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Mr. Big (Little Richard album)
Mr. Big (Little Richard album)

Mr. Big, released in the middle of his Reprise Records period, was another compilation of Little Richard's mid-1960s recordings for Vee Jay Records, released on the UK Joy label. None of the tracks had previously been released on an album - many had been released on singles in 1965, the rest were outtakes. A later album with not only the same name, but also the same cover was released for the US market in 1974 with different tracks. (See The Alternate Mr. Big). Another similar release came in the form of Talkin‘ ‘bout Soul, also in 1974, with one previously unreleased track and stereo versions of released single sides.

History


As covered on the entry for Little Richard Is Back (And There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!), Richard recorded nearly fifty tracks for the Vee-Jay Records label in 1964/1965. With the collapse of the record label, some of these tracks went unreleased until the 1970s.

The Alternate Mr. Big


Three years after the release of this album, an album for the U.S. market was released using the same name, but with different tracks. The second Mr. Big album utilised the same cover, though is not included in the chronology as it contained nothing previously unreleased. The track listing on the US Mr. Big was as follows:

Track listing


Personnel, tracks 1,3-5


Rest of personnel unlisted in Vee Jay archives

Personnel, tracks 2,7 and 9


Rest of personnel unlisted in Vee Jay archives

Personnel, tracks 6, 8 and 10


Rest of personnel unlisted in Vee Jay archives Above names relate to "I Don't Know What You've Got", "Dancin' All Around The World", and "You'd Better Stop".

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