Little Richard

The Best of Little Richard: The Vee Jay Years

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Little Richard's stint at Vee-Jay Records in 1964-1965, his first contract to make secular recordings since his popular heyday in the mid-'50s, resulted in two LPs, Little Richard Is Back! And Little Richard's Greatest Hits (the latter consisting of re-recordings), as well as half-a-dozen singles. The commercial impact was minimal, but the performances were often powerful. Little Richard's band included an unknown Jimi Hendrix, who got some lead guitar space on the tracks. In addition to remaking hits like "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Lucille," Little Richard covered such standards as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Why Don't You Love Me," and "Goodnight Irene," and he also did some new rock, blues, and R&B material effectively. This compilation presents 25 of the Vee-Jay recordings, the bulk of the material, and it demonstrates that, if Little Richard was not able to re-create his hitmaking period a decade after the Specialty sessions, he nevertheless remained a talented rocker with a distinctive vocal style.

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