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The Rill Thing

Little Richard
The Rill Thing

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Config/Selection: A / ROGV-059
Units per set: 2
UPC: 081227931209

Marketing Points:

• If voted to win, it would be the first time “The Rill Thing” would be reissued on vinyl in the US since original release in 1970.
• Album would be expanded to a 2LP set and include tracks that have never been issued on vinyl but were originally included on the out of print Rhino Handmade CD King of Rock N Roll: The Complete Reprise Recordings from 2005.
• Would be pressed on 2-180g multi-color vinyl records at Record Industry in the Netherlands and come in a deluxe gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve. Fans would have the opportunity of voting to determine the colorway of the vinyl records.
• Each 2LP set would come numbered and strictly limited based on pre-orders

Anyone not familiar with Little Richard or his story has been living under a rock for the last 60 plus years. He is one of the most iconic and important figures in popular music and culture for the last seven decades. His most celebrated work dates from the middle 1950s when his showmanship laid the foundation for rock n’ roll. At the suggestion of Lloyd Price, Richard sent a 2-song demo recording to Specialty Records in 1955. Art Rupe of Specialty bought out his Peacock contract and upon hearing the demo, thought he was Specialty’s answer to Ray Charles. Influenced more by Fats Domino than Charles, Richard decided to record at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studios in New Orleans utilizing many of Fats’ session musicians. The resulting song, “Tutti Frutti,” with its acapella intro became an instant hit and one of the most recognizable early rock tunes of all time. It reached # 2 on the Billboard R&B Best-Sellers Chart and crossed over to the pop charts in both the US and the UK. It reached #17 on Billboard’s Top 100 in the US and #29 in the UK singles chart, eventually selling a million copies. Richard’s next hit in 1956, “Long Tall Sally,” was his first to reach #1 on the R&B chart and the first to reach top 10 of the pop charts in both the US and the UK. Little Richard had nine hits in the US in 1956 and five in the UK with recordings such as “Slippin’ and Slidin’,” “Rip It Up,” “Ready Teddy,” “The Girl Can’t Help It,” and “Lucille.” Little Richard crossed paths with many rock n roll luminaries that he influenced, including the Beatles and Stones opening up for him on tour and adding Jimi Hendrix to his Upsetters band, even though Richard’s brother eventually fired Hendrix for tardiness, wardrobe and stage antics. After his string of hits in the 1950s he returned to recording Gospel briefly before making a rocky return to secular music in the 1960s in which he bounced between labels such as Vee Jay, Modern, Brunswick and Okeh. Richard signed to Reprise Records in 1970, releasing the album The Rill Thing, which included the chart-making singles “Freedom Blues,” and “Greenwood, Mississippi,” as well as a cover of Lennon-McCartney’s “I Saw Her Standing There!” Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. His accolades, awards and influences are way too numerous to name and we don’t have enough room. If voted in, ROG will expand his Reprise debut album, The Rill Thing, to include bonus material that has only been released on the out of print Rhino Handmade CD, King of Rock and Roll: The Warner Brothers Recordings and would be making its debut on vinyl. In addition, the release would receive the typical over-the-top packaging treatment.

Track Listing:
Side A
1 Freedom Blues 3:00
2 Greenwood, Mississippi 3:20
3 Two-Time Loser 3:15
4 Dew Drop Inn 2:40
5 Somebody Saw You 3:35
6 Spreadin' Natta, What's The Matter? 4:38
Side B
1 The Rill Thing 10:00
2 Lovesick Blues 4:30
3 I Saw Her Standing There 4:30
NOTE: 2nd LP tracks TBD