1969 Dr John – Babylon

Babylon is the second album by New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John. In his autobiography, Under A Hoodoo Moon, Dr. John describes the origins of the album in detail:

“Our second album was cut in late 1968—the year of the Tet offensive, and of the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a heavy time for me: Not only was the Vietnam War raging in all its insanity, but, as a semioutlaw, I was being pursued by various kinds of heat across L.A. In its lyrics and music, this album reflects these chaotic days. At times hard-driving, at other times following a deliberately spacy, disorienting groove, Babylon was the band’s attempt to say something about the times—and to do it with a few unusual musical time signatures. The lead song, “Babylon”, sets the tone. To a 3/4 and 10/4 groove, it lays out my own sick-ass view of the world then—namely, that I felt our number was up. We were trying to get into something…with visions of the end of the world—as if Hieronymus Bosch had cut an album.”


1  Babylon (Dr John) 05:23
2  Glowin’ (Dr John) 05:36
3  Black Widow Spider (Dr John) 04:58
4  Barefoot Lady (Dr John; Harold Battiste) 03:07
5  Twilight Zone (Dr John) 08:12
6  The Patriotic Flag-waver (Dr John) 04:49
7  The Lonesome Guitar Strangler (Dr John) 05:34



BassAl Frazier
DrumsJohn Boudreaux
GuitarAlvin Robinson
GuitarSteve Mann
GuitarMac Rebennack
GuitarRichard Washington
CelesteJohn McAlister
KeyboardsMac Rebennack
OrganRonnie Barron
PianoJohn McAlister
SaxPlas Johnson
SaxMorris Bachamin
PercussionMac Rebennack
PercussionRichard Washington
PercussionJessie Hill
Background VocalsJessie Hill
Background VocalsShirley Goodman
Background VocalsTami Lynn
VocalsMac Rebennack

Liner Notes

Producer – Harold Battiste
Arranged By – Harold Battiste
Engineer – Soulful Pete

Design – Stanislaw Zagorski
Photography By – Norton

Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Manufactured By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Recorded At – Gold Star Studios
Mastered At – Customatrix
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute