These were the beginning of a long career for Lewis-and the beginning of rock 'n' roll for millions. The smashes join the best B-sides: Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On; Great Balls of Fire; High School Confidential; Crazy Arms; Breathless; What'd I Say; Lewis Boogie; It'll Be Me , and more!
While Lewis's Sun sessions between 1956 and 1963 are legendarily eclectic (everything from Stephen Foster to Hank Williams to a rewrite of the Midnighters' "Sexy Ways"), this single-disc distillation sticks mainly to rock and country veins. The records that made the Killer a short-lived yet serious challenger to Elvis--"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Great Balls of Fire"--are here, in addition to lesser known but equally hot sides such as "It'll Be Me" and the blindingly dirty-minded "Big Legged Woman." A key collection from one of America's greatest recorded talents. --Rickey Wright