Little Richard

The Wildest!

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These are not the original Specialty recordings that made Little Richard famous as rock's original wildman; rather, they're late-'70s stereo remakes of uncertain provenance (there are no musician or producer credits here). In any case, if you're looking for modern versions of these songs, you could do a lot worse. Whoever the musicians are, they've got that '50s New Orleans R&B groove down cold, particular the drummer and sax player, who do superb recreations of Lee Allen and Earl Palmer, Richard's original backup musicians. The star himself is in excellent voice, if not quite as wild as in his youth.

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