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Voodoo Lounge

Voodoo Lounge is the 20th British and 22nd American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in July 1994. As their first new release under their new alliance with Virgin Records, it ended a five-year gap since their last studio album, Steel Wheels in 1989. Voodoo Lounge is also the band's first album without long-time bassist Bill Wyman. He left the band in early 1991, though the Stones did not formally announce the departure until 1993.[2] In 2009, the album was remastered and reissued by Universal Music.

Background

Following the release of Keith Richards' Main Offender and Mick Jagger's Wandering Spirit in 1992 and 1993, respectively, both leaders of the Rolling Stones began composing new songs in April 1993, deciding upon Don Was (who has produced several Grammy-winning records) as co-producer for the upcoming sessions. In November, after rehearsing and recording at Ronnie Wood's house in Ireland that September, the Stones shifted to Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin and began cutting Voodoo Lounge. Although not joining the band officially, Darryl Jones would be taking Bill Wyman's place as the group's regular bassist, at the suggestion of drummer Charlie Watts.

Don Was, noted for his retro rock production sensibilities, was reportedly responsible for pushing the band towards more conventional territory in an attempt to reproduce the archetypal "Rolling Stones" sound. Although this approach pleased critics and the Stones rock-oriented fan base, Jagger in particular expressed some dissatisfaction with Was's aesthetic, commenting in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone:

... there were a lot of things that we wrote for "Voodoo Lounge" that Don steered us away from: groove songs, African influences and things like that. And he steered us very clear of all that. And I think it was a mistake.[3]

Year-end charts

Chart (1994) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[38] 18
Canadian Albums Chart[39] 13
Dutch Albums Chart[40] 29
French Albums Chart[41] 28
Italian Albums Chart[26] 37
Japanese Albums Chart[42] 105
Swiss Albums Chart[43] 31
Preceded by
Züri West by Züri West
Swiss Chart number-one album
24 July 1994
Succeeded by
Züri West by Züri West
Preceded by
God Shuffled His Feet by Crash Test Dummies
Music Box by Mariah Carey
Music Box by Mariah Carey
Austrian Chart number-one album
24 July 1994
7 August 1994
21 August 1994
Succeeded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey
Music Box by Mariah Carey
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
Music for the Jilted Generation by The Prodigy
UK number one album
23–29 July 1994
Succeeded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
The Sign by Ace of Base
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
25 July – 1 August 1994
Succeeded by
The Lion King (soundtrack) by Elton John and Hans Zimmer
Preceded by
God Shuffled His Feet by Crash Test Dummies
German Media Control Chart number-one album
25 July 1994 – 4 September 1994
Succeeded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
Real Things by 2 Unlimited
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
30 July 1994 – 13 August 1994
Succeeded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
Purple by Stone Temple Pilots
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
31 July – 6 August 1994
Succeeded by
In Pieces by Garth Brooks
Preceded by
Traction by Supergroove
New Zealand Chart number-one album
14 August 1994
Succeeded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey
European Top 100 number-one album
30 July – 3 September 1994
Succeeded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
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