Dr. John – In The Right Place

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  • Off the charts “Triple Triple” sound for this Must Own Dr. John album – both sides earned our top grade of A+++
  • SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND – who knew how well recorded this album was? (Certainly not the audiophile press)
  • We don’t know of any other Dr. John album with sound remotely as good, and the modern albums of his we’ve played were just awful
  • 4 1/2 Stars: “Dr. John finally struck paydirt here and was certainly In the Right Place. With the hit single “Right Place Wrong Time” bounding up the charts, this fine collection saw many unaware listeners being initiated into New Orleans-style rock.”

Punchy drums, solid bass, smooth vocals, extended highs — this album was produced, recorded and mastered by superbly talented individuals who deserve a lot of credit for the work they have done here.

If you like Little Feat this album should be right up your alley. And if you like this album and don’t know little feat, the link on the left will take you to their music. They’re one of the all time great bands of the ’70s (and still going as far as I know).

Tubey Magic Is Key

This original Yellow Label Atco pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn’t showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It’s what vintage all analog recordings are known for — this sound.

If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.

The sound is BIG and BOLD with a punchy bottom end, but like almost every copy out there it has a bit of grit and grain at times — Same Old Same Old on side one is never going to be smooth and sweet, for example.

The Big, Rich Sound of In The Right Place

What the best sides of this Bayou Funk album from 1973 have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl domestic pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1973
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the horns, guitars and drums having the correct sound for this kind of recording
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional space of the studio

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

The Players (and their nicknames)

Backing Band – The Meters 
Bass – George “Freak Man” Porter
Design, Painting – James Flournoy Holmes 
Drums – Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste
Graphics [Graphic Coordinator] – David “WORM” Holmes
Lead Guitar – Leo “Breeze” Nocentelli
Organ – Arthur “Red” Neville
Saxophone – Gary Brown 
Vocals, Backing Vocals – Mac Rebennack 
Producer, Arranger, Piano, Electric Piano, Conductor – Allen Toussaint

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Right Place Wrong Time
Same Old Same Old
Just The Same
Qualified
Traveling Mood
Peace Brother Peace

Side Two

Life
Such A Night
Shoo Fly Marches On
I Been Hoodood
Cold Cold Cold

AMG 4 1/2 Star Review

Dr. John finally struck paydirt here and was certainly In the Right Place. With the hit single “Right Place Wrong Time” bounding up the charts, this fine collection saw many unaware listeners being initiated into New Orleans-style rock. Also including Allen Toussaint’s “Life,” and a funky little number entitled “Traveling Mood,” which shows off the good doctor’s fine piano styling, and with able help from the Meters as backup group, In the Right Place is still a fine collection to own.