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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Jerry's career the justice it deserves
Jerry Lee Lewis compilations have often been lackluster affairs. The bulk of them focus on his years at Sun, while others are cheap and messy overviews of his country material. Seldom do these compilations justice to the performer Jerry Lee Lewis really was. In essence Jerry was a Southern man, a true country star. His songs are honest and raw tales about the ups and...
Published on May 12, 2006 by Soulboogiealex

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A genuine 'Best Of' ... almost
The Music? Five stars without a doubt...marvellous, fantastic, prime-Killer cuts, the absolute top man....

But...Universal (zero stars, hence the average rating) have been at it again.... following on from the consistent (and unwelcome) party trick played by UK Spectrum in featuring 'wrong tracks' on their JLL collections, most recently in respect of the...
Published on May 3, 2006 by Vinyl obsessive


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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Jerry's career the justice it deserves, May 12, 2006
This review is from: Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
Jerry Lee Lewis compilations have often been lackluster affairs. The bulk of them focus on his years at Sun, while others are cheap and messy overviews of his country material. Seldom do these compilations justice to the performer Jerry Lee Lewis really was. In essence Jerry was a Southern man, a true country star. His songs are honest and raw tales about the ups and downs on the wild side, they don't call him the Killer for nothing.

Jerry started his career with some immensely successful rockabilly sides. He was the only true competitor to one Elvis Presley. Lewis could have gone in to history as the King of Rock & Roll if it weren't for his highly controversial marriage to 13 year old kin. Because R&R was marketed to kids radio stations refused to play his music once the scandal got out. This chain of events turned out to be a curse and a blessing at the same time. Although it slowed down his career it did push Jerry into country recordings. As it turned out this is were his true strength lied.

This taken into account the decision to include only a hand full of his Sun material is completely justified. It highlights only his biggest hits for the label before moving on to his Mercury of the sixties and seventies. The first of these selections "What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out Of Me)" immediately illustrates this is a much more edgy and mature Lewis. Gone are the dance crazes of "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and gone is the teen romance of "High School Confidential", only to be replaced by tales of a man struggling to get through his life. These are songs of a man who realizes life isn't as clear cut as it seems in High School. Titles as "She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)" and "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" speak for itself on that matter.

One could argue that a single disc could never cover the essential Jerry Lee Lewis. Too much highlights of his career are missing. Yet for a single disc, with an insightful 16 page booklet, and Rhino's "All Killer No Filler" now out of print, this is the only compilation around that gives you an introduction to the man that does him justice. It's a Killer!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A genuine 'Best Of' ... almost, May 3, 2006
This review is from: Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
The Music? Five stars without a doubt...marvellous, fantastic, prime-Killer cuts, the absolute top man....

But...Universal (zero stars, hence the average rating) have been at it again.... following on from the consistent (and unwelcome) party trick played by UK Spectrum in featuring 'wrong tracks' on their JLL collections, most recently in respect of the '1963-77' Mercury set "Many Sides Of JLL", which includes a 1989 (movie-soundtrack) recording of 'Crazy Arms', their US colleagues have shown that they are equally adept at screwing things up...

Hard on the heels of "Many Sides" comes, on Universal's US imprint Hip-O Records, a fine looking collection called "The Defintive Jerry Lee Lewis", featuring, as a sticky label proclaims, "His 24 Greatest Hits 1957-81", taking us through from 'Whole Lotta Shakin' (plus five other Sun tracks) and concluding with a couple of Elektra masters, sandwiching sixteen of Jerry Lee's biggest Mercury hits.

A good looking, 16 page booklet, fronted, mercifully, by a highly suitable circa 1970 photo, with extensive, well-written (if predictable, in terms of content), liner notes. So far so good, although strange that the chronological order of the recordings is compromised by 'inverting' "What's Made Milwaukee Famous" and "Another Place Another Time" - be that as it may, a minor blemish on what appears to be, indeed, a 'Definitive' collection; the sort of thing you'd happily pass on to a friend as an 'introduction' to JLL, to convey something of the scope and depth of his career to those who haven't got beyond 1958...

