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&at=11l9vR
  2. I'm Gonna Wind Your Clockhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Wineolahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Redhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Eddie's Bouncehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. I'm Weak But Willinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Sittin' on It All the Timehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Featherbed Mamahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. No Good Woman Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Bald Headed Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I Trusted You Baby (But You Double Crossed Me)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Peas and Ricehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Big Mouth Galhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. My Big Brass Bed Is Gonehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Queen Bee Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. If You Don't Think I'm Sinkinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Jump and Grunthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Rainy Mornin' Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Home Boyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. The People on My Party Linehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Time After Timehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Lonesome Trainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Person to Person [Alternate Take]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. I Need You (Tonight)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Good Bread Alleyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Person to Personhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eddie-cleanhead-vinson.-back/id684099883?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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