Raven's 2002 two-fer CD reissue of Jerry Lee Lewis' 1968 album Another Place Another Time and 1970's She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye contains the added bonus of six tracks – over half the album – from 1969's She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left of Me). By doing this, the disc transcends typical two-fer status (which, frankly, would have been enough, since these two albums are so tremendous, their first CD release is something to celebrate) and becomes the best single-disc collection of Jerry Lee's country material. There have been other discs that tackle the same recordings for Smash (all unfortunately out of print as of this writing), but their scope was a little broader, including many of his '70s hits for Mercury as well as Smash sides unheard here.
Four-disc monument to the Killer, containing no filler… What with one thing and another, it took the Grand Ole Opry a while to invite Jerry Lee Lewis to make his debut. Sixteen years, in fact, from his first hits (“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”, “Great Balls Of Fire” ) to finally ushering the Killer onto the stage of Nashville’s Ryman auditorium in January 1973. The high temple of the country music establishment had their reasons for hesitating. Lewis was not known for family-friendly behaviour, unless one counts as such already having three families by this point – one, to the detriment of his box office, with a cousin he’d wed when she was thirteen. But he’d grown up, surely. He was pushing 40. He’d married for a fourth time, to someone old enough to vote. And he was reinventing himself as a proper country singer – he’d had hits with versions of Kris Kristofferson’s “Me & Bobby McGee”, Jimmie Rodgers’ “Waiting For A Train” and Ray Griff’s “Who’s Gonna Play This Old Piano?”. The Opry prepared to formally welcome the black sheep to the fold.
Like a heat lightening, scorching across the hot Louisania night! I had never heard much Jerry Lee Lewis when I first decided to pick up this box set. Truth be told, the early years of rock'n'roll had not interested me much until a few months ago when my younger cousin introduced me to some of the music. Its all fair and square, though, I got him hooked in classic country a few years back.
Anyway, this box set rocks; its an amazing collection of the early work of Jerry Lee Lewis who was one of the early greats of the genre. When you listen to this music you can not help but feel that all of the cool, rebeliousness, and power which are oozing from the speakers is rubbing off on you just a little bit.
Buy this box set and then, when your done, pick up the Johnny Cash Sun Records set as well, which is another amazing collection.Daniel McCollum – Amazon
Two fine Jerry Lee Lewis albums from 1976 and 1977 The recordings produced the US Country hits ‘Come On In’, ‘Let’s Put It Back Together Again’ and ‘Middle Age Crazy’. Jerry Lee’s longtime relationship with Mercury Records and producer Jerry Kennedy was coming to an end at the time of these recordings, and Lewis was being affected by health problems. However, Kennedy coaxed performances from Lewis, resulting in these very successful albums. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes.
75 tracks… Many featured tracks were hits sung by many well-known artists from that time like Bill Haley & His Comets, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Paul Anka and Elvis Presley … This box set is a great addition to any CD collection.If you wanted to add a rock n roll genre to your collection, wanted a decent compilation for your car or needed a collection of rock and roll classics for a party, then you cant go wrong with this set.
A 60 track monster including all of the greatest names from the Rock 'n' Roll era performing some of their best know songs along with some enticing obscurities to keep the party going. Included are Bip Bop Boom (Mickey Hawks), and Love Me (The Phantom) both of which have recently been used in international TV advertising campaigns.