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The Platinum Collection

The Platinum Collection

19 Mar 2007
4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Born Delores Williams in Chicago in 1929, LaVern Baker was one of Atlantic's first true superstars. Possessed of the most gloriously fun voice, she was big, bold, sassy and sexy - a sort of 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 knock-out, her irresistible popularity crossed over from the race music charts into the popular, which along with the wonderful Joe Turner practically put the fledgling Atlantic label on the map.

This 20-track budget-priced 2007 "Platinum Collection" is an exact rerun of Rhino's 1993 compilation "Soul On Fire" minus the detailed booklet, but still with that great re-mastered sound.

The songs stretch from 1953's "Soul On Fire" through to an obscure album track "You Said" from the 1963 LP "See See Rider". Many of the early singles "Tweedlee Dee" (lyrics above), "Bop-Ting-A-Ling" and "My Happiness Forever" feature The Gliders as her backing group (The Cues under another name), "How Often" is a duet with Ben E. King, while "I Waited Too Long" is an early Neil Sedaka song.

As you play this uplifting compilation of both fast and slow rhythm 'n' blues, you understand why her loss in 1997 at only 67 was greeted with such sorrow by the industry and music lovers alike - at least she lived to be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame in 1991.

At a retail price of only four pounds (even cheaper online), "Platinum Collection" is a great way into her magical Atlantic recordings - it's a well of riches people, it really is. If there's a God in Heaven, she's there on a Saturday night at the local blues bar - Pina Colada in hand, hair immaculate, foot tapping - boogieing to LaVern Baker doing "Jim Dandy".
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Ah Ms Baker, been a fan of yours since the late 80s when a new friend at the time from South Africa introduced me to your extension album collection and Lavern was part of it along with Varetta Dillard, et al.

I have worn holes in all my Lavern cds over the years and my all time favorite song is not part of this collection, is Voodoo Voodoo, how can anybody resist the line - ' He done a voodoo voodoo'ed me ! ' Yummy.

I continue to kick myself as her wake and funeral was held her in NY and being a social worker at the time, I was not really able to get away to get to it in Harlem and missed out saying goodbye to her. But have found out recently that she is buried in Kew Gardens, Queens, only a subway ride away, so will be going to pay my respects to my 2nd favorite all time singer ( after Ella ) sometime this spring.

I am humming Jim Dandy already.

RIP Lavern. xx
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Stumbled across Lavern's "Jim Dandy" on a rock n roll compilation and was so impressed I bought this album. What an amazing artist and why is she so unknown in UK? (Probably because the radio network is clueless). Her voice has the blues, it has soul and it has rock n roll. Some tracks give me goose bumps. John Lennon once said "Before Elvis there was nothing." I used to agree. Lavern has changed my mind.
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one of the greatest voices in American R&B music, she scored numerous hits in the US pop charts, Tweedle Dee, Jim Dandy etc, and even recorded a couple of duets with the great Jackie Wilson. Unfortunately she never had a hit in Britain. Her uptempo recordings were close to Rock 'n' Roll as were most of the great R&B singers, Joe Turner for example.
LaVern died in 1997 at the age of 67, of heart disease without ever achieving the recognition that she deserved in the UK
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ABSOLUTELY CRACKING HAVE NOT HEARD HER BEFORE LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM WILL BE BUYING MORE !!
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Similare to my previous comments, I am lost for words how good this womens voice is, every track is wonderful.
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catchy tunes. they don't make em like that anymore, will look for more of the same from this great artist.
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what a collection!! could not ask for more .. and the price ?? It's a steal, sit back and enjoy
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