Jerry Lee Lewis

A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis

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There is no shortage of Jerry Lee Lewis anthologies -- the early Sun years in particular have been ripe for compiling -- so it's been easy to overlook a glaring gap in his catalog: a comprehensive career overview. The closest there's been is Rhino's terrific double-disc All Killer, No Filler, but Salvo's 2012 box A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis trumps that 1993 set handily. It may arrive nearly two decades later -- 20 years that saw two separate comebacks from the Killer, neither of which are featured here -- but this set also stops in the '80s, so what A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis has going for it is depth, particularly regarding his country sides for Smash/Mercury. Unlike most Jerry Lee comps, this skimps on Sun. Those seminal sides end 13 cuts into this 106-track set, which really isn't enough, particularly when you take into account such missing sides as "Down the Line," "It'll Be Me," and "All Night Long." Nevertheless, this makes up for it by delving deep into those country sides, which is certainly a rich vein to mine. All the hits are here, along with a great deal of lesser-known gems including a bunch of duets with Linda Gail Lewis, covers of classics, and newer tunes by Kris Kristofferson. It may not be perfect -- it's hampered slightly by that lack of Sun cuts -- but it is the compilation that comes closest to capturing the full, righteous glory of Jerry Lee Lewis in a relatively concise fashion.

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