Dr. John ‎– Desitively Bonnaroo

ATCO Records ‎– SD 7043
Vinyl, LP, Album, RI / PRC Indiana Pressing

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Quitters Never Win
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
A2 Stealin'
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
A3 What Comes Around (Goes Around)
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
A4 Me - You = Loneliness
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
A5 Mos' Scocious
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
A6 (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
B1 Let's Make A Better World
Written-By – E. King*
B2 R U 4 Real
Written-By – M. Rebenack*
B3 Sing Along Song
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
B4 Cant Git Enuff
Written-By – M. Rebennack*
B5 Go Tell The People
Written-By – A. Toussaint*
B6 Desitively Bonnaroo
Written-By – J. Hill*, M. Rebennack*

Companies, etc.



℗© 1974 Atlantic Recording Corporation (printed on the back of the sleeve)
℗ 1974 Atlantic (printed on labels)

RI suffix on label matrix indicates a PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN pressing.

Sleeve is full-color print on silver card stock.
ATCO shows its "Rockefeller Plaza" address.
Vinyl in ATCO promo "Atlantic/ATCO Rock" bag numbered "Rock 5" bottom right - no punch hole.

Recorded at Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida.
And at Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): ST-C-743051 RI
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): ST-C-743052 RI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): ST-C 743051-AAA-1-11 AT / GP PR D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): ST-C -743052-AAA PR
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 27) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
P-8458A Dr. John Desitively Bonnaroo(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Atlantic P-8458A Japan 1974 Sell This Version
SD 7043 Dr. John Desitively Bonnaroo(LP, Album) Atlantic SD 7043 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
SD 7043 Dr. John Desitively Bonnaroo(LP, Album) ATCO Records SD 7043 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
none Dr. John Desitively Bonnaroo(12xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) Rhino Atlantic none 2014
SD 7043 Dr. John Desitively Bonnaroo(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) ATCO Records SD 7043 US Unknown Sell This Version



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February 19, 2015
A very underrated album from the good Doctor. His career is split between the voodoo psych madness of his first 4 LPs up to the Gumbo album and the laid back New Orleans funk of the rest of his work after his hit Right Place Wrong Time, which became something of an albatross round his neck as he seemed doomed to try and repeat it's success.

This was his follow up to the break through In The Right Place album and it unfortunately sank without trace despite being a superior set of tunes. While most people seem to regard his earlier spacier work as being the definitive Dr John sound there was always an accessible funky sound hidden in his music going all the way back to Mama Roux off his first LP Gris Gris, which Desitively Bonnaroo simply polished and clarified. While he seemed to slip into a bit of a rut with this approach on subsequent releases on this LP he presents a beautifully recorded set of blues, soul and funk expertly played by the Meters, who contribute a great deal to the grit and fire that keeps it from feeling like it is a by rote stab at the mainstream (even though to sum extent it was!).

The album feels like it is a mixture of the raw (but still straight forward) blues of Dr John's Gumbo and the disco elements of In The Right Place. Both are good albums but this LP fuses the best elements. Like Randy Newman, Dr John is simply too individual to sustain the affections of mainstream rock fans for long and his grainy voice, jive talking lyrics and quirky sense of rhythm make this ultimately too odd to hit the top ten again.

Funk fans will find plenty of great grooves with particularly George Porter, Jr's bubbling bass lines. Very slept on and definitely worth the bucks much like Tim Buckley's forays into soul music which were mocked at the time but now sound both visionary and FUNKY!

Maningrey @ london school of sound