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Edgar Winter's White Trash: Roadwork

Charles Shaar Murray, Cream, July 1972

EDGAR WINTER’S White Trash are advanced cases of the Live Album Syndrome. Their line-up allows them to tackle soul, gospel, blues and rock, depending on whether Jerry Lacroix, Rick Derringer or Edgar himself happens to be out front. However, their endless posturing prevents them from sounding like the real professional soul or blues band they so desperately want to be. It’s like the difference between Albert King and Alvin Lee; ballet becomes gymnastics, economy becomes extravagance. The entire ensemble sings and plays as if it is getting paid by the note.

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