21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2003
This contains 22 good reasons to buy. Every track shows just how much like a musical perpetual motion machine Little Richard was-it's one long humdinger of an album, ballads, rockers, blues shouters and all. You won't need a fertile imagination to see him performing these tracks in your living room!
Standouts, beside the bit hits-try Can't Believe You Wanna Leave, Miss Ann, I'll Never Let You Go, Slippin & Slidin and True Fine Mama-all "just" B-sides or album tracks in their day-there have been few people since able to match that standard of pen(or penni) man-ship!
Best of all, folks, these are ALL the original Speciality recordings from 1955-58. what more would you like?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Young people, when listening to early rock'n'roll records by such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, often wonder what all the fuss was about. Of course, they were revolutionary compared to what went before, but they were tame compared to Little Richard. Listen to this collection of hard driving rock'n'roll (or even just a couple of tracks) and you'll understand what I mean.
Many of Little Richard's classic songs have been covered by a variety of different artists in the years since. It will surprise many people to learn that Pat Boone was very quick to cover Little Richard's songs when both were just getting started. Pat's versions of Tutti fruity and Long tall Sally were not wild like Richard's, but nevertheless became big American hits for Pat, who later focused on ballads so most people forgot about his rock'n'roll songs.
Apart from Tutti fruit and Long tall Sally, Little Richard recorded other great songs such as Lucille (an international hit for the Everly Brothers in the sixties), Rip it up, Jenny Jenny, The girl can't help it, Good golly Miss Molly (a sixties UK hit for the Swinging blue jeans) and many other hard rocking songs.
In the UK, Little Richard had five top ten hits, another hit that just missed the top ten and several lesser hits, but his biggest UK hit (number two) was with a cover of Baby face, a song that was already over forty years old when Little Richard recorded it.
This collection contains all of the wild man's classics from the fifties, plus Bama lama bama loo, his 1964 comeback hit.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2003
Guess what-its actually 22 classic cuts, for a start!! This release charts the moment Little Richard changed music history, early in 1955, when a break in a turgid recording session suddenly produced Tutti Frutti. For the next 2 years, one monster track after another came out & pretty well the whole kit n' kaboodle from his early singles and first two albums is within the track listing-the only absentees "I'm Just A lonely Guy"-first US b-side, All Around the World, early US B-side & on the 2nd album and "Oh Why" & "Baby" from the first album.
These are, then, pretty well all the original Speciality recordings, dripping with freshness and zest nearly half a darn century on! The choice of tracks and the running order simply pile one goodie on top of another and give you the overall effect of a musical perpetual motion machine-if you're familiar with the film "The Girl Can't Help It", you'll know what he was like on stage & none of the flamboyance and rockin' feel from there is ever missing in the studio.
Not a moment to lose-if your CD collection does not contain this, you're missing out!