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Gabe - Little Richard, Here's Little Richard [Expanded Edition] (Original release, 1957; new edition 2012)
Getting my Monday off to a rocking start with, undoubtedly, one of the finest slabs of rock 'n' roll architecture ever committed to wax. Little Richard Penniman's outrageousness in his rise to stardom in the mid-1950's was matched by his charisma, his dynamic performances, his screaming, urging vocals and unmistakable boogie-woogie pounding of his piano keys. Little Richard paved the way for so many artists in his wake ... I can't imagine other over-the-top performers like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury or Prince ever finding the courage to strut, tease and emote if Little Richard hadn't already blazed the trail for them. At first glance, the album cover begs the listener to immediately rip this record out of the sleeve and slap it on the turntable. Richard looks particularly happy and sassy as he poses mouth agape while hinting at the promise of the electricity buried in the grooves. Balls-out rockers like "Tutti Frutti," "Rip It Up," "Ready Teddy" and "Slippin' and Slidin'" are all part of the indelible fabric of rock n' roll and they're all featured in this masterpiece. A superb re-mastered edition of this classic has just been issued and the music sounds hotter and more exciting as ever on the pristine new version. Warning: this record will cause spontaneous and involuntary fits of unabashed dance moves. Make sure you have on comfortable shoes and plenty of open space nearby before cranking this one up.
Leilani - Holobody, Riverhood (2012)
Young Saskatchewan, Canadian siblings Sea Oleena and Felix Green make up Holobody and their debut, Riverhood, is a scattering of stripped-down electronically-propelled folk and dreamy experimental pop with a whole lot of bounce and hints of gospel-soul, Felix's fresh sweet tenor a nice complement to his sister's high piping harmonies and drone-toned rhymes. Vibrant and inviting and the sort of album that creeps up on you with its charm; I've been jamming it on and off since it came out in May, and it only recently reeled me in. Check out the really cool video for the track "Riverbed" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries.