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by Larry Williams
 
Larry Williams is one of the great figures of early rock & roll. He didn't have the world's greatest voice, more of a raucous shout, but he put it to electrifying use behind his original compositions, some of which became standards. The Beatles covered "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy," "Bad Boy" and "Slow Down," the Stones

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Larry Williams is one of the great figures of early rock & roll. He didn't have the world's greatest voice, more of a raucous shout, but he put it to electrifying use behind his original compositions, some of which became standards. The Beatles covered "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy," "Bad Boy" and "Slow Down," the Stones ripped up "She Said Yeah," hundreds of garage bands in the early '60s had "Bony Maronie" or "Short Fat Fannie" in their set list. The originals are the best, though, and this disc captures the essential tracks recorded by Williams for Specialty in the late '50s. There are other collections you might be able to track down that have more tracks, including At His Finest: The Specialty Rock 'N' Roll Years on Ace which collects all his singles for Specialty plus a disc's worth of rare outtakes and Specialty's Bad Boy, which sports an epic 23 tracks. However, for someone who just wants the essential wig-burning rockers Williams became known for, this collection will work just fine. As an extra the set comes with an bonus disc featuring ten songs chosen from Specialty's archives by the likes of Guitar Slim, Sam Cooke, and the immortal Don & Dewey.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
Label:
Specialty
UPC:
0888072300545
catalogNumber:
30054
Rank:
47295

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Performance Credits

Larry Williams   Primary Artist
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Ted Brinson   Bass
Jewell L. Grant   Baritone Saxophone
Rene Hall   Guitar
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Earl Palmer   Drums
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Leader
John Anderson   Trumpet
Jesse & Marvin   Track Performer
Leon M. Silby   Piano
John E. Oliveri   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lloyd Price   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Art Rupe   Producer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction

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