Very Best Of
Little Richard

3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike JeffersonA whomp-bop-a-loo-bop-a-whomp-bam-boom!

Specialty Records, the independant R & B record company that signed Richard Penniman (who we all know as “Little Richard”), has released a “The Very Best of ” that lives up to its title. Unlike past compilations, the 25-track retrospective collects all of the pompadoured powerhouse’s essential hits, and they’re remixed with such clarity it sounds as if Little Richard is at your Thanksgiving dinner table yelling “WHOOO!” because he appreciates your mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

As you listen, you’ll come to realize how much talent-rich tenor sax player Lee Allen and dexterous drummer Earl Palmer contributed to Little Richard’s ribald sound. If Little Richard was the driving force, then Palmer was the piston that drove Richard’s V-8, and Allen was the oil that pumped through the engine block, providing the juice that made Penniman’s music flow.



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