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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Southern Child: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Little Richard

For those not in the know, Record Store Day Black Friday is/was scheduled for Friday, November 27th, 2020, the day after Thanksgiving, at a brick-and-mortar record store near you, and so Omnivore Recordings will be making two titles available that day: Little Richardís Southern Child: Expanded Edition album and Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parksí Orange Crate Instrumentals.

Concentrating on the former for now, following 1971ís King of Rock and Roll, Little Richard (aka Richard Penniman) did something no one would have expected ó he allowed his up-ítil-then unrecognized country-rock leaning to emerge.

Further, unlike the songs on its predecessor, all 14 tracks on Southern Child were written or co-written by Richard. While there is the funk, rock and soul one would expect during this period, Southern Child was a predominantly country-rock affair.

And while Little Richard had proven he could master any genre, the label decided to shelve the album, leaving it unissued until the tracks appeared on a long-out-of-print label retrospective in 2005.

Recorded in the spring of 1972 in Los Angeles, the album was mixed, mastered and handed into the label. It was given a catalog number and cover art was designed, but Reprise opted instead to release The Second Coming in its place.

Both albums were recorded at around the same time, with Bumps Blackwell in the producer chair, but the reasons Southern Child was left behind are lost to time.

Perhaps the label felt Little Richardís audience wouldnít follow him into unfamiliar musical territory, but now Southern Child appears for the first time the way Little Richard intended it.

The LP ó also soon to be available on YELLOW vinyl ó becomes available on November 27th, 2020; and the CD version, augmented by four bonus tracks, is due December 4th, 2020 via Omnivore Recordings.

1. 'California (Iím Cominí)'
2. 'If You Pick Her Too Hard (She Comes Out Of Tune)'
3. 'Burning Up With Love'
4. 'Ainít No Telliní
5. 'Last Yearís Race Horse (Canít Run In This Yearís Race)'
6. 'Southern Child'
7. 'In The Name' (Version 3)
8. 'Over Yonder'
9. 'I Git A Little Lonely'
10. 'Puppy Dog Song'
11. 'In The Name' (Version 4, Take 1, False Start) [Bonus Track]
12. 'In The Name' (Version 4, Take 2) [Bonus Track]
13. 'In The Name' (Version 4, Take 3) [Bonus Track]
14. 'Sneak The Freak'

Opening on the funky country of 'California (Iím Cominí)' that's backed by the low key, harmonized 'If You Pick Her Too Hard (She Comes Out Of Tune),' the acoustic guitar, foot-tappin' 'Burning Up With Love,' the lofi yearning ballad 'Ainít No Telliní and then the gently euphoric embrace found within the Southern twang of 'Last Yearís Race Horse (Canít Run In This Yearís Race).'

Up next is the Southern storytelling of the title track 'Southern Child' which is followed by the down home stillness of 'In The Name' (Version 3), the rallying cry of 'Over Yonder,' with the original album rounding out with the mid-tempo Southern funk of 'I Git A Little Lonely,' closing on the drum-led, puppy-enhanced, dog breed-describing, slow swamp rock of 'Puppy Dog Song.'

This Expanded Edition contains four tracks, all be it that there are the same, just different takes of 'In The Name (Version 4, Take 1, False Start; Version 4, Take 2; and Version 4, Take 3), with this new edition finally closing on the four minute instrumental, and a track that more reflected Richard's usual frenetic rock 'n' roll style of piano playing, 'Sneak The Freak.'

Omnivore Record Store Day Black Friday 2020 Trailer

Southern Child: Expanded Edition CD - Official Purchase Link