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ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS - FIRST TIME ON VINYL 1-LP, 180 gram Vinyl-LP, 14 tracks, Total... more

Jerry Lee Lewis: I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl)

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS - FIRST TIME ON VINYL

1-LP, 180 gram Vinyl-LP, 14 tracks, Total playing time approx. 32:25 minutes.

  • NEW to LP – never released before 12'' vinyl albums!
  • For the first time in more than a generation: two entirely new vinyl Jerry Lee Lewis Sun LPs to celebrate!
  • A total of 28 stunningly different recordings, never been pressed onto vinyl before!
  • Containing different versions of songs such as It’ll be Me, Put Me Down, and Good Golly Miss Molly.
  • Plus ’alternates’ of his million selling rock hits from the ’50s.
  • Plus the top ten Sun International ’country comeback’ releases from the ’60s.
  • Perfectly mastered for vinyl reproduction.
  • Liner notes by Jerry Lee Lewis expert, Andrew McRae.
The concluding three tracks on this album, 'One Minute Past Eternity', 'Invitation To Your Party' and 'I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye', are representative of what was arguably the most productive single day that Jerry Lee Lewis ever spent in a recording studio, namely 28th August 1963. The casual observer might, with good reason, actually think of this time as being somewhere about the low-point of a decade during which Jerry Lee appeared to be very much stuck in the music industry doldrums. Between his precipitous fall from grace in May 1958 and his no less impressive 'country comeback' some ten years later, very little of lasting significance, with the notable exception of a pair of stunning 'live' LPs, appeared to have been achieved on his part in the record business. Nonetheless, it was on that late summer day in 1963, the last occasion upon which Lewis would perform under contract to 'Sun Records', these three major country music hits, all of them destined to be top ten records, were cut in Memphis. It will be apparent to discerning listeners, however, that these tapes are not the actual hit recordings first heard courtesy of the opportunistic Shelby Singleton and his new 'Sun International' label in 1969 and 1970. In like manner with the companion 'Bear Family' LP 'In The Beginning': which relates to Jerry Lee's first three years at 'Sun Records', every track on this album is new to vinyl;
nothing here has been released in this format before, and all bar three of the tracks were first published as recently as 2015 on 'bear Family's 18 disc collection, 'Jerry Lee Lewis At Sun Records — The Collected Works: What The Hell Else Do You Need?'

Prior to the August 1963 denouement, Jerry Lee's tireless yet increasingly fruitless attempt to craft a hit record of equal eminence to his landmark 1957/58 hits, be it in the 'new' Sun studio at 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, or in the Phillips studio in Nashville, witnessed him covering a remarkable variety of songs. The panoply of failed endeavour is reflected broadly on this new LP, ranging as it does from the revival of material originally performed by talents as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, to titles which originated in the nineteenth century 'minstrel' tradition.
But it was by virtue of an unheralded trio of 'country-pop' numbers, initially dismissed as being unworthy of a contemporary release, that commercial success would eventually be found. The party at SUN might indeed be over, but Jerry Lee was by no means ready to say good-bye.

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  • Interpret: Jerry Lee Lewis

  • Album titlle: I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Price code BAF
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 5397102180279

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Lewis, Jerry Lee - I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl) LP 1
01 Old Black Joe (1)
02 Bonnie B (7)
03 As Long As I Live (1)
04 I Can't Help It (You Can't Help It) (1)
05 Sweet Little Sixteen (1) [take 2]
06 How's My Ex Treating You (3)
07 Hong Kong Blues (3) [take 4]
01 Waiting For A Train (22)
02 I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore) (1)
03 Good Golly Miss Molly (1)
04 Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (1)
05 One Minute Past Eternity (1)
06 Invitation To Your Party (4)
07 I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (1)
Jerry Lee Lewis rocks. Well, of course he does. "I come out feet first and been jumpin'... more
"Jerry Lee Lewis"

Jerry Lee Lewis rocks.

Well, of course he does. "I come out feet first and been jumpin' ever since," he has told interviewers for many years. He has been rocking for as long as most of us can remember, and now his face is a personal geography that speaks of the toll that rock 'n' roll can exact.

Rock 'n' roll music and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle; Jerry Lee has done as much as anyone to define both. The miles, the wives, the hits, the pills. He has lived and sung without compromise. Surely no one has damned the torpedoes more often, and lived to tell. He saw his career rise meteorically, plummet meteorically, and rise again.

True talent cannot be denied. "Other people," says Jerry, "they practice and they practice. These fingers of mine, they got brains in 'em. You don't TELL them what to do - THEY do it." There are but four stylists in music, he'll tell you: Jimmie Rodgers, Al Jolson, Hank Williams, and himself. It was a foregone conclusion that Jerry Lee Lewis would be a charter inductee to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis & Sam Phillips

Fifty years ago as of this writing, Jerry Lee Lewis and his father, Elmo, drove up from Ferriday, Louisiana to see Mister Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Jerry Lee was sure that Phillips would understand him. He'd been turned away in Nashville, yet Phillips would see his potential. They were destined to come together: Lewis the former divinity student tortured by an unfathomable religion, and Phillips the former mortician's assistant who had persuaded unlettered country folk to give up their dead. Jerry Lee's indomitable mother, Mamie, had stopped him from listening to records because she didn't want him to sound like anyone else. Every day, Jerry Lee would pound the old Starck upright, slowly discovering something that was truly his.

