Baton Label: Sol's Story

Baton Label: Sol's Story

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The Baton label, run by Sol Rabinowitz, was a small New York R&B indie that had some modest successes in the 1950s, most notably with the original version of "Got My Mojo Working," by Ann Cole (included here). This has 28 sides from 1953-1959, three of them previously unissued, presenting a solid if

Overview

The Baton label, run by Sol Rabinowitz, was a small New York R&B indie that had some modest successes in the 1950s, most notably with the original version of "Got My Mojo Working," by Ann Cole (included here). This has 28 sides from 1953-1959, three of them previously unissued, presenting a solid if occasionally generic mix of period R&B styles, particularly doo wop and jump R&B. Highlights include the dreamy doo wop of the Rivileers' 1953 single "A Thousand Stars," Baton's first release and first success; the Hearts, whose "Lonely Nights" (from 1955) is one of the best examples of the fairly infrequently recorded female doo wop group genre; and the Lonely Ones' "My Wish," which sounds a little like Little Anthony & the Imperials. Much of the doo wop material has a rather poppier flavor than the typical stuff from the style, which actually makes it stand out from the pack a bit. Blues collectors will be most interested in the nine tracks by Ann Cole; none of them match "Mojo Working" ("I've Got Nothing Working Now" is a blatantly similar-sounding follow-up), and some of them have no relation to the blues, but "Each Day" is a pretty good cut that sounds like a minor-keyed variation of Little Walter's "My Babe."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/1997
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667150521
catalogNumber:
505
Rank:
151887

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Tracks

  1. A Thousand Stars
  2. Lonely Nights
  3. (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons
  4. The Things I Love
  5. Got My Mo-Jo Working (But It Just Won't Work on You)
  6. Oo-Wee
  7. Pepper-Hot Baby
  8. I Thought I Told You Not to Tell Them
  9. Easy Easy Baby
  10. My Tearful Heart
  11. Each Day
  12. TV Baby
  13. No Star Is Lost
  14. You're Mind
  15. I've Got Nothing Working Now (But My Real Old Fashioned Love)
  16. I Remember
  17. Will You Ever Say You're Mine
  18. Careless Love
  19. I Remember, Dear
  20. We Two
  21. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  22. Are You Satisfied?
  23. Gone Gone Gone (Four O'Clock Blues)
  24. My Wish
  25. Deep Down Inside
  26. I Told Them
  27. The Clock of Love
  28. Hard Times (The Slop)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hearts   Track Performer
Noble "Thin Man" Watts   Track Performer
Marie Knight   Track Performer
Ann Cole   Track Performer
Suburbans   Track Performer
Teacho Wiltshire   Track Performer
Belvederes   Track Performer
Lonely Ones   Track Performer
Pilgrims   Track Performer
Rivileers   Track Performer
Fidelitys   Track Performer
Mello-Maids   Track Performer
Pilgrims   Track Performer

Technical Credits

W.C. Handy   Arranger,Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Arranger,Composer
Reid Whitelaw   Executive Producer
Spencer Williams   Arranger,Composer
Sol Rabinowitz   Producer,Liner Notes
Rivileers   Contributor
Lou Sprung   Composer

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