The Explosive Little Richard

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The Explosive Little Richard
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Studio album by Little Richard
Released January 1967
Recorded 5 February 1966 - 15 September 1966
Genre Rock and roll, soul
Length 29:49
Label Okeh
Producer Larry Williams
Little Richard chronology
The Wild and Frantic Little Richard
(1966)
The Explosive Little Richard
(1967)
Little Richard's Greatest Hits: Recorded Live!
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Record Collector 4 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
i-News 4 stars[4]

The Explosive Little Richard is the first album from Little Richard under the Okeh label, produced by Little Richard's long-time friend Larry Williams and Johnny "Guitar" Watson and reflecting the then current sound of Soul and Motown. A mixture of cover versions and originals, it featured no tracks penned by Richard himself. Despite the new direction, it failed to chart.


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Down With It" (Marchan) - 3:16
  2. "Land of a Thousand Dances" (Fats Domino, Chris Kenner) – 2:10
  3. "The Commandments of Love" (Larry Williams) – 2:27
  4. "I Don't Want To Discuss It" (Beth Beatty, Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby) – 2:28
  5. "Money (That's What I Want)" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy, Jr.) – 2:02
  6. "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)" (Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Larry Williams) – 3:06
  7. "I Need Love" (Larry Williams) – 2:39
  8. "Never Gonna Let You Go" (Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby) – 2:41
  9. "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)" (Chuck Willis) – 4:39
  10. "Function at the Junction" (Brian Holland, Eddie Holland, Frederick Long, Lamont Dozier) – 2:35
  11. "Well (aka Well All Right)" (Sam Cooke) – 2:56

Personnel[edit]

Other personnel unknown; no records kept by Okeh. The 2004 album Get Down With It: The OKeh Sessions includes a booklet that also credits the following musicians: Eddie Fletcher – bass, Glen Willings – guitar.

Critical Response[edit]

CD reissues have seen the album attract positive reviews. Record Collector gave the album four stars, and cited it as quite possibly the best long player he ever made. In a review of the entire Okeh recordings, Rolling Stone stated that Richard's hair-raising vocals on the Motown staple "Money" effectively claim the song as his own. i-News reviewed the album for a 2016 vinyl release, giving it four stars and stating that Richard was still blessed with an immaculate voice and threw himself wholeheartedly some great contemporary sounding tracks.

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Pop Albums Did not chart

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1966 "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)/Well" Billboard Singles 121
1966 "I Need Love/The Commandments of Love" Billboard Singles Did not chart
1967 "I Don't Want To Discuss It/Hurry Sundown" Billboard Singles Did not chart
1967 "Don't Deceive Me/Never Gonna Let You Go" Billboard Singles Did not chart
1967 "A Little Bit Of Something/Money (That's What I Want)" Billboard Singles Did not chart

Cover Versions[edit]

Richard's "I Don't Want To Discuss it" was not a hit for him but was duly noted later by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Rhinoceros, and Rod Stewart. The song "Well" is better known as "Well Alright!", a Sam Cooke composition Richard had in the Specialty vaults at the time he cut the Okeh version (reported to feature Jimi Hendrix).

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