The "maddest" of all R&B stars, Screamin' Jay is famous for his iconographic song "I Put A Spell On You" - a bonifide classic.
1.I Put A Spell On You
5.I Love Paris
6.Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
8.Ol' Man River
9.If You Are But A Dream
10.Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle
12.You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)
Includes liner notes by Mort Goode.
There are a number of excellent entry points into the singular career of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, of which this collection is one (another fine one is VOODOO JIVE: THE BEST OF SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS). Over the course of these dozen songs, it becomes clear that no one genre was enough to contain Hawkins. A blues and R&B foundation anchors many of the songs, but just as many have a dramatic cabaret feel. Hawkins is most well known for the haunting title track, but he could also turn faux-operatic with a number like Cole Porter's "I Love Paris." Hawkins presented a hybrid style that was tied to his unique personality and mannerisms; he is a category unto himself.