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SCREAMIN JAY HAWKINS ...What That Is! (Original 1969 US black Philips label 12-track stereo LP of ever inspired Rock N Roll lunacy by the master of such things pasted picture sleeve with deletion drill-hole bottom right. And what a sleeve!There is some inevitable paper wear in a few places but this is very minor & the spine looks fantastic. The vinyl is clean & still looks barely played PHS600-319)

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The Philips Vinyl Version 3 Jun. 2004
By J. W. fonte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nobody could pull off what Jalcy did in the late 60's.
The album cover and back depicts him in a coffin, ready for the send off. The liner notes are hand done in what appear to be the style of the Psychedelic...The only reference to recording/relase dates on this vinyl record is a blurb that goes
,"This album was recorded at the Club Amigo in North Hollywood on June 23rd and 24th, Nineteen Hundred and Yesterday, and is dedicated to President Nixon..."
The music within the grooves is what preceeded all the pop-outs and "tributes" that have turned up (like red head stepchildren) ever since. This is THE Screamin' Jay that virtually stormed to Blues and Soul scenes back then.
Liner notes list Grahme Bond, Herb Ellis, Sal Valentino, as well as his basic band of the time.
One has to listen to this record FIRST, before going off and buying any later compilations.
I believe Screaming Jay's place in the Pantheon of Originals will be celebrated in Grand Fashion once the players and Pundits within the Industry wake up and pay the man his due.
Required listening 24 Aug. 2012
By David K. Upham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not necessarily the first stop for the potential Jay Hawkins fan - he cut most of his classics at least ten years before this album (made, I reckon, in 1969).. but, for what it's worth, this is where Constipation Blues first appeared.

The band is terrific, with the great Earl Palmer on drums for most of the cuts, Herb Ellis guesting on a few (including Feast of the Mau Mau), Lyle Ritz on bass and Plas Johnson on sax. There's a bit of banjo in there, too. The songs are a gas, especially the title track - also: Do You Really Love Me Baby?, I'm Lonely, Dig!, Thing Called Woman and Ask Him (with a choir).

The compilation releases are often rich - Jay has a great repertoire - but this one deserves a reissue all its own. If you see it, grab it.
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