The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any major artist with roughly five decades of recording under his belt, Jerry Lee Lewis has been subjected to plenty of compilations over the years, but Hip-O's 2006 set The Definitive Collection is the first comprehensive single-disc compilation to span his career from his Sun sides in the '50s through his Smash/Mercury singles of the '60s and '70s 1999's 20th Century Masters was culled from both labels, but at 12 tracks it was half the length of this set. While this makes the disc a good one-stop introduction and overview of one of the giants of 20th century American music, The Definitive Collection doesn't necessarily live up to the promise of its title,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any major artist with roughly five decades of recording under his belt, Jerry Lee Lewis has been subjected to plenty of compilations over the years, but Hip-O's 2006 set The Definitive Collection is the first comprehensive single-disc compilation to span his career from his Sun sides in the '50s through his Smash/Mercury singles of the '60s and '70s 1999's 20th Century Masters was culled from both labels, but at 12 tracks it was half the length of this set. While this makes the disc a good one-stop introduction and overview of one of the giants of 20th century American music, The Definitive Collection doesn't necessarily live up to the promise of its title, mainly because his timeless Sun sessions are summed up with a mere six songs. Six great songs, to be sure, but big Sun singles like "Crazy Arms" and "It'll Be Me" are missing, which makes this something less than definitive. That said, this 24-track comp still is quite excellent. The biggest Sun singles -- "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "High School Confidential" -- are here, along with the best and biggest hard country he cut for Smash/Mercury, highlighted by "What's Made Milwaukee Famous Has Made a Loser Out of Me," "Another Place Another Time," "She Still Comes Around To Love What's Left of Me," "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," and "Middle Age Crazy." Rhino's now out of print double-disc 1993 comp All Killer, No Filler provides a similar but more exhaustive overview of this same period, so it's worth seeking out for true fans, and any serious listener will need to supplement this with a good Sun collection of which there are many, but as a single-disc intro to the Killer's prime years, The Definitive Collection is very good indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498802366
  • Catalog Number: 000425902
  • Sales rank: 12,134

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Eddie Dean Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Hal Blair Composer
Jerry Chesnut Composer
Jack Clement Producer
Tony Colton Producer
Sunny David Composer
Fred Foster Composer
Doug Gilmore Composer
Jack Hammer Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Jerry Kennedy Composer, Producer
Stan Kesler Composer, Producer
Eddie Kilroy Producer
Sticks McGhee Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Bill Rice Composer
J.P. Richardson Composer
Steve Rowland Producer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Hank Williams Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Dave Williams Composer
Sam Phillips Producer
Frank Dycus Composer
Jerry Foster Composer
Les Leverett Cover Photo
Thomas LaVerne Composer
Dearest Dean Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ron Hargrave Composer
Larry Kingston Composer
Bill Taylor Composer
Penny Jay Composer
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