Editors’ Notes We know that Little Richard helped shape rock ’n’ roll into everything it is today, but sometimes we find that fact difficult to contemplate. After all, it's hard to think about anything at all when we're busy wearing a hole in the carpet to the sound of vintage, rip-roaring cuts like "Tutti Frutti," "Slippin' and Slidin'," and "Rip It Up." The raw energy of his raspy howl and his way with the 88s are utterly electrifying—and just as irresistible today as they were more than half a century ago.

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Tutti Frutti
1
2:24
 
True, Fine Mama
2
2:40
 
Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
3
2:25
 
Ready Teddy
4
2:06
 
Baby
5
2:03
 
Slippin' and Slidin'
6
2:41
 
Long Tall Sally (The Thing)
7
2:07
 
Miss Ann
8
2:14
 
Oh Why?
9
2:06
 
Rip It Up
10
2:21
 
Jenny Jenny
11
2:01
 
She's Got It
12
2:26
 
Tutti Frutti (Take 2)
1
1:32
 
True Fine Mama (Incomplete Take)
2
1:11
 
Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave (Take 6)
3
2:26
 
Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave (Take 8)
4
2:23
 
Ready Teddy (Take 1)
5
1:33
 
Ready Teddy (Takes 2 & 3)
6
2:09
 
Baby (Demo)
7
4:18
 
Baby (Take 1)
8
2:23
 
Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Demo)
9
1:47
 
Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Piano & Drums Demo)
10
1:58
 
Long Tall Sally (Take 1)
11
2:01
 
Long Tall Sally (Take 6)
12
2:07
 
Miss Ann (Demo)
13
1:43
 
Miss Ann (Take 1)
14
2:29
 
Miss Ann (Take 6)
15
2:51
 
Oh Why? (Takes 3 & 4)
16
2:23
 
Oh Why? (Take 9)
17
2:14
 
Rip It Up (Take 1)
18
1:15
 
Rip It Up (Take 3)
19
2:20
 
Rip It Up (Take 4)
20
1:48
 
Rip It Up (Take 6)
21
3:10
 
She’s Got It (Alternate Version)
22
2:28
 

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