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Great Balls Of Fire: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Newly Recorded Performances By Jerry Lee Lewis [Soundtrack]

Various Artists , Jerry Lee Lewis Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001FQY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Great Balls Of Fire
2. High School Confidential
3. Beg Legged Woman - Booker T. Laury
4. I'm On Fire
5. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston And The Delta Cats
6. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Valerie Wellington
8. Breathless
9. Crazy Arms - Jerry Lee Lewis/Dennis Quaid
10. Wild One
11. That Lucky Old Sun
12. Great Balls Of Fire (Original Version)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM OF REMAKES, WITH A TOUCH OF HISTORY January 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Nobody can deny that The Killer is one of the greatest rock & rollers of all time. Despite the controversy, his blacklisting, the drugs and booze, the death and violence that has surrounded him, he has always seemed to be able to put out great music on his piano. In recent years however, his energy has waned and his voice has shown some wear. This does not stop him from touring though, and he recorded this album of remakes of his most significant rock & roll hits for the movie about the start of his career based on Myra Gayle's book by the same name.
The new recordings are very close to the originals, keeping the same basic arrangements and famous solo sections (mostly). The new band has a bass guitar, which the original did not, which adds a bit of fullness to the sound. The roughness and relative weakness of the Killer's voice is noticeable in some songs more than others, but in songs like "Crazy Arms" and "Lucky Old Sun" it works, probably because he's had so much experience singing them. The song "I'm on Fire" (not the Springseen tune) is very different from the original (which was produced in 1962 and included horns and a backup girl chorus). The weakest cut is "High School Confidential." His vocal shortcomings are most obvious here, and the desperate manic energy of the original is lost.
This album also includes remakes of earlier versions of two songs that inspired Jerry Lee, "Big Legged Woman" and "Whole Lotta Shakin..." These songs show just how rauchy old rhythm & blues could be. They are done with spirit and style, and if they don't get you groovin' you got a hole in your soul! If you look haed enough, you can find all sorts of Jerry Lee recordings that still have thet erotic humor in them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the J.L.L. fan!!!! April 12, 2006
By C.J.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You've heard all the songs before. They are sung by the "Killer" himself. They are however newly recorded singles as described in the title of the item on Amazon. The music has the same great beat but sounds so much better. Your old favorites sung in a whole new way!!! Awesome for any Jerry Lee fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sound-track Recording. March 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I thought Dennis Quaid did a great job in this movie - but I don't think I had much company, because the movie didn't do well nor do I think the sound-track did great. Being an old Jerry Lee fan, I really liked it. Note the difference in the updated version of 'Great Balls Of Fire' and the origional, both of which are included in this album. You might also listen to his duet with Dennis Quaid which shows Dennis as a very good singer indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying For Two Songs... January 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whether you're a diehard Jerry Lee fan or just a casual, this soundtrack CD is worth buying on the strength of two songs - the updated versions of title track and "That Lucky Old Sun".

On this re-worked version "Great Balls Of Fire" we get the best of both worlds - Jerry Lee vocals that are relatively close to the orginal, with the added bonus of crystal clear and dynamic instrumentation on both JLL's piano and the lead guitarist. This track jumps and stands up against anything Lewis put down before or after.

The remake of "that Lucky Old Sun" is a must-have collectable due to it being one of the few times Jerry Lee was officially recorded by himself on the piano - and trust me, he shines! In this era of "unplugged" recordings, it's truly a pity that no record company exec along the ruff and rocky road of Jerry's career ever thought to do an intimate album with him. But such has been the story of JLL's career: opportunity missed.

