0809. Little Richard
Here's Little Richard
Some albums are important due to catching the zeitgeist, while some are important due to great artistic expressions. And then there's the albums that are important cause they set the standard for fun.
Here's Little Richard is firmly set in the latter category, but with one foot in the "originators of style" section too. No, he didn't invent rock'n'roll, but I'll argue Mr. Penniman brought a heap of attitude when he broke into the mainstream with Tutti-Frutti and with it sort of founded the rock'n'roll sound (a fact backed up by many of the first generations rockers, including Elvis, recorded their own versions of the song, and some also trying to copy his "outrageous" vocal style - Elvis' version sounds a bit stumbling when compared to Little Richard's, by the way).
And it's the rock'n'roll tracks that are the most interesting on this album, partly cause they're the blueprint for the coming decade and partly cause they're pretty fun to listen to, whether it's Tutti-Frutti, Ready Teddy, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, or She's Got It.