The Night Rider is yet another compilation of the often bootlegged material from Dr. John's early New Orleans years and his mid-'60s Los Angeles period that he disparagingly refers to in his autobiography. This material has appeared so many times on so many labels with so many titles, it's impossible to tell them apart, and there's no reason to, since it's all the same stuff. It's not that these recordings are necessarily bad; they're just nowhere near up to snuff with his best work, nor does he see a dime from these releases. Some of these tracks actually sound like they post-date the mid-'60s, with a feeling not unlike his early-'70s work, but they're still not up to that quality either.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek