Rockin' Roll Baby

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Rockin' Roll Baby
Studio album by The Stylistics
Released November 1973
Recorded Sigma Sound Studio North
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 42:36
Label Avco
AV 11010
Producer Thom Bell
The Stylistics chronology
Round 2
(1972)
Rockin' Roll Baby
(1973)
Let's Put It All Together
(1974)
Singles from Rockin' Roll Baby
  1. "Rockin' Roll Baby"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Rockin' Roll Baby is the third studio album recorded by American R&B group The Stylistics, released in November 1973 on the Avco label. It was produced by Thom Bell and recorded at Sigma Sound Studio North in Philadelphia. This would be the group's last album to be produced by Bell.

History[edit]

The album reached #66 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on the R&B albums chart. The title track was a successful single, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the R&B singles chart, and #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The album also includes the original full version of the song, "You Make Me Feel Brand New".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Only for the Children"   4:38
2. "Could This Be The End?" (Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes, Charles Simmons) 4:09
3. "Let Them Work It Out"   3:58
4. "Make It Last"   2:59
5. "Pay Back Is a Dog" (Bell, Kenneth Gamble) 4:31
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Love Comes Easy"   4:58
7. "There's No Reason" (Jefferson, Hawes) 3:58
8. "Rockin' Roll Baby"   4:27
9. "You Make Me Feel Brand New"   5:20
10. "I Won't Give You Up" (Simmons, Hawes, Jefferson) 3:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. – lead vocals
  • Airrion Love – vocals, co-lead vocal on "You Make Me Feel Brand New"
  • James Smith, Herb Murrell, James Dunn – vocals
  • Linda Creed, Barbara Ingram, Evette Benton, Carla Benson – background vocals
  • Norman Harris, Bobby Eli – guitar
  • Ronnie Baker – bass
  • Earl Young – drums
  • Larry Washington – timbales, congas, bongos
  • Vince Montana – percussion
  • Thom Bell – keyboards
  • Joseph DeAngelis, Milton Fipps – French horn
  • Jack Faith – alto saxophone, flute
  • John Davis – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Bobby Hartzell, Rocco Bene – trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Freddy Joiner, Bobby Moore – tenor trombone
  • Richard Genevese – bass trombone
  • Walter File – harp
  • Don Renaldo & His Swinging Strings – strings

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
[3][4]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 66
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 5
UK Albums Chart 42
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
A/C

[3]
UK
[4]
1973 "Rockin' Roll Baby" 14 3 44 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Rockin' Roll Baby review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Rockin' Roll Baby review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Stylistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > The Stylistics". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 

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