Album Details

RELEASE
1959
LABEL
Sepia Tone
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Early R&B, Regional Blues, East Coast Blues

Album Review

Despite Baker's well-deserved reputation as one of the most influential guitar players of early rock & roll, The Wildest Guitar was one of the few chances he really got to strut his stuff as a solo artist. This entirely instrumental set features keening, sharp, bluesy riffs in much the same distinctive style that gained him fame on "Love Is Strange" and other tunes with Mickey & Sylvia. The choice of material, though, is a bit surprising, favoring some surprisingly cornball standards: "Third Man Theme," "Autumn Leaves," "Lullaby of the Leaves," and Cole Porter's "Night and Day." Baker (who also arranged the album) manages to invest all of these with a snazzy R&B feel and biting solos. And he does actually write four of the 12 tunes himself, on which he fashions the kind of straightforward R&B that one would more likely to expect. This is a pretty good showcase to hear Baker's unadorned virtuosity. But he's really better-appreciated within the context of stronger material, either as half of Mickey & Sylvia or on the innumerable '50s R&B cuts (many on Atlantic) that feature his session work.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Third Man Themehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/third-man-theme/id118109877?i=118109712&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Whistle Stophttp://itunes.apple.com/album/whistle-stop/id118109877?i=118109753&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Night and Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/night-and-day/id118109877?i=118109770&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Midnight Midnighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/midnight-midnight/id118109877?i=118109781&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Autumn Leaveshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/autumn-leaves/id118109877?i=118109792&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Baiahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/baia/id118109877?i=118109803&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Milk Trainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/milk-train/id118109877?i=118109814&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Old Devil Moonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-devil-moon/id118109877?i=118109824&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Chloehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/chloe/id118109877?i=118109833&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Baker's Dozenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bakers-dozen/id118109877?i=118109843&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Lullaby of the Leaveshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lullaby-of-the-leaves/id118109877?i=118109852&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Gloomy Sundayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gloomy-sunday/id118109877?i=118109865&uo=5&at=11l9vR