Southern Roots/Boogie Woogie Country Man

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Raven Records have done it again, pairing of two of Jerry Lee Lewis' best albums of the '70s into one hot CD, well over an hour of pounding, rippling rock & roll, with salaciousness and a sense of humor to spare. Some of what's here is laugh-out-loud funny and a lot else is openly lewd, but Lewis keeps the ivories so busy -- in tandem with an array of guitarists that include Steve Cropper, Carl Perkins, and Tony Joe White -- that somehow this record never got hung up by the censors, and Huey P. Meaux's production on the Southern Roots sessions gives you a sound so crisp that you'd swear it was the product of rock & roll's lean, mean early years, and not luxuriating ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Raven Records have done it again, pairing of two of Jerry Lee Lewis' best albums of the '70s into one hot CD, well over an hour of pounding, rippling rock & roll, with salaciousness and a sense of humor to spare. Some of what's here is laugh-out-loud funny and a lot else is openly lewd, but Lewis keeps the ivories so busy -- in tandem with an array of guitarists that include Steve Cropper, Carl Perkins, and Tony Joe White -- that somehow this record never got hung up by the censors, and Huey P. Meaux's production on the Southern Roots sessions gives you a sound so crisp that you'd swear it was the product of rock & roll's lean, mean early years, and not luxuriating in the services of upward of two-dozen players. The two bonus tracks from those sessions, incidentally, are fully worth hearing and only make this a more urgent acquisition for fans of rock & roll and honky tonk, or Lewis completists. The material off of Boogie Woogie Country Man is not as bracing but it captures the artist in a more reflective mode, trying for subtlety over excitement and mostly succeeding really well -- his playing here is downright gorgeous and his singing is finely nuanced. Most of that material consists of ballads with some gospel thrown in, and Lewis' keyboard acrobatics on "Jesus Is on the Mainline" is worth the price of admission on this end of the CD. The original album ended with the pounding rocker "Boogie Woogie Country Man," which is still a killer track, but here is followed by four bonus cuts from the same sessions -- the latter consist of country ballads "That Kind of Fool", the confessional and bittersweet "Damn Fine Country Song," the gospel number "When I Take My Vacation in Heaven," and the delightful throwaway confessional "Don't Boogie Woogie." The sound is killer, and the annotation by Australian writer John Dowler is very thorough, a final bonus on one of the best bargains in Lewis' entire CD catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657017326
  • Catalog Number: 173
  • Sales rank: 90,919

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Primary Artist
Steve Cropper Guitar
The Jordanaires Accompaniment
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Augie Meyers Organ, Vox Organ
Tony Joe White Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Paul Cannon Guitar
Chip Young Guitar
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Ray Edenton Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Group Member
Millie Kirkham Accompaniment
Mark Lindsay Horn
Kenneth Lovelace Fiddle, Guitar
Neal Matthews Group Member
Billy Sanford Guitar
Jerry Shook Guitar
Gordon Stoker Group Member
Jimmy Tarbutton Guitar
Robert Tarrant Drums
Pete Wade Guitar
Joel Williams Drums
Trish Williams Accompaniment
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Bob Moore Bass
J.L. "Marty" Morrison Organ
Sugar Sweets Background Vocals
Mack Vickery Harmonica
Ray C. Walker Group Member
Russ Carlson Horn
James H. Brown Organ
Tommy Cathy Bass
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Moon Mullican Composer
Steve Cropper Session Leader
Rosco Gordon Composer
Doug Sahm Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Stuart Hamblen Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Jack Hale Sound Effects
Wayne Jackson Sound Effects
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Al Lewis Composer
Ed Logan Sound Effects
Andrew Love Sound Effects
Huey P. Meaux Producer
David Porter Composer
Bill Rice Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Andrew Wright Composer
T.J. Seals Composer
R.E. Winsett Composer
Charles Carpenter Composer
Rayburn Anthony Composer
Jerry Foster Composer
Ray Griff Composer
Layng Martine Jr. Composer
Mack Vickery Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Kevin Mueller Concept
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Calvin Lewis Composer
Herbert Buffum Composer
Earl "Kit" Carson Composer
Gene Dobbins Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Dusty Ward Composer
Churchill Kohlman Composer
Bill Kearns Composer
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