Close-up of Dr. John, the Night Tripper from 1969 Psychedelic Collage
copyright 1969 / 2012 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
DR. JOHN, the NIGHT TRIPPER – GRIS – GRIS – January 22, 1968
This album got heap strong power.
And to prove the potency of this album, upon 00individual’s virgin whiff of this bewitching funky goo he became addicted for life!
From the haunting opening sax and those three words, “Dey cawl mey . . .” this album entices your soul to surrender to the hypnotic head”nodic” beats. The occult power behind this infectious Cajun Voodou Rocker was mesmerizing, mystical, groovy – perfect!
Some albums just reach right down into your basic primal needs and grab a hold of a part of you and never let go.
This album is one of those – it was cool, mystically invigorating and kicked spooky voudou ass!
The whole album seemed real, not rehearsed, spontaneous, which added to its ambiance and definitely created a mystical mood of twilight in the Bayou that conjured-up images of people seen and heard through the silhouetted trees as they danced around a fire, of clandestine meetings where spirits were contacted, of spells cast under the full moon, of skulduggery afoot, of romance and lust as they writhe through it all and of drums and chants that seem to echo throughout the Bayou.
It’s always twilight or a dark moonlit night, thrills and intrigue are around every corner, anything is possible. The main streets are alive with people celebrating life. There’s a shanty village on the outskirts of town where an occult ceremony is taking place, deeper in the woods is a path that leads to an inviting ivy-covered archway and you know you must enter and step off into the cosmos, for you must be able to say, “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” with the King of the Zulu.
The serious mystical epic, “I Walk On Guilded Spinters” is one of 00individual’s “Rarified Air” Tracks – a song to celebrate and groove reverently – too cool, too hip, too real.
The “Gris-gris” album is stone-connected to 00individual’s early serious drug exploration days and was a perfect mystical album imprint for psychedelic experiences.
“Dey cawl mey, Dr. John, I’m known as the Night Tripper, I got remedies of every description . . .”
The Musicians, Vocalists and Trippers as related by Dr. John, the Night Tripper:
“My group consists of Dr. Poo Pah Doo of Destine Tambourine and Dr. Ditmus of Conga,
Dr. Boudreaux of Funky Knuckle Skins and Dr. Battiste of Scorpio in Bass Clef, Dr. McLean of Mandolin Comp. School, Dr. Mann of Bottleneck Learning, Dr. Bolden of The Immortal Flute Fleet, The Baron of Ronyards, Dido, China, Goncy O’Leary, Shirley Marie Laveaux, Dr. Durden, Governor Plas Johnson, Senator Bob West Bowing, Croaker Jean Freunx, Sister Stephanie and St. Theresa, John Gumbo, Cecilia La Favorite, Karla Le Jean who were all dreged up from The Rigolets by the Zombie of the Second Line. Under the eight visions of Professor Longhair reincannted the charts of now.”
Dr, John, the Night Tripper – now how cool was that back in ’68? Not only was he a Doctor but he was a Night Tripper too!
While Dr. John was thee Night Tripper – all of us Hippies and Psychedelic Heads were also Night Trippers, for as we all know . . . night time, is the right time.