In the early 1960s on to the 1970s, Jerry Lee Lewis was probably doing the best rock and roll ever done by anyone. It is unfortunate that this was not what people were listening to at the time, but we do have this CD.
This was done in a triumphant tour where JLL returned to Europe starting out with a tour of Britain that was outstanding.I've seen a film of what was no doubt the greatest single rock and roll performance of all history on that tour, one of the British teen rock shows I was recently informed was a special for Granada Television with Little Richard opening and Jerry Lee Lewis closing. It drove the studio audience into a near riot, drove me into near riot seeing it, unfortunately before I owned a vcr!
But we have this performance. Yes Jerry is cocky and Egoistic. The last time he hit Europe he was driven out of England by booing crowds because of his marriage, and when he returned to the USA his entire career fell into a shambles and he was denounced as a moral degenerate, backward "hillbilly" and thrown on the ash heep of history. Even though Lewis's music got better and better, there would be no more number one hits (he had several that went number one in R & B, Pop, and County at the same time!!!)until he went solid country in the middle 1970s. Now he has already conquered England with terrific smashing well reviewed shows and crowds that loved him. Now it is his time to celelbrate.
Here he is back, and even though he is just playing with a German pickup band, he is really burning the music out. He is in his element with a hot crowd of people who are drinking, seducing, and partying like there is no tommorrow (and probably no tommorrow but a hangover), and he is rising to the occaision.
This is his glorious triumph, there is no doubt about it when you listen to this rocking and rolling music and here the man talk as only he can.
Somehow if Jerry Lee Lewis became modest, I think someone should get him to a doctor and tell him he is THE KILLER and needs to bow his head before no man. He can't stop, like old Johnny Lee Hooker said, the boogie is in him, and it's got to get out. I saw him a couple years ago when he was 65, and he was so hot and strong, that I had to leave the concert hall when he was done, because why would you want anything else to follow him
This is one of those CDs you need. Even if you don't have a CD player, buy the CD now, get the player later!