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The Killer Live (1964-1970)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O Select's triple-disc 2012 set The Killer Live 1964-1970 fills a bit of a gap in Jerry Lee's archival discography by rounding up his four officially released live albums for Smash and Mercury: Live at the Star Club, Hamburg and The Greatest Live Show on Earth, both released in 1964; By Request: More of the Greatest Live Show on Earth from 1966; and Live at the International, Las Vegas in 1970. The Killer Live expands these four LP by adding 16 bonus tracks, ten of which are previously unreleased, all of which are equally as good as the finished albums -- and that means they're terrific, as good as rock & roll music gets. That is particularly true of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O Select's triple-disc 2012 set The Killer Live 1964-1970 fills a bit of a gap in Jerry Lee's archival discography by rounding up his four officially released live albums for Smash and Mercury: Live at the Star Club, Hamburg and The Greatest Live Show on Earth, both released in 1964; By Request: More of the Greatest Live Show on Earth from 1966; and Live at the International, Las Vegas in 1970. The Killer Live expands these four LP by adding 16 bonus tracks, ten of which are previously unreleased, all of which are equally as good as the finished albums -- and that means they're terrific, as good as rock & roll music gets. That is particularly true of Live at the Star Club, by many measures a serious contender for the best live album ever made, and if the other three records aren't quite as galvanizing as this furious set -- so heated that the Killer berates his backing band the Nashville Teens for not quite keeping up -- well, that's an unfair comparison as so few sets could measure up. The two Greatest Live Show on Earth LPs and Live at the International showcases are different affairs. The Greatest Live Show LPs are a shade less frenzied but in a similar vein to Star Club -- they're hard rock & roll albums tempered with a bit of R&B and country. Conversely, the Vegas LP appropriately showcases a Killer with a bit more showbiz pizzazz, rooted in country -- his big hits are bypassed in favor of his honky tonk late-'60s hits and his covers, both classic "San Antonio Rose" and contemporary Tom T. Hall's "The Ballad of Forty Dollars", are country -- but given a slightly splashy rocking spin, all sounding unmistakably like Jerry Lee, just like the harder-rocking boogie of a few years earlier does. There's not a bad performance here -- it's all on a sliding scale from great to transcendent, so don't let the transportive stuff let you overlook the merely excellent music. Just bask in the glory of the Killer and enjoy every precious note on this superb set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602527993140
  • Catalog Number: 001674902
  • Sales rank: 20,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mean Woman Blues (4:00)
  2. 2 High School Confidential (2:25)
  3. 3 Money (4:35)
  4. 4 Matchbox (2:46)
  5. 5 What'd I Say (5:20)
  6. 6 Great Balls of Fire (1:48)
  7. 7 Good Golly Miss Molly (2:19)
  8. 8 Lewis Boogie (1:55)
  9. 9 Your Cheatin' Heart (3:03)
  10. 10 Hound Dog (2:28)
  11. 11 Long Tall Sally (1:52)
  12. 12 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On (4:28)
  13. 13 Down the Line (3:00)
  14. 14 Jenny Jenny (3:03)
  15. 15 Who Will the Next Fool Be (4:06)
  16. 16 Memphis (3:22)
  17. 17 Houng Dog (1:54)
  18. 18 Mean Woman Blues (3:03)
  19. 19 High Heel Sneakers (3:38)
  20. 20 No Particular Place to Go (3:05)
  21. 21 Together Again (3:32)
  22. 22 Long Tall Sally (2:15)
  23. 23 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (5:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Introduction (0:38)
  2. 2 Little Queenie (2:24)
  3. 3 How's My Ex Treating You (4:44)
  4. 4 Johnny B. Goode (3:23)
  5. 5 Green Green Grass of Home (3:25)
  6. 6 What's I Say, Pt. 2 (6:02)
  7. 7 You Win Again (3:58)
  8. 8 I'll Sail My Ship Alone (3:28)
  9. 9 Cryin' Time (2:51)
  10. 10 Money (4:51)
  11. 11 Roll Over Beethoven (3:07)
  12. 12 She Even Woke Me to Say Goodbye (3:19)
  13. 13 Jambalaya (1:56)
  14. 14 She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left of Me) (2:53)
  15. 15 Drinkin' Champagne (3:36)
  16. 16 San Antonio Rose (3:28)
  17. 17 Once More with Feeling (2:45)
  18. 18 Band Introductions (0:36)
  19. 19 When You Wore a Tulip (3:06)
  20. 20 Take These Chains from My Heart (2:53)
  21. 21 The Ballad of Forty Dollars (3:19)
  22. 22 Flip, Flop and Fly (2:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Blue Suede Shoes (2:41)
  2. 2 Crazy Arms (3:37)
  3. 3 Lovin' Up a Storm (3:16)
  4. 4 Mean Woman Blues (4:03)
  5. 5 What I'd Say, Pts. 1-2 (9:41)
  6. 6 Down the Line/I'm Movin' On (3:37)
  7. 7 Shoeshine Man (3:23)
  8. 8 Invitation to Your Party (2:07)
  9. 9 San Antonio Rose (2:49)
  10. 10 Homecoming (3:50)
  11. 11 Once More with Feeling (2:34)
  12. 12 Stagger Lee (2:40)
  13. 13 Got You on My Mind Again (3:00)
  14. 14 Great Balls of Fire (0:50)
  15. 15 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Lee Lewis Primary Artist, Piano
Charlie Freeman Guitar
John Hanken Drums
Herman Hawkins Bass
Kenny Lovelace Fiddle, Guitar, Background Vocals
Ray Phillips Bass
Morris "Tarp" Tarrant Drums
Edward DeBruhl Bass
Linda Gail Lewis Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Shannon Guitar
John Allen Guitar
Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. Tambourine, Background Vocals
Neil Gail Davis Steel Guitar
Larry Allan Nichols Organ
James Albert "Buck" Hutcheson Guitar
David "Dan" Daniels Organ
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Henry Bernard Composer
Roy Dea Producer
Mike Fink Art Direction
Doug Gilmore Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Jack Hammer Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Stan Kesler Composer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Shelby Singleton Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Mitchell Cohen Liner Notes
Luther Dixon Composer
Linda Gail Lewis Duet
Richard Penniman Composer
Nick Tosches Source Material
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Claude Demetrius Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Harold Logan Composer
Jack Mahoney Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Henry Thurston Composer
Lou Willie Turner Composer
Morry Burns Composer
Robert Gordon Source Material
Ron Hargrave Composer
Michele Horie Producer, Art Direction
Bill Taylor Composer
Clarence E. "Hank" Snow Composer
Curly Putnam Composer
David "Curly" Williams Composer
Siggi Loch Producer
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Charles Calhoun Composer
Bill Mack Smith Composer
Teresa Tsuzaki Licensing
Joe Bonomo Source Material
Charles Seals Composer
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Allyson Khant Composer
Sonny David Composer
Percy Wenricht Composer
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