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Is there an early rock & roller who has a crazier reputation than the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis? His exploits as a piano-thumping egocentric wild man with an unquenchable thirst for living have become the fodder for numerous biographies, film documentaries, and a full-length Hollywood movie. When he broke on the national scene in 1957 with his classic Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On, he was every parents' worst nightmare perfectly realized: a long, blonde-haired southerner who played the piano and sang with uncontrolled fury and abandon, while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality. He was rock & roll's first great wild man and also rock & roll's first great eclectic. Ignoring all manner of musical boundaries is something that has not only allowed his music to have wide variety, but to survive the fads and fashions as well.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B0008GISK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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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..
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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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The unsung KING OF ROCK N ROLL!!!!! The best of the best and still going after the rest are gone.
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AFTER WATCHING THE CMT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS LAST NIGHT - I COULDN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO JERRY LEE AGAIN. TODAY'S COUNTRY IS NOT COUNTRY. TO ME IT SOUNDS MORE LIKE GOOD OLE WHITE TRASH CARRYING ON'S. GLAMORIZING POT AND JUST DRINKING. AT LEAST JERRY DID NOT ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET TRASHED. WHERE'S THE LOVE OF GOD, COUNTRY, HOME AND FAMILY? I GUESS THIS IS WHAT CORP AMERICA WANTS AND WHAT THE HELL DO THEY KNOW ABOUT REAL COUNTRY ANYWAYS. THAT'S WHY YOU NEVER SEE ANY OLD TIMERS CAUSE THEY KNOW BETTER THAN TO SHOW UP AT THESE SO CALLED "COUNTRY " SHOWS. BUT IF YOU ARE A TRUE COUNTRY FAN - THIS ALBUM IS JUST GREAT - 10 STARS FOR ME!
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First, you must realize that Jerry Lee Lewis exists far longer than the brilliant Sun Record sessions. To get just them, buy the Sun Sessions. This CD does include his major hits for Sun, and rightfully so. He exploded on the scene with "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" in 1957, followed by "Great Balls Of Fire". Many don't remember that this single was backed with a brilliant version of Hank Williams "You Win Again". Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, often backed rock and roll songs with country songs, in order to sell records to both radio stations and markets. Jerry Lee's version is excellent. "Breathless" is well known, thanks to it's inclusion in movies, but often forgotten today is a 1958 movie song, and my personal favorite, "High School Confidential" (I love the intro), which was his last hit, due to the scandal that erupted when it was learned that he'd married his 13 year-old cousin, Myra. Even his great version of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" in 1961 only made it to #21. Then, Jerry Lee was, musically speaking, dead. Until he recorded "What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)" in 1968. It was country, and made it to #2 on the country charts, and is brilliant. For the next thirteen years, he was at the top of the country charts, and his many hits are included here. I won't go over each one, but they are stunning. Jerry Lee's voice is incredible. I do want to mention one that, the first time I heard it, brought tears to my eyes. "Over The Rainbow", yes, the Judy Garland nugget, was first recorded by him in 1980. Think of the guts that it took to record this song, that has, since 1939, been totally associated with a legend! But, when Jerry Lee made it, he made it his own. Don't get me wrong, Judy is great (yes, I own her version).Read more ›
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