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Absolutely Peachy

02 FEB 11 CHRIS SLAWECKI

Even casual music fans have their favorite Little Richard tune. In just two short years, Macon Georgia's favorite and most flamboyant son (in the company of some of the hottest New Orleans rock and R&B musicians of the time, such as Huey "Piano" Smith, drummer Earl Palmer and saxman Lee Allen) changed popular music forever. The most famous tunes that Little Richard ever ripped up and tore down, from the incendiary 1956-'57 Specialty Records sessions that burned his career in the pop landscape like a rock meteor, come together in chronological order on The Georgia Peach.

Rock 'n' roll rarely burned more primal and hot than "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Good Golly, Miss Molly," "Slippin' And Slidin'" or (insert your own favorite here). Richard mainly moves between two rock tempos — fast and faster — and leads the band like a howling hurricane that churns up new, uncharted R&B and rock waters. If you even half listen to rock 'n' roll, here is your bedrock sound. "We're gonna have some fun tonight" — ain't no doubt about it!

The Georgia Peach is also the only Little Richard collection in Concord's catalog to include my first favorite blues, the anguished and burning "I'm Just A Lonely Guy," which I committed to memory while housebound with a bad case of chicken pox when I was just five or six (for years a long-lost single "B" side and this collection's only slow blues).



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