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Soul on Fire-the Best of [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (1 Oct. 1991)
  • Label: Wea/Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IRZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Soul on Fire
  2. Tomorrow Night
  3. Tweedle Dee
  4. That's All I Need
  5. Bop-Ting-a-Ling
  6. Play It Fair
  7. Jim Dandy
  8. My Happiness Forever
  9. Get up, Get up (You Sleepy Head)
  10. Still
  11. I Can't Love You Enough
  12. Jim Dandy Got Married
  13. I Cried a Tear
  14. Whipper Snapper
  15. I Waited Too Long
  16. Shake a Hand
  17. How Often - LaVern Baker, Ben E. King
  18. You Said
  19. Saved
  20. See See Rider

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Born Delores Williams in Chicago in 1929 - LaVern Baker was one of Atlantic Records first true superstars. Possessed of the most gloriously fun voice - LaVern was big, bold, sassy and super sexy - the Mae West of Rhythm 'n' Blues. Armed with top session players that included King Curtis, floor-filling songs with catchy lyrics and an image that was pure knockout - her irresistible popularity crossed over from the race music charts into the popular. And along with the wonderful Big Joe Turner - both practically put the fledgling Atlantic label on the map - and of course led to so much more in the years that followed.

Rhino's original compilation "Soul On Fire - The Best Of Lavern Baker" came out in October 1991 on Rhino/Atlantic & Atco Remasters 7567-82311-2 (Barcode 075678231124) and breaks down as follows (53:41 minutes):

1. Soul On Fire (1953 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1004, B-side of "How Can You Leave A Man Like This")
2. Tomorrow Night (January 1955 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1047, B-side of "Tweedlee Dee")
3. Tweedlee Dee (January 1955 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1047, A)
4. That's All I Need (May 1955 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1057, B-side of "Bop-Ting-A-Ling")
5. Bop-Ting-A-Ling (May 1955 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1057, A)
6. Play It Fair (October 1955 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1075, A)
7. Jim Dandy (January 1957 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1116, A)
8. My Happiness Forever (March 1956 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1087, A)
9. Get Up, Get Up (You Sleepy Head) (March 1956 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1087, B-side of "My Happiness Forever")
10. Still (September 1956 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1104, A)
11. I Can't Love You Enough (September 1956 USA 7" single on Atlantic 45-1104, B-side of "Still")
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LaVern Baker was noted as being a Rhythm and Blues Singer but could cover very many bases and perhaps that is why this excellent material has been ignored in many compartmentalised jazz writings. This compendium CD rather surprisingly (covering both the sacred and profane!) couples her original “…sings Bessie Smith” from 1958 with the slightly later “…sings Gospel”. The former is an absolutely classic recording not just for Baker’s singing but additionally for the exuberant accompanying group which has slightly varying personnel between the three recording sessions. Buck Clayton and Paul Quinichette are quality constants, as is the rhythm section, but the baritone is shared between Sahib Shihab and Jerome Richardson. Three separate trombonists make their presence felt – Urbie Green, Vic Dickenson and Jimmy Cleveland, and the latter shows he can blow the blues with the best of them. Danny Barker on guitar is particularly effective in the rhythm section using varying accents and rolls. Clayton seems to be the significant influence on the session but apparently the arrangements were by Ernie Wilkins, Nat Pierce, and Phil Moore who divided the tasks equally between them. Perhaps the only drawback is that most of the tracks are slightly limited in playing time – eight last around 3 minutes or less. A couple of extra choruses here and there could have benefitted the general relaxed feel greatly. For those who appreciate Baker she sings well on the gospel tracks with a competent backing, but it is the Bessie Smith tracks which are truly exuberant and quality classics. This is a tribute album but a living one where Baker and her accompanists display outstanding verve.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95eef498) out of 5 stars My Soul Unearthed 25 Jan. 2004
By Brian A. Foster - Published on
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My youngest memories of music as a kid were of LaVern Baker. My Dad played her albums at every party he threw (and he threw quite a few). I liked it then, but haven't listened to her music in well over 20 years now. I purchased this album to remember my Dad's music.
The best surprise was mine to enjoy--not only did I reconnect all of my memories, I gained a true appreciation of what a wonderful treasure LaVern Baker was. My goodness. Between LaVern Baker and Fats Domino, do you need anything else to remember those years?
There is not a single bad song on this album. Every song she sings is emminently enjoyable. But it--you won't regret it.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96d9bb70) out of 5 stars A R&R/R&B Legend 26 July 2007
By George O'Leary - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the great advantages to having become a teenager in the early 1950s is the fact that, by having lived through the birth of R&R, you can look back and give an honest, unbiased opinion as to who constituted the wheat and who made up the chaff.

