by Jerry Lee Lewis
At eight discs, including numerous alternate takes all presented in sequential order, Bear Family's thorough retrospective of Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun recordings on Classic is a monumental, even exhausting experience, even for those serious listeners prepared to immerse themselves in this music. Not that the music itself is taxing; it's among the very finest music


At eight discs, including numerous alternate takes all presented in sequential order, Bear Family's thorough retrospective of Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun recordings on Classic is a monumental, even exhausting experience, even for those serious listeners prepared to immerse themselves in this music. Not that the music itself is taxing; it's among the very finest music of its time, probably of the 20th century. The key is the presentation: When these takes are strung together in the sequence of their recording (which can mean that the master is sandwiched between alternates), it may be possible to hear Lewis' approach develop, but the impact of his Sun recordings -- the core mastertakes -- becomes diffuse because it's impossible to hear those, as a body of work, without significant tweaking. Of course, this approach does enhance appreciation of Jerry Lee's music (there was serious craft behind it, as well as a staggering amount of raw talent), but it does make it the province of scholars and dedicated fans. Even with these problems -- the fact that this does not make for easy listening -- it's still an essential part of a comprehensive rock & roll, country, or American music collection, because Jerry Lee's music is that good. As he said, he was one of the master stylists, and years later, that is more evident than ever.

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Disc 1

  1. Crazy Arms
  2. End of the Road
  3. You're the Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)
  4. Born to Lose
  5. Silver Threads (Amongst the Gold)
  6. I'm Throwing Rice
  7. I Love You So Much It Hurts
  8. Deep Elem Blues
  9. Goodnight Irene
  10. Goodnight Irene
  11. Honey Hush
  12. Crawdad Song
  13. Dixie
  14. The Marines' Hymn
  15. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  16. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
  17. You're the Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)
  18. Lewis Boogie
  19. I Love You Because
  20. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
  21. Cold, Cold Heart
  22. Shame on You
  23. I'll Keep on Loving You
  24. You Are My Sunshine
  25. Tomorrow Night
  26. Sixty Minute Man
  27. It All Depends (On Who Will Buy the Wine)
  28. I Don't Love Nobody
  29. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  30. It'll Be Me
  31. It'll Be Me

Disc 2

  1. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  2. False Starts To
  3. It'll Be Me
  4. It'll Be Me
  5. Ole Pal of Yesterday
  6. You Win Again
  7. Love Letters in the Sand
  8. Little Green Valley
  9. Lewis Boogie
  10. Pumpin' Piano Rock
  11. It'll Be Me
  12. All Night Long
  13. Old Time Religion
  14. When the Saints Go Marching In
  15. My Carolina Sunshine Girl
  16. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
  17. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  18. Singing the Blues
  19. Snatch of Keep Your Hands Off of It and Rockin' With Red
  20. Matchbox
  21. Matchbox
  22. Ubangi Stomp
  23. Rock & Roll Ruby
  24. So Long, I'm Gone
  25. Ooby Dooby
  26. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  27. You Win Again
  28. I'm Feeling Sorry
  29. I'm Feeling Sorry
  30. I'm Feeling Sorry
  31. I'm Feeling Sorry
  32. Mean Woman Blues
  33. Turn Around
  34. Great Balls of Fire

Disc 3

  1. Great Balls of Fire
  2. Why Should I Cry over You?
  3. Religious Discussion
  4. Great Balls of Fire
  5. You Win Again
  6. Down the Line
  7. False Starts & Down the Line
  8. I'm Sorry I'm Not Sorry
  9. Down the Line
  10. Sexy Ways
  11. Cool, Cool Ways (Sexy Ways)
  12. Milkshake Mademoiselle
  13. Breathless
  14. Milkshake Mademoiselle
  15. 2 False Starts & Milkshake Mademoisell
  16. Breathless
  17. False Start & High School Confidential
  18. High School Confidential
  19. High School Confidential
  20. High School Confidential
  21. Put Me Down
  22. Good Rockin' Tonight
  23. Pink Pedal Pushers
  24. Jailhouse Rock
  25. Hound Dog
  26. Don't Be Cruel
  27. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
  28. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  29. Friday Nights
  30. Big Legged Woman

