Little Richard / The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums / 5LP vinyl box


Little Richard‘s entire output of studio albums recorded for the Specialty and Vee-Jay labels are to be reissued in a new five-LP vinyl box set.

Here’s Little Richard (1957), Little Richard (1958), The Fabulous Little Richard (1959), Little Richard Is Back (1964) and His Greatest Hits (1965) are the albums in question and each is presented in its original mono mix housed in vinyl sleeve with original artwork.

These albums contain all the classics, indeed Here’s Little Richard boasts Tutti-Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Ready Teddy and Slippin’ and Slidin’ amongst its 12 tracks. Follow-up Little Richard includes Lucille, Good Golly Miss Molly, while The Fabulous Little Richard marked the end of his rock ‘n’ roll era but still features Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On and Kansas City.

After taking a few years out to focus on religion and gospel music the appropriately titled Little Richard Is Back was issued on Vee-Jay in 1964. These sessions for Vee-Jay included re-recordings of some old favourites and it is there that feature on 1965’s His Greatest Hits (they resisted calling it Little Richard’s Greatest Hits for some reason!).

This new vinyl box set comes complete with a 16-page booklet featuring new liner notes by journalist Bill Dahl and rare photos.

The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums is due for release on 30 September 2016. Fans in Europe will note (see below) that the Amazon Canada price is extremely competitive and even with shipping across the Atlantic, this could prove much cheaper than purchasing locally.


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Little Richard

Mono Box: The Complete Specialty And Vee-Jay Albums [VINYL]



LP 1: Here’s Little Richard

Side A:

Tutti Frutti
True, Fine Mama
Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave
Ready Teddy
Slippin’ and Slidin’

Side B:

Long Tall Sally (The Thing)
Miss Ann
Oh Why?
Rip it Up
Jenny Jenny
She’s Got It
LP 2: Little Richard

Side A:

Keep a Knockin’
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Send Me Some Lovin’
I’ll Never Let You Go (Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo)
All Around the World

Side B:

Good Golly, Miss Molly
Baby Face
Ooh! My Soul
The Girl Can’t Help It
LP 3: The Fabulous Little Richard

Side A:

Shake a Hand
Chicken Little Baby
All Night Long
The Most I Can Offer
Lonesome and Blue
She Knows How to Rock

Side B:

Kansas City
Directly from My Heart
Maybe I’m Right
Early One Morning
I’m Just a Lonely Guy (All Alone)
Whole Lotta Shakin’
LP 4: Little Richard Is Back

Side A:

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Goin’ Home Tomorrow
Money Honey
Only You
Hound Dog
Goodnight Irene

Side B:

Lawdy Miss Claudie
Groovy Little Suzy
Short Fat Fanny
Cherry Red
Memories are Made of This
Blueberry Hill
LP 5: His Greatest Hits

Side A:

Good Golly Miss Molly
Baby Face
Send Me Some Loving
The Girl Can’t Help It

Side B:

Slippin’ and Slidin’
Keep a Knockin’
Rip It Up
She’s Got It
Oh My Soul
Long Tall Sally

7 responses to Little Richard / The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums / 5LP vinyl box

  1. Botley Smith says:

    Here’s an unboxing video I made of this new set, which details all the packaging and disc labels:

  2. Daveyman19 says:

    £160 for 5 vinyl and ONLY a 16pp booklet??… madness pricing!

  3. Paul Murphy says:

    A re-issue of the stunning Complete Speciality Sessions 6-CD Box from 1989 would be most appreciated also.

  4. AlexKx says:

    Oh, I agree Will! It does piss me off as well! With that said it probably has to do with both the economy and the industry collapsing at the turn of the millennium which it has never recovered from…

  5. AlexKx says:

    Oh, thank God! FINALLY Little Richard is getting some archive release or ANY type of release that he so richly deserves! This is very exciting. I do wish it were on c.d. as well. I wonder how much input he personally had on this? Are these “digitally remastered”? I understand using the word “digitally” is not used any more concerning the term “remastered” because it is understood to be obvious that it would be done digitally. How else could something be remastered?

  6. Will says:

    So glad I picked up the two re-issues from RSD over the last couple of years. WTF is wrong with the music industry!?

  7. Charles K. says:

    Nice looking set, quite an incredible range on price there. What is going on in the UK, everything seems to be double or triple the price!

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