Monday, November 14, 2011

The Very Best of Little Richard

This greatest hits CD probably really does contain the very best of Little Richard! There is one smash hit after another here and Richard shouts and shimmies and roars through them all! When he was good, few could beat him. Jerry Lee was rawer and more intensely sexual, but Richard has his own wild abandon.

There are a couple of clunkers here, as well, such as the Tin Pan Alley standards "Baby Face" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", neither of which could be saved even by his whoops and hollars.

Also included is a neat little live medley and a song from his original audition tape, a re-working of Billy Wright's "Don't You Want a Man Like Me", simply titled "Baby". Nowhere near as raucous as his best, but an interesting piece of history.

You can't argue with Little Richard's hits, so if you don't have anything by the man, or just want a great CD collection, this is a good one!