Disc 4

  1. Hello, Hello Baby
  2. Frankie and Johnny
  3. Your Cheatin' Heart
  4. Lovesick Blues
  5. Goodnight Irene
  6. When the Saints Go Marching In
  7. Matchbox
  8. It All Depends (On Who Will Buy the Wine)
  9. Put Me Down
  10. Fools Like Me
  11. Carrying On (Sexy Ways)
  12. False Start & Crazy Heart
  13. Put Me Down
  14. Put Me Down
  15. High School Confidential
  16. High School Confidential
  17. Slipping Around
  18. I'll See You in My Dreams
  19. Real Wild Child (Wild One)
  20. Let the Good Times Roll
  21. Fools Like Me
  22. Settin' the Woods on Fire
  23. Memory of You
  24. Come What May
  25. Break Up
  26. Crazy Heart
  27. Live and Let Live
  28. False Start & I'll Make It All up to You
  29. Crazy Arms
  30. Johnny B. Goode
  31. Settin' the Woods on Fire

Disc 5

  1. Return of Jerry Lee
  2. Break Up
  3. I'll Make It All up to You
  4. Break Up
  5. Johnny B. Goode
  6. Break Up
  7. I'll Make It All up to You
  8. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  9. I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  10. It Hurt Me So
  11. You're the Only Star (In My Blue Heaven)
  12. It Hurt Me So
  13. Lovin' up a Storm
  14. Big Blon' Baby
  15. Lovin' up a Storm
  16. Sick and Tired
  17. (Just a Shanty in Old) Shanty Town
  18. Release Me
  19. False Start & I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
  20. Near You
  21. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
  22. Hillbilly Fever
  23. My Blue Heaven
  24. My Blue Heaven
  25. False Start Let's Talk About Us
  26. Little Queenie
  27. Home
  28. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  29. Ballad of Billy Joe
  30. Sail Away
  31. False Starts & Am I to Be the One

Disc 6

  1. Night Train to Memphis
  2. I'm the Guilty One
  3. Let's Talk About Us
  4. The Wild Side of Life
  5. Charming Billy (Billy Boy)
  6. My Bonnie
  7. Mexicali Rose
  8. Mexicali Rose
  9. Gettin' in the Mood
  10. In the Mood
  11. I Get the Blues When It Rains
  12. I Get the Blues When It Rains
  13. Don't Drop It
  14. Great Speckled Bird
  15. Great Speckled Bird
  16. Bonnie B.
  17. Baby Baby Bye Bye
  18. Baby Baby Bye Bye
  19. False Starts & I Can't Help It
  20. Old Black Joe
  21. Bonnie B.
  22. Old Black Joe
  23. Bonnie B.
  24. As Long as I Live
  25. Hound Dog
  26. As Long as I Live
  27. What'd I Say
  28. Keep Your Hands Off It (Birthday Cake)
  29. Hang up My Rock & Roll Shoes
  30. John Henry
  31. What'd I Say
  32. C.C. Rider

Disc 7

  1. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
  2. Lewis Workout
  3. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
  4. When I Get Paid
  5. Love Made a Fool of Me
  6. No More Than I Get
  7. Livin' Lovin' Wreck
  8. What'd I Say
  9. Cold, Cold Heart
  10. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  11. It Won't Happen With Me
  12. C.C. Rider
  13. I Love You Because
  14. Save the Last Dance for Me
  15. Hello Josephine
  16. High Powered Woman
  17. My Blue Heaven
  18. My Blue Heaven
  19. Sweet Little Sixteen
  20. Ramblin' Rose
  21. Money (That's What I Want)
  22. Rockin' the Boat of Love
  23. Ramblin' Rose
  24. I've Been Twistin'
  25. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  26. I've Been Twistin'
  27. I Know What It Means
  28. High Powered Woman

