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on 27 July 2017
Great cd,quick postage well recomended seller will definately buy again
Many thanks
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on 4 March 2017
fantastic combinations with J L L as leader
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on 20 February 2007
I've been a Jerry Lee fan since the 60s, but always a bit disappointed with his recorded material - live albums have never had particularly good audio quality and the studio recordings have lacked the energy of a live performance. There haven't been any albums for a long time.

This album is a great compromise. It's a CD to be played loud, and let the smile spread over your face. It's got fantastic vitality and it just sounds like everyone's having a ball, helped by the ad libs left on the recording. This is not one of those "duet" albums where the artists have never even met and are probably recording on different sides of the Atlantic - clearly everyone was together in the studio and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

The recording quality is good and there is an excellent sound balance.

On an album like this there will be one or two weaker tracks - Heaven knows what possessed Don Henley and Jerry Lee to perform the awful "What makes the Irish Heart Beat" and it was a missed opportunity for Rod Stewart to be in crooning mode when he could have belted out a rocker - but virtually everything else is pure enjoyment.

Usually I buy an album, play it a lot for a couple of weeks anfd then hardly play it again. This has been in my car for a couple of months now and I just never tire of it. Buy it, and I defy you to avoid grinning every time you listen.
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on 24 October 2006
This is a fantastic album. 21 tracks and 22 guest stars including three Rolling Stones, one ex-Beatle, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Little Richard, etc., etc.

But Jerry Lee outshines them all. He can still kick ass on piano and vocally. Hear him tear-up Honky Tonk Woman, Pink Cadillac and Travelin' Band at breakneck speed, and sing beautiful ballads like A Couple More Years, Old Glory, What's Made Milwaukee Famous (with Rod Stewart), What Makes The Irish Heart Beat, and a great duet with country super-star George Jones - Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age.

This album is brilliant! It should be #1 for the rest of the year!
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on 19 September 2006
Lots of people were afraid that Jerry Lee Lewis' new record, "Last Man Standing," would be an over-the-hill disappointment -- all too typical of expensively produced geriatric "duet" CDs. Instead, this is the opposite. It is a triumphant piece of work. The duets are magnificent (with Lewis leading all the way), some featuring heart-rending harmonies -- such as "What Made Milwaukee Famous" with Rod Stewart and "Wedding Gown" with Mick Jagger. But the true highlights are the tried-and-true hard rockers, such as "Pink Cadillac" with Bruce Springsteen. Virtually every cut is a masterpiece. Whether one is a Lewis fan or not, this is virtuoso stuff -- and stuff of real historical importance. Lewis has not sounded this great since the '50s.
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on 19 July 2017
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on 26 August 2006
Jerry Lee Lewis

The Last Man Standing

Album Review: August 25th 2006

Last man standing is a more than appropriate title, for more than one reason; As the album publicity machine boasts, Jerry Lee Lewis is indeed the last man standing from the group of legends who graced the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, when Sam Phillips was going through talent like Elvis was going though girlfriends. The title of the album could also have been a challenge, set out to the loyal fans of The Killer, as if to ask which of them would still be standing when this album was finally released. Well the fans are still standing, and now the time is here to take a first look at the highly anticipated album, from Jerry Lee Lewis, his first since Young Blood in 1995.

Produced by Jimmy Rip and Steve Bingg, without a question this is an album produced by fans, for the fans. That just doesn't go for the producers; it goes for each and every one of the artists gracing the 21 tracks. Rip has been quoted as saying that the phone calls he made to the guest artists were some of the easiest he ever had to make. People were simply queuing up to get in on the action.

Whilst Jimmy Rip's persuasive powers might have been in 5th gear for this production, his ability to actually get the album onto disc, and in production, has barely stuttered into 1st gear. There have been more reasons given for the delay of this album, than there are tracks, and at 21 that's quite a feat. Firstly Jerry was in the midst of an unnameable split with his 6th wife, so financial reasons were regularly sited as the show stopper for the release. Once that was done and dusted we were told that the release would tie in with Jerry's lifetime achievement Grammy award, or perhaps his 70th birthday. At one point the fans were even murmuring that perhaps a studio was waiting for Jerry to sit at the piano in the sky and gain a free publicity drive. Whilst upon hearing the album, it cannot really be argued that any of the above have affected the release, it is a shame that we are not listening to an album with brand new recordings. Some of the material is now 4 years old and some of the guests probably forgot they even recorded for it. Comparisons are always going to be made between this album, and Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company', the irony being that `Last Man Standing' was an idea actually conceived before the Charles outing. Whilst Genius might have the edge in terms of notable guest appearances, the Lewis album can say in all honesty that each and every one of the performers is a fan, and has been influenced by the Louisiana Fireball's boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, styling. The album has gone through more than a few transitions already, with 3 name changes under its belt, most will agree that `Last Man Standing' says it all.

