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Country Sngs City Folk / Memphis Beat CD

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B0007SK9IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Country Songs For City Folk: Green, Green Grass Of Home
  2. Wolverton Mountain
  3. Funny How Time Slips Away
  4. North To Alaska
  5. The Wild Side Of Life
  6. Walk Right In
  7. City Lights
  8. Ring Of Fire
  9. Detroit City
  10. Crazy Arms
  11. King Of The Road
  12. Seasons Of My Heart
  13. Memphis Beat: Memphis Beat
  14. Mathilda
  15. Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  16. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  17. She Thinks I Still Care
  18. Just Because
  19. Sticks And Stones
  20. Whenever You're Ready
  21. Lincoln Limousine
  22. Big Boss Man
  23. Too Young
  24. The Urge

Product Description

(2005/BGO) 24 tracks 1965/66

Medium 1
Green Green Grass Of Home
Woverton Mountain
Funny How Time Slips Away
North To Alaska
The Wild Side Of Life
Walk Right In
City Lights
Ring Of Fire
Detroit City
Crazy Arms
King Of The Road
Seasons Of My Heart
Memphis Beat
Mathilda
Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
She Thinks I Still Care
Just Because
Sticks And Stones
Whenever You're Ready
Lincoln Limousine
Big Boss Man
Too Young
The Urge

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This is double album release by the BGO label, from a few years back. When you think of Jerry L. Lewis you think pumping piano and raucous rock and roll, not I, for me it's country music, and this guy can sing it as good as anybody. If you doubt my word, give this album a play. The first album here, "Sings country music for city folk" is a cracker, and whilst the second album is not as great as the first, it is no slouch either. This cd is well worth the money for the first album alone, if you take the second as bonus tracks, your still onto a winner, Try it, Mrs M Walsh.
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The years between Jerry Lee's departure from Sun and his comeback as a country performer are largely the forgotten years but the man didn`t stop putting down good music. Both these albums come from that period. His new label, Smash, had released a number of mainly rock singles, a live album plus an album called "Return of Rock" but nothing seemed to be working. Their next effort was the first album in this pairing, "Country songs for city folks". From its contents, and the title, I would guess this was aimed at the country crossover audience i.e. the people who bought those country numbers which went on to make it big in the pop charts; after all that could shift a lot of product in theory.

Much of this album is just that sort of song. Numbers like "Wolverton Mountain", "Ring of Fire" and "North to Alaska" had all made this shift to pop success. The album was topped up with some of Jerry's existing country catalogue but recorded afresh for this album. The most obviously striking number is "Green Green grass of home" which is the opener. There had recently been a version of this song out from Porter Wagoner which did well in the US country chart but was unknown to the wider public. Jerry's version, complete with choir, connects with you from the opening piano flourish though the talky bit to the climax, "in the shade of that old oak tree". It's a full scale Nashville type production. It was spotted by a young lad from Pontypridd (or his manager), who cut a version for the UK audience, and, wham, he had a hit on his hands.

So the theory regarding country crossover was fine only unfortunately it was Tom who had the hit not Jerry. And the Welsh Wonder added insult to injury by making "Detroit City" from this album, his next hit recording.
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I heard a review of this C.D. on the radio, and not being a fan of C&W, but liking Jerry Lee Lewis I thought how could he make it work for him, after all, he is one of the GREATS of Rock and Roll.
Well he makes it work by bringing some painfull C&W to life. Tom Jones once said that he had been influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis singing Green Green Grass of Home, listening to this version one can understand what he means.
The song Lincoln Limousine, I had not heard before, but again he brings the story to life. Detroit City is another that he makes his own.
In fact there are 24 songs on this C.D. and under the control of Jerry Lee, evryone is a gem. The mixture of R&R with just a touch of C&W works well.
So if you are a fan of C&W or R&R this should be in your collection.
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Having 1st seen Jerry on stage in 1958 (3rd on the bill to Buddy Holly and Paul Anka, Sidney Stadium, Aus) I am a lifelong fan who saw him on stage whenever I could when I was younger.
I had this as an LP back in the late 60s but it got lost along the way somewhere. I thought then, that Jones's rip off version of Green Green Grass Of Home wasn't a patch on Jerry.
Having had the pleasure of listening to it again after all these years nothing changes my mind. Jerry's sad soulfull (and more melodic) voice gives a far superior rendition.
If you only like rip roaring Rock&Roll then Jerry in Country mode may not be your "cup of tea",(Buy it for the Memphis Beat though)
but in my view some of his best work is when he sings country.
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In my opinion Jerry Lee was/is the real king of Rock and Roll. This is a great country album, some really good tracks here with the excitement of Jerry Lee punching through the music. He really lived his music, I have followed him since he started in the middle /late 50's and still never tire of his R&R style. I saw him once live in Newcastle Majestic after someone had messed up the advertising. He electrified the audience with his performance and believe me it was a tough audience at the time... fantastic show..!
He is the last of the greats from the R&R era and here is a selection of Rock and ballads interpreted by him in his unique piano style. If you ever liked Jerry Lee, you will like this..
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If I am ironing or doing boring housework I play this cd and it gets done twice as quickly and I bop along!!!!!!
Daren't play it in my car though, I would get caught speeding I am sure. I really good cd for "boppers" a must in any collection.
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I first had this album in 12" vinyl but I lent it my mate who played it on a 10" turntable fell asleep leaving it to melt! So this is the very first time I have heard it since then.
The extra album was surprisingly good. Buy it you won't regret it!
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