|• 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL |
• GATEFOLD SLEEVE
• INCLUDES INSERT WITH LYRICS
John a.k.a the night tripper is a singer, songwriter, voice actor,
pianist, and guitarist, whose music combines Blues, Pop, Jazz, Zydeco,
Boogie Woogie and Rock & Roll.
Active as a session musician since
the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960’s following
the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive music. He performed a wildly
theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes
and voodoo ceremonies. This eventually resulted in his signature
‘voodoo’ music style.
The Sun Moon & Herbs is
described by Allmusic as “dark and swampy” and “best listened to on a
hot, muggy night with the sound of thunder rumbling off in the distance
like jungle drums”.
The center-piece of the album is “Familiar
Reality,” a long cut based on one evil-sounding Stones-type riff. As
usual, Dr. John’s strength lies in his galvanizing; mesmerizing
choruses. The ones on “Black John the Conqueror” and “File Gumbo” are