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Rhythm and noise duke it out for the listener's attention on Little Richard's classic Specialty records. The future reverend chants and screams his often surreal--they used to call it "nonsensical"--tales of life ("Tutti Frutti"), love ("Jenny Jenny"), and rock ("Ready Teddy") over pounding piano, thumping drums, and one of the greatest horn presences (both ensemble and solo) in the history of 20th-century music. this disc makes his case better than the written word ever could, though. --Rickey Wright

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Specialty
  • ASIN: B000000QL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I would tend to disgree with the other reviewers who claim this is the best Little Richard collection short of the Specialty Boxed Set. The collection titled "The Georgia Peach" (also in the Specialty Legends series) is preferable to this one. Let's compare them in detail. This one contains 21 tracks, "The Georgia Peach" includes 25. The two collections have 17 tracks in common. So the difference lies in the tracks beyond those 17. This collection offers "Baby Face," "By The Light of The Silvery Moon," "I Got It," and "Directly From My Heart." "The Georgia Peach" includes "Oh, Why?," "All Around the World," "Shake A Hand," "Kansas City," "Can't Believe You Want to Leave," "She's Got It," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," "Baby," and "I'm Just A Lonely Guy." To simplify the choice: Which would you rather have, Little Richard's rendition of "By The Light of The Silvery Moon" or his version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On"? The choice is clear.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on February 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Few albums are so aptly named. This CD not only comprises "essential" Little Richard (on his original label, yet), it comes as close as possible to essential 20th Century listening. "Long Tall Sally," "Lucille," "Tutti Frutti," "Good Golly Miss Molly" are among the songs that seperated teenage culture from the one that preceded it. It gave youth a new musical language that Richard disciples on both shores (Mitch Ryder, Paul McCartney, John Fogerty) would take to greater heights.
Although Little Richard has claimed ever since (bitterly, although somewhat justifiably) that he is the architect of rock n' roll, he had help from a stellar backing band including Lee "Walking With Mr. Lee" Allen (who shouted those classic sax solos after Richard's screams), Huey "Piano" Smith (who attended some Richard sessions and jammed with him) and much of Guitar Slim's band. While some choices near the disc's end are baffling or amusing ("By The Light of The Silvery Moon" and "Baby Face" are not, will not, cannot be rock n' roll) this disc will put a smile on your face and pep in your step each time you play it. Highly, highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
For anyone looking for the rockin' originals with great sound, this is the cd. I have bought some of the re-released material in the past and was diappointed because it didn't have the original sound. If you love Little Richard's rock 'n' roll, definitely do not pass this up!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hardyboys.us on February 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a fine collection of the songs Little Richard recorded for the Specialty label.

Back in the day, Little Richard scared the hell out of middle class white American parents but the kids knew what was good!

You've got Little Richard pounding away at his piano and singing in his own inimitable style, a great sax player who sounds like he might blow out a lung at any moment and a drummer who provides the steady rockin' beat to Richard's anarchic style of rock!

The last two cuts ("Baby Face" and "Silvery Moon") are pretty tame but the rest of this album is terrific.

The songs have been digitally remastered from the original tapes and sound great.

The only minus is a lack of decent liner notes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Carley on August 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First, let me say that this is a great CD. In fact, it is probably the best collection of Little Richard's original recordings available unless you consider the Specialty box set (just too many repeated songs in that one). The reason I don't give this five stars is the incredibly poor packaging. Usually, when we see the word 'essential' in the title of a CD these days, it includes several pages of liner notes, with a biography, pictures and perhaps a discography. All you get here is a few pages of black and white photos (albeit pretty good ones). The biographical information takes the form of three paragraphs; the same three that you see on the back of the CD. They don't even tell you who wrote the songs.
As I stated above, this is a good CD, probably the best value available. But, given Little Richard's place in music history, he deserves better
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
this man changed music.anybody who was any one came thru his camp Jimi Hendrix,James Brown etc.. to name just a few. his rock to church feel has been going to know and will propbably last until the end of time.forget the awful pat Boone remake of tutti frutti and the other shamless interpertations of this genius work get the source.you won't be disappointed. he is one of the fathers of music period and many people need to go to school on this talented Man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Cousineau on November 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When you`ve had to much to drink or smoke,this is the music you want to hear.Good for dancing,fighting or um...being with your girl.All classics usually have to stand the test of time and the Georgia Peach still delivers.Its real rock and roll by a real rock and roller.This,the early Sun Records sides with The Killer and Chuck Berrys Great 28 are essentials and the conerstones that modern popular music is built on.Believe it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Dear music fan from Wild in Roxbury, this is music fan from Missouri City, Texas who made the stupid comment on June 9, 2004 about white people writing most of Little Richard's material. I like to truly apologize for the statement I had made. What I should have did was explain the first time that John Morascalco co-wrote some (not all) of Little Richard's material (which means that there were other writers including African-American writers who co-wrote some of Little Richard's songs along with John Morscalco and Little Richard himself). Because of the uneducated statement I had made, it was declared offensive, and I am so sorry for offending you. And yes, I am African-American, and I have always known about the history of Rock 'n'Roll music being started by African-Americans such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Bo Diddley (who was famous for coming up with different unique sounds on his amplified electric guitar). I also have always known that white america did not give black musicians, black writers, and black performers enough credit for their achievements of making this music. However,at the same time, I do not believe that all white musicians and writers have stolen black music because some of them have helped to keep black music alive. White Blues guitarists Eric Clapton is a perfect example of this. The main reason why I had made the comment about white writers writing Little Richard's material was because I had read about this information in several history books (and on the internet) that talked about the history of Rock 'n'Roll music. Another reason why I had made this comment was because I was afraid for Little Richard.Read more ›
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