Mean Old Man

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jerry Lee Lewis made his first Steve Bing-produced comeback in 2006 with Last Man Standing, an all-star duets album that packed a surprising punch. With Jim Keltner replacing Jimmy Ripp as co-producer, Bing leads the Killer through the same basic formula for 2010's Mean Old Man, even retaining many of the same all-stars from before -- Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Merle Haggard, Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Kid Rock all return because who wouldn't want them all to return for seconds? -- but the vibe on this record is a little more subdued, with Keltner favoring a welcome muddy Sun murk over the crisp...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jerry Lee Lewis made his first Steve Bing-produced comeback in 2006 with Last Man Standing, an all-star duets album that packed a surprising punch. With Jim Keltner replacing Jimmy Ripp as co-producer, Bing leads the Killer through the same basic formula for 2010's Mean Old Man, even retaining many of the same all-stars from before -- Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Merle Haggard, Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Kid Rock all return because who wouldn't want them all to return for seconds? -- but the vibe on this record is a little more subdued, with Keltner favoring a welcome muddy Sun murk over the crisp snap of Last Man Standing. So, there's nothing that rampages like his take on Led Zeppelin's "Rock N Roll" -- although "Roll Over Beethoven," with Ringo and John Mayer in tow, comes close -- but the slower tempos suit the 74-year old Killer, letting him dig into the contours of the songs and he gets into the nitty-gritty of the Stones' "Dead Flowers" and "Sweet Virginia" (the latter cleaned up so Jerry Lee is cleaning the shine off his shoes), sounds invigorated to be singing gospel with Solomon Burke and finds an ideal harmony partner in Gillian Welch, whose presence elevates "Please Release Me" and "I Really Don't Want To Know." On these last two, Jerry Lee Lewis doesn't quite sound like the Mean Old Man of the title -- old, yes, but sorrowful not spiteful -- but the record does find the Killer reviving his old snarl thanks to the title track, the Kid Rock and Slash-graced "Rockin' My Life Away" and, best of all, a terrific reading of "You Can Have Her" featuring Eric Clapton and James Burton. With each track designed as a showcase for the featured guest, Mean Old Man winds up playing a little like a collection of moments but it's hard to complain when the moments prove that you can still be vigorous and vital at the age of 74.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2010
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527470917
  • Catalog Number: 001467402
  • Sales rank: 49,677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mean Old Man (2:47)
  2. 2 Rockin' My Life Away - Slash (2:17)
  3. 3 Sweet Virginia - Keith Richards (3:51)
  4. 4 You Can Have Her - Slash (2:40)
  5. 5 Roll Over Beethoven - John Mayer (2:47)
  6. 6 Bad Moon Rising (2:19)
  7. 7 Dead Flowers (3:52)
  8. 8 You Are My Sunshine - Jon Brion (3:36)
  9. 9 Whiskey River (3:21)
  10. 10 Middle Age Crazy - Jon Brion (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Kris Kristofferson Background Vocals
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
John Fogerty Guitar, Vocals
Mick Jagger Vocals
Ringo Starr Drums
Ron Wood Guitar
Kid Rock Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Jim Keltner Bass, Percussion, Drums
Sheryl Crow Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Tim McGraw Vocals
Jon Brion Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Keith Richards Guitar, Vocals
Rick Rosas Bass
Slash Guitar
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Gillian Welch Acoustic Guitar
John Mayer Guitar
Jason Sinay Guitar
James Walbourne Guitar
Ken Lovelace Fiddle, Guitar
Leila Moss Background Vocals
LaTonya Hall Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Johnny Bush Composer
Jim Keltner Producer
Gary Burden Art Direction
Bill Cook Composer
Charles Mitchell Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Al Sutton overdub engineer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Mack Vickery Composer
James Saez Engineer
Steve Chadie overdub engineer
Ken Sluiter overdub engineer
Martin Pradler Engineer, overdub engineer
Jenice Heo Art Direction
Paul Stroud Composer
Chad Franscoviak overdub engineer
Leslie Richter overdub engineer
Brian Thorn overdub engineer
Steve Bing Producer
Mike Ross overdub engineer
Steve Marcussen Mastering
Eddie Delana overdub engineer
Phoebe Lewis Executive Producer
Jay Adkins Photo Assistance
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