The Sun, Moon & Herbs

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The Sun Moon & Herbs
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 1971
RecordedJuly - October, 1970
StudioTrident Studios, London
Criteria Studios, Miami FL
Dimension Recorders
GenreNew Orleans R&B, psychedelic rock
ProducerMac Rebennack, Charles Greene
Dr. John chronology
The Sun Moon & Herbs
Dr. John's Gumbo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]

The Sun Moon & Herbs is a 1971 studio album by New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John, noted for its contributions from Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and other well-known musicians. It was originally intended to be a three-album set but was cut down to a single disc.[4] The album was described by Allmusic as "dark and swampy" and "best listened to on a hot, muggy night with the sound of thunder rumbling off in the distance like jungle drums".[1] The album was his first album to reach the Billboard 200 charts, spending five weeks there and peaking at #184 on November 6, 1971.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mac Rebennack except where noted.

Side one
1."Black John the Conqueror"6:20
2."Where Ya at Mule"4:56
3."Craney Crow"6:40
Side two
1."Familiar Reality (Opening)"Rebennack, Jesse Hill5:25
2."Pots on Fiyo (Filé Gumbo) / Who I Got to Fall On (If the Pot Get Heavy)" 5:48
3."Zu Zu Mamou" 7:57
4."Familiar Reality (Reprise)" 1:53



The Memphis Horns[edit]

(tracks 1-2, 5)

Guest musicians[edit]



  1. ^ a b Chrispell, James. "The Sun Moon & Herbs - Dr. John at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: D". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Crouse, Tim (28 October 1971). "Dr. John: The Sun Moon & Herbs". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  4. ^ Dr John Album History
  5. ^ "Billboard 200 - November 6, 1971". Retrieved July 21, 2017.