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Rockin My Life Away [Import]

Jerry Lee LewisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LQV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant '58 debut + additional EP December 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
By the time of Lewis' album debut in 1958, he was well established as one of Rock 'n' Roll's original wild men. Hits like "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless" showed him to be a formidable piano player, a mesmerizing singer and a magnetic showman. His first long player collected a dozen sides, starting with a 1956 cover of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" that was waxed in Lewis' audition session for Sun, and extending into 1958.

Lewis is authoritative on tracks he originated, such as the blazing "High School Confidential," as well as a series of covers. It's a testament to Lewis' iconic style that he can cover Elvis ("Don't Be Cruel"), Hank Williams ("Jambalaya"), Carl Perkins ("Matchbox") and Warren Smith ("Ubangi Stomp"), and barely give a hint of the originals. Lewis owned everything that rolled off his piano - even the trad "When the Saints Go Marching In" sounds like an original.

Varese's reissue augments the original album with a half-dozen cuts from the EP "The Great Ball of Fire." In addition to the signature hits "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" (a first take!) and "Breathless," he races up and down the keys for "Mean Woman Blues" and reworks Roy Orbison's "Go! Go! Go!" as "Down the Line."

Whether striking up the 88s or taking it down-tempo for a country tearjerker like "It All Depends (On Who Will Buy the Wine)," Lewis always sounded original. The breadth of material that Sun founder Sam Phillips picked makes this a fine single-disc overview of Lewis' seminal years at the label.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, but not anything spectacular March 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As an avid JLL fan I've always liked listening to his music. Be it Rock and Roll or his country stuff it's always a good listen. This CD is good, but should not be compared to his early recordings. A couple of really good tunes here. This compilation is 2 records on one CD. If you're a big fan you should own this; if you're a casual fan you should listen to his 1950's music before you do anything else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Jerry Lee fans! December 31, 2010
By Lorbarr
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This is a great album! Actually, it is 2 albums, but I just wanted the first, which was titled "Jerry Lee Lewis" when it was released in '79. I love the James Burton guitar work! Jerry Lee deserves a top-notch band, and he has it on this record. I'd like to know why this album has to be released as an import with a photo from Jerry in his 20's, even though he was 45 when he made the record?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD December 10, 2010
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Back in the day (as our youth like to say) I owned a copy of this on vinyl. It was the 1979 album simply titled Jerry Lee Lewis. I had been trying to find a copy of it on CD for three or four years. They have added about six extra songs to this version which make it even better. There are some real rockin' cuts on this CD. It shipped from England, and took quite a while to get here, but well worth the wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion, by far my favorite JLL album. September 27, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Jerry Lee Lewis has unquestionably been a great musical talent and live performer, but many of his albums have been "churned", by which I mean they are re-cycled re-recordings of songs I already have better versions of, or they are just re-mixed and re-combined into another package, as you can see from looking at his MP3's available on Amazon. My collection has about 200 cuts of his music, and this is the one I love to play the most.
I have been waiting for this album on MP3 or CD for about 20 years, as I bought the vinyl (which I still have) when it was originally released about 1982.
There are some superb numbers that I don't think are anywhere else in the JLL catalog -- "I wish I was eighteen again", and "Who will the next fool be?" are just outstanding, and the former has even more meaning 30 years further down my personal road.
Some of the numbers are just great fun -- a cover of Bob Dylan's "Rita May" comes to mind, and others are great "belt-buckle polishing music", meaning they make you want to slow-dance with someone you are really fond of.
To me, JLL was in his musical prime when he recorded this album and the sound quality achieved by the engineer and producer is both intimate and lively (reflecting the best recording quality of an era where it was generally better than it's been since), and it really reflects his genius in straddling material with R&B, rock and roll, and country influences. The background musicians are excellent talents in their own right, and the arrangements are tight and well-recorded, allowing JLL's genius to shine. His voice on this album is in great shape, and if it's not what it was when his rock and roll popularity was at its peak, then the superior recording technology largely makes up for it.
While the vinyl is probably the best, you don't want to wear those precious LPs out do you?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Rockin Jerry Lee Lewis Collection! September 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Jerry Lee Lewis was and is the greatest honky-tonkin rockin-rollin piano rock icon that ever lived. If there ever was a Mount Rushmore for the founding fathers of Rock, Jerry would take his rightful place next to Lttle Richard, Elvis Presley, and Chuck Berry. This collection captures Lewis's best material from the 1980's. It is basically a two album collection of some of the funkiest rockabilly that Jerry has ever waxed. I can't say enough about the cuts on this cd. The cd starts of with the uptempo "Don't Let Go", and from there, it just gets better and better. Songs like "Rita May", "You've Got Personality", "I Like It Like That", "Rockin little Angel", and the explosive "Rockin My Life away", in which Lewis proclaims and belts out "My name is Jerry Lee Lewis and I'm darn sure here to stay". His take on Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues", is without question the best cover of that song That I have ever heard. it totally rocks, and will get anyone off their seats. This cd also has it's share of quality ballads, like "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again", and "Over The Rainbow", complete with phenominal piano and typical Jerry Lee Lewis ad-lib phrasing. If you are a fan of Jerry, and missed this cd, please,by all means, pick this up, because you will never regret it. "Rockin My Life Away", is a fabulous effort not to be missed!
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