Dr. John

I Pulled the Cover Off You Two Lovers

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I Pulled the Cover Off You Two Lovers is the second volume in the DBK Works Dr. John reissue series. These recordings have somewhat apocryphal origins, but perhaps they were recorded in Nashville circa 1974 due to the Cleopatra issue in 1999 that included the same tracks. The sound feels earlier, though, like the late '60s -- which would mean they would have been cut in Los Angeles. No matter. The first volume, What Goes Around Comes Around, featured material that is part of his set to this day, including "Tipitina" "In the Night," and a few others. This collection contains 14 cuts that are of interest to Mac Rebennack collectors. While these cuts have all been issued in other places on CD, they've never sounded this good. The remastering process worked wonders on this material. Some of the true gems on this set include "Zu Zu Man," which has been recorded by the man on numerous occasions, but never this raw and immediate. There are a couple of contexts that don't really work here, such as those where strings are employed -- "Did She Mention My Name" and "The Grass Looks Greener." These are minor irritations, however, as cuts like "New Orleans" are wild and woolly with full-blown horn sections burning on vintage R&B. The laid-back backstreet funk of "I'm a Loser for You Baby" has a loose, strutting feel. The deep blues make an appearance in "The Ear Is on Strike," and "A Little Closer to My Home" is a bluesy soulful ballad that evokes the late-night sounds of New Orleans. The title cut has more than a little resemblance -- in theme and feel if not the actual tune -- to Dr. John's '70s hit "Right Place, Wrong Time." "Bring Your Own" contains a funky-butt electric harpsichord driving a classic New Orleans stroller. In all, this collection is the stronger of the two, but both are worth owning for anyone interested in Dr. John's origins. The music here may not be as spooky and hoodooed as the Atlantic sides, but it's got plenty of groove and swagger.

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