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  • Audio CD (June 19, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032D0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
2. Great Balls Of Fire
3. Breathless
4. High School Confidential
5. What'd I Say
6. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
7. Matchbox
8. Jambalaya
9. When The Saints Go Marchin' In
10. Lewis Boogie
11. It'll Be Me (Single Version)
12. All Night Long
13. Big Blon' Baby
14. Crazy Arms
15. Ubangi Stomp
16. Big Legged Woman
17. Put Me Down
18. Wild One

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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!

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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

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This album includes original recordings of Lewis' hits.
GTTF
In every song, Lewis's driving passion for his work is evident, and his love for the music will make you love it too.
Rachel
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a ton of great material at Sun Records.
Johnny Heering

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hapworth on February 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the review above, anytime you have a chance to find (and grab) the original recordings from a legendary artists, take advantage of it. Rhino is a great company that has devoted its time to restoring and making available material from everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Captain Beefheart to Alex Chilton.
This compilation of 18 classic Jerry Lee Lewis songs is a treasure. And can I tell you, as a 28-year old listener who was born well after Lewis's heyday (I was born in 1971), that this man's music still sounds as vital today as it did over forty years ago? I find myself bouncing along not only with the obvious radio hits (Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On), but the lesser-known cuts as well (I love Big Blon' Baby). Lewis, along with Little Richard, paved the way for piano-playing rockers, and Lewis also straddled the line between rock and country; fans of both genres will find much to savor here. I wholeheartedly recommend this fine disc.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jim Walls (roosters@inficad.com) on February 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In this Cd,unlike so many Jerry Lee Lewis compilations,you get to hear the original Sun Records recordings of his best and most popular tunes.When you hear these songs,you begin to understand why his influence on later rock and roll artists is so strong.The Reckless intensity he displays here on such classics as "Whole lotta shakin' goin' on","Breathless",and on such wild and quirky versions of Ray Charles'"What'd I Say",and the old Hank Williams favorite,"Jambalaya",is rarely heard anywhere else in his long and storied career.If you want to find out what all the fuss was about,this Cd is a great place to start.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I take a back seat to no one in my admiration for Jerry Lee Lewis. I saw him perform in Ottawa not long after the adverse publicity broke in England over his marriage to Myra Gale. In a building that would normally house 9,000 to 10,000 for such an event there were perhaps about 1,500, and I can still see him peeking out from behind the stage curtain from my vantage point just before he went on. But when he came on - WOW. What a performance. You'd think there were 18,000 in the joint. By far the best live R&R show I ever saw in those days - and I saw them all - from Elvis to Cash to Domino to Berry. None could compare.

Having said that, I find this 18-selection CD from Rhino a bit of a misnomer in labelling itself as "18 Original Greatest Hits" for the Sun label.

Missing are: You Win Again - the flip of Great Balls Of Fire and a # 95 on its own early in 1958; Fools LIke Me, the flip of High School Confidential and a # 11 R&B in 1958; both sides of the 1958 double-sided hit Break-Up [# 52]/I'll Make It All Up To You [# 85]; I'll Sail My Ship Alone [# 93 in 1959]; and Sweet Little 16 [# 95 in 1962].

The above six would have been better choices for this album - labeled as it is - than relative obscurities like Matchbox, When The Saints Go Marching In, All Night Long, Big Legged Woman, and Put Me Down.

Also, there are neither liner notes nor discography to at least provide information as to when the non-hits included were recorded and where they appeared for the first time. Typical of the CDs that first hit the market back in 1984.

There are many, many better choices available now.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on September 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As another reviewer has pointed out, I too was born long after Lewis's heyday. However, hearing his "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire" on various oldies stations got me hooked when I was a teenager. It is hard to describe. The man had....something. Was it extremely sophisticated, complicated music? Hell, no. But it didn't have to be. It was raw, passionate and true. You could tell this guy loved what he was doing. Plus, even if the music was relatively simplistic, well, so was all of rock and roll. And Lewis was good at it.
It has been pointed out that Lewis posed a "short-lived challenge" to Elvis Presley for the title of King of Rock and Roll. Lewis's shot at the real big time was basically wrecked when word got out that he'd married his 14-year-old cousin Myra Brown. It's a shame too - of course, I don't condone grown men marrying minors. Lewis screwed up there. However, as Albert Goldman pointed out in his controversial 1982 biography of Elvis, Lewis's downfall was ironic: Lewis was pilloried for marrying his 14-year-old cousin, while in the meantime 24-year-old Presley cohabitated with 15-year-old Priscilla at Graceland, and nobody seemed to consider this a problem.
Besides that obvious bit of unfairness, it's also pretty damn sad that Lewis's challenge to Presley was so short-lived...because in this reviewer's opinion, he was a hell of a lot better of a musician than Presley, for a whole host of reasons, but I'll stick to the main ones. Firstly, Lewis actually played an instrument, the piano, and played it well. This is in contrast to Presley, for whom the guitar was a prop rather than an instrument he truly knew how to play. Secondly, Lewis sang on key with breath control, which Presley did not do.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on September 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow, who would have thought that Jerry Lee Lewis would be the last surviving Sun Records legend? After the wild life he lead, it's somewhat of a miracle. Now, on to the review. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a ton of great material at Sun Records. Much more than the mere 18 songs recorded here. However, all 18 songs here are great, so I won't complain about that. I might have selected different songs if it was up to me, but that's just personal preference. Jerry only had five real hits at Sun Records, so any other songs included are debatable. My one real complaint would have to be the lack of liner notes. But that won't stop me from recommending the CD.
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