Uncut, June 08
Mac Rebennack never got much better than on his magnificent Gris-Gris – all rettled bones and hep juju, y’dig – and that’s something the compilers here haven’t been afraid to face down. That LP’s snugly on here, while an authoritative selection honours the Doc’s next 30 years of increasingly polished jive.
Record Collector, June 08
Dr John is anthologised on the superb Marco Nelson-compiled The Best Of The Night Tripper, a two-disc collection that includes the superlative I Walk On Gilded Splinters, Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, Right Place Wrong Time, Mama Roux and Barefoot Lady.
Q, June 08
A heady gumbo of voodoo, psychedelia, Creole chants and New Orleans’ musical past means only one thing: Dr John in all his robed glory. Drawing mainly on 1968’s Gris-Gris debut, The Best Of The Night Tripper exists in its own unique world, summoning all sorts of spookiness on I Walk On Gilded Splinters.