Little Richard – The Little Richard Collection 1951-1962

ARTIST: Little Richard

TITLE:  The Little Richard Collection 1951-1962 Little Richard collection

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Top 10: Tutti Frutti (#17 US, #2 R&B, #29 UK), Long Tall Sally (#6 US, #1 R&B, #3 UK), Slippin’ and Slidin’ (#33 US, #2 R&B), Rip It Up (#17 US, #1 R&B, #30 UK), Reddy Teddy (#44 US, #8 R&B), Heeby-Jeebies (#7 R&B), She’s Got It (#9 R&B, #15 UK), The Girl Can’t Help It (#49 US, #7 R&B, #9 UK), Lucille (#21 US, #1 R&B, #10 UK), Send Me Some Lovin’ (#54 US, #3 R&B), Jenny, Jenny (#10 US, #2 R&B, #11 UK), Miss Ann (#56 US, #6 R&B), Keep A-Knockin (#8 US, #2 R&B), Good Golly Miss Molly (#10 US, #4 R&B, #8 UK), Baby Face (#41 US, #12 R&B, #2 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hey Hey Hey, Kansas City, Ooh! My Soul, True Fine Mama

LINEUP: Little Richard and a lot of session players

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The singles from Little Richard’s prime period, starting with his first sides on RCA, going through to his ‘comeback’ in 1963.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Yeah, yeah, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis. Sure, they’re influiential. But Little Richard? My goodness me. Take a look at the list up there in singles, and other songs you know, and think about how many artists covered them. He was a wild child on stage and in the studio, and was a consummate performer.

This collection nabs all the Little Richard most everyone needs, and more. It’s got some of his religious singles, and some of the numbers he did early in his career and as a singer with some bands (those are bit more restrained). But the meat of the package are those wonderful sides he cut for Specialty in just three years – enough rock and roll to fuel bands evermore.

Yeah, you gotta have this. It’s hot, steamy, sexual, and true rock-and-roll.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: In 1962, he toured Europe with Sam Cooke. That’s when he met the Beatles and advised them on how to do his songs.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. 

GRADE: A+: Hey Hey Hey Hey!

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