The Essential Sun Records Country Hits

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jerry Lee Lewis' recording career began with Sam Phillips' Sun Records in the 1950s, and classic sides like "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire" made him one of the first and best of the early rock & rollers, but he also recorded a lot of straight country sides for Sun, the best of which are included in this concise 14-track set. Lewis wasn't just moonlighting in country -- from the '60s through the '80s he charted more than 60 country songs, with 19 of those hitting the Top Ten and four of them reaching the number one spot. At Sun, Lewis was paired with producer Jack Clement, who in turn had him work with guitarist Roland Janes and drummer J.M. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jerry Lee Lewis' recording career began with Sam Phillips' Sun Records in the 1950s, and classic sides like "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire" made him one of the first and best of the early rock & rollers, but he also recorded a lot of straight country sides for Sun, the best of which are included in this concise 14-track set. Lewis wasn't just moonlighting in country -- from the '60s through the '80s he charted more than 60 country songs, with 19 of those hitting the Top Ten and four of them reaching the number one spot. At Sun, Lewis was paired with producer Jack Clement, who in turn had him work with guitarist Roland Janes and drummer J.M. Van Eaton -- Lewis' strong left hand at the piano rendered a bass player irrelevant -- and the trio made everything count. Listeners familiar only with Lewis' gospel-inspired rock & roll rave-ups may well be startled at what a refined and nuanced country singer he was, and it's no accident that his later and subsequent musical career has been more based in country than rock. Lewis has repeatedly listed his strongest musical influences as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, and it's easy to see the truth in that with the tracks presented here. Sides like his version of Rodgers' "Waiting for a Train" and Williams' "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You" are crisply played and wonderfully sung, and will be a revelation to those only familiar with Lewis' more rambunctious rock & roll releases. The phrase "a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll" was made for this guy -- he did both with proper spirit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206702323
  • Catalog Number: 067023
  • Sales rank: 91,003

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Charlie Rich Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Charlie Feathers Composer
Bill Justis Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Ronnie Self Composer
Arlie Carter Composer
Stan Kesler Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
William Warren Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Les Leverett Photo Courtesy
Steve Massie Mastering
Vic McAlpin Composer
Bill Taylor Composer
Robin Chilton Composer
Tommy Certain Composer
Alton Harkins Composer
Stanley Kesler Composer
Laurence Zwisohn Producer, Liner Notes
Red West Composer
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