(2014) Jim Dandy

Laverne Baker

... read moreSexy, sensual, and a dynamite singer, LaVern 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 styles of the 1960s. Her best work was on Atlantic Records, the label she signed with in 1953 after first...

32′:49″ 12 Songs

1
Laverne Baker
Play It Fair
2:58
2
Laverne Baker
Tra La La
2:13
3
Laverne Baker
Tweedlee Dee
3:06
4
Laverne Baker
Bop Ting A Ling
3:04
5
Laverne Baker
I Can't Love You Enough
2:39
6
Laverne Baker
Soul On Fire
3:04
7
Laverne Baker
That Lucky Old Sun
2:56
8
Laverne Baker
Get Up Get Up
2:22
9
Laverne Baker
Jim Dandy
2:14
10
Laverne Baker
Tomorrow Night
3:15
11
Laverne Baker
Still
2:24
12
Laverne Baker
That's All I Need
2:34
Released 06 May 2014, Rapier Music

Review

Sexy, sensual, and a dynamite singer, LaVern 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 styles of the 1960s. Her best work was on Atlantic Records, the label she signed with in 1953 after first recording as Little Miss Sharecropper for RCA Victor and as Bea Baker for OKeh. Baker was to remain with Atlantic until 1964, and this brief set (it struggles to reach 26 minutes) has most of her hits for the label, including "Jim Dandy," "Tweedlee Dee," "Tra La La," and the stunning "Soul on Fire." It lacks, however, "Must I Cry Again," one of her best-ever tracks. Casual listeners looking for a quick introduction to this fine singer may find this short compilation fills the bill, but Atlantic's 20-track Soul on Fire anthology gives a much more complete picture of Baker's stay with the label. ~ Steve Leggett