Saturday, May 12, 2018

Check Out "The Complete Bizarre Sessions" Of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Iconic music artist, Screamin' Jay Hawkins had a music career that lasted over 50 years, as he performed right up until his death in 2000. His most famous song "I Put A Spell On You" came early in his career and has a cult following as the song is played every year for Halloween. His music has been covered by the likes of Creedance Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison and Leon Russell, just to name a few. The newly released "Complete Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994" features 44-tracks spread across 2CDs.

The sessions originally produced three studio albums as Hawkins reworked some of his classics like a dance version of "I Put A Spell On You" and found his last chart success with a cover of Tom Waits' "Heart Attack And Vine." The first disc mixes some of Hawkins' original compositions like the rhythm infused "Swamp Gas" and the blues of "I Want Your Body," along with covers like Ray Charles' "I Believe." One of Scream' Jay Hawkins' most bizarre covers is his re-interpretation of the classic "Ol' Man River" as he performs it like a lounge singer at the piano, before all hell breaks loose during the song's chorus.

The second disc involves more original tracks by Hawkins' including the nostalgic blues romp "I Wanna Know" and "Sherilyn Fenn." Hawkins' has fun with the recording of "Late Night Hawkins," before covering Tom Waits once again with "Whistling Past The Graveyard." The second half of the disc showcases his obsession with Amy Fisher as Hawkins records several quick interludes titled simply "Amy Fisher." The set closes with the classic soulful rock sounds of "Make You Mine" and the playful "Clambake." To find out more about the new compilation "Are You One Of Jay's Kids?, The Complete  Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994" from Screamin' Jay Hawkins, please visit manifesto.com.

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