"I have to admit that David Cassidy's solo LPs or recordings with the Partridge Family, for which he is best known, was immediately dismissed in the 70s as prefab fluff or bubblegum music. By the time he recorded "Rock Me Baby", Cassidy was already jaded by the teenybopper image he had been crowned with two years prior. In an earnest attempt to have his rock peers see him as something else but a piece of pre-teen marketed meat, Cassidy tried to break the mold with this 1972 gem. The "album" opens with wailing guitars on the title track "Rock Me Baby" and Cassidy's trademark smokey vocals. The song was an earnest sexual song and a far cry from his Partridge roots. Seemingly strange, considering his earlier protests of speaking a verse in the Partridge's "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted" a song that Cassidy loathed, here again is a speaking part that was loaded with sexual innuendo. A great lead in track that goes right into a great version of the Rascal's "Lonely To Long". Next is a smokey ballad "Two Time Loser" that was written by Cassidy himself and although it shows great maturity it still mirrors the teenage angst that the Partridge tunes were already pushing by this time. The fourth track is the highly sexually charged "Warm My Soul" originally slated to be a Partridge tune for the "Up To Date" LP but was scrapped as being too "sexual" for a preteen LP. Cassidy really vamps up this number. Following "Soul" comes another Cassidy co-penned tune called "Some Kind Of A Summer" which sounds so autobiographical that Cassidy could have led into a storyteller type status well kept by future artists at that time like Dan Fogelberg and Harry Chapin. In my own humble opinion, Cassidy should have written many more songs himself whereas this LP grandly showcases his talent and earned him some of the respect he richly deserved when the LP was released. Also another great Oh No No Way rounds out the LPs first side. "Song For A Rainy Day" is yet another Cassidy written tune co-penned with the famous in her own right, Kim Carnes one of Cassidy's background singers at the time. This CD is jam packed with stellar ballads and is well worth a listen. Cassidy had turned a corner with this collection and proved he was more than a "pretty face". A validly serious attempt at what he did best. Other great ballads abound with the beautiful lilting "Soft As A Summer Shower" "Go Now" and "Song Of Love" and Cassidy sings each with an overwhelming sense of pride and deservedly so. This is undoubtably David Cassidy at one of his finest moments! The ballad "How Can I Be Sure" was released a single and peaked on the Billboard charts at #25. It is easy to see on one listen how this was NOT the only tune that should have been released as a single and one would wonder why Bell/Arista wasn't smart enough to see this. It is obvious that they didn't see David as the hot commodity he was outside the Partridge Family considering they could not release any compliation of David's material without including his Partridge tunes. Yes, David IS one of the bubblegum years survivors and is carrying on a still hot career and this CD is positive proof of the reason why. One of David's undeniably best solo projects for Bell/Arista records. Don't pass this one over! It is worth every penny of it's purchase price and more, more so due o the brilliant liner notes included by a foremost Cassidy historian, Lisa Sutton! Rock on, David!"
Another fabulous SOLO album
Music Fan-atic | 06/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Released in late 1972, David Cassidy?s second solo had a slight mature approach than CHERISH, yet both are brilliant. Like a lot of David?s Albums he always have different styles of songs whether up-tempo beat or ballads. And he polishes them off well. Highlights for me are ?How Can I Be Sure? (A Number 1 here in the UK back in 1972) ?Two Time Loser? (What an amazing track!) ?Soft As A Summer Shower? and ?Song Of Love?. The sound quality is really outstanding. The master source was probably in pristine condition. Also released are The Partridge Family CDs ?CROSSWORD PUZZLE? and ?SHOPPING BAG? at the same time as ?ROCK ME BABY?. News on certain Partridge/Cassidy websites are that ?BULLETIN? BOARD? and ?UNRELEASE SONGS? may be due out sometime this year and possibly the rest of the David?s solo albums by ARISTA; I wonder if that also includes a reissue of the ?ROMANCE? CD.It?s fantastic that in recent years David Cassidy/Partridge Family albums are NOW being RELEASE on CD. It is way long overdue considering these albums have not been available for many, many years perhaps since the vinyl age!! If you like David Cassidy material buy this one, you will not be disappointed!"
David Cassidy -- Remastered Splendor!
F. Barton | Newport, WA USA | 05/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second of David Cassidy's solo albums, during his PF years. I like it much better than the first, "Cherish." His collaborations with Kim Carnes (Bette Davis Eyes) are absolutely beautiful. "How Can I Be Sure" and "Rock Me Baby" were huge hits for him, however it is the other songs on this album that make it really worth the purchase. Notably "Song For A Rainy Day", which David has never performed since, and is certainly too good a composition to go unnoticed. "Warm My Soul", which was originally a PF song, but deemed to "rock" oriented, is here, along with David's own composition, "Two Time Loser." I certainly hope that Arista/BMG releases the other two in the Cassidy/Bell catalog; "Cassidy Live", and the tremendous "Dreams Are Nothin' More Than Wishes" to follow this release, which was delayed two years!!It would also be great to have a 2CD set of ALL of the songs on the PF show that NEVER showed up on any lp at all. There are easily enough to fill two CDs, so hopefully we can purchase those treasures one day as well. For the time being, grab this release, you will be glad you did."
Thank you, David!!!
F. Barton | 05/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm so glad David Cassidy finally listened to his fans and allowed this album to be released on CD. David's talent is evident throughout and grabs you from the first song to the last. Don't miss this one. You won't regret buying it. The best of the album? How about "Rock Me Baby", "Some Kind Of A Summer", "How Can I Be Sure", "Song For A Rainy Day" and "Soft As A Summer Shower." My CD collection has had a huge hole in it without "Rock Me Baby." Now let's hope "Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes" is next. And then... Well, you know what I mean!"
Still good in 2003, still listening to it,
A. lombardi Jr. | north cape may, nj United States | 12/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is one of his top 2 records , the other being
cherish' the songs are good , his voice is at his best
and still after all these yrs they still sound brand
new.From the slow one's to the fast one's this is a
great record, 'oh no no ' is one song that sticks out
that highlites his singing and to this day his voice
has been underrated, 'how can I be sure' is a great song
that David has made his own song even tho he didnt write
it.'Song for a rainy day' is great song that just takes you to that moment and reminds you of your lost love,
This record was released in 1972, here it is 2003 and he
is still going strong with a few bumps in the road but
who has'nt!,this is a record to put on and drink some wine and remember just how much you love your wife or girlfriend."