Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 2/2/1990
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227094720
  • Catalog Number: 70947

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Put a Spell on You (2:25)
  2. 2 Little Demon (2:24)
  3. 3 Alligator Wine (3:04)
  4. 4 I Love Paris (2:20)
  5. 5 Person to Person (2:06)
  6. 6 Frenzy (2:09)
  7. 7 You Made Me Love You (2:10)
  8. 8 Yellow Coat (2:50)
  9. 9 I Hear Voices (2:24)
  10. 10 Orange Colored Sky (1:58)
  11. 11 (She Put the) Wamee (On Me) (2:21)
  12. 12 Feast of the Mau Mau (2:38)
  13. 13 Move Me (2:49)
  14. 14 Constipation Blues (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Primary Artist, Organ, Piano
Herb Ellis Guitar
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Al 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
Al Lucas Bass
Carl "Beef" Cottlieb Background Vocals
The 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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