Voodoo and Magic
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“The Witch Doctor” Broadway FunTime Records Here’s David Seville’s original (with the original “chipmunks”)
Richard Hayman and His Orchestra “Voodoo!” Mercury Records UK (1959) From the liner notes “This record, with its pulsating drum beats, summons you to the dark of the jungle, to the deepest interior of the worlds of fearsome fire and the brewing pot , surrounded by the weird frightening shadows of masks and men. (Here) are the weird rhythms and sound of a music that is more than just music for it is a brimful of a secret life, distilled in ritual, reflecting its powers of magic that takes hold on its native hearers”
Here’s the American LP cover:
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hayman when he sold me his personal record collection. His apartment was beautiful – on Park Avenue – and was filled with photos, memorabilia, awards and art from a long career in music. Known for his prolific output of classical pops, harmonica, lounge, exotica and bachelor pad records, the most valuable LPs in his collection were the ones he never played on or played – a stash of sealed Mainstream psych titles that he had because of his position as Music Director at the label throughout the sixties.