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A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis [Box set, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Jerry Lee Lewis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B0074DXTSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Crazy Arms
2. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
3. Great Balls Of Fire
4. You Win Again
5. Breathless
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Another Place, Another Time
2. Walking The Floor Over You
3. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
4. What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)
5. She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Chantilly Lace
2. Think About It Darlin'
3. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
4. Lonely Weekends
5. Me And Jesus (with Linda Gail Lewis) - Jerry Lee Lewis & Linda Gail Lewis
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Don't Boogie Woogie
2. I Can't Keep My Hands Off Of You
3. I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight
4. Let's Put It Back Together Again
5. Jerry Lee's Rock And Roll Revival Show
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A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis

Hell, I never said I was the King of Rock n Roll... I said simply that I m the BEST! So proclaimed Jerry Lee Lewis, and never did he make a more penetrating assessment. One of Rock n Roll s most controversial yet enduring pioneer figures, The Killer has chalked up very nearly 100 worldwide hits in a recording career which is now in its sixth decade. Many of these hits are included on this four disc set, which traces Jerry Lee s story from his legendary Sun Rock n Roll recordings of the 50s, through too his subsequent Country successes and the wide variety of hits and classics he made for the Smash, Mercury, Elektra and MCA labels during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

But his controversial sound bites all tend to blur the basic fact that Jerry Lee is one of the most talented musicians who ever lived. One of the all-time great vocal stylists and Rock & Roll s quintessential live performer, his genius is wholly instinctive. He turned up at Sun Records in 1956 with a style that was already more or less fully developed and which required neither compromise nor improvement. And he was cutting killers (pun intended) from his very first session.

Before long he began to rival Elvis - and had it not been for the underage bride scandal, which very nearly ended his career, who knows how big he could have been? But Jerry Lee is a born survivor. He went back out on the road and started again from scratch - although, as he once commented, From $10,000 to $250 a night is one Hell of a drop! and his vast recorded output since this incident, often producing up to 5 albums in a calendar year, is truly astonishing.

Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that his biggest-selling album of all (Mean Old Man) was released in 2010, which is evidence that Jerry Lee has still got what it takes.... Not that that fact has ever been in dispute as this fantastic collection makes clear.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Cuts 15 April 2012
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4 Cds, and they're all top drawer. Putting aside what Ace do with their Southern Soul and Fame Studio box sets, this is seriously good value for money at under 25, and one of the best reissues of 2012 thus far.

I know there'll be some caveats: not enough Sun material, nor enough of the live recordings. My main caveat is that there is not enough of the Southern Roots album , which was the last great album of the Killer's. Only two tracks, however, yet there should have been countless more. Whither That Old Bourbon Street Church, or Meat Man ? It didn't even merit a mention in the booklet, whereas the Session did.

Objectively, I have always found the Session to be similar to albums recorded by Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf in London, whereby the older artist retreads his way through some older tracks, and the younger guest plays some tasty licks. I prefer Jerry Lee's version of Drinkin Wine Spo Dee o Dee from 1966's Memphis Beat album, and where was the marvellous coda to The Session that was Jack Daniels Old No 7 ?

However, I have still given it five star: 12 tracks from the Sun era is more than enough. Record shops are inundated, and so too is Itunes, with budget versions of Jerry Lee's Sun material. I have also found that the Sun material lacks the emotional depth and maturity of the post 1968 country material, nor does Jerry rock as hard as he did on, yes you guessed it, Southern Roots. I also think that, on disc 1, two of his best rock tracks are I'm On Fire and Hi Heel Sneakers, which are from the Smash era.

The early Smash era, up to Soul My Way, was a series of misfires, but with some great tracks, i.e.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, but ... 4 April 2012
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Let me say straight off that I haven't purchased this set but I am the owner of more than 90 per cent of the contents - and that's without counting - many of which tracks I have on both vinyl and CD. I think that gives me at least some credibility in attempting a review. The presence of existing positive reviews from Uncut, Mojo and even the Daily Telegraph leads me to believe that there's likely to be very little wrong with the sound quality. Nor is there anything wrong with the packaging. Uncut awards 8/10 for what it quaintly calls "Extras", in other words, the 70 page booklet including rare photos, biography and full track details. This is just the sort of packaging that I would expect to get with a retrospective but then I was spoilt by the 2006 Snapper "Sun Essentials" 4 CD set from the Killer.

