Label: Specialty - 2C 062-95292 • Series: Rock N Roll Museum - 2 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Reissue • Country: France • Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul • Style: Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues
Save item Buy from Amazon UK. When Larry Williams picked up the banner so prematurely dropped by his Specialty label mate Little Richard inhe became for a while the very personification of rock'n'roll. Frantic but always in control, wild but witty, crazy but cool, he had an unquenchable taste in bizarre women: short, fat, bony, dizzy or jelly bellied, Larry loved 'em all.
The magnificent Larry Williams first lit up my life during the summer of when his London-American release Short Fat Fannie came crackling out of the family wireless set's overworked Teardrops - Larry Williams - Rock N Roll Museum Vol.2. Earlier that week I bought Little Richard's Jenny Jenny and had worn myself out trying to sing along with it. Not only could you sing along, you could whistle, too! Rock'n'roll whistling?
Who said that we didn't have better summers in those days? Bony Moronie, a couple of months later, was even better. Can there have been a more perfect example of a rock'n'roll record? Even square old Gooff, the jazz loving owner of The Melodaire record shop couldn't stop himself from smiling as he played the record for me. I first heard this by way of the jukebox in the infamous Busy Bee transport cafe on the Watford by-pass, a favourite haunt of the 'ton-up' motorcycle fraternity.
Just to impress the chicks it became something of a challenge for these leather boys to select a record and then race down to the first roundabout and back before it finished playing. But Teardrops - Larry Williams - Rock N Roll Museum Vol.2 left the 'Bee once I started playing Larry's two-sided epic!
By we were being told that rock'n'roll was Why Waste Your Time (Funky Loop Mix) - Various - Deep Heat III. My record player turntable almost went into meltdown too.
Somehow we didn't expect a 'girlie' chorus on a Larry Williams record. Perhaps rock'n'roll had died after all. In recent times our chums at Ace Dr.
Beat - Various - Dance Classics (28 Original Artists) have kept rock'n'roll fans and resuscitation units well supplied with vinyl, tape and CD compilations featuring the best of Larry Williams.
However, this double CD package of dynamite is possibly their finest moment. These cuts didn't stagger bleary-eyed from the Specialty vaults, they jumped.
The studio chat is hilarious and the music is glorious. Compiled by the redoubtable team of John Broven and Stuart Colman, with Stuart's usual fascinating notes, this my friends is one of the greatest rock'n'roll releases ever, maybe it's even better than that. I think I may have to become Larry Williams again. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis. We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce.
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