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The Killer Live (1964-1970)

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Jerry Lee Lewis 7/24/2012

Review

Hip-O Select's triple-disc 2012 set The Killer Live (1964-1970) fills a bit of a gap in Jerry Lee's archival discography by rounding up his four officially released live albums for Smash and Mercury: Live at the Star Club, Hamburg and The Greatest Live Show on Earth, both released in 1964; By Request: More of the Greatest Live Show on Earth from 1966; and Live at the International, Las Vegas in 1970. The Killer Live expands these four LP by adding 16 bonus tracks, ten of which are previously unreleased, all of which are equally as good as the finished albums -- and that means they're terrific, as good as rock & roll music gets. That is particularly true of Live at the Star Club, by many measures a serious contender for the best live album ever made, and if the other three records aren't quite as galvanizing as this furious set -- so heated that the Killer berates his backing band the Nashville Teens for not quite keeping up -- well, that's an unfair comparison as so few sets could measure up. The two Greatest Live Show on Earth LPs and Live at the International showcases are different affairs. The Greatest Live Show LPs are a shade less frenzied but in a similar vein to Star Club -- they're hard rock & roll albums tempered with a bit of R&B and country. Conversely, the Vegas LP appropriately showcases a Killer with a bit more showbiz pizzazz, rooted in country -- his big hits are bypassed in favor of his honky tonk late-'60s hits and his covers, both classic ("San Antonio Rose") and contemporary (Tom T. Hall's "The Ballad of Forty Dollars"), are country -- but given a slightly splashy rocking spin, all sounding unmistakably like Jerry Lee, just like the harder-rocking boogie of a few years earlier does. There's not a bad performance here -- it's all on a sliding scale from great to transcendent, so don't let the transportive stuff let you overlook the merely excellent music. Just bask in the glory of the Killer and enjoy every precious note on this superb set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mean Woman Blues Jerry Lee Lewis 4:1
  3. 2 High School Confidential Jerry Lee Lewis 2:25
  4. 3 Money Jerry Lee Lewis 4:35
  5. 4 Matchbox Jerry Lee Lewis 2:47
  6. 5 What'd I Say Jerry Lee Lewis 5:20
  7. 6 Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 1:49
  8. 7 Good Golly Miss Molly Jerry Lee Lewis 2:20
  9. 8 Lewis Boogie Jerry Lee Lewis 1:55
  10. 9 Your Cheatin' Heart Jerry Lee Lewis 3:4
  11. 10 Hound Dog Jerry Lee Lewis 2:29
  12. 11 Long Tall Sally Jerry Lee Lewis 1:53
  13. 12 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On Jerry Lee Lewis 4:28
  14. 13 Down the Line Jerry Lee Lewis 3:1
  15. 14 Jenny Jenny Jerry Lee Lewis 3:3
  16. 15 Who Will the Next Fool Be Jerry Lee Lewis 4:6
  17. 16 Memphis Jerry Lee Lewis 3:23
  18. 17 Hound Dog [Live At The Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama/1964] Jerry Lee Lewis 1:55
  19. 17 Houng Dog Jerry Lee Lewis 1:54
  20. 18 Mean Woman Blues Jerry Lee Lewis 3:4
  21. 19 High Heel Sneakers Jerry Lee Lewis 3:38
  22. 20 No Particular Place to Go Jerry Lee Lewis 3:5
  23. 21 Together Again Jerry Lee Lewis 3:33
  24. 22 Long Tall Sally Jerry Lee Lewis 2:15
  25. 23 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Jerry Lee Lewis 5:7
  26. 1 Introduction Jerry Lee Lewis 0:37
  27. 2 Little Queenie Jerry Lee Lewis 2:24
  28. 3 How's My Ex Treating You Jerry Lee Lewis 4:45
  29. 4 Johnny B. Goode Jerry Lee Lewis 3:23
  30. 5 Green Green Grass of Home Jerry Lee Lewis 3:26
  31. 6 What's I Say, Pt. 2 Jerry Lee Lewis 6:2
  32. 7 You Win Again Jerry Lee Lewis 3:58
  33. 8 I'll Sail My Ship Alone Jerry Lee Lewis 3:29
  34. 9 Cryin' Time Jerry Lee Lewis 2:51
  35. 10 Money Jerry Lee Lewis 4:52
  36. 11 Roll Over Beethoven Jerry Lee Lewis 3:8
  37. 12 She Even Woke Me to Say Goodbye Jerry Lee Lewis 3:19
  38. 13 Jambalaya Jerry Lee Lewis 1:56
  39. 14 She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left of Me) Jerry Lee Lewis 2:54
  40. 15 Drinkin' Champagne Jerry Lee Lewis 3:36
  41. 16 San Antonio Rose Jerry Lee Lewis 3:28
  42. 17 Once More with Feeling Jerry Lee Lewis 2:46
  43. 18 Band Introductions Jerry Lee Lewis 0:36
  44. 19 When You Wore a Tulip Jerry Lee Lewis 3:7
  45. 20 Take These Chains from My Heart Jerry Lee Lewis 2:54
  46. 21 The Ballad of Forty Dollars Jerry Lee Lewis 3:20
  47. 22 Flip, Flop and Fly Jerry Lee Lewis 2:4
  48. 1 Blue Suede Shoes Jerry Lee Lewis 2:41
  49. 2 Crazy Arms Jerry Lee Lewis 3:37
  50. 3 Lovin' Up a Storm Jerry Lee Lewis 3:16
  51. 4 Mean Woman Blues Jerry Lee Lewis 4:4
  52. 5 What'd I Say, Parts 1 & 2 [Outtake - Live At Panther Hall, Fort Worth, TX/1966] Jerry Lee Lewis 9:42
  53. 5 What I'd Say, Pts. 1-2 Jerry Lee Lewis 9:41
  54. 6 Down the Line/I'm Movin' On [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 3:37
  55. 7 Shoeshine Man [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 3:23
  56. 8 Invitation to Your Party [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 2:8
  57. 9 San Antonio Rose [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 2:49
  58. 10 Homecoming [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 3:50
  59. 11 Once More with Feeling [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 2:35
  60. 12 Stagger Lee [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 2:41
  61. 13 Got You on My Mind Again [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 3:0
  62. 14 Great Balls of Fire [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 0:51
  63. 15 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [Previously Unreleased] Jerry Lee Lewis 6:17

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