A little boogie woogie, a little gospel, a little Hank Williams, and a little beerjoint blues. The Lewises lived in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Jerry Lee was born there on September 29, 1935. Six months after his cousin, Jimmy Swaggart. He was twenty-one when he arrived in Memphis. Telling the people at Sun Records that he played piano like Chet Atkins. Sam Phillips encouraged him to write songs, but the only tangible result was the B-side of his first record, End Of The Road.

Phillips copyrighted it without realizing that it had been loosely adapted from Ballard McDonald and James Handley's 1922 song At The End Of The Road. The only other song from Jerry Lee's pen on this collection is the monumentally egotistical Lewis Boogie. For Jerry, about Jerry, and by Jerry.  

 

SUN Records

Very quickly, Sam Phillips saw that, unlike Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis would interpret rather than write. He would reveal himself to us through the words of others. Phillips also understood that he must let Lewis plunder the musical reliquary in his head before encouraging him to return to the one song out of ten or twenty that held promise.

That's how Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On came to be recorded. Jerry Lee had probably heard Roy Hall play it at an after-hours club in Nashville (Hall claimed to be the mysterious co-writer 'Sunny David' although that seems very unlikely).

In the opening four bars, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sam Phillips made the piano into a percussion instrument. In feeding the signal back upon itself at just the right increment of tape delay. Phillips fattened the sound to the point that the record throbs with its own hypnotic life by the time J. M. Van Eaton's drums come in.

 

Jerry Lee's first hit

Van Eaton is exactly where he needs to be: it's textbook stuff, and Van Eaton wrote the textbook. In the two or so years that Jerry Lee had been fooling with Shakin', he had refashioned it in his image. Stripping away the opening couplet and inserting a half-spoken segment before storming back to close with a triumphant glissando. Wondrous and imperishable. It became Jerry Lee's second record and first hit. The record was pegging out half-way up the charts when Jerry made his first networked television appearance on 'The Steve Allen Show'. It was a landmark date in the history of rock 'n' roll; Sunday July 28, 1957.

He hammered the piano, eyes fixed above with messianic intensity. He glared at the camera with wild-eyed fury. "Whose barn? MAH barn!" Shakin' resumed its upward movement, eventually peaking at #3. The entertainment business realized that Jerry Lee was an up-and-coming act and he was offered a cameo movie appearance. It's a testament to his genius that he took a slight song manufactured for an equally slight movie, 'Jamboree,'and transformed it into one of the era's classics.

That song, of course, was Great Balls Of Fire. Carl Perkins and the movie's other stars had already turned it down, but it became Jerry Lee's defining moment. His biggest pop hit. Some claim to hear a rhythm guitar, but it's essentially Jerry Lee Lewis and drummer J. M. Van Eaton. If there's a third instrument, it's Sam Phillips' reverberation, adding depth and presence.

Great Balls Of Fire

Two New York-based R&B songwriters, Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer, had written Great Balls Of Fire and were offered a chance at the follow-up. Blackwell came up with Breathless while Hammer presented Milkshake Mademoiselle. Blackwell got the nod, and Milkshake Mademoiselle was left for wideeyed European researchers to find some fifteen years later. Blackwell's submission was yet another 'exclamation' song, and Sam Phillips engineered a promotional tie-in between television.

Host Dick Clark and Beechnut chewing gum in which kids could send in 50 cents and five Beechnut wrappers to receive a 'free' autographed copy of Breathless. Everyone at Sun's tiny operation, including lesser artists, were put to work autographing and mailing Jerry Lee's records. The television appearances jump-started the single, and it eventually rose to #7. Jerry Lee's last Top 20 hit was the title song for another quickie exploitation movie, 'High School Confidential'. Starring Mamie Van Doren (whose website has to be visited to be believed).

It was supposed to be an exposé of the high school drug problem. (yes there was a high school drug problem in 1958) The song was written by Ron Hargrave, a struggling MGM recording artist and protégé of Lou Costello (Hargrave can be seen in Abbott & Costello's last movie, 'Dance With Me Henry'). Try as he might, Hargrave couldn't quite work the title into the song, and had to surrender half of his writer's share to Jerry Lee. In the movie, Jerry performed the song on the back of a flatbed truck. It was released just as he left for a tour of England in May 1958.

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Great Vol.2 LP with alternative takes. Great sound.
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Indispensable for any fan of Jerry Lee.

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Tracklist
Lewis, Jerry Lee - I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl) LP 1
01 Old Black Joe (1)
02 Bonnie B (7)
03 As Long As I Live (1)
04 I Can't Help It (You Can't Help It) (1)
05 Sweet Little Sixteen (1) [take 2]
06 How's My Ex Treating You (3)
07 Hong Kong Blues (3) [take 4]
01 Waiting For A Train (22)
02 I Can't Trust Me (In Your Arms Anymore) (1)
03 Good Golly Miss Molly (1)
04 Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (1)
05 One Minute Past Eternity (1)
06 Invitation To Your Party (4)
07 I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (1)