Label: Specialty - SPC-36988-02 • Format: 3x, CD Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Blues, Pop • Style: Boogie Woogie
This swift reversal certainly affected Richard 's career in the short-term -- Art Rupe had no choice but to issue outtakes, sometimes polishing them for mass consumption, as when he turned "Keep A-Knockin'" into a raging thunderstorm -- but also the long, as it interrupted his seemingly unstoppable momentum and wound up muddying history, obscuring how his run at Specialty was a meteoric 18 months, a brief burst of brilliance that maybe was destined to flame out.
This, along with some of the slower numbers from Richard 's two Specialty '50s LPs, adds depth and dimension; it also turns this box into essentially The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Masters of Little Richard, since the only missing track out of all the singles and albums is an early '60s version of "Hound Dog," which is hardly a great loss. Remarkably, this is the first extensive box covering both Specialty and Vee-Jay to ever be released.
Prior Specialty boxes dug deep into alternate takes, all good, but sometimes that played like an overdose of cayenne in chili: the strong spice overwhelmed any subtlety of the flavors. Here, it's possible to hear traces of Richard 's softer early blues and gospel roots, then there are the '60s sides, where Richard relaxes and gets deeply soulful while also wildly reinventing '50s standards like "Blueberry Hill" and "Only You," turning Hank Williams ' "Why Don't You Boston Blackout - EP Me Like You Used to Do " into proto-funk.
No other Little Richard set found room for these detours and they do him a considerable favor, showing the range that extended far beyond his trademark wallop and woo, and while his legacy still rests on that astonishing fireball at Specialty -- a time that started with "Tutti Frutti," contained "Slippin' and Slidin'," "Long Tall Sally," "Ready Teddy," "Rip It Up," "Lucille," "Good Golly Miss Molly," and "The Girl Can't Help It," and ended with "Keep A-Knockin'" -- it's instructive to listen beyond the hits because it shows just how good Little Richard really was.
Track Listing - Disc 1. Lonesome and Blue. Richard Penniman. Little Richard. All Night Long. Maybe I'm Right. Directly From My Heart. Dorothy LaBostrie. Tutti Frutti. Chicken Little Baby. True, Fine Mama. Kansas City. Slippin' and Slidin' Peepin' and Hidin'. Your Sister Cant Twist (But She Can Rock N Roll) - Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Tall Sally The Thing.
/ Wohin Flohen Die Wonnestunden (Rezitativ Und Arie Der Gr Ann. William Scott. Oh Why? Heeby-Jeebies Love. I Got It [Remastered]. Ready Teddy. Rip It Up. Track Listing - Disc 2. All Around the World. Shake a Hand. Joe Morris. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave.
She's Got It. Jenny, Jenny. Good Golly, Miss Molly. Baby Face. The Girl Can't Help It. Bobby Troup. By the Light of the Silvery Moon. Send Me Some Lovin'. Keep a Knockin'. Mayo Williams. My Soul. Early One Morning. She Knows How To Rock. Willie Perryman. Whole Lotta Shakin'. Sunny David. Bama Lama Bama Loo. Poor Boy Paul. Don Weise. Annie Is Back. James W. Track Listing - Disc 3. Goin' Home Tomorrow. Goodnight Irene. Money Wonderin - Little Richard - Directly From My Heart: The Best Of The Specialty & Vee-Jay Years . Jesse Stone.
Lawdy Miss Claudy. Lloyd Price. Blueberry Hill. Cherry Red. Only You. Memories Are Made of This. Groovy Little Suzy. John Marascalco. Short Fat Fanny. Cross Over. Alvin Tyler. Something Moves In My Heart. Without Love. Danny Small. Dance What You Wanna. Talkin' 'Bout Soul. Dancing All Around the World. You'd Better Stop. Hank Williams. Lonesome and Blue Richard Penniman. Wonderin' Richard Wonderin - Little Richard - Directly From My Heart: The Best Of The Specialty & Vee-Jay Years. All Night Long Richard Penniman.
Maybe I'm Right Richard Penniman. Chicken Little Baby Richard Penniman. Shake a Hand Joe Morris. Jenny, Jenny Little Richard.
Dreamin In Buristead Road (Jazzy Attitude Mix) - Various - New York Dance Track III, Inbetween Days (RS Home Demo Instrumental 12/84) - The Cure - The Head On The Door, Y Nacerás - Ignacio Copani - Maldito Copani, Pans People - Hes Got Magic, Crying (Reprise) - Roy Orbison - Live At Austin City Limits August 5, 1982 (DVD)