Great Balls Of Fire: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Newly Recorded Performances By Jerry Lee Lewis Soundtrack
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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not as many good songs as I would have liked, buy it for GB of FirePublished 7 months ago by Carolyn Burnham Goodrich
I was feeling nostagic and puchased this cd from the sountrack of the movie. Its really good and i have listened to it many times. Read morePublished 16 months ago by thomas sean tonnelier