Editors’ Notes LaVern Baker wasn’t just one of the most driven, incendiary vocalists of the '50s, an era when the competition was stiff. Her synthesis of R&B, pop, and jazz balladry also set the stage for the soul innovations of the '60s. Because it was used in movies and TV, “Jim Dandy” became her most visible hit, although in the public’s mind it relegated her to one-hit-wonder status. She was known as a dame of early rock ‘n’ roll, something like a one-woman Coasters. In reality, Baker was noteworthy for the diversity of her talents, something that can’t be said for many early rock ‘n’ roll stars. She had an elastic voice that could convey the emotion of any scenario, from the sanctified fervor of “Saved” and the sweetness of “I Can’t Love You Enough” to the lust of “Still.” This collection confirms her reputation as a brassy shouter, but it also enriches her legacy. She was a master interpreter and gave everything she had to every performance. The performer represented by this collection is a singer of commitment and expertise.

SONG
Soul On Fire
1
3:05
 
Tomorrow Night
2
3:15
 
Tweedle Dee
3
3:06
 
That's All I Need
4
2:35
 
Bop-Ting-A-Ling
5
3:05
 
Play It Fair
6
2:56
 
Jim Dandy
7
2:10
 
My Happiness Forever
8
2:47
 
Get Up, Get Up (You Sleepy Head)
9
2:21
 
Still
10
2:24
 
I Can't Love You Enough
11
2:39
 
Jim Dandy Got Married
12
2:11
 
I Cried a Tear
13
2:35
 
Whipper Snapper
14
2:12
 
I Waited Too Long
15
2:32
 
Shake a Hand
16
2:48
 
How Often
17
2:38
 
You Said
18
2:17
 
Saved
19
2:54
 
See See Rider
20
2:29
 

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