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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000026F4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip L. Silverman on 12 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A new Little Richard, who knows that Richard made his career mark (and the mark of a new form of music) with Specialty Records in the 1950s, might be surprised that this collection, though tyically strong, has some concession to convention (that's some cool phrase): hackish overdubs of a fem-bubblegum chorus, which in some cases, amkes the tune iresistable ("Chicken Little Baby" and "The Most I Can Offer") and in other cases unlistenable ("I'm Just a Lonely Guy" - they had the nerve to overdub the Gospel-based ballad B-side to his multi-million selling first release!; "Directly From My Heart To You" - though it's this revier's contention that is the version that Frank Zappa based his "cover" on). You might say, well, it's a matter of taste. Not really.
Another disappointment might be found in some of the "rushed" arrangements of uptempos like Piano Red's "She Knows How To Rock" and "Whole Lotta Shakin'". Richard pours on the soul power - his voice is astonishing - but the result is a frenzied jam more than a finished classic. Interesting that Richard chose to remake "Shakin'" for his first release on his comeback in 1964 (for Vee Jay).
But, we are talking about the *Fabulous* Little Richard, and especially in 1955-57, he was unbeatable and indestructible, and these leftovers mostly from his first Specialty session and new cuts from a frantically arranged final session (after Richard formally announced his retirement) are still essential. If only for "Kansas City" (yes, the version the Beatles' did a bang-up job on. I don't know why it's credited to Leiber and Stoller - it's really a different song from Wilbert Harrison, et.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Between 1957 and 1959, Specialty (London American in the UK) released 3 Little Richard albums, "Here's Little Richard", "Little Richard Volume 2" and, "The Fabulous Little Richard". As was the habit at the time they were essentially comprised of current or future singles and flip sides plus odd studio material that hadn't made the grade . This is the third of those albums.

And it stinks!

Well that was my first reaction as a kid after getting the LP home from the record shop and rushing it onto the Dansette deck. For a short period, reflected by his first pair of albums, King Richard could do no wrong, he was the greatest rocker of all time, greater even than Jerry Lee (though I have been known to reverse that statement and could indeed, do so in the future!). Expectation was way way up there. This record showed him to be merely human after all. I have gotten over the disappointment (!), and would reflect that, since it was Richard it was still on a par with most of the other records coming out at that time. It definitely deserves 3 stars and possibly a tad more. (The "And it stinks" was a little tongue in cheek!)

The reason for the apparent decline was simple. On his 2 week tour of Oz in October '57, Richard found religion in a big way. A rocky flight from Melbourne to Sydney plus a vision in the sky (which we were later told was Sputnik 1, the first satellite), shook him to his very bones. He renounced his wicked ways, threw his $8,000 ring into Sydney Harbour, and left on a ferry - the plane he was originally scheduled to leave on apparently crashed into the Pacific!

As a result Specialty were left with very little material; mainly flip sides which hadn't found their way to album (plus one that had) and tracks which had been discarded.
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Wild immediate and humorous but also including some hard to find titles. His version of Shake a Hand is definitive.If I did not already possess most of the hit songs featured on the other 2 albums from the box set I would have bought all three.Good value and classic testifying Penniman.
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Post-retirement collection 14 May 2010
By Phil S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Appears that when Little Richard broke his contract with Specialty Records, the company saw that it had perhaps an album and one half worth of material in the vaults, and much of it was left-overs, mostly from the first session, about three years earlier.

These were strong blues and blues-ballads, mainly, and may have served as B-sides if LR had stayed around. What to do? To use a trade expression of the time, add a "fem chorus". On some, it worked "Chicken Little Baby", "The Most I Can Offer", "Maybe I'm Right"); on others, it didn't, especially on the classic later recovered by Californian Frank Zappa ("Directly From My Heart To You" and...if can believe it...the B-side of "Tutti Frutti"! - the gospel-soul-blues masterpiece, "I'm Just A Lonely Guy").

Yes, by 1959, a softer, more "bubble-gum" sound was in vogue and Richard was not the only hard-rockin' artist to go that route. The story goes that Specilaty staffman Sonny Bono produced the overdubs.

But the album did contain some new material from that last session in October, 1958, including some of the rawest Richard on record: "She Knows How To Rock" and "Whole Lotta Shakin'". The most commercial, "Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo", a bouyant shuffle, somehow wound up on the B-side of the big seller, "Baby Face".

For the historian-fan, we have interesting remakes of Peacock material ("Directly" and "Maybe") and the model for the Beatles' "Kansas City". Folks, this one has nothing to do with the Wilbert Harrison hit!
A great collection of LIttle Richard 16 Dec. 2014
By Jr Wells Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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THis is a great collection of LIttle RIchard.
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