Since the 1960s, Dr. John has been amazing live audiences with his own brand of New Orleans funk, blues, soul and “voodoo” music, but he’s suffered a curious inability to get his music recorded right. Few of his records live up to the live experience, and even his live albums have been marred by mediocre production and a disappointing mix of songs. With his latest release, “Creole Moon,” at long last the studio voodoo curse has been broken.

As to why this record has succeeded where others have failed, Dr. John sums it up best himself: “In the past I made commercial records, cover records, tribute and histerical [sic] records, from the desperation of survival to art. But this record is a personal interpretation of New Orleans.”

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