LITTLE RICHARD Here’s Little Richard (1957) & Little Richard (1958)

Here’s Little Richard + Little Richard (1957/1958)
So Much Rock, God Was Forced To Step In

I had originally posted this text with an outdated, off the shelf compilation. The files were due for an upgrade, so here’s an alternative… the MFSL (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) two-fer CD rip for Little Richard’s remarkable debut rock ‘n’ roll LPs, Here’s Little Richard and Little Richard, practically greatest hits albums on their own. Recorded in 1957/58 for Specialty Records, just before Richard Penniman gave up rock ‘n roll to preach and sing the gospel around 1958. This music isn’t the stripped down stuff that Elvis was exploring at the same time. Richard’s madness was a direct out-growth of late 40s/early 50s group R&B, as evidenced by the full band’s horn arrangements. Richard’s voice, jamming needles into the red whenever he charges into the choruses, was clearly too much for 50s studio microphones. His screaming flamboyance was too much for TV & Top 40 radio, too. And to think 50s parents were afraid of Elvis. There are some non-essentials here, but Little Richard could turn any nonsense – from “A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom” to the old-timey “Baby Face” – into something unique. It was all so rockin‘ and so decadent that God himself was forced to step in and handle matters. After a lengthy, soul-searching stint with evangelicalism, Penniman would eventually come back to the dark side in the early 60s… but these albums are where the devil got his due.

Tutti Frutti
True Fine Mama
Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave
Ready Teddy
Slippin‘ And Slidin
Long Tall Sally
Miss Ann
Oh Why?
Rip It Up
Jenny Jenny
She’s Got It

Keep A Knockin
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Send Me Some Lovin
I’ll Never Let You Go
Heeby Jeebies
All Around The World
Good Golly, Miss Molly
Baby Face
Hey Hey Hey Hey
Ooh! My Soul
The Girl Can’t Help It


  • ksn
    January 6, 2010 - 18:37 | Permalink

    now there is a talented, talented dude. thanks as always and happy new year.

  • Argantonio
    January 6, 2010 - 19:16 | Permalink

    PURE ENERGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Art Ducko
    January 7, 2010 - 04:37 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. Primo stuff here. It's easy to see how this influenced John Lennon & especially Paul McCartney. Where would the Beatles have gone without Little Richard? Scary thought.

  • philip
    January 7, 2010 - 09:20 | Permalink

    I grew up with my Dad's Little Richard collection – i have very fond memories of watching my parents dancing around to his music, especially after they'd had a few drinks !

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2010 - 09:28 | Permalink

    Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley….The Real Deal that's why we Rock n roll and if you don't have anything by these guys you really need to improve and fast….Killer Post

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2010 - 12:44 | Permalink

    If you Guys like this stuff, then check out `Louis Jordan`, after all that`s where Richard got it from.

  • Will
    January 7, 2010 - 20:26 | Permalink

    Always like him. But I definetly liked Elvis better. I'm not like you and feel the need to bash Elvis because he is white.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 7, 2010 - 20:43 | Permalink

    And exactly how did I bash Elvis?

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2010 - 21:02 | Permalink

    I think I would site Esquerita rather than Louis Jordan (but you can't beat a bit of Jump blues also)

  • Gerard
    January 8, 2010 - 21:20 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 - 11:38 | Permalink

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  • Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 - 14:34 | Permalink

    Great, first ever cd I bought

  • redsock
    January 16, 2010 - 20:25 | Permalink

    Just gotta say that

    So Much Rock, God Was Forced To Step In

    is totally awesome!

  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 - 16:53 | Permalink

    I think that Will guy was thinking you called Elvis Pat Boone without knowing Pat Boone recorded Little Richards songs.

  • andrafamz
    November 17, 2010 - 14:48 | Permalink

    beautiful, tks

  • Capt. Willard
    November 17, 2010 - 14:36 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Blank Frank
    November 18, 2010 - 03:41 | Permalink

    Good one Willard, I was listening to this last week. This is 50's rock with the pedal to the metal!

  • pattirules
    May 2, 2012 - 10:13 | Permalink

    okay so after i post in the shoutbox i see your comment to leave a comment in the original post. Yes i am an idiot! i would love these 2 discs if you have the time effort and energy to re-up and as always a big thank you!!!!

  • pattirules
    May 2, 2012 - 20:03 | Permalink

    thank u so much!

  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2014 - 17:42 | Permalink

    many tanx! awop bama luma

  • September 24, 2015 - 15:59 | Permalink

    Thank you for this album.

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