Rockin' Roll Baby

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Rockin' Roll Baby
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Studio album by The Stylistics
Released November 1973
Recorded Sigma Sound Studio North
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 42:36
Label Avco
Producer Thom Bell
The Stylistics chronology
Round 2
(1972)Round 21972
Rockin' Roll Baby
(1973)
Let's Put It All Together
(1974)Let's Put It All Together1974
Singles from Rockin' Roll Baby
  1. "Rockin' Roll Baby"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauC+ [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.

Background[edit]

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.[3]

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 tracks written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
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
Side two
No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

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

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US
A/C

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UK
[5]
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. ^ "Stylists All Music Bio". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Stylistics". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  5. ^ a b "UK Charts > The Stylistics". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 

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