“Slippin’ and Slidin'” one of Little Richard’s best, featured on Golden Star collection

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A Golden Star Collection celebrates the career of Little Richard. A video that depicts a still photo of the singer is displayed while special recordings of key songs of the iconic performer plays.

One of the more interesting inclusions is the song “Slippin’ and Slidin’.”

The song vibrates with the feverish enthusiasm that marks a great deal of early rock ‘n’ roll. And that is the other part of why this important – – 60 years after the development of rock ‘n’ roll, this recording shows the evolution of the genre.

Also, the recording illustrates the changes that Little Richard himself has undergone in the ensuing years. Some audiences will remember that time several months ago when the performer denounced all the things that people remembered him for. His interview on a Christian network shocked some audiences who associated him with the debauchery linked to a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

 At any rate, “Slippin’ and Slidin’” is a fun but naughty artifact from a time when rock ‘n’ roll was new, but even then, it refused to behave.

The sound of “Slippin’ and Slidin’” by Little Richard

 The sound of an almost New Orleans jazz piano opens the song. The bleating of a saxophone adds dimension. When the lyrics start, the saxophone fades out, but after the first verse, the saxophone is showcased, and the performance gives the song a classic sound. The rhythm section keeps up a beat that seems to mark almost every rock song from the 1950s.

In terms of production quality, this sounds great. The vocals sound clearer than they have on some other Little Richard recordings. His voice is lower in this song and there is no characteristic scream, but the singing and the playing are solid.

The Golden Star collection of Little Richard’s hits includes “Long Tall Sally,” and “Tutti Frutti” among others. This collection comes after the 60th anniversary re-release of “Here’s Little Richard” less than one year ago.

The idea that rock ‘n’ roll is now 60 years old leads to another challenging question: How will the genre stay relevant? Research reveals an era 40 to 50 years ago  in which jazz and standards still reigned over award shows and public taste, while rock ‘n’ roll remained on the fringe.

Now, rock ‘n’ roll is the standard. It has lasted far longer than some people expected it to – – probably the only thing to do now is to keep listening to see what happens to the genre that fights against expectations, and that people either love or hate.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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