Wonderful early work from Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and Jimmy Witherspoon – both singers who had a strong connection to jazz over the years, but who work here in a nicely raw mode that befits the album's King Records placement! Vinson's a genius – a really overlooked singer who can effortlessly skirt jazz and blues, with a sophistication that was a huge precursor to the soul generation to come – and Witherspoon here is at the rawest side of his spectrum, with a vibe that's more LA postwar scene than some of his later material. Vinson sings "Featherbed Mama", "No Good Woman", "Ashes On My Pillow", "I Trusted You Baby", and "Somebody Done Stole My Cherry
Red" – and Witherspoon sings "Sad Life", "Don
't Tell Me Now", "The Last Mile", "24 Sad Hours", and "Highway To Happiness".
(Original mono crownless black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams, some ringwear, spotty brown aging around the edges, and a small stain on front.)