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AOTW: Dr. John - TANGO PALACE (SP-740)

Discussion in 'Jazz on A&M/CTi/Horizon and Others' started by Captain Bacardi, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Captain Bacardi

    Captain Bacardi Administrator Staff Member

    Dr. John
    TANGO PALACE

    A&M/Horizon SP-740

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    Released 1979

    Format: Vinyl/8-Track/Cassette/CD

    Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Hugh McCracken

    Songs:
    • 1. Keep That Music Simple (Giddon Daniels) - 3:35
      2. Disco-Therapy (Alvin Robinson/Mac Rebennack) - 4:14
      3. Renegade (Mac Rebennack/Gerry Goffin) - 3:57
      4. Fonky Side (Mac Rebennack/Doc Pomus) - 3:19
      5. Bon Temps Rouler (Mac Rebennack/Doc Pomus) - 4:25
      6. Something You Got (Chris Kenner/Antoine Domino) - 2:37
      7. I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say (Mac Rebennack/Doc Pomus) - 4:26
      8. Tango Palace (Mac Rebennack/Doc Pomus) - 4:20
      9. Louisiana Lullabye (Mac Rebennack/Doc Pomus) - 4:03

    Musicians:
    Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) - Keyboards, Vocals
    Abraham Laboriel - Bass
    Andre Fischer - Drums (1)
    Herman Ernest - Drums (3, 5, 6, 7), Percussion (4, 8, 9)
    Steve Gadd - Drums (4, 8, 9), Percussion (3, 5, 6, 7)
    Hugh McCracken - Guitar
    Alvin Robinson - Guitar, Background Vocal (6)
    Fred Staehle - Percussion & Wingertree
    Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
    Neil Larsen - Percussion
    Ronnie Baron - Percussion
    Charlie Miller - Trumpet, Cornet Solo (7)
    Oscar Brashear - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
    Warren Luening - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
    Benny Powell - Trombone
    Herman Riley - Baritone Sax
    Plas Johnson - Tenor Sax, Flute & Clarinet
    Jackie Kelso - Tenor Sax & Clarinet
    Gary Herbig - Tenor Sax Solo (5)
    Tommy Johnson - Tuba
    Larry Williams - Tenor & Alto Sax, Clarinet
    Kim Hutchcroft - Tenor & Soprano Sax
    Background Singers - Petsye Powell, Tami Lynn, Brenda Russell, Ronnie Baron, Jim Gilstrap, Muffy Hendricks, Denise Trammell

    Horns Arranged by Harold Battiste and Dr. John

    Recorded by Norm Kinney and Al Schmitt at Sound Labs, Hollywood
    Assistant Engineers: Linda Tyler and Don Henderson
    Mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitoal Recording Studios, Hollywood
    Mastered by Mike Reese at the Mastering Lab, Hollywood
    Production Coordinator: Noel Newbolt

    Art Direction: Roland Young
    Design: Amy Nagasawa
    Front Cover Art: Lou Beach
    Back Cover Photo: Shot at Merlin McFly's Bar & Grill, Sanata Monica, CA by Mark Hanauer



    Capt. Bacardi
  2. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

    I liken this to the works of a lot of pop stars, whom while recording their usual stock in trade in safe territory, usually confine themselves to mundane boundaries, offering good output, but sadly lacking depth, and anything "moving" just being casual momentum...

    Quite the contrary, in the case that this album may be, taking unusual risks, often robs the devoted listener the familiarity in the confined comforts of which he (or she) had been a long-devoted fan, too... However, calculated or contrived the "outstretching" may be, there is a wealth of un-chartered territory explored, the artist, in this case Dr. John may or may not be good at, and while a welcoming change of pace for the fan desiring "something different", this tends to alienate the devoted following more used to his normal oeuvre, hence he may not be welcoming of the new settings Dr. John (and of course, a most-likely heavy handed producer, Hugh McCracken, and his never-ending, spewing of ideas) guides him/her into, just on account of "ambition"... Those un-familiar, altogether will most-likely find this not the place to start (and by and by, just may give this a try, should the "original flavor" really turn him on; a matter of interest and personal taste)...

    All-in-all, what's kept in the safe, comfortable, non-outreaching boundaries is the Naw'Leans fare: "Louisiana Lullabye", "Bon Temps Rouler" and "I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say"... While the rest, in keeping with newer musical trends, just runs rank and disappointing, except perhaps to those seeking an alternative to Mac Rebennack's usual artistry, or a collector of dance music, soft rock, disco and easy listening, curious about how "The Dr." handles this "environment", usually done by others specializing more in those genres, though also as likely to equally be, over-produced, frivolous hackwork...

    -- Dave
  3. Captain Bacardi

    Captain Bacardi Administrator Staff Member

    This is not a good Dr. John album at all. There's only two tracks worth listening to - "Keep That Music Simple" and " Thought I Heard New Orleans Say" - which is the best tune here. The rest is pretty much disposable.

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