Album no. 14/1001
Here we go! This is where we really get rocking and rolling.
Little Richard was playing similar music to Fats Domino, but his energy and performance were on another level. He was pretty influential in early rock’n’roll; both the Beatles and Rolling Stones opened for him early in their careers.
He also dabbled with god, quitting rock’n’roll a couple of times to do gospel music. This album is before any of that, when he’s still tearing it up.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: I’ve heard bits.
NK: Not the whole album.
CL: ‘Lucille’. Confession: actually heard this song for the first time in English-teen drama Skins (series 3, episode…can’t remember). Putting that aside, it’s a great song.
NK: ‘Lucille’ isn’t on my version! Booooooooo! That’s a great song! BUT, it wasn’t available for me, so my pick is ‘Jenny Jenny’, because it is GREAT. He’s got a great little ‘oooohhhh!’ which is really good, the whole vocal is off the chain, the sax is kicking it all over the shop, and the whole thing is over in two minutes and six seconds! It’s a stone cold banger. ‘Tutti Frutti’ is really good as well, ‘Long Tall Sally’, ‘Ready Teddy’, it’s a pretty consistent album!
CL: WAIT. You are correct – it’s not on the official tracklisting of this album! Sorry guys, disregard. Instead, I will agree with you and say that ‘Jenny Jenny’ wins.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: There’s certainly some mean sax on this album. This is compulsory listening if you’re trying to recreate the Enchantment Under The Sea dance from Back To The Future. (Yes, I know it’s not Chuck Berry, but it’s pretty close).
NK: This is straight up for old school rock’n’roll dancing. Don’t over think it.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: It’s interesting because I’m starting to wonder this about a lot of the albums from this era. Have they all been included on the list due to their status as historical touchstones? Is that their only claim to fame – that they were sort of good at the time? I am unsure.
NK: Come on mate! This is a proper step forward. Listen to the vocal on ‘Jenny Jenny’, then go back and listen to the Crickets or Elvis. He’s rocking out hard compared to that. The context is important I think. Although to be fair, after the last five jazz and bongo albums I was pretty keen for something straightforward.
CL: Ok, yes, that’s fair. It’s definitely moving in a more interesting direction. But a lot of the songs STILL sound the same.
Will you be listening again?
CL: To the whole album? Nah, I don’t reckon. But a couple of the tracks merit continued listening.
NK: I already have mate! Put it right back on once it had finished. Get around it!
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