My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Mostly Recorded in the fall of 1956 and released in early 1957, this is Richard’s first album.”Tutti Futti”, “Long Tall sally”, “Rip it Up” and “Jenny, Jenny” were top 20 Billboard pop singles. Those singles, along with “Ready Teddy“, “Miss Anne” and “True Fine Mama” were top 20 Billboard Black Singles. Richard even had a part in writing 2/3 of the songs on the album.
What I liked: The energy in Richard’s voice on these songs is amazing. “Ready Teddy” for instance, seems to build for the entire two+ minutes, and by the end you are sure something is going to pop. Each song just feels like a 100 yard dash, leaving you breathless. Still Richard keeps ’em coming and by the end you feel like you should be exhausted, but really you just want to go through the journey again.
What I Didn’t Like: That this if my first time hearing this album.
My Overall Thoughts: I don’t remember the last time, if ever, that music has left me feeling breathless, I’m excited to add this to my regular rotation.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree it should be there, I think everybody is familiar with “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally“, but every song here needs to be heard.
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (13/14)