Don't you miss this one - the GBOF soundtrack
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lee proves he is still the "King" of Rock and Roll February 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Even after 30 plus years of recording (at the point of this set being recorded) "Killer" still has the licks. While the fact that the original versions of the songs aren't all here (only Great Balls Of Fire has an orginal version of it) Jerry Lee is still bangin' away at the piano. For him to have been able to record such good re-recordings of these songs is amazing especially when you consider all he has been through (see the movie or read his book if you don't know of what I speak). I declare him the TRUE KING of Rock And Roll because he didn't lose his edge like Elvis did. The only reason I only gave this 4 stars is because I would have liked more originals also. But that's just my opinion and as Dennis Miller has said I could be wrong...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best CD ever!! September 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was the first tape I ever got. It was all I listened to for about five years. Now, the tape is worn out, because I listened to it so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Overview of Jerry Lee's Music June 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When I first saw the movie, I knew immediately that I had to get the soundtrack. I wasn't disappointed in the least. While Lewis doesn't sound in his twenties anymore, he still sounds good. I also enjoyed the R&B songs that influenced Lewis's style of rock and roll. It is easy to forget how dirty some of those songs actually were. The duet between Lewis and Quaid I enjoyed as well, though it is not the strongest song on the CD, it is simply fun. All in all, a must-have for any Jerry Lee fan and great CD for any music lover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marcos
Format:Audio CD
Most of the reviews under this product are reviews of the film, not of the soundtrack. This is another thing that bothers me about some reviewers on amazon, along with people who complain about shipping in a review (seller comments are appropriate in a review sometimes, but only in how they relate directly to the product), and people who turn the comment option into a back and forth personal fight blog.

Anyway, review the product, in this case the soundtrack not the film...

After that sound-off, I'd like to say that this is a finely put together soundtrack. It is true to the music and versions actually in the film as a soundtrack should be, i.e It has the versions played in the film, and it includes some of the songs by other musicians that also were played in the film, e.g. Booker T. Laury's version of the classic Big Legged Woman ("Beg Legged Woman") written by Champion Jack Dupree / Israel Tolbert and popularized by Jimmy Reed and other blues greats, Valerie Wellington on Whole Lotta Shakin,' it even has the mix of Crazy Arms with Lewis and Quaid. It also begins with Great Balls of Fire as played in the movie and ends with the album version. It also has songs that were in the movie that Lewis is not known for doing but appeared in the sound track, like Jackin Brenston and the Delta Cats doing Rocket 88.

I LOVE the fact that they are very true to the film especially by using the recorded version of Lucky Old Sun that appears in the film - Lewis recorded several versions, and this is my FAVORITE... the movie. In the others he sings the classic lyrics, in this one he adds a little personal touches, such as "Wash Jerry Lee's troubles away" instead of my troubles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good old Rock N' Roll..
great movie, and great cd sound took me awhail to find this sound track on cd..i already have it on caset,,,pretty damn old but stills plays.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mesilver
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Talent!
It is so sad that Jerry Lee Lewis was appreciated for such a short time after his career began due to his marriage to a 14 year old girl. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mykola
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Love it! We have been looking for this cd for years. My husband was thrilled. Thanks for a great buy!
Published 17 months ago by mchael
5.0 out of 5 stars great balls of fire
the jerry lee lewis great balls of fire is an excellent movie of his life there are some great song in it that you will love you will really like the song crazy arms he dose it... Read more
Published 19 months ago by vernon egolf
4.0 out of 5 stars I've got to learn to read Red Chinese first,
Tunes work. The written word down loaded slows me down a bit. I do speed read english though. Wish I had the a b c lettering for communication purposes.
Published on June 24, 2012 by David R. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
I've always loved the movie "Great Balls of Fire" and to have the sound track is just as great. I have used Amazon for a few years now. I trust the site fully.
Published on February 6, 2012 by David Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's "the Lewis Boogie"?
I saw the film and bought the long playing album (as Poppa John Creech would describe it). I taped a few songs off the album. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by nhgranite
1.0 out of 5 stars no stars - never recieved this item
I ordered this back around July 28 or before. I have not recieved it.
They finally responded back and after several emails for about a week, they said they would reship. Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by What can you do?
4.0 out of 5 stars what??
now don't get me wrong, i LOVE Jerry Lee..some of my fondest memories were my grandma dancing down the hall to great balls of fire..but you can't download this soundtrack?? Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by cosmicpope89
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality.
I have always loved Jerry Lee and particuraly love the movie. So I decided to buy the soundtrack. Boy, was I dissapointed. Read more
Published on March 20, 2009 by TheShadow
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