vocals
Bobby Broom   Guitar,Background Vocals
Clive Deamer   Drums
Martin Duffy   Hammond Organ
Herman V. Ernest   Drums,Background Vocals
Lawrence Feldman   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion,Conga
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Kick Horns   Horn
Robin Jones   Percussion
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Slide Guitar,Bass Harmonica
Paul Weller   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Katherine Russell   Background Vocals
Shelley Woodworth   English Horn
Matt Deighton   Guitar
Little Big Horns   Brass
Damon Minchella   Bass
Jenny Douglas   Background Vocals
Jason Pierce   Guitar,farfisa organ
Ravi   Percussion,Berimbau
Damon Reece   Drums
Steve White   Percussion,Drums
Thighpaulsandra   Organ,Hammond Organ
Gaz Coombes   Guitar
Mick Quinn   Bass
Malcolm Cross   Percussion
Ray Moonshake   Flute,Saxophone
London Gospel Community Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Ronnie Cuber   Horn Arrangements
Herman V. Ernest   Sound Effects
John Leckie   Producer
Martin "Max" Heyes   Engineer
Jason Pierce   Arranger,Producer
Guy Massey   Engineer

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