The overall sound of `LMS' is very much that it has been produced by someone who likes guitar. That isn't a criticism, that would depend on whether you like guitar or not. But more importantly, it's been produced by people who have ensured the dynamics of every tracks leaves Jerry Lee Lewis' voice, and more importantly his piano, at the forefront of every performance. Those who have witnessed a live Lewis performance anytime in the past 5 years will testify that these recordings are vocally very strong, and far superior to anything the ailing rocker has managed to portray from the stage in a very long time. There was a time when Jerry Lee's stage shows quite simply were `The Greatest Show On Earth', which simply couldn't be captured onto acetate. But now the body isn't really willing, and the mind doesn't really seem enthralled with the prospect of gigging, so what a joy to hear that these tracks have been laid down , at a time when many feel its time for Jerry to hang up his rock & roll shoes. Indeed if this album is anything to go by, I'd be included to agree that he should hang up his shoes, get back into the studio, and spend his time working on more quality productions like this. Its true his voice isn't as strong, but like many great performers, he is learning to use that to his advantage. At moments on this album, you almost feel that his timing of the lyrics, is based around the strength of his next breath. It's a much more thoughtful performance than we have witnessed in the past, but whilst conserving his energy for the important solos; his vocals are steady, strong, clear and hard hitting.

A criticism could be cited that for a duets album, there really isn't a great deal of interaction vocally between the star and his guests. One exception would probably be the most unlikely, as Jerry trades blows with Kid Rock, on a rocking version of Honky Tonk Woman. Kid Rock clearly must be a fan, and seems to know Jerrys music very well. Those outside of the USA will probably be unaware of Kid Rock's work, and in truth he probably wont appeal to very many Jerry Lee fans, but there can be no doubt that he has been slotted into this album nicely, and their duet sounds and feels as though it was a lot of fun to make. Despite what people may have thought about this pairing before hearing the album, I think this is one of the highlights.

Much of this album is `fun', and not dictated to by Jerry's somewhat colourful life. Whilst there are moments of reflection with That Kind Of Fool, Lost Highway or The Pilgrim, there are some very fun performances, and a revisited oldie `Sweet Little 16' provides Ring Starr with a not too demanding vocal section in the final track to be recorded, and allows Jerry to let loose a little with a very familiar Chuck Berry number. It must have been tempting to have Ringo Starr duet on Saw Her Standing There, but the correct decision was made and Little Richard does the Beatles number proud. Richard is a very dominant performer, and by hook or by crook, he doesn't dominate this track.... Its probably that the musical directors had him in a different room to the microphone, but either way, the Killer comes out on top of this particular Rock & Roll fisticuff.

Pink Cadillac, was one of the first songs to be recorded and Bruce Springsteen has already stated that it's his favourite cover version anyone has done of one of his songs. Quite a tribute from a much covered artist.

As with many of the tracks, Trouble In Mind is a performance which instantly oozes of Jerry Lee, from the very first second his hands touch the ivories. It's an instantly recognisable performance, as is the Eric Clapton guitar solo. It is a shame however that we do not hear the Clapton voice, as this much covered standard really doesn't get much zest added to it, in what sounds like a running through the motions kind of performance.

Rod Stewart is a performer you either love or hate, or from the way Jerry Lee introduces him at the start of `What Made Milwalkie Famous', a performer you have never heard of. Jerry declares that he will sing the song for `Rod...Stewart, which is all well and good until Rod decides to join in. This is a classic JLL track, and shouldn't have been used for a duet. One of the few low points of this album.

Hadacol Boogie was the first song JLL performed professionally, and it has had numerous live outings over the years, but this studio version has a steady beat, and subtle accompaniment by Buddy Guy, this track has the kind of beat which will leave all lovers of this album gagging for a follow up.

Evening Gown with Mick Jagger has a very intimate feeling about it. Sure, Jerry's voice sounds quite aged, but in a red wine kind of way. Jerry jokes with an unidentified female who enters the studio, jibing with her that she sneaked in this far, but if she sits at the piano he's leaving. The songs has some great lines, which could really have been written for Jerry, with Mick Jagger pronouncing lines like "people say you're a drinker', but what really comes across on this track is that Jerry seemed to be having a good time in the studio. `Evening Gown' is the foundation of the album, and once it was recorded the right people were simply willing to pay whatever it took to get this album made. Thank goodness they did.

Neil Young makes a very bluesy appearance on `You Don't Have To Go', something Jerry would probably describe as a Gut Bucket Blues song, provides a real feel of improvisation, and spontaneity. The mid section is either the result of some very clever editing from Jimmy Rip and co. or a moment of genius from the player, as the Lewis machine seems to totally separate from the rhythmic harmonies of the vocals and guitars, as he pounces down the keys in an almost Art Tatum style, and then eases his way back up with a typical Lewis style crescendo and a standard blues lick. Someone very special is driving this train.

Jerry is obviously very much at home with a couple of honky tonk numbers, in `Just Bumming Around' and `Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age', the latter with George Jones. Both are very believable lyrically, and the sense of the atmosphere in the studio comes across strongly. The cutting room floor has decided to include some comments to and from Jerry at the start and end of most tracks, which gives the whole thing a greater sense of realism, in a day and age when duets are recorded thousands of miles apart, and piano solos are usually produced by a computer.

