Screaming’ Jay Hawkins – …What That Is! – LP

Screaming' Jay Hawkins - ...What That Is! - LP

Screaming’ Jay Hawkins – …What That Is! – LP

Elemental Music proudly presents an LP reissue of the second album by the great singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, What That Is? It was originally released on the Philips label in 1969, almost ten years after he cut most of his classics, such as the unforgettable “I Put a Spell on You”. Back in the day, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins put the show in show business. His voodoo-inspired stage act included fireworks, flash powder, snakes, shrunken heads, and his faithful companion, a skull named Henry. To start his concerts, he was carried on in a coffin, from which he leaped, as if risen from the dead, often sending a good portion of his audience scampering for the exits. Caught live in 1969 at the Club Amigo in North Hollywood (but edited later in the studio), What That Is? features Hawkins at his raw, unhinged best. A rare and sought after LP, it is reissued here in its original form.

SIDE A:

01. WHAT THAT IS
Feast of the Mau Mau
02. DO YOU REALLY LOVE ME?
03. STONE CRAZY
04. I LOVE YOU
05. CONSTIPATION BLUES

SIDE B:

06. I’M LONELY
07. THING CALLED WOMAN
08. DIG!
09. I’M YOUR MAN
10. ASK HIM
11. REPRISE

All vocals and piano by Screamin’Jay Hawkins
Earl Palmer • Drums
Lyle Ritz • Bass
Plas Johnson • Saxes
Mike Anthony • Guitar & Banjo
…on all selections except:
Eddie Hoh • Drums
Ron Johnson • Bass
Grahame Bond • Piano
Ernest McLean • Banjo
…on I’m Lonely & Stone Crazy
and… Herb Ellis • Guitar
…on Feast of the Mau Mau, Thing
Called Woman & Ask Him

Producer’s Note: This album was recorded live at the Club Amigo in North Hollywood on June 23rd and 24th, Nineteen Hundred and Yesterday, and is dedicated to President Nixon, whose efforts to recapture the era of the early 50’s
do not pass unnoticed.

Produced by Milan Melvin
Engineered by Hank Citalo Seconds • Mark Harmon & Russ Schmidt
Graphics by Greg Irons
Photography by Dunstan Pereira
Back up Vocals on:
Ask Him: Billy Watkins Singers
DoYou Really Love Me?: Carl “Beef” Gottlieb
Christopher “Egg” Ross
Sal Valentino
Deirdre La Porte
Tom Reid
Théa Marcus

String Arrangements on I’m Lonely by Shorty Rogers
All vocals and piano by Screamin’Jay Hawkins