Here's Little Richard

Here's Little Richard

by Little RichardLittle Richard

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Little Richard had been making records for four years before he rolled into Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio in New Orleans and cut the epochal "Tutti Frutti" in the fall of 1955, but everything else he'd done -- and much of what others had recorded -- faded into insignificance when Richard wailed "A wop bop a loo mop a lomp bomp bomp" and kicked off one of the first great wailers in rock history. In retrospect, Little Richard's style doesn't seem so strikingly innovative as captured in 1956's Here's Little Richard -- his boogie-woogie piano stylings weren't all that different from what Fats Domino had been laying down since 1949, and his band pumped out the New Orleans backbeat that would define the Crescent City's R&B for the next two decades, albeit with precision and plenty of groove. But what set Richard apart was his willingness to ramp up the tempos and turn the outrage meter up to ten; "Tutti Frutti," "Rip It Up," and "Jenny Jenny" still sound outrageous a half-century after they were waxed, and it's difficult but intriguing to imagine how people must have reacted to Little Richard at a time when African-American performers were expected to be polite, and the notion of a gay man venturing out of the closet simply didn't exist (Richard's songs were thoroughly heterosexual on the surface, but the nudge and wink of "Tutti Frutti" and "Baby" are faint but visible, and his bop threads, mile-high process, and eye makeup clearly categorized him as someone "different"). These 12 tunes may not represent the alpha and omega of Little Richard's best music, but every song is a classic and unlike many of his peers, time has refused to render this first album quaint -- Richard's grainy scream remains one of the great sounds in rock & roll history, and the thunder of his piano and the frantic wail of the band are still the glorious call of a Friday night with pay in the pocket and trouble in mind. Brilliant stuff. [While albums from the first era of rock & roll are rarely given the deluxe reissue treatment, Craft Recordings have thankfully made an exception for their 2017 edition of Here's Little Richard. The monophonic audio is strong and full-bodied, beautifully capturing the guttural honk of the saxophones and the wail of Richard's voice. The liner notes by Chris Morris are great and set the stage for how this album came to be. And the package includes a bonus disc featuring 22 demos and alternate takes that chart the creative twists and turns that led Little Richard to his definitive, world-changing sound. In short, this release treats Here's Little Richard like the stone classic it is, and if you've never owned this album before, this is a version to get.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Craft Recordings
UPC: 0888072025738
catalogNumber: 12
Rank: 24978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Richard   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Lee Allen   Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Moore   Drums
Dewey Terry   Guitar
Justin Adams   Guitar
Edgar Blanchard   Guitar
Clifford Burks   Tenor Saxophone
Nathaniel Douglas   Guitar
Frank Fields   Bass
Clarence Ford   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Edward Frank   Piano
Grady Gaines   Tenor Saxophone
Lucas Fats Gonder   Piano
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Lloyd Lambert   Bass
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Roy Montrell   Guitar
Earl Palmer   Drums
Olsie Robinson   Bass
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Joe Tillman   Tenor Saxophone
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Wilbert Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Renald Richard   Trumpet,Leader
Charles Connor   Drums
Danny Carmichael   Tenor Saxophone
Don F. Harris   Guitar
Huey Smith   Piano
Jewell Grant   Baritone Saxophone
William H. "Frosty" Pyles   Guitar
Thomas Harwell   Guitar
Jimmy Rice   Bass

Technical Credits

Lloyd Price   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
William Scott   Composer
James H. Smith   Composer
Eddie Bocage   Composer
Chris Morris   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie   Composer
Pat Thomas   Reissue Producer

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