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The Singles Collection Double CD

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  • Audio CD (9 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Not Now Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B00DNOYK0Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Long before Alice Cooper or Marilyn Manson made headlines with their shocking antics, Screamin' Jay blazed a trail through late-Fifties rock, earning a reputation for the unexpected and leaving the world with a bona fide classic in 'I Put A Spell On You'. This compilation covers his first recording decade, from 1953 to 1962.

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Long before Alice Cooper or Marilyn Manson made headlines with their shocking antics, Screamin Jay blazed a trail through late-Fifties rock, earning a reputation for the unexpected and leaving the world with a bona fide classic in I Put A Spell On You . This compilation covers his first recording decade, from 1953 to 1962.

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins blazed a trail through late-50's rock and roll, earning a reputation for the wild, weird and wacky. His records and stage show would go on to influence artists like Screaming Lord Sutch, Roky Erickson, Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper, The Cramps, Marilyn Manson etc. etc.

This double Cd compilation showcases his work from 1953 to 1962. It's certainly eclectic! There's the expected rock and roll meets voodoo shenanigans of his big hit, 'I Put A Spell On You', plus more 'freak-outs' on tracks such as 'Little Demon' and 'Alligator Wine'. Louis Jordan-style big band jive rears its head on a couple of tracks, whilst some of his pre-1955 work is almost operatic! There's a bit of country and western swing in there too, plus a helping of blues, and definite traces of rockabilly, not to mention psychobilly!! Oh, and did I say there's also plenty of loungecore and jazz along the way?!

Some tracks are just plain bonkers! There's a crazed version of Al Jolson's 'You Made Me Love You', and an even barmier take on that old chestnut 'Ol Man River'. Then there's 'Armpit No. 6', where Screamin' Jay bewails the trials and tribulations of his latest girlfriend's body odour!! 'Darling, Please Forgive Me' has an affecting spoken introduction that then descends into shouts and moans of frenzied self-flagellation.

It's definitely all over the place! I've docked one star because there's also a handful of tracks that descend into Tin Pan Alley hokum BUT since there are nearly 40 tracks to choose from they're very much in the minority. In short, it's a scream!
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Screamin' Jay Hawkins is most famous for his fantastic song ' I Put A Spell On You' and the shock-rocker persona that he adopted. He didn't need any gimmicks; he had one of the greatest voices I have ever heard. If you watch footage of him performing he had tremendous presence. He was an immense talent and should have become a huge star. He came to feel trapped by the shock-rocker image and he really wanted to be an opera singer. You can hear that operatic power in many of his recordings - just listen to ' This Is All' on this CD! There are many great performances on this album, such as 'Frenzy', ' I Hear Voices', 'There's Something Wrong With You', and of course, ' I Put A Spell On You'. He made many superb recordings, I think one of his best was the heart-rending ' Portrait Of A Man'. I thoroughly recommend this album.
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Great
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what a fantastic collection of songs. From one of the all time greatest artist.
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Bought this for one track - Ive put a spell on you.
Love it!!
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Just wanted the iconic track which is great fun.
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Excellent Quality Very Pleased
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Weirdly Wonderful
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