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Lavern BAKER – Rock & Roll 1997

Posted in BLUES, Lavern BAKER on December 10, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Lavern BAKER – Rock & Roll 1997


LaVern Baker was one of the sexiest divas gracing the mid-’50s rock & roll circuit, boasting a brashly seductive vocal delivery tailor-made for belting the catchy novelties “Tweedlee Dee,” “Bop-Ting-a-Ling,” and “Tra La La” for Atlantic Records during rock’s first wave of prominence.
Simply put, LaVern Baker, one of the greatest vocalists in Atlantic Records’ history, could sing anything, as she proved again and again during a seven-year run of chart hits that began with 1955’s “Tweedle Dee” and culminated in 1963’s “See See Rider.” Her material, supplied by many of the era’s greatest songwriters (Leiber-Stoller, Pomus-Shuman, and many others), encouraged her to draw on her gospel and big band backgrounds in exploring the emotional subtext of serious ruminations on life such as “Saved” and the powerful “Soul on Fire.” The latter was her first Atlantic single, and on it she used virtually every vocal technique at her command to bring out the slow-burning sensuality of the Ahmet Ertegun-penned gem of erotic longing. Thus was notice served, and, in the glorious years that followed, Baker cut a swath wide enough that her name and label-mate Ruth Brown’s were spoken in the same reverent terms, sotto voce. The 20 tracks here remain as vital today as they were indispensable to the music’s evolution in her own time.
By David McGee.
01. Jim Dandy
02. Tra La La
03. I Can’t Love You Enough
04. Get Up Get Up (You Sleepy Head)
05. That’s All I Need
06. Bop Ting A Ling
07. Tweedle Dee
08. Still
09. Play It Fair
10. Tomorrow Night
11. That Lucky Old Sun
12. Soul On Fire
13. My Happiness For Ever
14. How Can You Leave A Man Like This
15. Learning To Love
16. Jim Dandy Got Married
17. Substitute
18. Voodoo Voodoo
19. Tiny Tim
20. If You Love Me

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