Tubby Hayes's Voodoo Session

Trunk Records has reissued Tubby Hayes's Voodoo Session, an ultra-rare soundtrack tune from a 1965 horror film that looks fantastic: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. The 7" vinyl, limited to 666 copies ('natch), features the film's "voodoo jazz" number, performed by Tubby Hayes on tenor sax and flute, Sheake Keane on trumpet, Jimmy Deuchar on mellophonium (!), and other Brit jazz greats. Check out the jam at 6:54 in the video above. (Any similarities to authentic Vodoun is, er, likely coincidental.) The "Clean Living in Difficult Circumstances" has more on the recording:
 Turntable Voodoo Voodoofront The plot of the film involves five men on a train carriage having their tarot cards read by Peter Cushing, who reveals the horrible destiny of each of them. One of the stories that is revealed through the cards features Roy Castle (of later Record Breakers fame) in his first starring role as jazz musician Biff Bailey, who encounters a Voodoo ceremony whilst touring the West Indies.

Loving the Voodoo sounds, he makes the mistake of copying down the music of the Voodoo Lwa Dambala and doing his own Brit jazz arrangement of the spirit rhythms at a club in London. Occult peril quickly ensues as a result of having stolen the music of Dambala.
Tubby Hayes' Voodoo Sessions


  1. DO NOT EAT THIS RECORD. If you do, the Spirit of Jazz will infect you and your mates will have to be injected into your body in a miniaturized submarine to hunt down the Jazz cell.

  2. Great movie! Saw it on the BIG SCREEN when released. After the framing story describes the horrible fates awaiting the passengers, it turns out they’re already in hell.

  3. Copyfighters take note of the Fair Usage debate at 3:57!! For heavens sake don’t let the DRM crowd see this film or they’ll start getting ideas!

  4. Boing Boing readers should also be aware of Steve Coogan’s excellent UK television series ‘Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible’. It featured The League of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss, the lovely Ronni Ancona and many other special guests. The episode ‘Voodoo Feet of Death’ was clearly inspired by this film. Highly recommended to anyone who loves Brit comedy, every episode is an homage to a horror genre – many of them made by Hammer.

  5. I remember some televangelist accused Jimi Hendrix’s music of containing voodoo rhythms that would enslave young minds. He was shilling, for a huge amount of money, a set of video tapes for de-metalizing your kids.

  6. DTHOH isn’t the strongest UK anthology horror by any means, but it has its moments – one segment with a decidedly Boingish theme is the the one with Christopher Lee as an obnoxious art critic, revolving as it does around a painting by a chimp. And of course the voodoo jazz story is always worth a watch.

    This is definitely a classic Trunk release, at any rate.

  7. Also this news comes a little too late as the pressing seems to be out of stock throughout the universe, except possibly on eBay where I’m afraid to even look.

  8. I haven’t seen this film since I was a kid! Thanks for the reminder. Anyone intrigued by it should check out the Dr Phibes films as well.

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