Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
     
 

Screamin' Jay Hawkins -- genius or lunatic? An investigation of Hawkins' body of work suggests these two options were hardly mutually exclusive in his case, and while he certainly tended to favor material that indulged his fondness for the vocal freak-out, the man also possessed a solid baritone voice and knew just what to do with it. (A careful examination of his… See more details below

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins -- genius or lunatic? An investigation of Hawkins' body of work suggests these two options were hardly mutually exclusive in his case, and while he certainly tended to favor material that indulged his fondness for the vocal freak-out, the man also possessed a solid baritone voice and knew just what to do with it. (A careful examination of his music reveals that Screamin' Jay could sing "straight" and do it quite well if the occasion called for it -- he simply wasn't asked to do so very often.) At his best, Hawkins was a musical eccentric in the great tradition of Spike Jones, Captain Beefheart, and Prince, determined to follow his own unique path, consequences be damned. Sadly, most of Hawkins' albums were wildly uneven, but Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins filters out the duds to serve up 17 perverse gems from his work on a handful of labels; along with his biggest hit, the once-scandalous "I Put a Spell On You," you get such wonders of modern recording as "Alligator Wine" and "Feast of the Mau Mau," his singular interpretations of "I Love Paris" and "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)," and the definitive music statement on the inability to void, "Constipation Blues" (which actually charted in Japan, proving this theme truly spans cultural boundaries). If you're only going to own one Screamin' Jay Hawkins disc, Voodoo Jive is definitely the one to get, though we accept no responsibility for the reaction of your neighbors if you play "(She Put The) Wamee (On Me)" at three in the morning.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/1990
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227094720
catalogNumber:
70947

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Tracks

  1. I Put a Spell on You  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  2. Little Demon  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  3. Alligator Wine  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  4. I Love Paris  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  5. Person to Person  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  6. Frenzy  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  7. You Made Me Love You  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  8. Yellow Coat  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  9. I Hear Voices  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  10. Orange Colored Sky  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  11. (She Put the) Wamee (On Me)  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  12. Feast of the Mau Mau  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  13. Move Me  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  14. Constipation Blues  - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Panama Francis   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Frank Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Deirdre Laporte   Background Vocals
Thea Marcus   Background Vocals
Teddy McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Danny Perri   Guitar
Tom Reid   Background Vocals
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Sal Valentino   Background Vocals
Lucas   Bass
Carl "Beef" Cottlieb   Background Vocals
Ray Charles Singers   Background Vocals
Michael Anthony   Banjo,Guitar

Technical Credits

Ken Perry   Remastering
James Austin   Producer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Milan Melvin   Producer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Tom Licari   Cover Hand Tinting

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