Craft Recordings, the Catalog division of Concord Music, is pleased to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Here’s Little Richard, with a deluxe reissue of the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s 1957 debut full-length album. Due out November 3rd, the 2-CD set will offer a slew of demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased material from the original sessions, in addition to the remastered classic album, which features some of the artist’s best-loved hits, including “Long Tall Sally,“ “Ready Teddy” and “Tutti Frutti,“ a song which many consider to mark the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. New liner notes by GRAMMY®-nominated writer, music editor and journalist Chris Morris will round out the package.
In the early ’50s, Little Richard (born Richard Penniman) combined the spirit of church music, the bawdiness of blues and the swing of New Orleans jazz and turned it into something altogether new: rock ‘n’ roll. It wasn’t until the Macon, Georgia native signed to Art Rupe‘s Specialty Records at the age of 23, however, that Little Richard truly developed his signature sound and over-the-top persona. His legendary debut album (and the first 12-inch LP for the Los Angeles-based independent label), Here’s Little Richard offers many of his most recognizable songs, and garnered the artist seven hits in the R&B Top Ten chart, and two in the Pop Top Ten.
This expanded edition of the album includes 22 tracks of bonus material, eight of which are previously unreleased. Included is an early take of “Tutti Frutti,” demos of “Slippin’ and Slidin'” and “Miss Ann” and alternate takes of classic tracks like “Rip It Up” and “Reddy Teddy.“ In his liner notes, Chris Morris writes, “Like the classic recordings on Here’s Little Richard, these alternate versions reveal the blossoming of an unprecedented and wholly original talent whose first recordings broke down the categorical doors between R&B and pop. As they did in late 1955 when Little Richard arrived, like something from another planet, these wailing, rampaging songs present something new, rich and strange under the sun.”
Today (10/5), Rolling Stone premiered an unreleased version of “Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave” off Here’s Little Richard.