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Little Richard
Very Best Of Little Richard
Specialty Records


There is no one person on this planet that will tell you that Little Richard has had more of an impact and influence on rock and roll music than the emancipator, the originator himself. He did that first… and he'll tell you so. And he's mostly right. One listen to the new Very Best Of Little Richard collection is proof of that historic fact. Little Richard made a lot of music, and he made some of his finest during the formative years of rock'n'roll music, forging his own path and forever changing the face of popular music, mostly for the better.

This latest collection of tunes from the lengthy catalog of Little Richard includes many of his more popular hits, wonderfully remastered and sparkling in their pure rock glory. "Tutti Frutti" starts the record off, and tunes like "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly" are not far behind. But digging a bit deeper than the commonly heard tracks is what makes this collection so vibrant. The jump-swing of "Rip It Up" and the stomping rock'n'roll grit of "Lucille" are welcome tracks, as is the brilliant raw groove of "Keep A-Knockin'." Also included in this collection are some more rare tracks, including a rehearsal take of Little Richard singing "Hound Dog" that somehow bridges the gap between the original blues version and Elvis Presley's smooth rock version. There's also a cool rough demo of Richard singing in falsetto on the soulful swinging "Baby," as well as an absolutely ripping version of the innovator performing "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On."

For fans of Little Richard, this collection contains some great rare tracks, some that I've never heard on CD before now… for everyone else, this is a brilliant introduction to the career of one of the greatest rock'n'rollers of all time… the man who started it all. If you believe what he tells you.

-Embo Blake

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