- Audio CD (April 6, 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Specialty
- ASIN: B000000QLZ
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Great rock 'n' roll vocals and piano from Williams complemented by several different swingin' studio combos. Little Richard's band appears on one track, and tracks recorded in New Orleans feature the likes of Lee Allen on sax and Art Neville on piano. Rene Hall provides some stinging guitar here and there, and Ted Brinson (bass) and Earl Palmer (drums) form the rhythm section on most of the tracks. And if that's not enough to get you clicking "Buy," dig this: TWO tracks co-written by Sony Bono! That's right, you get both "High School Dance" AND "You Bug Me Baby" (a Williams/Bono co-credit!).
The sound quality is great, having been produced mostly (if not exclusively) from the original master tapes. The track selection is first-rate, with some great B-sides, previously unreleased tracks and alternate takes. The liner notes are quite good, giving an overall perspective of Williams' career, and particular notes about each song. The track-by-track listing gives master numbers and recording dates, and the personnel at each session are detailed.
Five stars. Must buy.
But I do think, in a 23-selection CD, they could have made it an even two dozen and added Let Me Tell You Baby, which was the flipside of his first charted hit in 1957, Just Because, which went to # 11 R&B in April on Specialty 597. However, both sides of the other three hits are here for the former Lloyd Price band member (and his one-time valet). Short Fat Fannie, which made it to # 1 R&B/# 5 Billboard Pop Top 100 in July-Aug 1957 had High School Dance as the flipside, and that is regarded as a "follow along" hit on Specialty 608. The A-side is a clever amalgam of names from among numerous other hits of the day. Then, in Nov-Dec 1957 the driving Bony Moronie made it to # 4 R&B/# 14 Top 100 b/w You Bug Me Baby, which also scored at # 45 Top 100 on Specialty 615.
By this stage Specialty thought they had a successor to Little Richard, who had bolted the music scene for religious reasons, and when listening to his frantic wailing on many of the cuts you can see why.Read more ›
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He was indeed the bad boy,bony morony! Dizzy miss lizzy, slow down.... Need I say more!!!! Get a copy!!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Terrific CD. If you're old enough to know of Larry Williams, you won't be disappointed. All the hits are here as well as tunes that weren't hits but are worth hearing just the... Read morePublished on August 26, 2006 by Lionel Bourg