20 October, 2010

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Black Music For White People (1991) (eac-log-cover)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Black Music For White People (1991)
blues, rock | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 350MB
Stress Records
Hawkins was a true early Rock & Roll Pioneer. He wrote and recorded "I Put A Spell On You" way back in 1957, the same year I was born. He was the first theatrical shock rocker, so far ahead of his time that many radio stations didn't play him and many early rock venues didn't give him a shot, figuring he'd scare the white folks to death with his voodoo stage act. An act is all it really was. He played it for laughs and Lord, was he funny! I got my first taste of him in 1970 on an Detroit FM station with a totally open format. They played "Feast Of The Mau Mau" and "Constipation Blues" the latter of which has to be heard to be believed. I never owned anything by him until this came along, right about the time I saw him on David Sanborn's Night Music program. He performed "I Put A Spell On You" and an outrageous version of "Old Man River", both of which are performed on this disc.
"Black Music For White People" is not his best work, but is still pretty good. If everything else on it was junk, I would still have it just for "Old Man River". There's also the sidesplittingly funny "Ignant And Sh_t". What more can I say about that title? Just buy it and enjoy. Also included here are covers of of two Tom Waits classics. "Heart Attack And Vine" and "Ice Cream Man". That's right. Van Halen didn't write it!
If you really want a good overview of his career, try one of of the compilations available here. Just be sure that it's one with the legendary "Constipation Blues". No Screamin Jay compilation is complete without it.
Hawkins shuffled off this motal coil in 2000. I hope he's keeping my late friends and relatives entertained, leaping out of coffins, wearing a bone in his nose and grunting like a demonic wild boar. In the stupid era of political correctness we live in, Hawkins is an American treasure who is sorely missed.

-01 -Is You Or Is You Ain't My Baby 2:54
-02 -I Feel Allright 3:30
-03 -I Put A Spell On You (Dance Version) 3:33
-04 -I Hear You Knockin' 3:11
-05 -Heart Attack And Wine 4:22
-06 -Ignant And Shit 6:00
-07 -Swamp Gas 4:37
-08 -Voodoo Priestess 3:49
-09 -Ice Cream Man 3:22
-10 -I Want Your Body 4:07
-11 -Ol' Man River 5:56
-12 -Strokin' 5:18

Backing Vocals - Jill Foor , Julie Syperda-Duffey , Meredith Marshall
Bass - Mark Goldberg
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Rik Shannon
Executive Producer - Herb Cohen
Guitar - Bo Diddley, Jr.
Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Michael Keneally*
Producer - Robert Duffey
Saxophone - Bara Southern , Dana Garrett
Vocals, Piano - Screamin' Jay Hawkins


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