Dr. John, The Night TripperGris-Gris

Label:ATCO Records – SD 33-234
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, CT Labels
Genre:Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues
Style:Soul-Jazz, Louisiana Blues, Fusion, Bayou Funk


A1Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Written-ByDr. John Creaux*
A2Danse Kalinda Ba Doom3:44
A3Mama Roux
Written-ByHill*, Creaux*
A4Danse Fambeaux
Written-ByDr. John Creaux*
B1Croker Courtbullion
Written-ByHarold Battiste
B2Jump Sturdy
Written-ByDr. John Creaux*
B3I Walk On Guilded Splinters
Written-ByDr. John Creaux*

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Stereo pink and mustard Atco label.
Matrix suffix "CT" indicates Columbia pressing plant, Terre Haute, IN.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Pressing Plant ID (Both sides label matrix): CT
  • Pressing Plant ID (Stamped \ etched both sides runout): CT \ T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): ST-C-671157CT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): ST-C-671158CT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): ST C671157-1A o CT \ T A21
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): ST C671158-1A o CT \ O T A1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Gris-Gris (LP, Album, Stereo)Atlantic588 147UK1968
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Gris-Gris (LP, Album, Stereo, Monarch Pressing)ATCO RecordsSD 33-234US1968
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GRIS-gris (LP, Album)ATCO RecordsSD 33-234Canada1968
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Gris-Gris (LP, Album, Mono, Presswell)ATCO Records33-234US1968
Gris-Gris (LP, Album, Monarch Pressing Label Variation)ATCO RecordsSD 33-234US1968



  • spiritual_zone's avatar
    You can find a very good edit of the track "I Walked on Guilded Splinters" on Schvitz Edits 01:
    It is a little faster with a groovy beat and percussion and a homage to the the original version on this album
    • DJjonathanE.'s avatar
      I am very curious as to whether there is a superior CD version of the whole album as far as sound goes. “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” appears on the 2000 Black Roots compilation from BGP and it sounds much improved to my ears than any other CD version I’ve heard, those being the Reperoire Records release of 1991 and the Rhino Mos’ Scocious Anthology box from 1993. Any insight as to why this is and if there’s a whole Gris Gris album release with comparable sound to Black Roots would be most appreciated. Thanks.
      • urgeking's avatar
        Speaking of lyrics: In the foldout of my Euro CD copy there are lyrics "[t]ranscribed by Peter Serafin". But the 'transcription' is utterly clueless-- entire lines and verses left out, many words and phrases obviously misheard. It's as if the transcriber was not familiar with New Orleans terminology, was listening to the album on a cheap little speaker on the other side of the room, and wasn't really paying close attention anyway. (This is also true of the 'lyrics' provided with the Virgin CD of Gong's "Shamal".) If you're going to attempt a lyric sheet, why even bother if you don't care about getting it RIGHT?
        • urgeking's avatar
          I like to imagine some hippie-type individuals in 1968-- young people unfamiliar with New Orleans culture and music (and 'ethnic' music in general)-- picking up this LP in a local record store/head shop and looking at the cover: " 'The Night Tripper'? Hey, cool, man!" They go home that night, and after dropping half a tab of acid and firing up a healthy spliff, they put the album on the stereo. Suddenly... "Man, what kinda trip IS this? I don't understand it, but it's, like, far out!"

          Question: On the two copies I've heard-- an early Atco U.S. LP and a European CD-- there's a third verse to "Mama Roux", but the Doctor's lead vocal is mixed way down and can barely be heard above the female vocalists singing "Chicka-chicka, chicka-chick-ahh." It's as if he were singing something that had to be censored out. Anyone know the words to that third verse?
          • dlgale1974's avatar
            Sounds like Captain Beefheart visiting New Orleans. This is a fusion of many styles, it's psychedelic but not psychedelic rock, more like psychedelic soul-jazz, a fairly laid back trip.
            • Niceroad77's avatar
              This album should definitely have Psychedelic Rock listed under style.



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