Voodoo Dollies: The Best of Gene Loves Jezebel

Voodoo Dollies: The Best of Gene Loves Jezebel

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by Gene Loves Jezebel
     
 
Looked at in the cold light of day and from some years' distance, Gene Loves Jezebel would seem like the last band whose work would stand the test of time. Weird thing, though -- in all their "everything goes" exuberance, from abstract goth wailing to balls-out Sunset Strip rock, the Aston brothers, much like their labelmates in the

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Looked at in the cold light of day and from some years' distance, Gene Loves Jezebel would seem like the last band whose work would stand the test of time. Weird thing, though -- in all their "everything goes" exuberance, from abstract goth wailing to balls-out Sunset Strip rock, the Aston brothers, much like their labelmates in the Cult, made everything work somehow. Not all the time, certainly, but Voodoo Dollies wisely draws on the best and biggest hits of the group, not to mention a couple of rarer items for the hardcore fanbase, to make an enjoyable career overview (certainly better than Some of the Best of Gene Loves Jezebel). Following a straight chronological order and enjoying the usual high quality of Beggars Banquet remastering, the 18-track collection is a fine treat. Besides the obvious numbers like "Desire (Come and Get It)," "The Motion of Love" (appearing here in a single mix), and "Jealous," the less well-known songs help to really flesh out the band's freaked-out, glammed-up appeal. There's the psychotic drama of "Upstairs" and "Always a Flame," the self-descriptive, perfect FM radio cut "Gorgeous," the attractive psych-shimmer of "Kiss of Life," and the underrated single "Josephina," which would have given the band a hit in earlier days, but didn't connect with the 1993 zeitgeist. The most obscure cut is an interesting one -- an alternate version of Promise's "Influenza," the entrancing and moody instrumental here given striking lyrics sung by Michael Aston and a slightly faster tempo. It would have worked excellently on the original album, and is a definite highlight here. Appreciative liner notes and a slew of photographs from throughout the band's career complete this collection, which will satisfy most casual fans' desires to a T.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
Label:
Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC:
0607618201623
catalogNumber:
82016

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Performance Credits

Gene Loves Jezebel   Primary Artist,Group
Jay Aston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Aston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marcus Gilvear   Drums
Ian C. Hudson   Guitar
Steve Marshall   Bass
Pete Rizzo   Bass
James Stevenson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Robert Curran   Vocals
Matthew Aston   Vocals
Richard Hawkins   Drums
Robert Adam   Drums
John Murphy   Drums
Chris Bell   Drums

Technical Credits

Gene Loves Jezebel   Producer
Betty   Composer
Jay Aston   Composer
Michael Aston   Composer
John Brand   Producer
Paul Fox   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
John Leckie   Producer
Gary Lyons   Producer
Julian Mendelsohn   Remixing
Tim Palmer   Producer
Dave Thompson   Liner Notes
Peter Walsh   Producer

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Voodoo Dollies: The Best of Gene Loves Jezebel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Gene Loves Jezebel started in the eighties with songs such as "Desire" and "Motion of Love" that quickly went up the alternative charts. All the musicians on the C.D. are incredible.