Jerry Lee Lewis

The Road Begins

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This El Toro compilation is exactly the reason a music fan seeks out a best-of by a particular artist; in this case, it's "the Killer,"Jerry Lee Lewis, the last remaining member of Sun Records' Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Lewis -- who is wonderfully represented here by 31 tracks, all from his early period. They include not only his hit singles for Sun -- "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On," "Great Balls of Fire," etc. (which would be on any comp), but there are also a few country cuts, and two tracks with the MDQ), an appearance on Steve Allen's television show, and four pre-Sun-era demos. The sound is terrific, the performances are electrifying -- because it is Jerry Lee at his very best -- and the presentation package is solid. The hippest thing is the cash; this little slab will not cost you an arm and a leg to procure, and, if played loud in your car, will insure you are the heppest cat or kitty on the road.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:50
2 2:46
3 2:42 Spotify
4 2:49
5
2:09 Spotify
6
3:06
7 2:07 Spotify
8 2:20 Spotify
9
2:52 Spotify
10
2:15 Spotify
11 2:53 Spotify
12 2:46
13
2:26 Spotify
14 1:53 Spotify
15 2:56
16
1:54 Spotify
17
2:03 Spotify
18 1:50 Spotify
19 2:46 Spotify
20 2:41
21
2:51 Spotify
22 2:10 Spotify
23 2:27
24 1:32 Spotify
25 3:47 Spotify
26 1:55 Spotify
27 2:20 Spotify
28 2:25 Spotify
29 2:01 Spotify
30 2:42 Spotify
31 2:31 Spotify
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