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Country Sngs City Folk / Memphis Beat CD
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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..
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.
The extra album was surprisingly good. Buy it you won't regret it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked Jerry Lee Lewis before I got this CD but after hearing it I LOVED Jerry Lee, what a singer and song writer!Published on 28 Mar. 2014 by C. Thrussell
Worth having. Some country classics are well done others, I am afraid, are really poor versions. A lot of tracks still have the Lewis country rock feel.Published on 2 Oct. 2013 by Mr. Brian S. Adsett
Some really good performances from one of the real originals, he wasn't just good at rock n roll as can be heard on this album, he really performs with feeling as alwaysPublished on 17 April 2013 by B. Covill