Jerry Lee Lewis

Live [Prime Cuts]

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When Jerry Lee Lewis is "on," very few performers can match his level of manic abandon. October 5, 1984 was a fortuitously "on" night for The Killer, because it was the night his Worcester, Massachusetts concert was recorded for broadcast over the Silver Eagle radio network. Kicking off his set on LIVE with Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman," Lewis tears into the material and never lets up, powering his way through a thirteen-song set that would leave most men half his age exhausted.

Even ballads like "Who Will the Next Fool Be" and "Georgia On My Mind" are performed with a breathless intensity. Lewis is in particularly good voice throughout the show and demonstrates considerable dexterity at interjecting his name into every song at least once and often several times. Jerry Lee's piano playing--that is, when he uses his hands rather than his feet--is also spectacular. Guitar aficionados should appreciate the tasteful playing of Telecaster master James Burton, whose previous credits include stints with Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, and Emmylou Harris. LIVE captures a great concert by the original punk rocker.

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