Rock with a Sock

Rock with a Sock

by Mickey BakerMickey Baker


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This 28-track collection rounds up sessions guitar player Mickey Baker cut as a leader between 1952-1957 for such labels as Savoy, Rainbow, Groove, MGM, and Vik. Baker is best-known for his duets with Sylvia Robinson as Mickey & Sylvia as well as his incredibly prolific and influential session work. As a leader, Baker tried various styles from rock & roll ("I'm Tired") to mambo ("Guitar Mambo") to acoustic blues ("Love Me Baby") to acoustic doo wop ("Oh, Happy Day") to tough blues ("Down to the Bottom," "You Better Heed My Warning") to jump blues ("Rock With a Sock," which features some hot sax by Warren Luckey) to jazz ("Chloe," "Ghost of a Chance"), trying his hand at instrumentals and vocals and always delivering high-energy, high-quality music. There are no lost classics hidden away here, but it is nice to hear Baker get a chance to step out on his own and rock. Baker's guitar playing is almost always energetic and unrestrained and his laconic vocals are a lot of fun. He also shows a more serious side on a date for Vik in 1957. The four tracks (all of which were never issued) are calm jazz ballads that Baker plays gently and with a great deal of finesse and feeling, and they show he could have had a career as a jazz player if he had wanted. As a bonus, Bear Family adds five previously unreleased Mickey & Sylvia tracks to the end of the set. Four of the tracks are typical smooth and poppy Mickey & Sylvia fare, but "Can't Get You on the Phone" displays a slightly harder musical edge to go with their usual lighthearted lyrics and delivery. It is almost a shame that they included these tracks, as they take some of the focus off of Mickey Baker's solo work, but the tracks are of such a high quality that it doesn't detract from the listening pleasure one bit. Anyone with an interest in discovering the versatility of one of the great craftsmen and founding fathers of rock & roll should check out this CD. You'll soon be singing the praises of Mickey Baker to anyone who will listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156549
catalogNumber: 15654
Rank: 111004


  1. Guitar Mambo
  2. Riverboat
  3. Love Me Baby
  4. Oh Happy Day
  5. Where Is My Honey
  6. I'm Tired
  7. Stranger Blues
  8. I Wish I Knew
  9. Down to the Bottom
  10. You Better Heed My Warning
  11. Midnight Hours
  12. Please Tell Me
  13. Shake Walkin'
  14. Greasy Spoon
  15. Bandstand Stomp (Ho Ho Ho)
  16. Rock with a Sock
  17. Old Devil Moon
  18. Guitarambo
  19. Spinnin' Rock Boogie
  20. Chloe
  21. Ghost of a Chance
  22. The Man I Love
  23. Bobi
  24. Hello Stranger
  25. My Love
  26. Woe, Woe Is Me
  27. Can't Get You on the Phone
  28. I'll Always Want You Near

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mickey Baker   Primary Artist,Guitar
Sylvia Robinson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Mickey Baker   Illustrations
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Herman Diaz   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Lee Magid   Producer
Bob Rolontz   Producer
Mike Stoller   Producer
Danny Kessler   Producer
Lee Schapiro   Producer
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Kurt Mohr   Liner Notes
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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