Rocket '88

Jerry Lee Lewis

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Rocket '88 Review

by Alex Henderson

In the late '70s and early to mid-'80s, it was clear that Jerry Lee Lewis wasn't interested in radical change. His strong points were still rockabilly and country, and the Killer continued to excel by zeroing in on them. Although not in a class with the outstanding Live at the Star Club, the live performances documented on this CD (all recorded at the Palomino in North Hollywood, CA) prove that the Killer was still more than willing to go that extra mile. Lewis' voice had held up impressively well, and he sounds quite confident and assured -- perhaps even cocky -- on everything from Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'" and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" to Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." And when he rips into hits like "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," it's crystal clear that one of the all-time masters of rock & roll is very hard at work.

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