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Brightest Smile
Dr John
Brightest Smile
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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The second of back-to-back solo albums cut in the early '80s, The Brightest Smile in Town presents a more balanced mix of vocal and instrumental tracks than its predecessor, Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack. While it's fun to ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Dr John
Title: Brightest Smile
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Clean Cuts
Release Date: 10/2/1989
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Piano Blues, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011671770727

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The second of back-to-back solo albums cut in the early '80s, The Brightest Smile in Town presents a more balanced mix of vocal and instrumental tracks than its predecessor, Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack. While it's fun to hear the great New Orleans pianist romp through "Box Car Boogie" and patiently work his way through the twilight blues of "Pretty Libby," the unexpected treats are the best: a heartsick version of Jimmy Rodgers's "Waiting for a Train;" a Doc Pomus cover, "Average Kind of Guy," that sounds like Randy Newman on a particularly good day; and "Marie La Veau," a highly syncopated bow to one of the Crescent City's many voodoo queens. By the time Rebennack ends Brightest Smile with two gorgeous instrumentals--a lovely take on Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Suite Home New Orleans"--you're reminded just how encyclopedic his knowledge of American music is. --Keith Moerer

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A Classic From The Good Doctor!!
amaroney@vci.net | Murray, Kentucky | 01/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dr. John's "The Brightest Smile In Town," is one of the finest works he has ever produced! The good doctor never sounded any better with his classy piano playing and his unmistakable voice! My favorite tracks are "Pretty Libby" and "Average Kind of Guy," a song that alot of us can relate to! The best thing about this CD is that it flows naturally and easily, and it has a feel good quality underlying it all the way. The Night Tripper shows his extensive talents with this work, I recommend this to all fans of the Good Doctor and to music lovers everywhere!"
Excellent Boogie
Mad Dog | TimbuckThree, Tennessee | 01/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Overall, I prefer "Dr John Plays Mac Rebennack" slightly to this set, but both are winners. On "Average Kind of Guy", Dr. John sings:"Overworked and underpaid
Underloved and overlaid
I'm just an average kind of guy"Killer stuff. Average, he is not. He's one of those musicians that really must be seen to be fully appreciated and for that, I recommend the New Orleans Jazz Festival. But to get back to this record, if you love piano blues and jazz, you'll love this album and be sure to check out "Plays Mac Rebennack" too."