A quartet of early Smash Records albums from Jerry Lee
Lewis – including some especially smoking live material! First up is Golden Hits – an early moment of Smash Records genius from Jerry Lee
Lewis – a set that was one of his first for the label, after many years at Sun – and a record that definitely sought to leave the new imprint's stamp on the material! As the title implies, most of the tracks are older hits by Jerry – Sun Records material, but recast here with some of the 60s fullness that Smash did so well – although oddly not far from the roots of Sun, given that the whole thing was recorded at the Nashville studios of Sam Phillips, with Billy Sherrill at the engineering deck! Technical details aside, though – Jerry's already starting to show some of those country modes that would set fire to the second chapter of his career – on titles that include "Down The Line", "End Of The Road", "Break Up", "You Win Again", "Crazy Arms", "Fools Like Me", and "I'll Make It Up To You". Live At The Star Club was recorded in Hamburg, Germany – and is an incredible 60s performance from Jerry Lee
Lewis – proof that the man was always on fire when he worked overseas, even if his star had dimmed a bit back home! Jerry gets sharp, tight backings from The Nashville Teens – but the Lewis is center stag
e throughout – really wailing on piano, and singing in this unbridled style that maybe even blows away his early singles – especially when combined with the sense of personality he brings out in a live setting. Titles include "Money", "What'd I Say", "I Got A Woman", "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On", "Long Tall Sally", "Lewis Boogie", and "Matchbox". Greatest Live Show On Earth is a great early live album from the Smash Records years of Jerry Lee
Lewis – and a set that really shows the new fire that was burning for the singer as he moved away from Sun Records! Smash always did a great job with live records – and this one's got a great approach that really captures the enthusiasm of the audience, the intensity of the performance, and all the charms of the man himself! Both Jerry's vocals and piano are very well-recorded – and titles include "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "No Particular Place To Go", "Together Again", "Long Tall Sally", "I Got A Woman", "Memphis", and "Jenny Jenny". On By Request, another live set from 1966 – Jerry's working with the super-tight Memphis Beats, who really manage to keep time with the boundless energy of their leader! Jerry's completely on fire – both vocally, and on the piano – which he completely decimates with fast-moving chords, and the kind of keyboard runs that must have been a piano tuner's nightmare! There's also just a hint of the country that would soon become a much bigger part of Jerry's career – mixed with really strong live versions of early rockin hits. Titles include "Little Queenie", "How's My Ex Treating You", "Money", "Crying Time", "I'll Sail My Ship Alone", "You Win Again", and "Green Green Grass Of Home".