Little Richard

The Specialty Box Set

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For the hardcore Little Richard fan -- the kind that has to hear every recording the architect of rock & roll ever made -- there's little question that Ace's Specialty Box Set is the motherlode. Spanning six discs and over a hundred tracks, this is for serious listeners. Since Specialty's condesned, three-disc version of this set also included numerous working versions, alternate takes and commercials, it was also targeted for dedicated listeners, but this set -- which is twice as large -- is for fans who love to immerse themselves in minute details and unfinished takes. For those listeners, this set is certainly worth the money, since it is lavishly produced and boasts every single thing Little Richard recorded at the label. But most fans -- including most serious listeners -- will be satisfied with the more concise, but nevertheless comprehensive, three-disc set on Specialty.