Jerry Lee Lewis AKA "The Ferriday Fireball", "Gods Garbage Man", "The Killer", sure has been the 'Wild Man' of Rock'n'Roll since he started performing in 1954. Now in his 76th year he has lost none of his ferocious persona which has remained unbroken throughout his entire life. He sums himself up "I'm a rompin', stompin', piano playin' son of a bitch. A real mean son of a bitch!" And having followed his scandal saturated career for many years, this description is spot on - he does, indeed, make Keith Richard look like a choirboy! Whatever may be said about him, Jerry Lee is a great man. Perhaps not always a good man but always a great man.
This 2 set anthology of Jerry Lee's work really speaks for itself and too much analysis is superfluous. It contains all of his mega 'rock' hits and includes the best of his love and feel for 'rockin' country music. It is unnecessary to pick out particular tracks as they as are all known to just about every Rocker Aficionado on the planet. This hillybilly hepcat is one of the true American originals and these discs are a fitting tribute to his immense contribution to World Music and continue the enjoyment that he has bestowed on us for over 50 years.
He has persevered and prospered through a career fraught with enough scandal, tribulation and insanity to push a mere mortal into the deep end. He is nothing nowadays if not philosophical and sums up his legacy as "When they look back I want 'em to remember me not for all of my wives, although I've had a few, and certainly not for any mansions or high livin' money I made and spent - I want 'em to remember me simply for my music." He has no worries here....who could possibly forget the mesmeric music of this legendary Rock'n'Roller?
A fitting inscription on his gravestone (a long way off yet I hope) might be from his own lips "I was born feet first, been rockin' ever since."