And then, just when you thought they'd cracked it..

You get to 1973 and, sandwiched between "Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough" and "He Can't Fill My Shoes", is a 'boisterous' "Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee o'dee" (okay, again messing slightly with the chronology, but perhaps forgivable), originally released, as the booklet tells us, on

Mercury single 73374 and a #20 country, #41 pop hit. Well, sort of. What you actually get is a 1963 recording originally outed on the 1966 album 'Memphis Beat'.

Fantastic music; Jerry Lee in his prime, marred only by the serial-spoilers at Universal. One is always left with the impression that the attitude is 'just get it out; make a buck; why should we care?'
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killer Has Not Yet Left The Room, February 15, 2008
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
"Jerry Lee Lewis: The Definitive Collection," (2005) might not be quite as definitive as his most knowledgeable fans could wish. Still, for us just plain old fans, it sure delivers a lot of favorites. It's a good showcase for "The Killer," as this booming piano player, an outstanding rockabilly musician, has long been called, and will do very well for some of us, who love his work, without necessarily wishing to live next door to the artist, and his oddly assorted wives. Furthermore, there can be no doubt that he's still a musical force to be reckoned with, for anybody who caught his recent explosive live Grammy performance.

Lewis first was widely noticed after a December 4, 1956 Sun Studios recording session of Carl Perkins's: he was Perkins's pianist. And, after Sun boss/kingmaker Sam Phillips turned off the mics, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, his studio's greatest stars, who were there just visiting, began a jam session with Perkins. The wavy-haired Lewis was there to pound that piano. Businessman Phillips was inspired to call the local paper to memorialize the event, and next day the "Memphis Press-Scimitar" had a picture and story, headlined "The Million Dollar Quartet." The rest is history: before you knew it, Lewis's second Sun single, 1957's "Whole Lot of Shakin'Going On," sold millions, as did his follow-up, "Great Balls of Fire." Then the man, already third time around, married his thirteen year old cousin Myra. His rockabilly career never really recovered: he was forced to retreat into country, which might not have been the worst thing for him. But, anyway, despite the man's wild and crazy life, he's the only member of that quartet still here.

This CD gives us, of course, his two great early hits; also a number of songs from later in his career that reflect where he was at: "What Made Milwaukee Famous," "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O'Dee," "Middle Age Crazy," "Another Place Another Time," and Kris Kristofferson's classic, "Me and Bobby McGee." You might not be crazy about the man or his music, but he was there at the beginning, and he's still here; the man has not yet left the room.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF JERRY LEE LEWIS, May 25, 2008
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This cd includes the absolute best of Jerry Lee Lewis , awesome Country and Rock n Roll tracks that remain fresh to this day , highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, July 8, 2013
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There are a LOT of slow songs and a lot of really country sounding songs...not what you expect when you think of the more popularized Jerry Lee Lewis (i.e. Great Balls of Fire, Whole lot of Shakin Goin On, Splish Splash, etc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST of THE BEST, December 1, 2011
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The unsung KING OF ROCK N ROLL!!!!! The best of the best and still going after the rest are gone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, June 5, 2013
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Jerry Lee Lewis fans will love it Recommend it for all his fans who enjoy listening to him. Country is his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JERRY LEE RULES!, January 25, 2013
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P. Terry "Beach Bumette" (ATLANTIC BEACH, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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This is definitely one of the best of my many Jerry Lee CD's. It is a great collection of his music and includes all of his best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lee schmaltz, January 12, 2013
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Consumate self promoter. But only 2-3 rockers. The rest slow good-ol-boy country. Never knew the majority of Jerry lee's output was country. Liner notes informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Jerry Lee, April 8, 2010
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For me, this really is the definitive Jerry Lee collection. I've listened to it about 10 times and love it every time. The "killer" really is one of a kind.
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