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Essential

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tutti Frutti
  2. Long Tall Sally
  3. Rip It Up
  4. Jenny Jenny
  5. Good Golly, Miss Molly
  6. Ready Teddy
  7. Slippin' And Slidin'
  8. The Girl Can't Help It
  9. I Got It
  10. Heeby-Jeebies
  11. Lucille
  12. Keep-A-Knockin'
  13. Miss Ann
  14. Ooh! My Soul
  15. True Fine Mama
  16. Directly From My Heart
  17. Hey Hey Hey Hey
  18. Send Me Some Lovin'
  19. Baby Face
  20. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Specialty
  • ASIN: B000000QL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yes there is more music from LR for the Hardcore collectors but this is a great way to start a collection. Beware of the LR compilation CD's because they are sometimes "remastered" and do not contain the desired, original sound on all songs. This does have all the greats like Long tall Sally, Lucille, Good golly Miss Molly, Rip it up,Tutti Frutti, Girl can't help it and just about every other commercial tune Richard put out. The sound quality is also a thumbs up. This CD can be had for under $10 bucks...that's a great deal for the true King of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest hits.
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Got this streamed from Amazon. Music quality is horrible played on my computer. Sound goes in and out and gets muffled. Sounds a little better with headphones on my android. I realize Little Richard music is ancient but it shouldn't be that bad. .
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