Esquerita - Wild Cat Shakeout (Mega Blowout Sale)

SKU 23-FVCD 080
"With a six-inch pompadour, brocaded shirts, rhinestone shades, and a rhythmic, belligerent style of piano playing, Esquerita was the original Little Richard, years before Mr. Penniman tutti-frutti'd his way to stardom.

Working around the Dallas-New Orleans circuit in the early '50s, Esquerita's shot at the big time came when Capitol Records decided they needed their own version of Little Richard, after signing their answer to Elvis, Gene Vincent. The resulting recordings, though smartly produced, stand as some of the most untamed and unabashed sides ever issued by a major label. Long revered by rock & roll fans the world over, they make Little Richard's Specialty sides look highly disciplined by comparison."-All Music Guide

"Worshipped by rock gods such as Little Richard and Gene Vincent, flamboyant gospel pianist S. Q. Reeder Jr was tempted into the recording studio several times in 1958 to demonstrate his secular capabilities. However, the resulting Wildcat Shakeouts, by the renamed Esquerita, were deemed far too extreme even for black radio... Judge for yourself! Bolstered by a handful of additional tracks, this release gathers together all of his original 1958-59 releases.

Also included as an additional bonus are both sides of the debut single by erstwhile Blue Cap, Paul Peek, on which the Wildcat plays piano in his inimitable style."
  • LabelFantastic Voyage
  • UPC5055311000800
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