by Dr. John

Original Release Date: 1968-01-22


Gris-Gris (stylized as GRIS-gris, , named for a kind of talisman) is the debut album by American musician Dr. John (a.k.a. Mac Rebennack). Produced by Harold Battiste, it was released on Atco Records in 1968. The album introduced Rebennack’s Dr. John character, inspired by a reputed 19th century voodoo doctor. The style of Gris-Gris is a hybrid of New Orleans R&B and psychedelia. It was recorded in California, albeit with several native New Orleans musicians. Gris-Gris failed to chart in the United Kingdom and the United States. It was re-issued on compact disc decades later and received much greater praise from modern critics, including being listed at number 143 on the 2003 and 2012 editions and at number 356 on the 2020 edition of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


  1. Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya (5:34)
  2. Danse Kalinda Ba Doom (3:44)
  3. Mama Roux (2:55)
  4. Danse Fambeaux (4:53)
  5. Croker Courtbullion (5:57)
  6. Jump Sturdy (2:19)
  7. I Walk On Guilded Splinters (7:57)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue Stereo
Label ATCO Records
Catalog Number SD 33-234
Notes Rhino 180gm re-issue with green custom sticker on front featuring “The debut album from Dr. John, The Night Tripper …”. On back cover and labels: ℗© 1968 Atlantic Recording Corporation. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured In EU. LC02982 Liner notes uncredited. On runouts: All is etched Last code (after MK) is mirrored
Discogs URL Dr. John - Gris-Gris