Personnel: Dr. John (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Arthur "Red" Neville (organ); George Porter (bass instrument); Mac Rebennack (vocals, piano, organ, percussion); David Spinozza, Leo Nocentelli (guitar); Allen Toussaint (acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, keyboards, congas, tambourine, background vocals); Gary Brown (saxophone, alto saxophone, electric saxophone, horns); Art Neville (organ, keyboards); Ziggy Modeliste (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Allen Toussaint; Jimmy Douglass; Arif Mardin.
Recording information: Criteria Sound, Miami, FL.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Bonaroo Horns; Jimmy Douglass; Arif Mardin.
Arranger: Allen Toussaint.
After GUMBO, his album of classic New Orleans covers, Dr. John released IN THE RIGHT PLACE, his finest set of original funk to date. Perhaps inspired by his exploration of some of New Orleans' finest writers and musicians on the prior release, these tunes bristle with sassy confidence and mysteriously hypnotic grooves. The good Doctor is backed throughout by the Crescent City's own preeminent funk quartet, The Meters.
Setting aside the more obscure exotica of his previous outings, these numbers are supple, subtle, and sturdy. They're also soulful (check out "Just The Same") and eminently rhythmic. The song by which many people know him best, the opening track "Right Place Wrong Time," yielded his biggest hit (#9 on the charts), followed by the much loved "Such A Night." IN THE RIGHT PLACE was produced by Allen Toussaint, whose own tune, "Life," is just one of the continuous string of highlights that comprise this timeless and essential album.