07 We Gettin There (featuring Terence Blanchard).mp3
08 Stripped Away (featuring Eric Clapton).mp3
09 Say Whut.mp3
10 My People Need A Second Line.mp3
11 Land Grab (featuring Terence Blanchard).mp3
13 Save Our Wetlands (featuring Terrance Simien).mp3
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Dr. John & The Lower 911 - City That Care Forgot
Audio CD: June 3, 2008
Original Release Date: June 3, 2008
Label: 429 Records
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Amazon: Product Description:
Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Ani Difranco and Terence Blanchard join Dr. John and the Lower 911 in this musical paean to Dr. John's beloved New Orleans. This powerful new recording features stirring and thought-provoking songs about the post-Katrina crises in the ravaged jewel of the American South, including "City That Care Forgot," "Time for a Change," "Promises, Promises," "We Gettin' There" and many more.
Gosh, what a tour de force! From the opening "bop" of "Keep on Going" right through all 13 tracks the good Doctor is on form, on song, on rhythm & on message here. There's cool jazz, funk, swamp blues & great contributions from the guest artists, in particular Eric Clapton & Terence Blanchard.
You know, a lot of "protest" albums suffer from the angst getting in the way of the artistry but not here. For example I was REALLY worried about the combo with Willie Nelson on "Promises, Promises" but by gum it works & makes the words truly resonate - "Promises, promises, empty words, empty words; the road to the White House, paved with lies.....fought in your wars, paid with our lives.....the truth will set you free". Yet the really great thing is how the tracks without the guests see the Doctor really getting down & nasty with great, driving, funky beats - just listen to "Dream Warrior" for proof positive.
Other highlights of an album of consistently high quality are "Land Grab" ( great trumpet from Blanchard ) & the title track ( some of Clapton's "bluesiest" guitar in ages ). Very rarely do I download every single track from an album into my iPod/iTunes but I did with this album. HIGHLY recommended ~ David J. Ohanlon
I Didn't expect Dr. John to release such a great album at this point of his career. The man is 67 years old. This Just might be his best album of all original songs he ever released. ~ Judas777
Dr. John is to New Orleans is what Willie Nelson is to Austin, TX and heartland causes. Anytime someone's in need these two guys are putting themselves out there singing their hearts out for the causes they believe in. Of course, Willie's on this CD, so's Slowhand, Ani DiFranco, and Terence Simien.
"City that Care Forgot" isn't just a statement, though. You can tell when you're listening to this that the folks performing had a good time putting heart and soul into these songs.
I usually have a favorite song or two. Hands down, for me, it's "You Might Be Surprised." The lyrics really spoke to me:
"Life is a near death experience
Hell is right here on this great big Earth
It could be a little taste of heaven
If we only knew our worth
All we got to do is want it bad enough
To push ourself through
We always underestimate ourselves
We do every day we can always do better
In each and every way
If we don't believe in ourselves
Nobody's gonna do it
If we don't push ourselves
We'll never make it through it..."
If you can listen to "Dream Warrior" without tears in your eyes, you've got a 'heart of iron' as Homer says. Dr. John tells it like it is regarding the 'second battle for New Orleans.' It's the harshest hurricane protest song I've heard, be prepared.
"Black Gold" is a double entendre about oil and military recruitment and it's another political statement that people of conscience should be listening to.
"Promises, Promises" features Willie Nelson singing with the good Doctor. I am surprised at how good these two very distinctive voices sound together.
"Stripped Away" features Clapton backing. This song's more rocked out than most, gorgeous sound for a painful message.
"The City That Care Forgot" is one of the best collaborative efforts I have heard in a long time. The message is strong, the playing is gorgeous. It also supports a worthy cause. ~ Rebecca Kyle, July 2008
Dr. John @ The Lower 911 - City That Care Forgot tracks:
01 Keep On Goin'
02 Time For A Change ( featuring Eric Clapton )
03 Promises, Promises ( featuring Willie Nelson )
04 You Might Be Surprised
05 Dream Warrior
06 Black Gold
07 We Gettin' There ( featuring Terence Blanchard )
08 Stripped Away ( featuring Eric Clapton )
09 Say Whut?
10 My People Need A Second Line ( featuring James "12" Andrews & Troy "Tombone Shorty" Andrews )
11 Land Grab ( feat. Terence Blanchard )
12 City That Care Forgot ( featuring Eric Clapton and Ani DiFranco )
13 Save Our Wetlands ( featuring Terrance Simien )