Jerry Lee Lewis
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|Audio CD, December 14, 2011||
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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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm Not Knocking Jerry Lee Lewis,The Other Reviews Are For His Debut Album And His 1979 Self Titled LP. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. Rock & Roll
The sound balance and quality of the recordings are not as good as I hoped they would be. It sounds like this was recorded from out in the audience. Too bad. I love the songs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by BV
great album cant go wrong with jerry lee lewis all his album are some of the best in rock n rollPublished on January 22, 2014 by ken
This cd sounds fantastic and is one of the best, if not the best, rock 'n' roll albums in my collection. Jerry Lee Lewis's voice and piano playing sounds fantastic! Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by beat56
Glad to see this available on CD. I have the original Sun LP and its a joy to listen to it on both the original lp and on cd :) The music sounds great no matter what you're... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by S. Curnow