Slacker Logo

LaVern Baker

Advertisement
Advertisement

Review

LaVern Baker, the great early rock & roll singer's second LP -- not to be confused with her first and very similarly titled LP, which was called just LaVern -- gathers both sides of seven of her nine first singles, all issued in 1953-1956. (The singles not included from this sequence are the 1954 45 "I Can't Hold Out Any Longer"/"I'm Living My Life for You" and the 1956 45 "Fee Fee Fi Fo Fum"/"I'll Do the Same for You.") In this respect, it's a much more typical album of the early rock & roll era than LaVern, which opted for material that hadn't yet appeared on singles. The most famous, and the best, songs on LaVern Baker are the hits "Tweedle Dee" and "Jim Dandy." Much of the other material comes off as energetic but less interesting variations on the general upbeat "R&B turning into rock & roll" formula of those numbers, though she does get into somewhat different bags on the heavily calypso-flavored "I Can't Love You Enough" and a few ballads. Since no less than 11 of these 14 tracks also appear on the best Baker compilation (Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker), this has to be considered something for completists, despite its generally decent quality. ~ Richie Unterberger
Read More Read Less
  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Jim Dandy [Single/LP Version] LaVern Baker 2:9
  3. 2 Tra La La LaVern Baker 2:10
  4. 3 I Can't Love You Enough LaVern Baker 2:37
  5. 4 Get Up, Get Up [You Sleepy Head] LaVern Baker 2:18
  6. 5 That's All I Need LaVern Baker 2:32
  7. 6 Bop-Ting-A-Ling LaVern Baker 3:3
  8. 7 Tweedle Dee [Single/LP Version] LaVern Baker 3:3
  9. 8 Still LaVern Baker 2:20
  10. 9 Play It Fair LaVern Baker 2:55
  11. 10 Tomorrow Night LaVern Baker 3:12
  12. 11 That Lucky Old Sun [Just Rolls Around Heaven All LaVern Baker 2:53
  13. 12 Soul on Fire LaVern Baker 3:1
  14. 13 My Happiness Forever LaVern Baker 2:45
  15. 14 How Can You Leave a Man Like This? LaVern Baker 2:36

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -
  • GUESTS
  • CHAT
Some UserSample Msg
Advertisement

Advertisement

LIVE STREAM... SOCIAL RADIO STREAM...

LIVE STREAM... SOCIAL RADIO STREAM...
Casting to |