Rockin' Roll Baby
|Rockin' Roll Baby|
|Studio album by The Stylistics|
Sigma Sound Studio North|
|The Stylistics chronology|
|Singles from Rockin' Roll Baby|
|Robert Christgau||C+ |
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.
While on Avco, they began working with producer/songwriter Thom Bell, and along with songwriter Linda Creed created a bunch of hit singles that used lavish production backing the lead vocals of Russell Thompkins, Jr.. Every single that Bell produced was a hit.
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".
|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" (Thom Bell, Kenneth Gamble)||4:31|
|6.||"Love Comes Easy"||4:58|
|7.||"There's No Reason" (Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce 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" (Charles Simmons, Bruce Hawes, Joseph B. Jefferson)||3:38|
- Russell Thompkins, Jr. – lead vocals, background vocals
- Airrion Love – background vocals, lead vocals on "You Make Me Feel Brand New"
- James Smith, Herb Murrell, James Dunn – background vocals
- Linda Creed, Barbara Ingram, Evette Benton, Carla Benson – additional 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
|U.S. Billboard Top LPs||66|
|U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs||5|
|UK Albums Chart||42|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|1973||"Rockin' Roll Baby"||14||3||44||6|
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