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Poor Dog... What version was released on original album? [message #5680] Wed, 14 March 2018 09:39
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Little Richard recorded "Poor Dog (Who Can't Wag His Own Tail)" together with "Well" (new version of "Well Alright") on his first OKeh session, in May 5, 1966. Both titles were released on single OKeh 4-7251 and on OKeh album "The Explosive Little Richard": OKS 14117 (stereo) and OKM 12117 (mono). But the versions of "Poor Dog" on single and on album seem be very different.

At the present time there are at least three versions of "Poor Dog" (all them being evidently mastered from same take):
- single version: mono, overdubbed by female vocal chorus, length 2:44 - OKeh 4-7251;
- LP version: mono, without overdub, length 1:50 - LP Epic MBN S-26257 (Dutch issue of OKS 14117), CD Epic EPC 462558 2 (Holland, 1988);
- CD version: stereo, without overdub, length 3:04 - CD Epic EK-86668 (US, 2004).

It is very strange that LP version of "Poor Dog":
- is mono even on stereo version of album (where all other tracks are stereo),
- is too short comparing with single version, and
- is not overdubbed.

But I have only Dutch issue of this album. Maybe original US LPs (stereo and mono) and/or British LPs include some other versions of "Poor Dog".

If someone has one of these LPs:

- OKeh OKS 14117 (US, stereo)
- OKeh OKM 12117 (US, mono)
- EMI Columbia SCX 6136 (UK, stereo)
- EMI Columbia SX 6136 (UK, mono)

please, listen to "Poor Dog" for answering:
- is it mono (on stereo LP)?
- is it overdubbed by female backing vocal (starting circa 0:56)?
- what is its real length.

Thanks in advance.
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