Despite its trendy title, Grooviest 17 Original Hits! was the most complete collection of Little Richard's hits yet released. By this point, Little Richard had re-recorded his hits for Vee-Jay, Modern, and OKeh, and Specialty seems to have wanted an album with the word "original" in the title, emphasizing that they possessed the actual hit versions. Taking the 12 tracks from 1963's His Greatest Hits, the company added five more tracks, among them "Ready Teddy," "Miss Ann," and "Ooh! My Soul," chart records they had skipped the first time around. "The Girl Can't Help It" still didn't appear on a Little Richard hits collection, but Grooviest 17 Original Hits! was the single-disc Little Richard hits collection to own for a long time to come.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann