King Of Rock & Roll: The Complete Reprise Recordings
Released: Dec 2005
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
This absolutely mind-blowing collection of Richard's '70s output for Reprise (three albums, some singles and unreleased material) is nothing short of revelatory. Taking on country, blues, hard funk and rock 'n' roll, Richard proves himself the master, arranging songs and singing with a force that completely undoes the one-note showboat persona he is still identified with today. This was clearly a creative peak for Little Richard, even if the records didn't quite sell the way they should have.
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