The Explosive Little Richard
|The Explosive Little Richard|
|Studio album by Little Richard|
|Recorded||5 February 1966 - 15 September 1966|
|Studio||Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Rock and roll, soul|
|Little Richard chronology|
The Explosive Little Richard is the first album by 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.
- "Get Down With It" (Bobby Marchan) - 3:16
- "Land of a Thousand Dances" (Fats Domino, Chris Kenner) – 2:10
- "The Commandments of Love" (Larry Williams) – 2:27
- "I Don't Want to Discuss It" (Beth Beatty, Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby) – 2:28
- "Money (That's What I Want)" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy, Jr.) – 2:02
- "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)" (Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Larry Williams) – 3:06
- "I Need Love" (Larry Williams) – 2:39
- "Never Gonna Let You Go" (Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby) – 2:41
- "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)" (Chuck Willis) – 4:39
- "Function at the Junction" (Brian Holland, Eddie Holland, Frederick Long, Lamont Dozier) – 2:35
- "Well (aka Well All Right)" (Sam Cooke) – 2:56
- Little Richard – vocals, piano
- Johnny "Guitar" Watson – guitar
- Arthur Wright - orchestral arrangements
- Reg Guest - arrangement on "Get Down With It"
- Stu Phillips - production supervision
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.
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.
|1966||"Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)/Well"||Billboard Singles||121|
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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- Relic, Peter. "'Little Richard: Get Down With It: The Okeh Sessions'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2004-08-19.
- Ruhlmann, William. "'Music review: The Explosive Little Richard'". AllMusic.
- Clarke, John. "'Vinyl review – The Explosive Little Richard'". i-News. Retrieved 2016-09-02.