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D'AngeloVoodoo

Label:Virgin – 7243 8 48499 1 7, Cheeba Sound – 7243 8 48499 1 7
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk, Neo Soul

Tracklist

A1Playa Playa
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
HornsRoy Hargrove
Written-ByA. Thompson*, A. Stone*
A2Devil's Pie
Co-producer, Programmed ByDJ Premier
Written-ByC. Martin*
A3Left & Right
Featuring [Rap]Method Man And Redman*
Human Beatbox [Vocal Percussion]Q-Tip
Written-ByC. Smith*, K. Fareed*, R. Noble*
B1The Line
GuitarRaphael Saadiq
B2Send It On
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
Flugelhorn, TrumpetRoy Hargrove
GuitarC. Edward Alford*
B3Chicken Grease
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
TrumpetJames Poyser
Written-ByA. Thompson*, J. Poyser*
B4One Mo' Gin
C1The Root
Bass, GuitarCharlie Hunter
Written-ByC. Hunter*
C2Spanish Joint
Bass, GuitarCharlie Hunter
CongasGiovanni Midalgo
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
HornsRoy Hargrove
Written-ByR. Hargrove*
C3Feel Like Makin' Love
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
Written-ByE. McDaniels*
D1Greatdayndamornin' / Booty
Arranged By [Music], Bass, GuitarCharlie Hunter
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
Written-ByA. Thompson*, A. Stone*, C. Hunter*
D2Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Arranged By [Music], Bass, Co-producer, GuitarRaphael Saadiq
Written-ByR. Saadiq*
D3Africa
DrumsAhmir Thompson*
GuitarC. Edward Alford*
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℗ & © 1998, 1999, 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc.
Recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York.

A2 contains samples from "Success" by Fat Joe and from "Interlude" by Raekwon; excerpts from "Fakin' Jacks" by InI and from "Big Daddy Anthem".
B2 contains an interpolation of "Sea Of Tranquility" by Kool & The Gang.

Includes inlay with credits, lyrics and extensive liner notes.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Disc One Matrix Number): 7243 8 48845 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc Two Matrix Number): 7243 8 48846 1 1
  • Barcode: 724384849917

Other Versions (5 of 40)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Voodoo (CD, Album)EMI, EMI, Cheeba Sound7243 5 23373 2 3, 5233732UK2000
Voodoo (2×LP, Album)EMI, Cheeba Sound7243 5 23373 1 6UK & Europe2000
Voodoo (CD, Album)Virgin, Cheeba Sound7243 8 48499 2 4US2000
Voodoo (CD, Album)Virgin Records America, Inc.7243 8 48499 2 4Canada2000
Voodoo (CD, Album)EMI, Cheeba Sound7243 8 48499 2 4, TOCP-65218Japan2000

Reviews

brandosoul's profile picture
brandosoul
Edited 9 months ago
Though it was a tough cookie to crack at the time, it took five more years for Voodoo to finally resonate on my maturing ears. The musical ingenuity, sparse jazzed-out funk edge, and mythical esotericism that D'Angelo and his Soulquarian comrades aimed for was no fluke. The atmosphere is brooding, sleazy, and impenetrably dense, but Voodoo's greatest charm is in the emotion that lies within it. It distills the purest expression of D'Angelo's personalities, anxieties, and idiosyncrasies—at their most fragile ("The Root" and "One Mo'Gin"), socially conscious ("Devil's Pie" and "Chicken Grease"), transcendental ("Africa") and righteous ("The Line"). The joys and fate of intimacy and sex always weighed heavily on D'Angelo's mind, but he never revealed it so organically and nakedly as he did here. Voodoo flashes a generous nod to Black music's illustrious past, while keeping a finger on the trigger for its murky present. 20 years later, its seductive allure, hypnotic vibes, and thick grooves are still too rich and endearing to ignore.

One of the users' earlier reviews of this particular 2000 original US Virgin Records pressing nailed it—it's very much faithful to the overall sonic beauty of this masterpiece. The low-end on the original has a mighty punch that's killer, but it doesn't obliterate the clarity and natural highs in the mix. Everything sounds so upfront and lively. The later Light in the Attic reissue is excellent in its own right, with vocals and other instruments finely balanced and the bass extending really deep. But the 2000 original just may take the edge over the LITA for me, in terms of overall definition and that powerful low-end, which suits this album well. The CD pressing is excellent as well. God bless Russell Elevado for his peerless engineering work on this masterpiece.
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terminalbungus
Be aware of the white vinyl reissue... it's incredibly noisy! Ouch!
Even with the record being ridiculously noisy, it's still an amazing piece of recorded history.
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evertonis111
Edited 2 years ago
I noticed nobody’s talked about how this original pressing sounds so I’ll say what I think! To me, the original cut seems more intentionally cut like a hip hop LP. The mastering is very bass focused, but the cut is still clear and there’s good natural details in the highs.
The light in the attic remaster is much more natural sounding, but this original cut feels more like the original intention of the record. It’s not perfectly balanced and hifi, but thats not necessarily what a record like this should sound like! It’s entirely up to personal taste and how you want the album to sound.
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jforrest1980
This is a Front to Back album. There is no skipping songs. You just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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thomaskick
One of the best album ever made for sure, love it a truly masterpiece.
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alanjameshobson
Intelligent. Effortlessly cool. Production is sublime. This album totally took me by surprise, i wasn't expecting to be as smitten by this or as blown away by it. Voodoo gets better everytime you play it. Good Vinyl copies aren't cheap unless you go for the the recent RP but it's one of the best sounding records i own.
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durdatl
yes. yes indeed. i cant recommend this album highly enough. for those who enjoy this lp, please check out the d'angelo red bull music academy interview (with surprise guest questlove!) for a little more face time with a guy who rarely does interviews. and buy #blackmessiah too. that is, if you havent already. 5/5 stars.
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tantrum16
Edited 14 years ago
Dark, Funky and spiritual. Voodoo is one of those albums that stands up to repeated listening and still reveals hidden secrets. Less commercial than his debut, Voodoo walks the line between muso intellect and street swagger perfectly.
As the title suggests there is a dark venom that flows through this albums grooves, yet the joy and humanity keep it balanced. Some of the tracks in particular like 'Chicken Grease' are little more than funk workouts but the singing and playing is flawless throughout the whole album. Worth checking.