Jerry Lee Lewis

Live at Gilley's

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Live at Gilley's combines selections from two concerts Jerry Lee Lewis gave at Gilley's, one from August 1984 and the other from October 1987. Given that Lewis was a notoriously sporadic live performer in the second half of his career and that the album consists of two separate shows, separated by three years, it's remarkable how enjoyable Live at Gilley's can be. True, it never meets the level of his incendiary Live at the Star Club, but it's a good, straightforward, piano-pounding pleaser that finds Lewis hauling out both his classics ("Great Balls of Fire," "High School Confidential," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On") and his classic covers ("Trouble in Mind," "You Win Again," "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Memphis, Tennessee," "Big Legged Woman"). It's not a remarkable performance in any way, but it is well-performed, surprisingly energetic, and ultimately enjoyable for hardcore Killer fanatics (even if they would likely prefer to hear both concerts in full instead of this compilation).

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