With D’Angelo’s surprise Bonnaroo set and talk circulating about time spent in the studio, public hunger for something — anything — new from the man is arguably as high and frothing as it’s ever been. That, of course, means the time is ripe for something old to be dressed up as something new and made available just in time for Christmas.
Voila! The R&B master’s 2000 opus Voodoo is getting a vinyl reissue come December 11. Thankfully, the job has been assigned to those purveyors of classy unearthings at Light in the Attic. A limited edition version promises heavy duty 180-gram wax and a special photo of D, while all customers can look forward to new 8,000-word liner notes written by NYU professor Jason King, featuring fresh interviews with the incredible team that helped D’Angelo do his thing: ?uestlove, Pino Palladino, Charlie Hunter, James Poyser, Alan Leeds, and Russ Elevado.
The reissue is available for preorder via LitA, where you can read more of the colorful history behind “the first great album of the new millennium.” We’ve excerpted part of that below:
“Voodoo hit store shelves on January 25th 2000, just a few weeks after the New Year celebrations to end them all. But the first great album of the new millennium was born in the 1990s, and its muggy grooves capture the sound of premillennial anxiety. The album is the product of perfectionism, obsession and paranoia. 1995’s debut Brown Sugar had already strategically positioned D’Angelo — born Michael Eugene Archer and Virginia-raised to a Pentecostal preacher father — as the next Hendrix-like deity in black music, after Prince and maybe Lenny Kravitz. But since its release, D’Angelo had become distracted by weed and weightlifting, he’d been shaken by the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. and debilitated by sophomore pressure. In the interim he’d fathered two children, switched managers and jumped to a new record label.”
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And here’s an edifying EPK for Voodoo filmed at that same time: