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Gold [Jerry Lee Lewis] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]
Jerry Lee Lewis
0. DISC 1:
1. End of the Road
2. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On
3. It'll Be Me
4. Great Balls of Fire
5. You Win Again
7. High School Confidential
8. Lewis Boogie
9. What'd I Say
10. Your Cheatin' Heart - (live)
11. Another Place Another Time
12. What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser of Me)
13. She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left of Me)
14. To Make Love Sweeter for You
15. Wokin' Man's Blues
16. Don't Let Me Cross Over - (featuring Linda Gail Lewis)
17. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)
18. She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye
0. DISC 2:
1. Once More With Feeling
2. There Must Be More to Love Than This
3. Touching Home
4. Me and Bobby McGee
5. Would You Take Another Chance On Me
6. Chantilly Lace
7. Think About It Darlin'
8. Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O'Dee
9. No Headstone On My Grave
10. Sometimes a Memory Ain't Enough
11. He Can't Fill My Shoes
12. Damn Good Country Song, A - (alternate take)
13. Let's Put It Back Together Again
14. Middle Age Crazy
15. Rockin' My Life Away
16. Over the Rainbow
17. Thirty Nine and Holding
18. I'd Do It All Again
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): B001115802
Eddie Kilroy; Jack Clement; Sam Phillips; Jerry Kennedy; Siggi Loch; Stanley A. Kesler; Steve Rowland; Tony Colton; Bones Howe; Andy McKaie (Compilation)
Personnel: Jerry Lee Lewis (vocals, piano).
Audio Remasterer: Doug Schwartz.
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" had a powerful effect when it first hit the national airwaves in 1957. Elvis was one thing, but this was a dangerously deranged, lustful single from an absolute wild man who seemed to understand instinctively what rock & roll was really about -- sex and attitude -- and had the balls and fervor to give his performance plenty of both. Other songs Lewis released in this same period like "Breathless," "Great Balls of Fire," and "High School Confidential" were cut from the same combustible cloth, all delivered with gospel intensity and each one cut at Sam Phillips' now legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. All of these songs are here in this double-disc set, along with material from Lee's slightly more sedate post-Sun and more country-tinged period with Smash Records like "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye" through later releases for the Mercury and Elektra imprints. The end result is a nice introduction to Lewis' fascinating mix of early rock & roll, piano boogies, blues pieces, sexed-up gospel, and straight-out country that runs from his here-I-am-folks "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" Sun single from 1957 through a fine Smash LP cover version of Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man's Blues" from 1970 to his late Electra single "I'll Do It Again," which hit in the lower ends of the country charts in 1982. The most exciting stuff, obviously, hails from his incendiary start with Sun Records, which will always remain the heart of Lewis' legacy, but for including the rest of the story, as the saying goes, this set is well worth checking out at a decent price. ~ Steve Leggett
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