Personnel includes: David Cassidy (vocals); Larry Carlton, Louie Shelton, Dean Parks (guitar); Carl Fortina (accordion); Tom Scott, Jim Horn, Bob Hardaway (woodwinds); Ollie Mitchell, Chuck Findley (trumpet); Slyde Hyde (trombone); Mike Melvoin (keyboards); Jim Gordon, Hal Blaine (drums); Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Danny Timmes, Jackie Ward, Sally Stevens, Gwen Johnson, Marnell McCall, Lisa Roberts, Lorna Willard (background vocals).
Recorded at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California. Originally released as Bell (1109). Includes liner notes by Lisa Sutton.
Personnel: David Cassidy (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Dave Ellingson, Danny Timmes, Lisa Roberts, Gwen Johnson, Marnell McCall, Lorna Willard, Jackie Ward, Kim Carnes, Sally Stevens (vocals); Dean Parks, Larry Carlton, Louie Shelton (guitar); Carl Fortina (accordion); Bob Hardaway, Jim Horn, Tom Scott (woodwinds); Chuck Findley, Ollie Mitchell (trumpet); Slyde Hyde (trombone); Mike Melvoin (keyboards); Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon (drums); Alan Estes, Gene Estes, Gary Coleman (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Lisa Sutton.
Recording information: Western Recorders (Studio 2), Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Ed Caraeff.
Former teen idol David Cassidy's second solo album for Bell Records is an attempt at blue-eyed soul that, for the most part, works well. Rock Me Baby was more expressive than anything he was allowed to record on the Partridge Family sessions. These 11 tracks show off Cassidy's vocal range (and his personal taste in music), but there's nothing as catchy here as on the Partridge Family's albums; but, then again, that was the point. Rock Me Baby doesn't contain monster hooks that are impossible to get out of your head, but the combination of blue-eyed soul and album rock trappings (utilizing a wah-wah pedal) sound almost experimental coming from Cassidy. Although Partridge Family associate Wes Farrell provided the production, it's obvious Cassidy had input in the direction and material. The highlights include the Cassidy-penned "Two Time Loser"; "Song for a Rainy Day," co-written with Kim Carnes; and a cover of the Rascals' hit "How Can I Be Sure," which suffers from a 5th Dimension-like arrangement, but includes one of Cassidy's most expressive vocal performances on record. The album's finest moment overall is the kickoff track, "Rock Me Baby," which has Cassidy transforming into Electric Warrior-era T. Rex. ~ Al Campbell