Voodoo Lounge (1994)
||11 July 1994
||September, 3 November - 11 December 1993 and 15 January - 23 April 1994
||Don Was, The Glimmer Twins
""Sparks Will Fly" is reminiscent of Some Girls and "Brand New Car" of even earlier albums - Voodoo Lounge has everything, washed with that modern, heavy Stones feel. Also watch out for tracks unique to the album, like "Thru and Thru" and "Blinded By Rainbows"."
History and recording
Rehearsing/recording began in September 1993 at Ronnie Wood's house in Ireland, but then was moved to Windmilll Lane Studios in Dublin. There was also a period of recording which took place in Los Angeles. This is the first album on which Don Was was brought in as a co-producer, and he stopped the Stones from venturing into new grooves and African influences, directing them back to their anti-establishment roots.
Release and aftermath
The album was critically well received and seen as relatively 'vintage-Stones', especially when compared with 1989's Steel Wheels
. The album itself performed well in UK and US charts, however its singles generally did not, thus making Voodoo Lounge
the first Stones album not to produce significant hits in America, although "Love is Strong" did reach #14 in the UK charts.
After the album's release, The Stones went on their worldwide Voodoo Lounge Tour, beginning in August 1994.
Chart PerformanceVoodoo Lounge
reached #1 in the UK album charts and #2 in The Billboard 200 chart in the US.
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, maracas, castanets
Keith Richards - electric and acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals, piano, bass guitar, tambourine
Charlie Watts - drums, tambourine
Ronnie Wood - electric, pedal steel, acoustic, slide, and lap steel guitar
Max Baca - bajo sexto
David Campbell - string arrangement
Lenny Castro - percussion
Pierre de Beauport - acoustic guitar
Bernard Fowler - backing vocals
Frankie Gavin - fiddle, pennywhistle
Mark Isham - trumpet
Luis Jardim - percussion, shaker
Flaco Jimenez - accordion
Darryl Jones - bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Jones - percussion
Chuck Leavell - piano, organ, harmonium, harpsichord
David McMurray - saxophone
Ivan Neville - backing vocals, organ
Benmont Tench - organ, piano, accordion
Bobby Womack - backing vocals