Album Details

August 29, 2006
Specialty Records
Rhythm & Blues, Early R&B, Rock & Roll

Album Review

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.
Tim Sendra, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Bony Moronie
  2. Just Because
  3. Short Fat Fannie
  4. High School Dance
  5. You Bug Me Baby
  6. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy
  7. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
  8. Hootchy-Koo
  9. Bad Boy
  10. Slow Down
  11. Little School Girl
  12. Ting-A-Ling
  13. Let Me Tell You, Baby
  14. She Said Yeah
  15. R.M. Blues
  16. Pink Champagne
  17. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  19. Dream Girl
  20. The Things That I Used to Do
  21. Long Tall Sally
  22. I'll Come Running Back to You
  23. Leavin' It All Up to You
  24. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy