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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Screamin' Jay Hawkins didn't have the best of voices, really, and it's tempting to think of him as mostly a novelty act. He did write a bona fide classic with "I Put a Spell on You," then proceeded to record it dozens of times, or rewrote it into a marginally new song and then recorded that a dozen times. The bottom line is that Hawkins' legacy rests with "Spell," which is fine. It's a classic and that's that. Hawkins was essentially a club R&B singer who stayed pretty close to the blues in his songs, no matter how far he reached to be spooky in his lyrics, but his real genius was in presentation. His stage set was theatrical, and the various coffins and other props ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Screamin' Jay Hawkins didn't have the best of voices, really, and it's tempting to think of him as mostly a novelty act. He did write a bona fide classic with "I Put a Spell on You," then proceeded to record it dozens of times, or rewrote it into a marginally new song and then recorded that a dozen times. The bottom line is that Hawkins' legacy rests with "Spell," which is fine. It's a classic and that's that. Hawkins was essentially a club R&B singer who stayed pretty close to the blues in his songs, no matter how far he reached to be spooky in his lyrics, but his real genius was in presentation. His stage set was theatrical, and the various coffins and other props that made up his act foreshadowed the later rock theater exploits of artists like Alice Cooper, Elton John, and Marilyn Manson, and "Spell" was always his centerpiece showstopper. This two-disc, 40-track (all of these tracks are in mono) set pretty much captures Hawkins at the start of his success. A version of "Spell" is here, along with thin rewrites of it like "She Put the Whamee on Me"; odd, skewed blues pieces like "Well I Tried"; and straight-out goofy novelty songs like "Little Demon." There's a lot of Hawkins here, and since he was very nearly a one-trick pony throughout his recording career, casual listeners might prefer a single-disc greatest-hits collection -- as long as it has a version of "I Put a Spell on You," and truthfully, it doesn't matter much which version, since a classic is a classic each time out in this case.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • UPC: 604988055924
  • Catalog Number: 559
  • Sales rank: 64,180

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Did You Waste My Time (2:55)
  2. 2 No Hug No Kiss (3:11)
  3. 3 Please Try to Understand (3:19)
  4. 4 Not Anymore (3:04)
  5. 5 I Found My Way to Wine (2:43)
  6. 6 Baptise Me in Wine (2:36)
  7. 7 In My Front Room - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:48)
  8. 8 This Is All - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:53)
  9. 9 What That Is - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:24)
  10. 10 She Put the Whamee On Me - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (3:02)
  11. 11 You're All of My Life to Me - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:35)
  12. 12 Well I Tried - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:34)
  13. 13 Even Though - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:47)
  14. 14 Talk About Me - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:32)
  15. 15 Take Me Back - Barra Southern (2:29)
  16. 16 I Is - Barra Southern (2:38)
  17. 17 I Put a Spell On You - Barra Southern (2:51)
  18. 18 $10,000 Lincoln Continental - Barra Southern (2:43)
  19. 19 Pauline - Barra Southern (2:37)
  20. 20 Little DeMon - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Ain't Foolin' Me - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:23)
  2. 2 I Put a Spell On You - Leroy Kirkland Orchestra (2:28)
  3. 3 You Made Me Love You (2:01)
  4. 4 Yellow Coat (2:25)
  5. 5 Hong Kong (2:22)
  6. 6 Darling Please Forgive Me (2:22)
  7. 7 Frenzy (2:13)
  8. 8 Person To Person (2:10)
  9. 9 There's Something Wrong With You (2:22)
  10. 10 Alligator Wine (3:06)
  11. 11 Orange Colored Sky (2:53)
  12. 12 Give Me Back My Boots and Saddle - The Ray Charles Singers (2:42)
  13. 13 Temptation (2:39)
  14. 14 I Love Paris (2:25)
  15. 15 If You Are But a Dream (2:53)
  16. 16 Deep Purple (2:35)
  17. 17 Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1:51)
  18. 18 Ol' Man River (4:27)
  19. 19 Armpit No.6 (2:31)
  20. 20 The Past (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Bryant Piano
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Budd Johnson Bass
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Red Prysock Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker Banjo, Guitar
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Jalacy Hawkins Vocals
Ernie Hayes Piano
Haywood Henry Bass
Sonny Payne Drums
Danny Perri Guitar
Jimmy Shirley Guitar
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Al Lucas Bass
Jerry Potter Drums
Freddy Redd Piano
George Butler Piano
Sam Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jerome Kern Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Jalacy Hawkins Composer
Traditional Composer
Delugg Composer
De Rose Composer
Dickerson Composer
Bob Fisher Liner Notes, Annotation
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