Friday, April 13, 2012

D'Angelo Voodoo



Voodoo

#488 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 best albums of all time:
Voodoo is the second studio album by American recording artist D'Angelo, released January 25, 2000, on Virgin Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1998 to 1999 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, featuring an extensive line-up of musicians associated with the Soulquarians musical collective. Produced primarily by D'Angelo, Voodoo contains an experimental, groove-based funk sound and serves as a departure from the more conventional structure of his debut album, Brown Sugar (1995). The album features lyrical themes regarding spirituality, love, sexuality, growth, and fatherhood.

Amid heavy promotion and an anticipated release, the album was met with a considerable amount of commercial and critical success. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 320,000 copies in its first week, with help from its hit single "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" and its controversial music video. Upon its release, Voodoo received general acclaim from music critics and earned D'Angelo several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. It has sold over 1.7 million copies in the US and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album is D'Angelo's last studio album prior to a sabbatical period of legal controversies and absence from the music scene, following the end of the album's international supporting tour in late 2000. While successful early on, the tour eventually became marked by concert cancellations and D'Angelo's personal frustrations. Despite not duplicating his debut album's commercial success, Voodoo has been regarded by music writers as D'Angelo's masterpiece and a creative milestone of the neo soul genre. In 2003, the album was ranked number 488 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Playa Playa" D'Angelo, Angie Stone, Ahmir Khalib Thompson D'Angelo 7:07
2. "Devil's Pie" D'Angelo, Christopher Edward Martin D'Angelo, DJ Premier 5:21
3. "Left & Right" (feat. Method Man & Redman) D'Angelo, Kamaal Fareed, Reggie Noble, Clifford Smith D'Angelo 4:46
4. "The Line" D'Angelo D'Angelo 5:15
5. "Send It On" D'Angelo, Luther Archer, Stone D'Angelo 5:57
6. "Chicken Grease" D'Angelo, James Poyser, Thompson D'Angelo 4:36
7. "One Mo'Gin" D'Angelo D'Angelo 6:15
8. "The Root" D'Angelo, Archer, Charlie Hunter D'Angelo 6:33
9. "Spanish Joint" D'Angelo, Roy Hargrove D'Angelo 5:44
10. "Feel Like Makin' Love" Eugene McDaniels D'Angelo 6:22
11. "Greatdayindamornin' / Booty" D'Angelo, Hunter, Stone, Thompson D'Angelo 7:35
12. "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq 7:10
13. "Africa" D'Angelo, Archer, Stone, Thompson D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq 6:13

Voodoo

Executive producers: D'Angelo and Dominique Trenier for Cheeba Sound Recordings
Recorded by Russell "The Dragon" Elevado
Mixed by D'Angelo and Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, except "Devil's Pie" (Elevado)
Assistant engineer: Steve Mandel
All songs recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York
Mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound, New York
Management: Dominique Trenier and Stan Poses for Cheeba Management

1 "Playa Playa"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Guitar: Mike Campbell
Bass: Pino Palladino
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
Horns: Roy Hargrove
All other instruments: D'Angelo
Contains a sample from "Players Balling" performed by the Ohio Players

2 "Devil's Pie"
Produced by D'Angelo and DJ Premier
Programming by DJ Premier
All other instruments: D'Angelo
Contains a sample from "Success" performed by Fat Joe
Contains a sample from "Interlude" performed by Raekwon
Contains a sample from "Jericho Jerk" performed by Pierre Henry
Contains a sample from "And If I Had" performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Contains an excerpt from "Fakin' Jax" performed by INI
Contains an excerpt from "Big Daddy Anthem" performed by Natruel

3 "Left & Right"
Produced by D'Angelo
Rap performed by Method Man and Redman
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Vocal percussion: Q-Tip
All instruments: D'Angelo

4 "The Line"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Guitar: Raphael Saadiq
All other instruments: D'Angelo

5 "Send It On"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Guitar: C. Edward Alford
Bass: Pino Palladino
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
Flugel horn and Trumpet: Roy Hargrove
All other instruments: D'Angelo
Contains an interpolation of "Sea of Tranquility" written by Kool & the Gang

6 "Chicken Grease"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Bass: Pino Palladino
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
Keyboards: James Poyser
All other instruments: D'Angelo

7 "One Mo'Gin"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Bass: Pino Palladino
All other instruments: D'Angelo

8 "The Root"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Bass and Guitar: Charlie Hunter
All other instruments: D'Angelo

9 "Spanish Joint"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Bass and guitar: Charlie Hunter
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
Horns: Roy Hargrove
Congas: Giovanni Midalgo
All other instruments: D'Angelo

10 "Feel Like Makin' Love"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Bass: Pino Palladino
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
All other instruments: D'Angelo

11 "Greatdayindamornin' / Booty"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal arrangement by D'Angelo
Musical arrangement: D'Angelo and Charlie Hunter
Bass and guitar: Charlie Hunter
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
All other instruments: D'Angelo

12 "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
Produced by D'Angelo and Raphael Saadiq
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal arrangement by D'Angelo
Musical arrangement: D'Angelo and Raphael Saadiq
Guitar: C. Edward Alford
Bass and Guitar: Raphael Saadiq
All other instruments: D'Angelo

13 "Africa"
Produced by D'Angelo
All vocals performed by D'Angelo
Vocal and musical arrangements by D'Angelo
Guitar: C. Edward Alford
Drums: Ahmir Thompson
All other instruments: D'Angelo
Contains a drums sample from "I Wonder U" performed by Prince

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