The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions

The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Sessions

by Jerry Lee Lewis


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888837060929
catalogNumber: 370609
Rank: 8801

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   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 Lee Lewis   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Colin Escott   Photo Courtesy
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Robert Gordon   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
V. Horton   Composer
Hurshel Wiginton   Director

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