`Twilight' teams Jerry with Robbie Robertson on guitar, providing a perfect backdrop for a poetic song, whilst still providing room for the piano to set the tone. Vocally this comes across as the strongest track, and for once Jerry Lee hardy sounds like a man into his 71st year. Lyrically quite a demanding song is handled with great aplomb.

A more traditionally rocker style song with enough momentum to kick the album back into Rock & Roll gear is Travelin' Band Featuring John Fogerty. As with quite a few of the tracks this is a little too short, at just 2:03, leaving some people to question which of the songs could be released as singles. There surely cant be a better contender than the cover of Led Zeppelin's `Rock & Roll'. "It's been a long time since I rocked & rolled" are lyrics which might seem befitting to this singer, but throughout this album its quite obvious that whilst he might not have released an album for 11 years, he certainly hasn't stopped playing rock & roll.

The Killer covers one of his own tracks in `Before The Night Is Over', with BB King providing guitar backup. It would perhaps have been nice to hear some vocal sparring between these two giants, but there is a certain satisfaction from hearing the two stylists ply there instruments side by side. These two performers have incredible influence, and no doubt there is a mutual respect. Perhaps if the BB King portion had been recorded in a studio rather than on the road, it would have felt more like one performance than two performances put together.

This album is a big surprise, a really big, but good surprise. I'd have to agree with Ring Starr, that there's nothing wrong with old Killer's lungs. Given the wives, the drugs, the drink, the rehab, the serious health problems, the scandals... oh and the music, this album is a statement, its saying "keep it coming, and I'll keep throwing it back", for a guy that should have been dead at least 20 years ago we can only marvel that we have these tracks. Lets hope his next album isn't as long in coming as this one was, and lets hope the same people are around to help it get made.
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Over the last few years there has been a series of albums from music legends as they turn 70. For example, there has been Tom Jones' `Praise and Blame', Kris Kristofferson's `This Old Road' and Johnny Cash's superlative `American recordings'. In these the various artists have taken a look back at a long life, sung about their regrets and asked forgiveness for sins.

If any artist has sins to forgive, or a right to any regrets, it is Jerry Lee Lewis. The originator of the rock'n'roll lifestyle (and an originator of rock'n'roll!) he drank hard, played hard and fought hard. But now he has reached 70 one might expect him to have matured and be turning out music as reflective as his contemporaries.

Not a bit of it! From the opening bars it is clear that the Killer regrets nothing, except perhaps that he didn't do more of it. He still has the zest, vim and vigour that made him the most powerful rocker of his generation. He grabs each song by the scruff and makes it his own, turning out a real rockin' powerhouse of a record. The nearest he gets to reflective is the last track, a moody rendition of Kris Kristofferson's 'Pilgrim', which could almost have been written about Lewis. But with the final line, 'From the rocking of the cradle, to the rolling of the hearse, the going up was worth the coming down' Lewis reaffirms that every step was worth it for all the fun he had, and he would do it all over again. It's a powerful closing line for the album in its delivery, and worth the price of admission by itself.

When I saw that this is an album of duets I felt a bit uneasy, such efforts are usually rubbish. But this time it works. The main reason for this is that Lewis cuts his guests no slack. They either fit in and keep up with him, or they fade out of sight. This is his record, and no one is allowed to forget it.

The Killer is really on fire, vocally and on piano. Sometimes he sounds just like he did in his heyday. Songs are grabbed by the scruff and he stamps his authority all over them. Standouts are `Pink Cadillac', which he turns into a lascivious sounding double entendre, and `Rock and Roll', aided by Jimmy Page. When he sings `Been a long time', you think `yeah, you've been away for far too long'. It's a great album, and I look forward to the follow up, Mean Old Man when it is released.
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on 26 August 2006
It's been well worth waiting for. Years in the making, this fantastic album lines the legendary Killer up with many other super-stars of Rock,Blues and Country.

Producer Jimmy Rip has left in adlibs, and before/after comments on many tracks, so the whole album is like a huge, fun jam session. A less wise producer might have cut all this out and produced a bland, characterless CD.

Despite the great duets, Jerry Lee dominates throughout, and his talent shines undimmed by the years in both slow and fast tracks.

In a stroke of pure genius the album ends with Jerry and Kris Kristofferson singing The Pilgrim Ch.33, and Jerry speaking the immortal lines: 'From the rockin' of the cradle to the rolling of the hearse, the going up was worth the coming down'. Very moving!

And believe me, this album moves - it rocks! And it has serious moments like the one above, the great Old Glory with Toby Keith, and Jerry teamed up with older Country legends like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Jones on some great tracks, as well as with rock stars. This deserves CMA and Grammy awards!

Pure genius! And above all, fun!
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on 20 July 2006
Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins are all gone, and Jerry is the last man standing when it comes to the legendary Sun studio artists. He is more than standing, hes still pounding out great tracks, and the album looks set to be a major success. Boogie Woogie, Rock & Roll, Country & Western, as well as some of the biggest names in the industry feature on this album. Some duet artists include Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, BB King and Bruce Springsteen! Get this album pre ordered now, and hear that The Killer really is still the best entertainer in the business!
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