Screamin' Jay Rocks

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All Music Guide - John Bush
With only one single in the first rank of rock & roll hits, Screamin' Jay Hawkins has suffered at the hands of compilers. Except for a 14-track Rhino compilation released back in 1990, and the great work of reissue pinnacle Bear Family, it's been mostly obscure labels pumping out brief compilations with "I Put a Spell on You" and not much more. Bear Family had previously released a two-disc completist set, titled Spellbound! 1955-1974, but it wisely added a volume on him to their Rocks series of single-disc releases. If listeners care enough about Hawkins to pay the import prices, this is indeed an excellent set, with 31 tracks of the best and most bonkers that Screamin' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
With only one single in the first rank of rock & roll hits, Screamin' Jay Hawkins has suffered at the hands of compilers. Except for a 14-track Rhino compilation released back in 1990, and the great work of reissue pinnacle Bear Family, it's been mostly obscure labels pumping out brief compilations with "I Put a Spell on You" and not much more. Bear Family had previously released a two-disc completist set, titled Spellbound! 1955-1974, but it wisely added a volume on him to their Rocks series of single-disc releases. If listeners care enough about Hawkins to pay the import prices, this is indeed an excellent set, with 31 tracks of the best and most bonkers that Screamin' Jay ever got. All but eight of the tracks come from the '50s, with early classics like "Little Demon" and "(She Put The) Wamee (On Me)" reflecting his heavy Howlin' Wolf influences and paving the way for the mighty "I Put a Spell on You." Those looking for craziness beyond even that will find plenty in evidence, including the whooping-and-roaring "What That Is" and the jungle madness of "Alligator Wine," although the infamous latter-day nugget "Constipation Blues" is absent here (but is on the Rhino compilation).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051668723
  • Catalog Number: 16687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Demon (2:24)
  2. 2 Baptize Me in Wine (2:35)
  3. 3 Not Anymore (3:03)
  4. 4 In My Front Room (2:48)
  5. 5 This Is All (2:52)
  6. 6 What That Is (2:24)
  7. 7 (She Put The) Wamee (On Me) (3:02)
  8. 8 Well I Tried (2:34)
  9. 9 Talk About It (2:31)
  10. 10 Take Me Back (2:30)
  11. 11 I Is (2:39)
  12. 12 $10, 000 Lincoln Continental (2:42)
  13. 13 You Ain't Foolin' Me (2:26)
  14. 14 Yellow Coat (2:24)
  15. 15 I Put a Spell on You - Welton Young Orchestra (2:27)
  16. 16 Frenzy (2:13)
  17. 17 Alligator Wine - Welton Young Orchestra (3:05)
  18. 18 There's Something Wrong with You (2:21)
  19. 19 Person to Person (2:09)
  20. 20 You Made Me Love You (2:01)
  21. 21 Little Demon (2:26)
  22. 22 Armpit No.6 - Teddy Orchestra McRae (2:30)
  23. 23 Just Don't Care (2:25)
  24. 24 Strange - Sammy Lowe Orchestra (2:05)
  25. 25 The Whammy - Sammy Lowe Orchestra (2:30)
  26. 26 Party Doll - Sammy Lowe Orchestra (2:01)
  27. 27 All Night (2:07)
  28. 28 Mountain Jive (2:13)
  29. 29 Do You Really Love Me (2:05)
  30. 30 Please Don't Leave Me (4:04)
  31. 31 Knock-Kneed Nana (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Herb Ellis Guitar
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Budd Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Warren Covington Trombone
Bernie Leighton Harpsichord
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Red Prysock Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lyle Ritz Bass
Big Al Sears Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Sir Charles Thompson Piano
Moe Wechsler Drums
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Dr. George Butler Piano
Al Casamenti Guitar
Arthur "Babe"Clarke Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Crumbley Trombone
George Dorsey Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Grimaldi Tenor Saxophone
Jalacy Hawkins Piano, Vocals
Ernie Hayes Piano
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Gus Johnson Drums
Ron Johnson Bass
Reunald Jones Trumpet
Leroy Kirkland Leader, Choir, Chorus
Jack Lesberg Bass
Buddy Lucas Baritone Saxophone
Thea Marcus Choir, Chorus
Louis Mauro Bass
Ernest McLean Banjo
Earl Palmer Drums
Sonny Payne Drums
Romeo Penque Saxophone
Danny Perri Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Tom Reid Choir, Chorus
Christopher Ross Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Sal Valentino Choir, Chorus
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Marty Wilson Contracoty
Rick Harris Trombone
Zane Zacharoff Tenor Saxophone
Tiny Grimes & His Rocking Highlanders Piano, Vocals
Bennie Powell Trombone
Carl "Beef" Cottlieb Choir, Chorus
Mike Anthony Banjo, Guitar
Albert Lucas Bass
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Trumpet
The Ray Charles Singers Choir, Chorus
Ike Isaacs Trio Bass
Sammy Lowe Orchestra Track Performer
William Butler Guitar
McHouston "Mickey" Baker Guitar
Sebastian "Billy" Mure Guitar
William H. Bauer Guitar
Ray Brynat Piano
Norbert DeCoteaux Leader, Choir, Chorus
Russ Orchestra Faith Track Performer
Owen B. Masingill Leader
Teddy Orchestra McRae Bass, Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Choir, Chorus
Shoutin Pat Newborn Vocals
Bill Watkins Singers Choir, Chorus
Welton Young Orchestra Track Performer
Warren Smith Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Composer
Jalacy Hawkins Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Huey P. Meaux Producer
Frederick Slotkin Composer
Bill Millar Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Biographical Information
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Steve Richards Illustrations
Chelsea Williams Illustrations
Brian Cockburn Smith Illustrations
Marcus Heumann Mastering
Cliff White Illustrations
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