Dr John - City Lights (1978)

Dr John (real name Mac Rebennack) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, best known as a pianist.

After a couple of quiet years in terms of album releases (during which he performed with The Band at The Last Waltz), Dr John came out with City Lights on Horizon Records in 1978. It was a fine album, made up of all new original songs, some of them co-writes with renowned rock & roll lyricist Doc Pomus, plus one co-written with Bobby Charles and one with Alvin Robinson. With the notable exception of the opening track "Dance The Night Away With You", the album was quite different to his previous New Orleans-styled work, which made sense considering it was recorded in New York with some top session musicians of the late 70s. Much of it had a slick, polished sound, in line with the production aesthetics of the day, but thankfully rather than taking his music in the direction of disco it gave it a smooth, sophisticated sound which suited his character well.

Hollywood Be Thy Name (1975) <|> Tango Palace (1979)
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jimmie d said...

Thanks for the Dr. John. This is the first one you've posted that I don't already have on vinyl.

Anonymous said...

Great Dr John

A truly original artist that has produced some hits and a couple of misses.