Good Late 50's Rock and Roll
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD contains LLoyd Price recordings for ABC-Paramount between 1957 and 1960. The only 1957 material is "Just Because" and it's flip "Why" which were done before LLoyd developed his hit record formula. "Just Because" is excellent straight R&B along the lines of LLoyds earlier Specialty releases. "Why" is a primitive version of what follows. In late 1958 Lloyd started a string of excellent releases with a similar style - big band, heavy beat, chorus with a 'wall of sound'. These include "Stagger Lee", "Where Were You", "Personality", "Have You Ever Had The Blues", "I'm Gonna Get Married", "Three Little Pigs" and "Lady Luck". By mid-1960 the formula wore out and the hits stopped. Among the weak tracks on this CD are a cover version of his earlier Specialty hit "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Never Let Me Go", a ballad with strings. There is also a watered down version of "Stagger Lee" for Bandstand minus the bloody lyrics. The liner notes contain interesting historical information about Price but no discography."
One of the most beloved R&B singers of the 50's
L. E STOTTLEMEYER | KCMO | 04/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lloyd Price was crossing over pop big time in the 50's just like Fats Domino,Chuck Berry ,Little Richard, and The Platters. He recorded hits that both the Black teenagers and White teens could immediatley identify with. Some are literally Rock and Roll standards now like "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Stagger Lee", "Personality", and "I'm gonna get married"- all of which are included on this fantastic cd. This cd also includes the top 10 R&B smashes "Just Because" from 1957,a song that stuck at #2 for about 3 weeks on the R&B chart titled "Come into my heart","Lady Luck", and a personal favorite of mine from the early 60's titled "Question" which I've featured on my radio show for years now. This cd is packed with hits from one of the heavy hitters of 50's and early 60's Rock n Roll and R&B. A direct influence on the sound of Arthur Alexander and many others who would come later.A must for any serious 50's collector."
Timothy C. Beasley | Crawfordsville, IN | 07/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this album just for 'Just because'. Being a big fan of his Specialy work, these recordings are just a little different. There's no doubt about it, these were Lloyd Price's million sellers, but Mr. Price singing with an orchestrated background and obviously caucasian back-up singers is just too much for some men to take. I can't explain it. Listen to the Specialty version of Lawdy Miss Clawdy ( you know, the one with Fats Domino on piano) and then listen to the one on this alblum and you'll know what I'm talking about.Well anyway, If you listen to the oldies station they're all here: Personality, Questions, Where were you on our wedding day?, Stagger Lee (gasp! both versions) and the immortal classic- I'm gonna get married. lol - Still trying to figure out what the lyrics are to that song. Back up singers: Johnny you're too young
Lloyd price: But I'm gonna get married
back ups : You're so young etc etc
Price (barely audible): My name's Bill Garrett (Phil Carey or some such) If you're name is Bill or Phil, why are they calling you Johnny in the song?? Weird."