Release Date: 22 September 2014
Format: LP Vinyl
|Jerry Lee Lewis The Knox Phillips Sessions The Unreleased Recordings Limited Vinyl LP
Jerry Lee Lewis was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s brightest stars – and one of its first casualties. Ten years after his career imploded, he spectacularly remade himself in country music. Altogether, he scored more than 40 country hits, in addition to era-defining rock classics like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.”
Those early rock ‘n’ roll hits were produced by Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis. Jerry Lee left Sun in 1963, but, like Elvis, returned often. By the mid-1970s, the studio was run by Sam Phillips’ son, Knox, who produced one of the era’s biggest hits, the Amazing Rhythm Aces’ “Third Rate Romance.” Like his father, Knox intuitively understood how to produce Jerry Lee Lewis, allowing him free rein to plunder his subconscious for half-forgotten songs and reimagine them as Jerry Lee Lewis songs, just as he’d done with “Whole Lotta Shakin’” twenty years earlier.
Over the course of several nights, Knox recorded Jerry Lee Lewis as he crossed the breadth of American music from Stephen Foster to Jim Croce’s still-current hit “Big Bad Leroy Brown.” Alongside a nineteenth century gospel standard, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” Jerry drawled his way imperiously through pop classics like “I’m Looking over a Four-Leaf Clover” and “Harbor Lights,” and timeless country hits like “Room Full of Roses.” Although he wrote none of them, Jerry Lee imprints himself forcefully upon them all, perhaps never more so than on the bitterly regretful “Look at that Fool.”
In all, there are eleven songs capturing one of the true, enduring giants of American music at his best. He played the music that he wanted to record and made every song into an expression of himself. There have been plenty of Jerry Lee Lewis records, but none like this!
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Ragged but Right
Room Full of Roses
Johnny B. Goode / Carol
That Kind of Fool
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Music! Music! Music!/
Lovin’ Cajun Style
That Kind of Fool (full band)