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The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions

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Jerry Lee Lewis 4/30/2013

Review

RCA/Legacy's 2013 collection The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions digs deep into the Killer's earliest years, offering 40 peerless sides from his time at Sam Phillips' legendary Memphis studio. Anybody just looking for the hits -- "Crazy Arms," "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "High School Confidential" -- will find this to be too much, but their needs are well-served elsewhere in the countless compilations of these basics. This does something better: it offers a detailed portrait of Jerry Lee's immense talents as an interpreter and song stylist, illustrating how he could bend country, gospel, blues, R&B, and even Elvis tunes to sound like he was the guy who sang the song first. Yes, this could be heard on Bear Family's seminal 1989 box Classic, but that eight-disc box demands effort. At 40 songs and two discs, The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis speeds on by, dazzling listeners with the depth and breadth of the Killer's classic work. This doesn't tell his whole story -- his Smash/Mercury sides are wonderful in a very different way -- but there was a real need for a collection that explored the Sun sessions in a thorough yet invigorating fashion, which this essential Essential surely does. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Crazy Arms Jerry Lee Lewis 2:43
  3. 2 End of the Road Jerry Lee Lewis 1:47
  4. 3 Goodnight Irene Jerry Lee Lewis 2:52
  5. 4 Hand Me Down My Walking Cane Jerry Lee Lewis 2:17
  6. 5 Sixty Minute Man Jerry Lee Lewis 1:47
  7. 6 Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On Jerry Lee Lewis 2:51
  8. 7 It'll Be Me Jerry Lee Lewis 2:44
  9. 8 Lewis Boogie Jerry Lee Lewis 1:59
  10. 9 When the Saints Go Marchin' In Jerry Lee Lewis 2:8
  11. 10 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Jerry Lee Lewis 2:33
  12. 11 Ubangi Stomp Jerry Lee Lewis 1:45
  13. 12 You Win Again Jerry Lee Lewis 2:54
  14. 13 Mean Woman Blues Jerry Lee Lewis 2:23
  15. 14 Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 1:50
  16. 15 Milkshake Mademoiselle Jerry Lee Lewis 2:1
  17. 16 Breathless Jerry Lee Lewis 2:41
  18. 17 Good Rockin' Tonight Jerry Lee Lewis 2:41
  19. 18 Jailhouse Rock Jerry Lee Lewis 1:56
  20. 19 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Jerry Lee Lewis 1:58
  21. 20 Big Legged Woman Jerry Lee Lewis 2:25
  22. 1 Hello, Hello Baby Jerry Lee Lewis 3:21
  23. 2 Fools Like Me Jerry Lee Lewis 2:50
  24. 3 Put Me Down Jerry Lee Lewis 2:7
  25. 4 High School Confidential Jerry Lee Lewis 2:29
  26. 5 Wild One (Real Wild Child) Jerry Lee Lewis 1:53
  27. 6 Breakup Jerry Lee Lewis 2:37
  28. 7 Big Blon' Baby Jerry Lee Lewis 1:39
  29. 8 Lovin' Up a Storm Jerry Lee Lewis 1:50
  30. 9 Hillbilly Fever Jerry Lee Lewis 2:5
  31. 10 Let's Talk About Us Jerry Lee Lewis 2:7
  32. 11 Old Black Joe Jerry Lee Lewis 2:3
  33. 12 What'd I Say Jerry Lee Lewis 2:24
  34. 13 It Won't Happen with Me Jerry Lee Lewis 2:57
  35. 14 Cold Cold Heart Jerry Lee Lewis 3:4
  36. 15 Waiting for a Train Jerry Lee Lewis 1:39
  37. 16 One Minute Past Eternity Jerry Lee Lewis 2:2
  38. 17 Invitation to Your Party Jerry Lee Lewis 1:54
  39. 18 I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye Jerry Lee Lewis 2:33
  40. 19 Will the Circle Be Unbroken Jerry Lee Lewis 2:22
  41. 20 Setting the Woods on Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 2:24

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