Although the appearance in the aforesaid reviews is of a new look back at the Lewis career, Amazon's headline description of the album includes phrases like "Collector's Edition" and "Extra Tracks" which rather suggests that this is but an updated version of an existing retrospective. I have to admit to ignorance on whether or not this is the case but several aspects about the contents do rather confirm the impression.

Chief among these is the woefully short list of tracks from that glorious Sun period. I can understand any compiler's problem here. In the great man's youthful period - I originally wrote "pomp" but that would have been wrong - every individual song was attacked with flair, gusto and above all, imagination leading to an unbelievably high and consistent quality of output. Just what would you leave out?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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In leaving aside the issue of the Sun recordings, as commented on by a previous reviewer, and which, let's face it, get re-issued on CD on an almost weekly basis, this review is going to take a critical look at the selection of the relatively under-exposed 1963-77 Mercury recordings included in this new collection. Taken entirely on its own merits, i.e. without reference to other JLL compilations currently on the market, the choice of tracks appears, at first glance, to be well thought out. But is it really doing JLL fans (or the `general record buying public') much of a service to re-issue no fewer than 12 recordings, including "Walk A Mile In my Shoes", "Lonely Weekends" and "Me and Jesus", from a 2CD set itself issued only about twelve months ago (i.e. "Fireball: The Collection"), and second.....what the heck is it with this obsession with "Workin' Man Blues"??!! (here, rather sloppily, re-titled as "Working Man's Blues")

Ignoring the comprehensive box-sets from Bear Family, this track has already appeared on no fewer than SEVEN Mercury JLL CD compilations , viz

"Killer: The Mercury Years" (Mercury 836-938)
"The World of Jerry Lee Lewis" (Spectrum 552-064)
"Killer Country" (Mercury 556-542)
"The Many Sides of JLL" (Spectrum 983-778), (re-issued as "FIreball: The JLL Collection" in 2011)
"A Half Century of Hits" (Time-Life M19230)
"Gold" (Mercury 80011158)
"Jerry Rocks" (Bear Family BCD 16396)

(all of which, with the possible exception of the first named, are easy enough to purchase via amazon)

In other words, it has featured on an uncomfortably large proportion of all Mercury compilation CD releases (as opposed to re-issues of original LPs) of any stature!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lee Lewis
Not as good I had hoped it would be but it's ok. I tend to pick out the songs I like
Published 10 months ago by mrs k e thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction guaranteed.
As usual Jerry Lee dosen;t disappoint.Very good value.Highly recommended.Although I already had many of the tacks it was still worth it.
Published 11 months ago by Magicplayer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good compilation
A good overview of Jerry Lee's musical history and a very nice booklet describing the story of his unusual life.
Published 11 months ago by Walter Van Mieghem
5.0 out of 5 stars JERRY LEE LEWIS
JLL was at his most famous somewhat before my time. So for a catch up on his life's output, this is fantastic - and excellent value for money. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jan s
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest!
I hesitated over buying this especially as I already owned the complete Sun box set and the best of the Smash/Mercury recordings 1963-77 (3 cd's). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. N. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars A good compilation, but "commercially remastered"
When listening to or watching the tracks of this compilation in the sound editor I made sure that all them tracks was clipped during the remastering and therefore contain dynamic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by DJ_Raja
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole lotta shakin' still going on
This is an excellent collection for anyone who likes Jerry Lee Lewis, especially for those more recent converts who won't have many of his tracks. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Prehistoric John
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lee's best career retrospective
OK, there should be more Sun sides, but other than that this revelatory excursion through the maestro's portfolio is very satisfying. Read more
Published 21 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole Lotta music
Very pleased with the 4 CDs and informative booklet. Many of the numbers I already have in either LP or CD format, but I am happpy to have them repeated. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Norman A. Davies
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not Rock 'n' Roll best left to Cowboys
I have rated this collection with 2 stars: 1 for the occaisional classic - "Great Balls of Fire", and 1 for the excellant packaging. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by JKM
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