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Southern Roots -Digi- Collector's Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2013)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B00DDTKEP6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Meat Man
  2. When a Man Loves a Woman
  3. Hold on I'M Coming
  4. Just a Little Bit
  5. Born to Be a Loser
  6. Haunted House
  7. Blueberry Hill
  8. The Revolutionary Man
  9. Big Blue Diamonds
  10. That Old Bourbon Street Church
  11. Silver Threads Among the Gold
  12. Hold on I'M Coming [fast Version] [version]
  13. Take Your Time
  14. All Over Hell and Half of Georgia
  15. I Sure Miss Those Good Old Times
  16. Raining in My Heart
  17. Honey Hush
  18. Cry
  19. Margie

Disc: 2

  1. Cry [alternative 1] [version]
  2. Studio Chatter, Pt. 1
  3. Cry [alternative 2] [version]
  4. Studio Chatter, Pt. 2
  5. Margie [alternative 1] [version]
  6. Margie [alternative 2] [version]
  7. Studio Chatter, Pt. 3
  8. Silver Threads Among the Gold [alternative 1] [version]
  9. Silver Threads Among the Gold [alternative 2] [version]
  10. Born to Be a Loser
  11. Studio Chatter, Pt. 4
  12. When a Man Loves a Woman [alternative 1] [version]
  13. Studio Chatter, Pt. 5
  14. When a Man Loves a Woman [alternative 2] [version]
  15. Meat Man [vocal/Piano Mix]
  16. Raining in My Heart [vocal/Piano Mix]
  17. Studio Chatter, Pt. 6: Creedence & Cajuns
  18. I Sure Do Miss Those Good Old Times [alternative 1] [version]
  19. I Sure Do Miss Those Good Old Times [alternative 2] [version]
  20. Studio Chatter, Pt. 8: Polk Salad Annie [*]

Product Description

2-CD DigiPak (6-plated) with 32-page booklet, 39 tracks. Playing time approx. 124 mns.

The legendary 1974 sessions form the Trans Maximus Studios in Memphis, Tennessee featuring Jerry Lee Lewis - voc/piano, backed by Stax studio catts and members of the Blues Brothers band, and Booker T. & The MGs (Steve Cropper - guitar, Donald 'Duck' Dunn - bass, Al Jackson Jr. - drums), Carl Perkins - guitar, Tony Joe White - guitar, The Memphis Horns, a.m.o.

At long last here are the original session tapes that produced Jerry Lee Lewis' 1974 'Southern Roots' LP. Produced by Huey Meaux, a fellow Louisiana wildman, the final results reveal what happens when two fiery, free-spirited forces lock horns in the studio.

Meaux had just gotten out of prison and had a reputation you wouldn't want in your family tree. Separately, Meaux and Lewis each spelled trouble in a big way and could be impossible to work with. Together? God knows what would happen. The results could be an utter disaster or a stroke of genius. As Meaux later observed, "I knew Jerry and I would fight, but in the end we'd come out with the record. We fought, but we delivered."

For three days in September, 1973 Jerry Lee Lewis and Huey Meaux went at it, and each other. Listen as Jerry Lee is turned loose in the studio by a producer who did try to rein in Jerry's ego. In fact, Meaux did everything he could to feed it. That ego is nowhere more evident than on Jerry's version of the Percy Sledge 1966 hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, which Jerry turns into a sermon on war between the sexes.

Jerry and Huey cut mostly southern music - soul, country, R&B and a touch of swamp pop. They even included a surprisingly impassioned version of Johnny Ray's 1952 hit record, Cry.

Little did we know t...

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I love the new 2cd set of Southern Roots, an amazing album where the Killer meets the MGs, Doug Sahm, Tony Joe White, Carl Perkins, and Huey Meaux.

People will, justifiably, feel that Huey Meaux wasn't the most salubrious of people, and that his personal life was deplorable. Yes, that's true, but he also got the last great album, with the exception of 1979's Elektra album, Jerry Lee Lewis, out of the Killer, and for that we should be thankful.

The sleeve notes state that the Killer was starting to sound just a little bored with being swamped in strings, and that Nashville was stultifying the Killer. A little bit of perspective is required, I think, and we need to look at previous years. In 1970, the Killer recorded a Live @ Church gospel album, which was never released: his mother was dying, and Myra, his third wife, had left him for the last time. In 1971, Dallas Frazier and Al Owens wrote a stone-cold Killer classic in Touching Home. There were strings on the Touching Home album, but When He Walks On You was also a great single. Mercury must have thought that the Killer and strings would make an excellent format, and sure enough, he had another huge country hit with Would You Take Another Chance on Me, a Foster / Rice tune centred on the breakdown of his marriage to Myra.

However, in 1972, Jerry Lee decided to rock again, totally transforming Me and Bobby McGhee into a 190 mph rocker. Likewise, he revived Chantilly Lace to stunning effect, and Lonely Weekends too. However, these rockers also had a plethora of strings and backing vocalists. The Killer also cut some string-heavy country numbers, such as Think About It Darlin', Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano, and No Traffic Out of Abilene, but the urge to rock again remained.
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wow...Didnt expect anything after the country era.Fought why not and magic sounds sounded from the speakers.jerry lee finest after the sun era.
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AN EXCELLENT CD SHOWING JERRY LEE LEWIS AT HIS BRILLIANT BEST WITH DIFFERENT VERSIONS BERING HEARD BEFORE THE FINAL POLISHED RELEASED SONG
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I already have many tracks on vinyl on first release and in a subsequent Bear Family box set. It was interesting to listen to the other tracks in their rehearsal form.
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Regrettably this double CD arrived with 2 of the same 2nd CD, wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't of been the outtakes option. When I looked to return it, I had missed the 30-day window. Anyone got the copy with two of the 1st CD's to swap?
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