RELEASE
1991
LABEL
Atlantic
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Early R&B, Jump Blues

Album Review

One of R&B's earliest divas, LaVern Baker could grab hold of a song and belt it out with the best of them, whether she was singing bouncy, up-tempo rock & roll or bluesy torch ballads. Baker's contributions to the rockin' and rollin' wing of '50s R&B were in a class with Atlantic labelmates Ruth Brown and the Clyde McPhatter-era Drifters, as the stellar 20-track compilation Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker proves. Baker had a muscular delivery and a commanding personality on record, so much so that her ravishing visual appeal wasn't even necessary (though it certainly didn't hurt). Here she bellows and growls her way through rock & roll standards like "Tweedlee Dee" (her first big hit), the oft-covered "Jim Dandy" (her only R&B chart-topper), and "See See Rider," not to mention Leiber & Stoller's gospel pastiche "Saved." But Baker was equally powerful on her slow numbers, turning in positively smoldering performances on the classics "Soul on Fire," "Play It Fair," "I Cried a Tear" (her biggest pop hit), and "I Waited Too Long," among others. Baker isn't as much of a household name as she probably ought to be, but Soul on Fire is required listening for anyone interested in the first waves of R&B and rock & roll.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Soul on Firehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fsoul-on-fire%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268897%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Tomorrow Nighthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ftomorrow-night%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268899%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Tweedle Deehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ftweedle-dee%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268901%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. That's All I Needhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthats-all-i-need%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268903%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Bop-Ting-a-Linghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fbop-ting-a-ling%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268905%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Play It Fairhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fplay-it-fair%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268907%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Jim Dandyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fjim-dandy%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268909%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. My Happiness Foreverhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmy-happiness-forever%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268911%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Get up, Get up (You Sleepy Head)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fget-up-get-up-you-sleepy-head%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268913%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Stillhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fstill%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268915%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. I Can't Love You Enoughhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-cant-love-you-enough%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268917%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Jim Dandy Got Marriedhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fjim-dandy-got-married%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268919%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. I Cried a Tearhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-cried-a-tear%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268921%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. Whipper Snapperhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fwhipper-snapper%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268923%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. I Waited Too Longhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fi-waited-too-long%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268925%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Shake a Handhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fshake-a-hand%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268927%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. How Oftenhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fhow-often%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268929%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. You Saidhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fyou-said%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268931%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Savedhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fsaved%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268933%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. See See Riderhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fsee-see-rider%252Fid50268895%253Fi%253D50268935%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
purchase full album