In the sleeve-notes to this cheap collection of primitive but powerful piano-driven rock-and-roll, Now Dig This magazine writer Chris Woodford notes:
Jerry Lee Lewis has rocked and rolled through six marriages, drunk enough whisky to float a battleship and popped pills as if they were M and M's... He's been bankrupted and jailed - once for using Elvis's Graceland home as a shooting gallery, and on more than one occasion has recovered from major surgery.
Clearly then, a lot has happened in the personal life of Jerry Lee Lewis. But it is to his long musical career which we should look. This 20 track CD - from Demon Music Group's long running budget label Music Club - does that pretty effectively. It includes some of his very best songs, and all were recorded for the legendary Sun label, between the late 1950s and the early 1960s. There are a number of the boisterous transatlantic 45s - like 'Great Balls Of Fire', 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On', and 'High School Confidential' - with which he found fame. There are some intriguing records which never got released in the 1950s, such as 'Milkshake Mademoiselle' and 'Pink Pedal Pushers', that are not usually included on collections like The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis. And there are also a couple of classic tracks by other great artists, like Ray Charles' 'What'd I Say, and Hank Williams' 'You Win Again', that 'The Killer' manages to make his own, breaking things up quite nicely.
This great compilation of Jerry Lee Lewis has 20 tracks and there isn't a duff track on it. Its hard to believe thats its fifty years ago since he first tore up the Piano and changed rock 'n' roll for ever. His Piano playing, which was a mixture of Boogie Wooogie, Blues, Gospel and Country was a huge influence on Piano players from many generations including Elton John, Billy Joel, Jools Holland and Ben Folds.
This has most of the big hits as well as some lesser known classics, such as 'Lewis Boogie' and 'Pink Pedal Pushers'. Even classic tracks by other great artists such as 'What's I Say' by Ray Charles sound like they were written for Jerry Lee. As soon as his distinctive voice and Piano start playing it becomes his song. A great CD.