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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl) - Dr. John - In The Right Place

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Dr. John
In The Right Place

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Vinyl Grade

Side One: Mint Minus Minus

Side Two: Mint Minus Minus

  • An outstanding pressing of Dr. John's 1973 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Surprisingly good sound - who knew how well recorded this album was? (Certainly not the audiophile press.)
  • We don't know of any other Dr. John album with sound remotely as good, and the modern albums of his we've played were just awful
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Dr. John finally struck paydirt here and was certainly In the Right Place. With the hit single 'Right Place Wrong Time' bounding up the charts, this fine collection saw many unaware listeners being initiated into New Orleans-style rock."

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Punchy drums, solid bass, smooth vocals, extended highs -- this album was produced, recorded and mastered by superbly talented individuals who deserve a lot of credit for the work they have done here.

If you like Little Feat this album should be right up your alley. And if you like this album and don't know Little Feat, the link on the left will take you to their music. They're one of the all time great bands of the '70s (and still going as far as I know).

Stick with the Originals

This Yellow Label Atco pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It's what vintage all analog recordings are known for -- this sound.

If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it -- not often, and certainly not always -- but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.

The sound is BIG and BOLD with a punchy bottom end, but like almost every copy out there it has a bit of grit and grain at times -- Same Old Same Old on side one is never going to be smooth and sweet, for example.

What the Best Sides of In The Right Place Have to Offer Is Not Hard to Hear

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1973
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

What We're Listening For on In The Right Place

  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • The Big Sound comes next -- wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information -- fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
  • Tight punchy bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.

The Players (and their nicknames)

  • Backing Band – The Meters
  • Bass – George "Freak Man" Porter
  • Design, Painting – James Flournoy Holmes
  • Drums – Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste
  • Graphics [Graphic Coordinator] – David "WORM" Holmes
  • Lead Guitar – Leo "Breeze" Nocentelli
  • Organ – Arthur "Red" Neville
  • Saxophone – Gary Brown
  • Vocals, Backing Vocals – Mac Rebennack
  • Producer, Arranger, Piano, Electric Piano, Conductor – Allen Toussaint

Vinyl Condition

Mint Minus Minus and maybe a bit better is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)

Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of other pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don't have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful recordings.

If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that's certainly your prerogative, but we can't imagine losing what's good about this music -- the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight -- just to hear it with less background noise.

A Must Own Record

We consider this Dr. John classic his Masterpiece.

It's a recording that should be part of any serious Popular Music Collection.

Others that belong in that category can be found here.

Side One

  • Right Place Wrong Time
  • Same Old Same Old
  • Just The Same
  • Qualified
  • Traveling Mood
  • Peace Brother Peace
  • Life
  • Such A Night
  • Shoo Fly Marches On
  • I Been Hoodood
  • Cold Cold Cold

AMG 4 1/2 Star Review

Dr. John finally struck paydirt here and was certainly In the Right Place. With the hit single "Right Place Wrong Time" bounding up the charts, this fine collection saw many unaware listeners being initiated into New Orleans-style rock. Also including Allen Toussaint's "Life," and a funky little number entitled "Traveling Mood," which shows off the good doctor's fine piano styling, and with able help from the Meters as backup group, In the Right Place is still a fine collection to own.