Rock with a Sock

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
This 28-track collection rounds up sessions guitar player Mickey Baker cut as a leader between 1952-1957 for such labels as Savoy, Rainbow, Groove, MGM, and Vik. Baker is best-known for his duets with Sylvia Robinson as Mickey & Sylvia as well as his incredibly prolific and influential session work. As a leader, Baker tried various styles from rock & roll "I'm Tired" to mambo "Guitar Mambo" to acoustic blues "Love Me Baby" to acoustic doo wop "Oh, Happy Day" to tough blues "Down to the Bottom," "You Better Heed My Warning" to jump blues "Rock With a Sock," which features some hot sax by Warren Luckey to jazz "Chloe," "Ghost of a Chance", trying his hand at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
This 28-track collection rounds up sessions guitar player Mickey Baker cut as a leader between 1952-1957 for such labels as Savoy, Rainbow, Groove, MGM, and Vik. Baker is best-known for his duets with Sylvia Robinson as Mickey & Sylvia as well as his incredibly prolific and influential session work. As a leader, Baker tried various styles from rock & roll "I'm Tired" to mambo "Guitar Mambo" to acoustic blues "Love Me Baby" to acoustic doo wop "Oh, Happy Day" to tough blues "Down to the Bottom," "You Better Heed My Warning" to jump blues "Rock With a Sock," which features some hot sax by Warren Luckey to jazz "Chloe," "Ghost of a Chance", trying his hand at instrumentals and vocals and always delivering high-energy, high-quality music. There are no lost classics hidden away here, but it is nice to hear Baker get a chance to step out on his own and rock. Baker's guitar playing is almost always energetic and unrestrained and his laconic vocals are a lot of fun. He also shows a more serious side on a date for Vik in 1957. The four tracks all of which were never issued are calm jazz ballads that Baker plays gently and with a great deal of finesse and feeling, and they show he could have had a career as a jazz player if he had wanted. As a bonus, Bear Family adds five previously unreleased Mickey & Sylvia tracks to the end of the set. Four of the tracks are typical smooth and poppy Mickey & Sylvia fare, but "Can't Get You on the Phone" displays a slightly harder musical edge to go with their usual lighthearted lyrics and delivery. It is almost a shame that they included these tracks, as they take some of the focus off of Mickey Baker's solo work, but the tracks are of such a high quality that it doesn't detract from the listening pleasure one bit. Anyone with an interest in discovering the versatility of one of the great craftsmen and founding fathers of rock & roll should check out this CD. You'll soon be singing the praises of Mickey Baker to anyone who will listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127156549
  • Catalog Number: 15654
  • Sales rank: 113,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guitar Mambo (2:49)
  2. 2 Riverboat (2:35)
  3. 3 Love Me Baby (2:13)
  4. 4 Oh Happy Day (2:26)
  5. 5 Where Is My Honey (2:43)
  6. 6 I'm Tired (2:14)
  7. 7 Stranger Blues (2:23)
  8. 8 I Wish I Knew (2:58)
  9. 9 Down to the Bottom (2:09)
  10. 10 You Better Heed My Warning (2:08)
  11. 11 Midnight Hours (2:59)
  12. 12 Please Tell Me (2:34)
  13. 13 Shake Walkin' (2:50)
  14. 14 Greasy Spoon (2:43)
  15. 15 Bandstand Stomp (Ho Ho Ho) (2:47)
  16. 16 Rock with a Sock (3:01)
  17. 17 Old Devil Moon (2:29)
  18. 18 Guitarambo (2:41)
  19. 19 Spinnin' Rock Boogie (2:24)
  20. 20 Chloe (2:45)
  21. 21 Ghost of a Chance (4:29)
  22. 22 The Man I Love (2:33)
  23. 23 Bobi (4:16)
  24. 24 Hello Stranger - Sylvia Robinson (3:17)
  25. 25 My Love (2:42)
  26. 26 Woe, Woe Is Me - Sylvia Robinson (2:39)
  27. 27 Can't Get You on the Phone - Sylvia Robinson (2:41)
  28. 28 I'll Always Want You Near - Sylvia Robinson (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Baker Primary Artist, Guitar
Sylvia Robinson Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Mickey Baker Illustrations
Jerry Leiber Producer
Chris Youlden Composer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Lee Magid Producer
Bob Rolontz Producer
Mike Stoller Producer
Danny Kessler Producer
Lee Schapiro Producer
Bruce Hailstalk Tape Research
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Kurt Mohr Liner Notes
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Traditional Composer
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