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Dr. John: Gumbo

Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, 8 June 1972

WIPE YOUR MIND clean of all you have ever heard and read about Dr. John the Night Tripper. If you knew that once he was a New Orleans session musician and songwriter called Mac Rebennack, forget that too. And although Gumbo comes with may be the best set of liner notes you are ever going to find, don't look at them. Instead hand this record to a friend and ask her to find the place in 'Tipitina' (side two, band three) where the first vocal ends and the instrumental break begins, while you go out of the room and wait. Have her turn the volume up loud, plenty of bass, and shout for you to come back in as that break starts to flow.

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