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
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'
For fans of Little Richard, this collection contains some great
rare tracks, some that I've never heard on CD before now
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.
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