The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA/Legacy's 2013 collection The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions digs deep into the Killer's earliest years, offering 40 peerless sides from his time at Sam Phillips' legendary Memphis studio. Anybody just looking for the hits -- "Crazy Arms," "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "High School Confidential" -- will find this to be too much, but their needs are well-served elsewhere in the countless compilations of these basics. This does something better: it offers a detailed portrait of Jerry Lee's immense talents as an interpreter and song stylist, illustrating how he could bend country, gospel, blues, R&B, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA/Legacy's 2013 collection The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions digs deep into the Killer's earliest years, offering 40 peerless sides from his time at Sam Phillips' legendary Memphis studio. Anybody just looking for the hits -- "Crazy Arms," "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "High School Confidential" -- will find this to be too much, but their needs are well-served elsewhere in the countless compilations of these basics. This does something better: it offers a detailed portrait of Jerry Lee's immense talents as an interpreter and song stylist, illustrating how he could bend country, gospel, blues, R&B, and even Elvis tunes to sound like he was the guy who sang the song first. Yes, this could be heard on Bear Family's seminal 1989 box Classic, but that eight-disc box demands effort. At 40 songs and two discs, The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis speeds on by, dazzling listeners with the depth and breadth of the Killer's classic work. This doesn't tell his whole story -- his Smash/Mercury sides are wonderful in a very different way -- but there was a real need for a collection that explored the Sun sessions in a thorough yet invigorating fashion, which this essential Essential surely does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888837060929
  • Catalog Number: 370609
  • Sales rank: 8,371

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Primary Artist, Piano
Ed Bruce Background Vocals
Hank Garland Guitar
Charlie Rich Background Vocals
Roy Orbison Background Vocals
Scotty Moore Guitar
Cliff Acred Bass
Jack Clement Background Vocals
Buddy Harman Drums
Herman Hawkins Bass
Kelso Herston Guitar
Roland Janes Guitar, Background Vocals
Leo Lodner Bass
Wayne Moss Guitar
Billy Lee Riley Guitar
Brad Suggs Guitar
J.M. Van Eaton Drums
Marvin Hughes Organ
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Bob Moore Bass
J.W. Brown Bass
Bobby Thompson Background Vocals
Bob Strong Background Vocals
Lee Holt Background Vocals
Shirley Sisk Organ
Alice Rumple Background Vocals
Gene Lowery Singers Background Vocals
Morris Tarrant Drums
Vernon Drake Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Colin Escott Photo Courtesy
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Hank Williams Composer
Mark Larson Art Direction
Claude Demetrius Composer
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
J.L. Lewis Arranger, Composer
V. Horton Composer
Hurshel Wiginton Director
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