Personnel: Etta James (vocals), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (vocals, alto saxophone), Red Holloway (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones), Jack McDuff (organ), Shuggie Otis (guitar), Richard Reid (acoustic & electric bass). Paul Humphrey (drums).
Recorded at Marla's Memory Lane Supper Club, Los Angeles, May 30-31, 1986.
Personnel: Etta James (vocals); Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (vocals, alto saxophone); Shuggie Otis (guitar); Red Holloway (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Richard Reid (acoustic bass, bass guitar); Paul Humphrey (drums).
Recording information: Marla's Memory Lane Supper Club, L.A., CA (05/30/1986/05/31/1986).
Photographer: Phil Bray.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Richard Reid; Jack McDuff; Paul Humphrey ; Red Holloway; Shuggie Otis.
Recorded live at Marla's Memory Lane Supper Club in Los Angeles, this 1986 date finds Etta James in front of a superb combo fronted by Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, with Red Holloway, Jack McDuff, and Shuggie Otis providing the supple and swinging backdrop. Vinson is featured on "Kidney Stew," "When My Baby Left Me," and "Railroad Porter Blues" before the turning the stage over to Etta, who provides a blistering "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and a sultry three-song medley of "At Last," "Trust Me," and "Sunday Kind of Love." The two stars duet on Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" before Etta closes the show with strong readings of "Lover Man" and "Misty." The small crowd's enthusiastic response makes this a show you wish you were there for; this disc is the next best thing to it. ~ Cub Koda