RELEASE
March 18, 2003
LABEL
Ace
GENRES
Jazz, Early R&B, Jump Blues

Album Review

Subtitled "His Complete King Recordings 1949-52," Bald Headed Blues has a couple dozen sides Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson cut for the King label, two of them ("Sittin' on It All the Time" and an alternate take of "Person to Person") previously unreleased. Vinson had peaked commercially just before going to King, with just one of these tracks, "Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red," becoming an R&B hit. As an artist Vinson was still at the top of his game, though, coming about as close as any artist did to hitting the midway point between big-band jazz and early R&B. Vocally he distinguished himself by a sort of strangled, good-natured high squeal at the end of many of his phrases, a tic that gets a little overdone when so many of these sides follow each other at once on CD. A little variety to the menu is heard in the straight, smooth instrumental bop of "Eddie's Bounce" and the balladeering on the standard "Time After Time." Some of these lyrics get ribald even by the usual R&B measures of double entendre, like "Bald Headed Blues" ("just ask anybody, I've got fine jelly roll") and "Good Bread Alley" ("we have no trouble with our women, 'cause there ain't no pimps around").
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ashes on My Pillowhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  2. I'm Gonna Wind Your Clockhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  3. Wineolahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  4. Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Redhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  5. Eddie's Bouncehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  6. I'm Weak But Willinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  7. Sittin' on It All the Timehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  8. Featherbed Mamahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  9. No Good Woman Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  10. Bald Headed Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  11. I Trusted You Baby (But You Double Crossed Me)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  12. Peas and Ricehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  13. Big Mouth Galhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  14. My Big Brass Bed Is Gonehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  15. Queen Bee Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  16. If You Don't Think I'm Sinkinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  17. Jump and Grunthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  18. Rainy Mornin' Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  19. Home Boyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  20. The People on My Party Linehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  21. Time After Timehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  22. Lonesome Trainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  23. Person to Person [Alternate Take]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  24. I Need You (Tonight)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  25. Good Bread Alleyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
  26. Person to Personhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5
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