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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000259SU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rip It Up!
2. Ready Teddy
3. Long Tall Sally
4. Tutti Frutti
5. The Girl Can't Help It
6. She's Got It
7. Lucille
8. Send Me Some Lovin' - Culture Club
9. Jenny, Jenny
10. Miss Ann
11. Keep a Knockin'
12. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
13. Good Golly Missy Molly
14. Hey-hey-hey-hey! (Goin' Back to Birmingham)
15. Ooh! My Soul
16. True Fine Mama
17. Baby Face
18. Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo (I'll Never Let You Go)
19. By the Light of the Silvery Moon
20. Early One Morning
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  1. Rip It Up
  2. Ready Teddy
  3. Long Tall Sally
  4. Tutti Frutti
  5. The Girl Can't Help It
  6. She's Got It
  7. Lucille
  8. Send Me Some Lovin'
  9. Jenny, Jenny
  10. Miss Ann
  11. Keep A Knockin'
  12. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
  13. Good Golly Miss Molly
  14. Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! (Goin' Back To Birmingham)
  15. Ooh! My Soul
  16. True Fine Mama
  17. Baby Face
  18. Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo (I'll Never Let You Go)
  19. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
  20. Early One Morning
  21. Kansas City
  22. She Knows How To Rock
  23. Baby
  24. I Got It
  25. Bama Lama Bama Loo
  26. Annie Is Back

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amos Spitalhatch on 22 April 2006
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Little Richard was one of the original rock'n'rollers - his music was so different from anything that had gone before, with the rawness and energy and even a hint of wickedness to stir the blood of many a teenager in the late 1950s.

I hesitated before buying this CD, fearing that there would be a 'sameness' about the tracks, but I needn't have worried. The rawness that I remembered is still there, along with the bouncing rhythm and rasping saxes, but there are also several unfamiliar tracks, perhaps the B sides, which provide more than enough variety to hold the interest.

Later re-recordings don't recreate the excitement which these tracks (26 of them) produced - these are the real thing!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AD on 25 Jan. 2010
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Being "of a certain age" I well remember when Little Richard Penniman first burst onto the R'N'R scene. Dynamic, controversial (some of his lyrics had to be considerably toned down before they were committed to posterity) you just couldn't ignore him. This was the mid-to-late 1950's when exciting new sounds were hitting the airwaves and record stores.

His characteristic sound was a brass-dominated, tight backbeat to complement his raunchy, raucous vocals and frantic piano work. Although he has recorded for a number of labels over the years, these Specialty sides, IMHO, comprised his iconic period. His vocal intro on "Tutti Frutti" was the unforgettable "Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom". This was his breakthrough, it sold in the shedloads and he was on his way.

His flamboyant (for the time) act transferred well to the cinema screen, and he landed spots in some seminal R'N'R films, such as "The Girl Can't Help It". Richard sang the title song. How well I recall Phil Silvers (as a milkman) losing the bottles as he ogled Jayne Mansfield walking by, and another guy's spectacles cracking up. Happy days.

All Richard's big hits are on this album: "Long Tall Sally", "Keep A Knockin'", "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Rip It Up", and the rest. Strange how the condensed, mono sound seems to suit these numbers so well. The sax player invariably got the instrumental break, usually preceded by Richard's high-pitched "Wowwwwww" which so many performers copied and always makes me smile when I hear it.

Yes, a lot of the material was repetitive and rarely contained more than three chords, but that's what sold.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2011
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Richard Wayne Penniman aka Little Richard is now in his 79th year. He was key to the transition from R & B to R'n'R in the 50's when he took the music world by storm, and defined the dynamic sound of R'n'R with his numbers "Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally", "Good Golly Miss Molly", and others. Who can forget Jayne Mansfield provocatively sashaying her ample hips along the street to the hypnotic beat of Little Richard's "The Girl Can't Help It", the title track to the film of the same name? It was one of the most exciting opening sequences in the history of films which I still watch often on YouTube....and it still generates the same quickening of the pulse as it did in 1957.

His charismatic stage presence was something to behold. Heavily daubed with make-up and garbed in lurid coloured sequinned suits, yelling, jumping and whipping the audience into a frenzy whilst pummelling the piano keyboard maniacally, eyes bulging, hair a sculptured wildness. Concert history was made at a performance in Maryland, when the police had to stop his show several times as the stage was being besieged by dozens of girls intent on trying to rip souvenirs from Little Richard's body. Once finally removed the girls caused further havoc by throwing items of their undergarments in great numbers onto the stage. Oh, those were the days - although it would have been a bit cold on the back of a Harley Davidson, going home after the show....brrr!

A huge influence on numerous successful musical artistes as publicly acknowledged by the likes of Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Seger, David Bowie and many others. During his long career he has received every possible major award in recognition of his colossal contribution to music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Brierley on 15 Feb. 2011
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Choosing a good CD of Little Richard took me ages,infact it was the most problematic of any CD I have ever chosen,including classical,jazz,blues,etc.so I will try and pass on some info.
Without wishing to go off on a tangent,when,for instance I wanted all of the Beatles on CD then the choice was obvious,either the mono or the stereo box set,then just search for the cheapest supplier and bingo.Pity it was not so easy with LR,the problems include he re-recorded much/all of his early hits,so you end up with not the original versions and also many of the compilations,often issued on more obscure labels,even if original versions,seem to be poor quality,perhaps from records or a poor tape source.Also there are just so very many CD's available.
Where ever possible I traced MP3 samples of the tracks to listen if they were original and to try and judge the quality.If you cannot find a sample on amazon.uk,try amazon.com or google it.I already had one CD of LR,but it only has 10 tracks and I wanted at least all of his UK hits with the flipsides.
Eventually I got the choices down to this one,"The Very Best Of Little Richard" by commercial marketing,"Little Richard-40 Original Hits & Rarieties" and "She Knows How to Rock"
I would love to have them all here to listen to so I could really judge the quality,MP3 tracks online are inferior to a CD on my hifi,anyway the quality of the other reviews here swung me to choose it.
The only track missing that I wanted is "Slippin 'n Slidin",but all the CD choices I found had certain tracks missing,you cannot have it all,well not usually.
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