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Etta James/Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

  • The Late Show [Fantasy, 1988] B+

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The Late Show [Fantasy, 1988]
Volume One: The Early Show showcased Cleanhead well past his prime and Etta at her most dispensable, mixing lax remakes of signature tunes with blues standards resistant to revitalization. This one's just fun, as Etta diddles blues tradition with stock refrains and off-color jokes. Plus a nice "Teach Me Tonight" duet. Too bad about "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." B+