Very Best Of Little Willie John
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Somewhat unexpectedly, Collectables Records whose own reputation for sound quality is uneven (but improving of late) has come out with a Little Willie John compilation CD that offers some singles in first-time stereo! Although not a totally complete hits package, most of the bigger chart successes are here and the cuts from about 1960 on (tracks 15-25) appear in stereo, albeit the somewhat primitive binaural type. Presenting tracks in this mode can be a tricky balancing act, but it has been done admirably here, due to the mastering by Little Walter DeVenne. Sound is a bit harsh on some of the older mono tracks but that is surely due to the original source and is as good as to be found anywhere else. The four-page liner notes booklet contains a brief two-page musical history of John's career.
Even if you own other quality Little Willie John collections, and if you appreciate the dramatic sound stage effect of stereo, you will get renewed enjoyment from these stereo cuts of songs heretofore only available in mono.
I was a DJ for 10 years in the 60's and early 70's. I also promoted shows for James Brown in the Northeast. How I wish I had a chance to see Little Willie on stage but he was slightly before my time. It's apparent that all the great artists I did meet and played their music were deeply influenced by Mr. John. Including the great James Brown and Jackie Wilson.
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There are many songs here that compliment a tremendous voice. Some of his songs also lets you know where James Brown got some of his balladry licks.Published 1 hour ago by Jeff Mathews
I did not know the singer, but I love the song. Ohce I found out, I ordered it and it is great.Published 19 months ago by joseph upton
My first introduction to the greatest little guy ever. This is really great music from LWJ. Will be ordering more of this music.Published 21 months ago by W. Brown
Willie John although young was a born entertainer. He had an immediate interactions with live audiences that can be felt on his records. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Avid Reader
I love songs and back in the days of 'Little Willie John' the music industry was in a fury to write and record great songs that would sell a bunch of pieces of vinyl. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Bobby 'Lewis' G.
I am sure this is great but why did they leave out I'm Shakin'? When I think of Little Willie John that is the first song I think ofPublished on March 28, 2013 by S. Le Vine
Plenty of flash backs when I first heard this CD. I play it in the car & my Grand-daughter danced to Fever in her recital. GREAT!!!!!!!!Published on February 24, 2013 by auntiesmurfmary
I enjoyed his music as a young man, I still enjou his music as an old man. Actually I can appreciate his music more now.Published on December 23, 2012 by Mikld