Little Richard

God's Beautiful City

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After spending a decade, from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, trying to revive his career as a secular pop star, Little Richard returned to gospel music in the late '70s, beginning with this album. "Although his music has influenced artists in the music business who today are regarded as the greatest, Little Richard now proclaims that rock and roll serves no good purpose," declare the liner notes, which should serve notice to fans about what they are likely (or not likely) to find on this record. What they will find is Little Richard, on the four songs of side one, singing piano-based gospel songs like "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)" and, on side two, presenting his testimony: "I gave up rock 'n' roll for the Rock of Ages," he declares. (Originally released as World 1001 in 1979, God's Beautiful City was reissued as Black Label/MCA 9607 in 1982.)