Disc 8

  1. Sweet Little Sixteen
  2. My Girl Josephine
  3. Set My Mind at Ease
  4. Waiting for a Train
  5. Sweet Little Sixteen
  6. Waiting for a Train
  7. How's My Ex Treating You
  8. Good Rockin' Tonight
  9. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  10. My Girl Josephine
  11. How's My Ex Treating You
  12. Good Golly Miss Molly
  13. I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore)
  14. Good Golly Miss Molly
  15. My Pretty Quadroon
  16. Waiting for a Train
  17. Teenage Letter
  18. Seasons of My Heart
  19. Your Lovin' Ways
  20. Just Who Is to Blame
  21. Just Who Is to Blame
  22. Hong Kong Blues
  23. Love on Broadway
  24. One Minute Past Eternity
  25. Fals Start & Invitation to Your Party
  26. Invitation to Your Party
  27. I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye
  28. Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
  29. False Start & Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
  30. Carry Me Back to Old Virginia

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Lee Lewis   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Ed Bruce   Vocals
Hank Garland   Guitar
Charlie Rich   Piano,Vocals
Roy Orbison   Vocals
Jim Hall   Saxophone
Ace Cannon   Saxophone
Scotty Moore   Acoustic Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar
Cliff Acred   Bass
Ron Capone   Horn
Floyd Chance   Bass
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Jack Clement   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Narrator
Jeff Davis   Drums
Fred Ford   Horn
Gene Lowery   Choir, Chorus
Noel Gilbert   Strings
Buddy Harman   Drums
Herman Hawkins   Bass
Roland Janes   Guitar,Vocals
Stan Kesler   Bass
Leo Lodner   Bass
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Larry Muhoberac   Piano
Cam Mullins   Horn
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Billy Lee Riley   Bass,Guitar
Brad Suggs   Guitar
Morris "Tarp" Tarrant   Drums
Bobby Thompson   Vocals
Jerry Tuttle   Organ
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
George Webb   Bass
John "Bucky" Wilkin   Horn
Marvin Hughes   Organ
Al Jackson   Drums
Sid Manker   Bass
Bob Moore   Bass
Anne Oldham   Strings
J.W. Brown   Bass
Milton Friedstand   Strings
Karl Garvin   Saxophone
Joan Gilbert   Strings
Otis Jett   Drums
Martin Willis   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kelton Herston   Guitar
Linda Gail Lewis   Vocals
Bob Strong   Vocals
Lee Holt   Vocals
Jerry G. Kennedy   Guitar
Robert Alexius   Horn
William R. McElhiney   Horn
Shirley Sisk   Organ
W.S. Stevenson   Bass
Ann Oldham   Strings
Alice Rumple   Vocals
George Klein   Narrator
Luke Wright   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer
Stephen Foster   Composer
Red Foley   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Lawrence Welk   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
James Williams   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Bill Justis   Composer,Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Carl Mann   Composer
Scotty Moore   Producer
Carson Robison   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Owen Bradley   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Roy Carter   Composer
Jack Clement   Producer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
Fred Howard   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Sticks McGhee   Composer
David Owens   Composer
Junior Parker   Composer
Billy Lee Riley   Contributor
Fred Rose   Composer
Harold Shedd   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Guy Smith   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Charles Underwood   Composer,Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
J. Little   Composer
Marvin Hughes   Composer
Edward Nelson   Composer
Gene Sullivan   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Billy Mize   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer
Francis Craig   Composer
Kerry Jacobson   Composer
Wiley Walker   Composer
John Greenham   Composer
Hoffman Nienburg   Artwork
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Ernie Barton   Producer
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Ira Schuster   Composer
Harry Stoddard   Composer
Franklin Tableporter   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Wanda Ballman   Composer
Don Chapel   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
Rhoda Roberts   Composer
Nat Vincent   Composer
Dub Williams   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ron Hargrave   Composer
Will Grosz   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Johnny O'Keefe   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Maurice Murray   Composer
Jimmie Hodges   Composer
James G. Liddle   Composer
Bill Taylor   Composer
Kermit Goell   Composer
Marcy Klauber   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
Robin Chilton   Composer
Tommy Certain   Composer
Alton Harkins   Composer

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