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Unused alternate take from Okeh session. Now available on vinyl for the first time ever - especially for Halloween - from Jazzman's Jukebox Jam Series!
2 versions of Screamin' Jay's signature chiller 'I Put A Spell On You', both unissued at the time of their recording and completely new to vinyl. The top side features an alternate take from the same Okeh session which yielded the classic version everyone knows and loves... but this take is subtly different, with a sleazier sax solo and crazier yelps, barks and all round gibbering from the main man. On the flip, is the first instance of the song that Jay ever put down, recorded for the small Philly based independent Grand, and it'svery different - the famous stabbing horn pattern is here provided by a waltzing piano, with slinky guitars replacing the dirty saxophone and a more morose vocal performance from Hawkins. Label boss Herb Slotkin obviously wasn't too enamoured with what must have seemed a remarkably odd sounding tune back in the early 50s as he subsequently canned the recording and left it to gather dust. On his slow route to infamy through the 50s, Jay suffered a number of knock-backs and thankfully he remained unperturbed throughout. In response to the vote of no confidence at Grand, Jay took his creation to the Okeh studios 1 year later and revamped it entirely. The rest is history: 'I Put A Spell On You' became Jay's first hit record, launching his career, and he would forever be associated with this totally unique, morbid Rhythm & Blues masterpiece.
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