Rockin' Roll Baby

Rockin' Roll Baby

by The StylisticsThe Stylistics


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The last of the Stylistics' Thom Bell productions is just as essential as the first two. This one is slightly harder to find, as it has not been reissued in the States. It has been reissued by a United Kingdom company, however, and can be purchased via online music stores. The title cut is possibly the fastest record the sweet Philly crooners ever recorded. The late Linda Creed's lyrics fit the speedy rhythm track like custom gloves and lead singer Russell Thompkins enunciates every word clearly, making a lyric sheet unnecessary. Kenny Gamble collaborates with Bell on "Payback Is a Dog," a what-goes-around-comes-around song performed in the Stylistics' classic style. Normally writers for the Spinners, Bruce Hawes, Charles Simmons, and Joe Jefferson contribute the questioning "Could This Be the End," a ballad that Thompkins' precise falsetto works to perfection. Everybody knows "You Make Feel Brand New"; Airrion Love begins the stately love song and Thompkins takes it home shining brightly, hitting the notes with the precision of a diamond cutter. With Thompkins it's all about technique, and on the Bell sides he was always restrained -- just once you wanted him to cut loose and let that falsetto go hog-wild. Overall, not as compelling as the first two Bell productions, but a far cry better then anything that came after it.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2000
Label: Amherst Records
UPC: 0051617074922
catalogNumber: 20749
Rank: 43005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stylistics   Primary Artist
John Davis   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Thom Bell   Conductor,Keyboards
Rocco Bene   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo Trumpet
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Linda Creed   Background Vocals
Joseph DeAngelis   French Horn
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Jack Faith   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Norman Harris   Guitar
Robert Hartzell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo Trumpet
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Airrion Love   Track Performer
Vince Montana   Percussion
Russell Thompkins   Track Performer
Larry Washington   Bongos,Timbales
Earl Young   Drums
Ronnie Baker   Bass

Technical Credits

Thom Bell   Arranger,Producer
Freddy Joiner   Contributor
Richard Marx   Cover Photo
Don Murray   Engineer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Bob Moore   Contributor

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