Soul Exorcism Redux

Soul Exorcism Redux

by James Chance & The ContortionsJames Chance & The Contortions


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Recorded in June of 1980, Soul Exorcism proves that jazz, funk, experimental, and new wave make quite an intoxicating mix when perfected. James Chance sums up the proceedings perfectly in the liner notes, where he states that the music perfectly reveals the essence and soul of New York City (even though it was recorded in Rotterdam). Backed up by a stellar backing band, which Chance himself calls one of the most volatile units he's worked with, the Contortions simply shine. Like most other Contortions recordings, cacophony rears its head from time to time, but that's what the band uses to paint different moods and textures: it's not used haphazardly. The whole album is inspired from beginning to end, and features such great tracks as "I Danced with a Zombie," "Exorcise the Funk," and a pair of interesting covers -- Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and James Brown's "King Heroin." [In 2007 the Roir label reissued the album as Soul Exorcism Redux. Three tracks from a 1987 demo session were added to the end of the track list along with new art work.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
Label: Roir
UPC: 0053436830024
catalogNumber: 8300
Rank: 51016

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Chance & The Contortions   Primary Artist
James Chance   Organ,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Patrick Geoffrois   Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Richard Harrison   Drums
McDowell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Nic North   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Fred Wells   Guitar
Lorenzo Wyche   Trumpet
Anya Phillips   Background Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Jerry Agony   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Richie Harrison   Drums

Technical Credits

James Chance   Composer,Liner Notes
Nic North   drum programming
Anya Phillips   Introduction

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