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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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  1. Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going OnJerry Lee Lewis 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Great Balls Of Fire (Original Single Version)Jerry Lee Lewis 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. You Win Again (Single Version)Jerry Lee Lewis 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. BreathlessJerry Lee Lewis 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. High School ConfidentialJerry Lee Lewis 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. What'd I SayJerry Lee Lewis 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me) (Single Version)Jerry Lee Lewis 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Another Place Another TimeJerry Lee Lewis 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)Jerry Lee Lewis 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. To Make Love Sweeter For YouJerry Lee Lewis 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Don't Let Me Cross OverJerry Lee Lewis and Linda Gail Lewis 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)Jerry Lee Lewis 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. She Even Woke Me Up To Say GoodbyeJerry Lee Lewis 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Once More With FeelingJerry Lee Lewis 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. There Must Be More To Love Than ThisJerry Lee Lewis 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Me And Bobby McGeeJerry Lee Lewis 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Would You Take Another Chance On MeJerry Lee Lewis 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Chantilly LaceJerry Lee Lewis 2:48$0.69  Buy MP3 
19. Sometimes A Memory Ain't EnoughJerry Lee Lewis 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee O'DeeJerry Lee Lewis 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. He Can't Fill My ShoesJerry Lee Lewis 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Middle Age CrazyJerry Lee Lewis 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Over The RainbowJerry Lee Lewis 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Thirty-Nine And HoldingJerry Lee Lewis 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • 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 (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Soulboogiealex on May 12, 2006
Format: 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.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Vinyl obsessive on May 3, 2006
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By THE WIZARD on May 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on February 15, 2008
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"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.
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