A Guy Called Gerald ‎– Voodoo Ray

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Voodoo Ray
Escape
Rhapsody In Acid
Blow Your House Down

Versions (21)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS8804 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") Rham! RS8804 UK 1988 Sell This Version
RS 8804 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray E.P.(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl) Rham! RS 8804 UK 1988 Sell This Version
RCD8804 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray EP(CD, EP, Ltd, Single) Rham! RCD8804 UK 1988 Sell This Version
WAR-038 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") Warlock Records WAR-038 US 1988 Sell This Version
WAR-038 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") Warlock Records WAR-038 US 1988 Sell This Version
WAR-038-DJ A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12", Promo) Warlock Records WAR-038-DJ US 1988 Sell This Version
RS804 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(7", Single) Rham! RS804 UK 1988 Sell This Version
RX8804 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray (Remix)(12") Rham! RX8804 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RX8804 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray (Remix)(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Rham! RX8804 UK 1989 Sell This Version
FFR 1217 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") Flim Flam Records FFR 1217 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
POST 563 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") Possum POST 563 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
FFR 1210 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") Flim Flam Records FFR 1210 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
LD 8925 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12") LD Records LD 8925 Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
FFR 0510 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(CD, Maxi) Flim Flam Records FFR 0510 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
CS007 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(2x12", Ltd, Unofficial, Yel) Club Standards CS007 UK 2005 Sell This Version
CS007 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(2x12", Unofficial, Ltd, Ora) Club Standards CS007 UK 2005 Sell This Version
none A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray EP(4xFile, FLAC, EP, RE) A Guy Called Gerald Records none UK 2012
none A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray EP(4xFile, AAC, EP, 256) A Guy Called Gerald Records none Unknown
WAR-038 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12", RE) Warlock Records WAR-038 US Unknown Sell This Version
WAR-038 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12", RP) Warlock Records WAR-038 US Unknown Sell This Version
WAR-038 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray(12", RP, Bei) Warlock Records WAR-038 US Unknown Sell This Version

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meltdog

meltdog

May 14, 2014
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", RS8804
LOve Rhapsody in Acid...unfortunately only on the first pressings and not included on the remix 12".
h4ndcrafted

h4ndcrafted

August 31, 2013
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", WAR-038

Don't know whether Dj defcon is trolling but...
There is no hook ? wth it has an awesome hook, try listen to the perc noises, they are the freaking hook.
geminigee

geminigee

August 5, 2012
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", RS8804
Lucky enough to have an original press of this and in answer to Dj Defcon I would simply have to say....you had to be there to understand! It's not about the technology used its about the vibe around that time. This track was the soundtrack to many a teenager's passage into the ritual of acid house raves; be it up north in the Hacienda or like myself driving around the M25 meeting up at service stations, the convoys and just the unity of a generation the like of which we have not seen since......
chesyar76

chesyar76

October 11, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Voodoo Ray, 2x12", Unofficial, Ltd, Ora, CS007

Famous acid house track with a few remixes, that sounds very differently. More minimalistic, more soft, more hard. Interesting release.
nostalgia_freak

nostalgia_freak

November 11, 2010
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", RS8804
A spine-tingling tune to hear for anyone who was around to in 1988.
The CD 'Lisa May - The Curse Of Voodoo Ray' contains some interesting mixes. The mix entitled "Man'Chiavellian's Full 8 Mins Edit" is a great mix, mixing acidic and modern trance elements.
IanGmanGillies

IanGmanGillies

November 4, 2010
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", WAR-038

Personally i feel Voodoo Ray is THEE original Dance music anthem, we all love it because it marks the start of the Chemical Generation/Raves and all that we believed in, the start of British House/Acid House.It was a floor filler when clubs had ravers on one side and everyone else on the other, its a bit aged now but that's what makes it so special. Not the best track ever, but surely one of the biggest. RESPECT.
maroko

maroko

September 12, 2010
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", RS8804
After a quarrel about money and royalties with the other members from 808 State, Gerald Simpson decided to go his own way after lending a hand recording in what was arguably the band's finest moment, Pacific State. Reappearing as A Guy Called Gerald, in 1988 he released Voodoo Ray, which is according to many the first 100% proof authentic british rave anthem along with Stakker Humanoid, and a definite Manchester classic.
Allegedly, the forceful groove, dense percussion and the xylophone-like effects were his attempt at creating a samba vibe of some sort, since he listened to a lot of latino music at the time. The blistering, shuffled bass line, the mesmerizing chants and cacchination of a divine female vocal, and the overall tropical feel only hinted at the polyrhythmic aesthetic Gerald would pursue during the nineties, while working more with jungle music.
There is a crooked male vocal as well, going and accentuating the words "voodoo ray", the mysterious track title which alludes to something like a shamanic character, an occult religious persona, or maybe a mind controlling ray, a spell cast by a voodoo priest. However, the track tittle was a mere coincidence, as originally it should have been called Voodoo Rage, but Gerald said how he didn't have sufficient memory on his sampler, so he had to drop the 'g'. About the track, he once said that he had this idea, or a vision about people being locked inside a rhythm, an image of a voodoo ceremony. But instead of portraying this image into something more aggressive, the final result was very enigmatical, a track which was sucking you all in, with no explanation. A one of a kind gem, with a very true to form form and structure yet instant likeability and cross over potential, due to its feel good sound. A classic for sure!
DJ_Defcon

DJ_Defcon

November 5, 2007
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", WAR-038
I don't see how anyone could enjoy this. I like acid house, and I can understand that this was made when technology was outdated, but come on! This tune sucks! There is nothing interesting about it. The acid lines are boring and monotonous, and the sound effects are too loud and give me a headache. It sounds too unoriginal, there is no hook and there is nothing that separates this from other tunes of the time.
dickiew

dickiew

September 20, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", RS8804
I was in the Hacienda the first time this was ever played and the crowd response was amazing. I think it got played three times that night, a rare accolade as I don't recall any song ever being played more than once in a night.
manchester

manchester

September 5, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Voodoo Ray, 12", WAR-038

This is probably the greatest British house record ever made and certainly one of the most startling original pieces of house music ever created. The paradise ballroom mix is infact one of Frankie Knuckle's remixes which does not get the status or playtime it deserves. Of course the original is superb and just sounds like it was made from another planet but I do like the frankie knuckles remix which I seem to play more often and which is delightful for mixing due to it's teasing & haunting intro.