15.Tiny's Jump (Alternative Take Of/ "Coronation Jump") - (alternate take)
16.Why Did You Waste My Time ?
17.Tiny's Jump (Alternative Take of "Coronation Jump") Instrumental
18.I Found My Way To Wine - (alternate take)
19.Please Try To Understand
20.$10,000 Lincoln Continental
21.Take Me Back
22.I Is (Incomplete Take)
25.10,000 Lincoln Continental (Alternative take) - (alternate take)
26.Bobby Lewis-Mumbles Blues
27.Mumbles Blues (With Bobby Lewis)
Includes 1 bonus track.
Shock-rock godfather Screamin' Jay Hawkins's Howlin'-Wolf-meets-Dracula brand of horror blues hit the big time in 1956 with "I Put a Spell on You," but this collection documents the years leading up to that breakthrough. Focusing on his earliest recordings, from 1953-55, THE WHAMEE find Hawkins no less imposing a figure for his lack of celebrity or experience. There are some alternate, early versions of later hits like the abovementioned classic, but the real finds here are the lesser-known tunes, where Hawkins' zombie-on-the-rampage wail haunts some slamming '50s R&B arrangements for a sound that foreshadows things to come. It all amounts to a captivating snapshot of a true American original finding his artistic feet.