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

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SOUNDTRACK GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001FQY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Zorikh Lequidre on 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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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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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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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. It ruined his career, of course, which is very sad indeed. I enjoyed the movie that this soundtrack is from very much and I am glad that it renewed and interest in Jerry Lee's music. Lewis is unique and style and brilliance on the piano set him apart from the rest.

I know that he had some hard times as a result of his marriage - which ironically didn't last - but it makes me smile to know that somewhere out there right now Jerry Lee is still singing his heart out and pounding out that keyboard. My favorite scene in the movie - and it really did happen - was when he opened for Chuck Berry against his wishes - and then turned it around. He literally set fire to the piano after driving the audience wild - then as he walked off stage said to Chuck Berry, "now top that, Killer..." That's a classic.

Every song on this CD is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who loves good old R & R!
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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... ...in 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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