Jerry Lee Lewis

Very Best of Jerry Lee Lewis [Crimson]

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A superb one-disc collection of Lewis's '50s work at Sun Records concentrating almost exclusively on the up-tempo rock stuff (the sole exception is a characteristically brilliant take on Hank Williams' "You Win Again"). The obvious hits are here, of course, still incendiary after all these years: "Whole Lotta Shakin'," "Great Balls of Fire," "High School Confidential," and "Breathless," among others. Other high-points include the self-referential "Lewis Boogie," a version of Chuck Berry's jailbait ode "Little Queenie" that's even more lascivious than the original, and an astonishing piano-and-vocal demo of "Johnny B. Goode" that rocks as hard as anything in his canon. Nice bonus: Extremely clean remastered sound.

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