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Get On Down is all too eager to reissue this unique record for Record Store Day Black Friday, which has not been repressed on
vinyl in over 40 years. In keeping with the albums hallucinogenic sound, it is presented on trippy splatter colored vinyl, and housed
in a deluxe gatefold jacket. After the release of debut record Gris-Gris, Dr. John found himself in a strange and awkward position.
The US was deep into the Vietnam War, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were fresh in the
public memory. On top of that, Dr. John was being pursued by various Los Angeles authorities for a handful of criminal offenses. It
was, in his own words: "a heavy time for me." Much like Sly & The Family Stones Theres A Riot Goin On, Dr. Johns follow-up
album Babylon would be a reflection of the chaotic and tumultuous time that he was living in. He and band dove deeper into the
voodoo-inflected psychedelic rock and R&B of Gris-Gris, while touching upon elements of free jazz and Captain Beefheart-style
avant garde. As with his debut record, production was handled by the legendary Harold Battiste, and much of the same session
personnel who performed on it returned for Babylon, including Plas Johnson on saxophone, Alvin Robinson on guitar, and backing
vocals from Jessie Hill, Shirley Goodman, and Tami Lynn. Babylon stands out as one of Dr. Johns most overtly political albums,
and is a singularly murky and darkly entrancing record in his discography. A psychedelic swamp of apocalyptic lyrical content,
drunk, disorienting experimentation, and a fascinating entry into Dr. Johns catalogue well-worthy of his expansive legacy. A1.
Babylon A2. Glowin' A3. Black Widow Spider A4. Barefoot Lady B1. Twilight Zone B2. The Patriotic Flag-Waver B3. The Lonesome
Guitar Strangler

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