THE STORY SO FAR:
The Original Rock’n Roller unleashes an essential collection of 25 digitally remastered greatest hits including “Tutti Frutti”, ‘Long Tall Sally”, “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and more! These are the original hits as recorded for the legendary Specialty Records label from the fabulous `50s!
Fifty-plus years after budding blues singer Richard Penniman transformed himself into the prototype wild man rock `n’ roller Little Richard, these seminal sides on Specialty retain every bit of their invention and abandon. Recorded in New Orleans with the rock ‘n’ roll pillars of Earl Palmer’s second-line drumming and Lee Allen’s muscular, swinging saxophone, Little Richard’s best singles are as good as any rock ‘n’ roll records ever recorded. His outlandishly raw and seductive vocals stretched the microphones to their limits, just as his hammering on the piano often threatened to shake his instrument apart.
||Long Tall Sally|
||Good Golly, Miss Molly|
||Slippin’ and Slidin’ Peepin’ and Hidin’|
||Rip It Up|
||She’s Got It|
||Girl Can’t Help It, The|
||Send Me Some Lovin’|
||Ooh! My Soul|
||True Fine Mama|
||Medley:Kansas City/ Hey Hey Hey Hey|
||By the Light of the Silvery Moon|
||Baura Laura Bana Loo|
||Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On [Rehearsal Take]|
||Hound Dog [Rehearsal Take]|
||Medley: Ain’t That a Shame/ I Got a Woman/Tutti Frutti [Live] – (live)|
Even with all this inventiveness, as early as 1956 some of Richard’s singles began to sound repetitive. “Heeby Jeeby” and “She’s Got It,” for example, borrowed liberally from their predecessors. Later in the year, Richard’s label head, Art Rupe, maneuvered him into the title song of “The Girl Can’t Help It,” written by Bobby Troup. The production retains the New Orleans phrasings and edgy vocals of Richard’s earlier sides, but adds stagey background singers. Richard still had plenty of thrills in him, however, laying down “Lucille” and “Jenny Jenny” to fill out the year. In between he dropped the Lloyd Price styled ballad “Send Me Some Lovin,” penned by Price’s brother, adding dynamics to accommodate a bluesier tune.
The CD is an amazing collection that ends right before Little Richard became a caricature.The Tin Pan Alley covers, the early hits and everything in-between is captured on this amazing CD. Hell, the audio is crisper than anything that I’ve heard in awhile. Such a blind buy for music fans, that I’m floored. One of the best of the year.
- Final Score: 99% – A