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://itunes.apple.com/album/soul-on-fire/id50268895?i=50268897&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Tomorrow Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tomorrow-night/id50268895?i=50268899&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Tweedle Deehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tweedle-dee/id50268895?i=50268901&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. That's All I Needhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/thats-all-i-need/id50268895?i=50268903&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Bop-Ting-a-Linghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bop-ting-a-ling/id50268895?i=50268905&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Play It Fairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/play-it-fair/id50268895?i=50268907&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Jim Dandyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/jim-dandy/id50268895?i=50268909&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. My Happiness Foreverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/my-happiness-forever/id50268895?i=50268911&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Get up, Get up (You Sleepy Head)http://itunes.apple.com/album/get-up-get-up-you-sleepy-head/id50268895?i=50268913&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Stillhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/still/id50268895?i=50268915&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I Can't Love You Enoughhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-cant-love-you-enough/id50268895?i=50268917&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Jim Dandy Got Marriedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/jim-dandy-got-married/id50268895?i=50268919&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. I Cried a Tearhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-cried-a-tear/id50268895?i=50268921&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Whipper Snapperhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/whipper-snapper/id50268895?i=50268923&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. I Waited Too Longhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-waited-too-long/id50268895?i=50268925&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Shake a Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/shake-a-hand/id50268895?i=50268927&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. How Oftenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/how-often/id50268895?i=50268929&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. You Saidhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-said/id50268895?i=50268931&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Savedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/saved/id50268895?i=50268933&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. See See Riderhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/see-see-rider/id50268895?i=50268935&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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