1949-1954

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A distant relative of Memphis Minnie, LaVern Baker was instrumental in reshaping the blues vocal into something closer to pop. This interesting collection includes the fiery singer's earliest sides, beginning with her debut recording for RCA Victor in 1949, "Easy Baby," when she was billing herself as Little Miss Sharecropper. Also included here are sides she cut for the Columbia and OKeh labels in 1952 under the name Bea Baker, and the four songs she recorded for the King label a year later under her own name before signing with Atlantic in 1953. Baker's stay at Atlantic was to last ten years, and her reputation rests with the material she did while with the label, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A distant relative of Memphis Minnie, LaVern Baker was instrumental in reshaping the blues vocal into something closer to pop. This interesting collection includes the fiery singer's earliest sides, beginning with her debut recording for RCA Victor in 1949, "Easy Baby," when she was billing herself as Little Miss Sharecropper. Also included here are sides she cut for the Columbia and OKeh labels in 1952 under the name Bea Baker, and the four songs she recorded for the King label a year later under her own name before signing with Atlantic in 1953. Baker's stay at Atlantic was to last ten years, and her reputation rests with the material she did while with the label, the earliest sides of which appear on this compilation, including the masterful "Must I Cry Again," the stunning "Soul on Fire," and her first big hit, "Tweedle Dee." White singer Georgia Gibbs quickly did a note-for-note cover of "Tweedle Dee" and had a substantial pop hit with it, leading Baker to sue her, and although Baker lost the suit, she had no problem hitting the pop charts with her subsequent Atlantic releases. Sexy, sensual, and a dynamite singer, Baker brought style and substance to her jazzy jump blues material, transforming it to the edge of rock & roll, and paving the way for the pop-soul of the 1960s. Her best work was on Atlantic, and this collection just edges into that era, so casual listeners may be better off picking up Atlantic's fine 20-track, single-disc Soul on Fire anthology that features the highlights from her stay with the label. As a buildup to that, though, this chronological set gives a fine portrait of this impressive performer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Classics R&B
  • EAN: 3448967512629
  • Catalog Number: 5126
  • Sales rank: 108,495

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Easy Baby - Little Miss Sharecropper (2:41)
  2. 2 I Wonder, Baby - Little Miss Sharecropper (2:54)
  3. 3 Take Out Some Time (3:05)
  4. 4 I'll Try (I've Tried) (2:45)
  5. 5 How Long (2:20)
  6. 6 I Want to Rock (2:43)
  7. 7 Good Daddy (2:22)
  8. 8 I Want a Lavender Cadillac - Maurice King and His Wolverines (2:54)
  9. 9 Make It Good (2:34)
  10. 10 Trying - Bea Baker (2:35)
  11. 11 Pig Latin Blues - Bea Baker (2:41)
  12. 12 Lost Child - Bea Baker (2:30)
  13. 13 Must I Cry Again - Bea Baker (2:25)
  14. 14 You'll Be Crying (2:59)
  15. 15 How Can You Leave a Man Like This (2:39)
  16. 16 Soul on Fire (3:04)
  17. 17 I'm Living My Life for You (3:08)
  18. 18 I'm in a Crying Mood (2:53)
  19. 19 I Can't Hold Out Any Longer (3:05)
  20. 20 Of Course I Do (2:53)
  21. 21 Tomorrow Night (3:14)
  22. 22 You Better Stop (2:46)
  23. 23 Tweedle Dee (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LaVern Baker Primary Artist, Vocals
Hank Jones Piano
Joe Williams Bass
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Jimmy Lewis Guitar
Todd Rhodes Piano
Mickey Baker Guitar
Connie Kay Drums
Louis Barnett Tenor Saxophone
Bill Benjamin Drums
Thomas "Beans" Bowles Baritone
Teddy Buckner Baritone
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Walter Davis Jr. Piano
Holley Dismukes Alto Saxophone
John Faire Guitar
Charlie Hooks Trumpet
Dave McRae Baritone
Freddie Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Red Saunders Drums
Louis Stephens Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman Bass
Al Williams Piano
Pinky Williams Baritone
Bea Baker Vocals
Oett "Sax" Mallard Saxophone
Maurice King Alto Saxophone
Sylvester Payne Drums
Neal Robinson Piano
Russell Green Trumpet
Joseph Marshall Drums
The Gliders Vocals
O.S. Coleman Drums
Elbert Langford Drums
Little Miss Sharecropper Vocals
Clarence Sherrill Bass
Ellis "Stumpy" Whitlock Trumpet
Sam Taylor Bass, Guitar, Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone
Technical Credits
LaVern Baker Composer
Lincoln Chase Composer
Dave Penny Liner Notes
Winfield Scott Composer
J. Stone Composer
Andrew Williams Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Eric Lipsenthal Composer
D. Taylor Composer
Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar Composer
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