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Locked Down

Dr. John Audio CD
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1. Locked Down
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4. Ice Age
5. Getaway
6. Kingdom Of Izzness
7. You Lie
8. Eleggua
9. My Children, My Angels
10. God's Sure Good

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2012 album from the New Orleans legend, produced by Black Keys guitarist and uber-fan Dan Auerbach. Locked Down distills half a century of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's picaresque musical history, melding his shamanistic stage persona with the authority of a consummate studio musician, the cosmic conjurer with the street-savvy poet. The 10 new songs on Locked Down, written by Dr. John with Auerbach and a handpicked crew of backing musicians, combine incantatory chants ("Ellegua") and often politically charged raps ("Revolution") with candid and soulful reflections ("My Children, My Angels"), swaggering R&B ("Big Shot"), and a healthy dose of hypnotic, simmering funk ("The King Of Izness"). As with much of what this multiple Grammy-award winning singer and composer has recorded over the last five decades, the Big Easy is the musical and spiritual jumping-off point, but these new tracks incorporate a world's worth of influences, from gospel and blues to psychedelic rock and Afro-beat.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 8 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Ça sent beaucoup les Black Keys... peu-être trop...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Very pleased with vinyl pressing May 24 2012
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Locked Down (Vinyl)

I received this album only a couple days ago and so far am very pleased. I have never listened to much Dr. John in the past but as soon as I heard a few teasers a few months ago I was very intrigued!

I have only managed to squeeze in a few complete listens to the album on vinyl but so far I am very pleased with the quality. Sounds smooth and clean. It doesn't say anywhere that it is a 180g but it is definitely heavier than a standard LP(which is nice).

As far as the music itself, I have managed to listen to the included CD quite a few times in the car and find myself enjoying it more and more every time. The musical arrangement is great and the strange funk sound is something I'd like to hear more of these days!

All in all a great buy.

Cheers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new classic May 5 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Worth it - new energy from an old artist. Black Keys influence in producing is a positive. Worth buying for your collection
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great Jan. 9 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a dr. john fan since I was a teenager. I have lots of his recordings old and new. This one doesn't cut it for me. I think what I dislike the most is the production.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  86 reviews
65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free as a Bird April 3 2012
By Rudy Palma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A ball of fire continues to reside within Dr. John, casting a poetic divergence between the artist and the title of his new set of tunes. "Locked Down" is a blazing fusion of highly literate, funky, southern-fried Americana, blues, pop, soul and R&B that shows the venerable New Orleans-born musician in full creative force, with each detail invigorating, precise and carefully-honed.

One can only hope that Nonesuch (this marks Dr. John's debut on the label) will know how to market the album correctly. "Locked Down" has the power to please not only lifelong appreciators of his verve and dexterity but has the power to reel in new listeners as well.

The life force that has Dr. John sounding remarkably invigorated at this later stage of his career has much to do with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who assembled great players such as drummer Max Weissenfeldt and bassist Nick Movshon. They support him and this solid collection of tunes with passion and professionalism, causing the ingredients to slip into place like puzzle pieces.

The fast-moving set of ten tunes sounds ripe for the 70s LP album market in more ways than one. "Getaway" pulses with longing, grit and a hurts-so-good desperation that is downright infectious. "Kingdom of Izzness" is downright groovy and chilly, as is the dark social commentary of "Ice Age," while the entrancing poetry of the title track is anchored by steady percussion and hearty guitar licks.

There is a lifetime of experience in his voice and playing. When Dr. John sings a line such as "Don't take the easy road - there's no short cut" from the quietly insistent "My Children, My Angels" it comes with a specific and heavy weight attached to it that is instantly resonant. Aspiring musicians who want to know what a lifetime of devotion to their craft could culminate in would do well to heed that advice and pay mind to the music which surrounds it.

Dr. John is every bit as part and parcel of American music as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. He has always offered more than mere entertainment, and "Locked Down" makes it clear that he remains very much present and in full voice, articulating important truths for those wise enough to be listening. This is music made purely for the pleasure of the craft, and that pleasure is perfectly infectious.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical Izzness from the good Dr. April 3 2012
By Sir Sleeps a lot - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most interesting Dr. John record in my opinion since "Gris Gris". Though not a showcase of his piano chops as much as his 70's stuff, the songwriting and production is so good, its just incredible. The african beats make a great accompaniment to Dr. John's voice. I was hoping for something new from this album, and it really delivers. A couple of rock-oriented singles, like "Locked Down" but overall some really complex and awesomely rhythmic sound textures.

I am a huge fan, as a native New Orleanian, and to be able to see the Dr. still laying down fonkyness at his age uplifts us all. Thanks to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for helping bring the Dr. back to where he needs to be, the Big Shot at the center of the NOLA universe!

Buy this. You won't regret it.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great layered music April 4 2012
By GJC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although not as "swampy" as "Gris-Gris" this album captures the thickness, the humidity, the layers of New Orleans. Every song is a mix of a catchy groove, with appropriate psychedelic coloring, and even traces of almost Trip-hop/Hip Hop beats, all under the great Doctor's growl. Truly a musical gumbo that although made in 2012 feels at home in the any late 60s and early 70s playlist. Also the fuzz and slide guitar work ain't bad either.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gris-Gris in a New Gumbo April 4 2012
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Those of us who are true fans of Mac Rebennack know of the prodigious talent he brings to every project. Dr. John has been with us for a long time, and when he embraces the Night Tripper, he brings the listener to a deep place.
This is not "Gris-Gris", his great debut album - which is probably a lot deeper than the general public would want to go. It is not "Gumbo", as Dr. John used the original mid-Fifties musicians he played with in the Big Easy way back when to present New Orleans R&B to a new generation. You just can't reproduce that sound today.
But for a modern audience with modern ears, "Locked Down" presents the man hisself. Just as with Muddy Waters' project "Hard Again", we can hear acolytes who could be his grandchildren support the master as he once again shows everyone how it's done.
Get your passport to the electric swamp. The good doctor will heal your ills.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. J Meets Black Keys - BOOM April 5 2012
By Veto Twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Blown away. Didn't know what to expect with this one. Old fan of the good Dr., and a big fan of The Black Key's cool, jacked, raw, stripped down, and groovy fuzz. A friend said I had to listen, and that it "would shock me, and not disappoint". We've all heard that one before, but wow, if they weren't spot on. Vocals, key's, and a killer guitar, not to mention terrific production. This freakin' rocks. I could not have imagined a comeback like this sounding as fresh and hot. From the first song, Dr. John delivers his best in many years, and for those wondering if it will sound dated, not a chance. Wait 'til the radio starts riding it. In some ways, I ALMOST wish this was his first album, just to see what a response he'd get unaffected by preconceived notions of genre or style.

This one will put him back on the map. Watch for Grammy's, big reviews and a healthy dose of new fans finding out who the good Dr. is.

Amazing. What a surprise. What an album.
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