on 10 August 2011
This CD is great value for money. I say this because of the sheer diversity of the artists on the CD (some I had not heard of, some I was already familiar with such as John Lee Hooker and Screamin' Jay Hawkins) All killer no filler as well as track after track delivered with no duds.
The cover art is striking and the sound quality good. This sits happily in my collection. 5 stars.
on 2 July 2010
Just bought this having heard it in a local record store, it immediately took me back to a holiday we spent in New Orleans a few years ago. If you've ever been to New Orleans and walked down Bourbon Steet, you'll recognise these sounds as those that come from the seemingly endless string of pubs and clubs.
The whole compilation is related to Voodoo as you may have guessed and there is a selection of different styles from the obvious Robert Johnson who was possessed by the devil (allegedly)to Big Band type sounds from Louis Jordan. My personal favourites are the three contributions from Champion Jack Dupree who I wasn't familiar with prior to this as well as the two tracks from Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf.
For a flavour of the Deep South and at this price you can't go wrong with this, buy it.
on 31 July 2016
CD 1, which has a running time of 58 mins 25 secs, gets off to a great start with the iconically over-the-top Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You." Blues legends such as Howlin' Wolf with "Evil (Is Going On)", Sonny Boy Williams with "I Been Dealing With The Devil", John Lee Hooker with "Burnin' Hell", and my favourite female blues singer, Bessie Smith, with "Sinful Blues" are the highlights on this opening collection, though every track is a quality listen.
CD 2, with a playing time of 59 mins and 54 secs, has more of the same with quality tunes by the likes of Robert Johnson with "Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)", Champion Jack Dupree with "Nasty Boogie", Curly Weaver with "Two Faced Woman", Ma Rainey with "Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues", T-Bone Walker with "Street Walkin' Woman" and I'd like to give another mention to Bessie Smith with "Blue Spirit Blues." In fact, I am surprised that this 40 track collection doesn't feature Bessie's "The Devil Is Gonna Get You", a superb haunting track that I have on "Sweet Mistreater", a 2 cd collection from the Blue Orchid label that features many of 'The Empress of the Blues' best recordings.
"Voodoo Blues" therefore is yet another excellent package from the good people of Not Now Music, and as with all of their previous releases that I have in my collection the sound quality is exceptional. An informative 2 page liner note from Michael Heatley, and a list of songwriters and recording dates are included.
A strange simmering broth composed of moonbeams, live frogs, jitterbugging entrails, the silken threads of starry eyed spiders and the brittle bark of rubbed up trees, all caked in Mississippi mud, dried and thoroughly baked. This album captures the eerie essence of the early 20th Century, when music allowed people to stand stiff and tall, then move those rubber limbs like cats in a fire. These are the tunes that liberated the masses from Wesleyan hymns and an eternal salvation in the world to come. Gaze into this stew and out will jump Elvis, New York Dolls, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Nick Cave, croaking, shrieking and cavorting. These are just some marking points, to create those places of safety for those who cannot immerse themselves fully back in this era. These, ladies and gentlemen are the real deal, the Karma Sutra players of the night time dream worlds.
All various paens to the beaten hooved, horned, shaggy deville highlighting the various forms of salvation being offered in this real world. These can be obtained through swopping body fluid inter connection. Laid back body strollers, jittering bed warmers and after the bacchanal cigarette lighters, these burnt ju ju offerings profer the real dark husks to the carnal tail swisher.
Blues was the medium of connection, before it was colonised by white beardies in their earnest desire to trample upon the sacred, and offer only their eternal pastiche. These are the high notes culled from Screaming Jay, Johnny Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Skip James, Robet Johnson, Bessie Smith, Arhtur Crudup, Lighting Hopkins, Howlin Wolf, T Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Champion Jack Dupree, Bessie Smith and a host of luminaries. All singing their spiritual odes to the horned head of the wide eyed goat, the pied piper of lust. These are his tunes composed in a time when the world was locked into marching across plains, hills and seas to bring about various forms of tedium. Meanwhile in tin shacks and wooded lean to's this primal soup was being gently warmed and broiled.
So if you want to wile away a few hours in some languid other world, this broth, served piping hot will oil your groin and deliver you there.
For the rest there is always the feeling of getting down on your well worn knees to be once again, preyed upon.
on 7 May 2014
this double cd was compiled from blues, r&b, r'n'r and garage songs - only criteria was that it should mention dark side (voodoo, devil etc...); musically it is inconsistent, same songs/authors exist in much 'cleaner' versions of production. avoid.