Let's face it, the early days of R&R were male dominated, and when you get right down to it, only three women were able to consistently hold their own on the charts in those days with the likes of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis, Pat Boone, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Everly Brothers. They were Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, and LaVern Baker.

Born Delores Williams on November 11, 1929 in Chicago, her first record releases came in 1951 on Columbia's Okeh subsidiary when she was billed as Bea Baker and, later that same year, as "Little Miss Sharecropper" on the National label. In 1952 she took the name LaVern Baker while performing with Todd Rhodes & His Orchestra, and her success there led to a contract with the fledgling Atlantic Records. Her first release, Soul On Fire - fittingly the title for this CD - was written by the label's legendary founder Ahmet Ertegun, and while it didn't chart in either the R&B or pop Top 40 when released in late 1953, that would change in 1955.

In January that year, with her back-up group The Gliders, she released the bouncy Tweedlee Dee which, b/w the soulful Tomorrow Night [an Elvis favorite] went to # 4 R&B and # 14 pop. And although it was outsold in the latter market by a rushed-out Georgia Gibbs cover, the buying public would not let that happen again. From there to her last big charted hit in 1966, no one dared cover her again.

Of her 21 charted R&B and pop hits, 15 are included here, with the only missing gems being Tra La La (1956), It's So Fine (1958), So High So Low and Tiny Tim from 1959, 1965's Fly Me To The Moon and, from 1966 while with Brunswick Records, the duet with Jackie Wilson, Think Twice.

LaVern, who sadly passed away at age 67 in 1997, did get to see her name enshrined in the R&R Hall of Fame in 1991, thereby correcting a five year oversight [she should have been selected with the first inductees in 1986]. In any event, this is one CD you MUST have if you want an appreciation of one of the top three most influential female artists of Rock's early days. And while you're at it, search out the fabulous LP LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cf1a74) out of 5 stars ONE OF THE RTHYM AND BLUES QUEENS!! 28 Oct. 2002
By ernie garcia - Published on
Format: Audio CD
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95eef8c4) out of 5 stars You must get this album, you will not be disappointed. 2 May 2000
By Mark Plaid - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lavern Baker is an almost forgotten legend of rhythm and blues. It is difficult to find her recordings in music stores, but this album has everything you could want if you are going to buy only one album by her. Highlights of this album are the hot jumpin' "Jim Dandy" and "Jim Dandy Got Married." This is where Baker is truly on fire. Her voice is out of sight without over-doing it. This is a perfect example of what rhythm and blues truly is.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95eefaa4) out of 5 stars Beautiful LaVern 26 May 2007
By V. A. Peek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not only was she great in every way these other reviews say, she was a very beautiful lady on the outside and inside. The only place I had to hear her when I was a teenager was at a mainly "blacks" cafe on the "down" end of the town I grew up in. There were no "black" radio stations then in my hometown. My closest friend and I could sometimes get a far off radio station that played this kind of music, but we'd slip off and go to this cafe (Miles' Cafe) after high school let out. I can't remember what we used as an excuse as to why we were late getting home from school. (Parents cared in those days, but would not have approved of our going in to "that" cafe.) I'm so glad I ran across this album on Amazon. Well, Amazon actually recommended it to me. Thanks Amazon. I remember most of these songs. Oh, I graduated from high school in 1957.
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