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Dr. John: The Best of the Parlophone Years

Any Mac Rebennack aficionado worth his Sazerac is well familiar with the gravel-filled majesty of the four albums the endlessly prolific swamp magician recorded for Parlophone between 1998 and 2004. For the uninitiated, this spicy 17-track gumbo provides a solid, if slightly stilted, overview, with a lengthy dip into the London-recorded Anutha Zone plus adequate representation from Creole Moon and last year’s N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’Udda (including a kickass “I Ate Up the Apple Tree” that pairs him with fellow musical sorcerer Randy Newman).

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