Screamin Jay Hawkins - The Whamee 1953-55 (2006)
FLAC (image+.cue+log+scans) | 01:10:37 | 412 Mb
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul / Label: Rev-Ola [Cherry Red]
Screamin' Jay Hawkins was an eccentric man, who wore outlandish outfits, (Leopardskin and red leather were a favorite combo from the 1940's on) claimed to practice voodoo and carried a skull named Henry on stage with him every time he sprang from his casket to perform his amazing music. His I Put a Spell on You (1956) remains rock and roll's most singular recording, and was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song sets out the template for the man's career : big-voiced Hawkins singing an impassioned appeal to a lost love or some other banal thing. So, here we have a Voodootastic selection of Screamin' Jay's finest early performances, to delight a terrified audience once more, including many, some would say mercifully, un-issued perfomances. Buy it, and be afraid! A first time collection of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' finest seminal early performances.