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Jerry Lee Lewis: The Ballads Of Jerry Lee Lewis (CD)

1-CD (Digipak) with 24-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time approx. 72 minutes.

  • With 'Ballads' Bear Family presents the soulful and sentimental side of the Killer.
  • 27 beautiful Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country ballads recorded between 1956 and 1963 for Sun Records.
  • Songs by Charlie Rich, Hank Williams and others as well as selected favorites from the Tin Pan Alley catalogue.
  • Elegant digipak with extensive booklet and detailed liner notes by Chicago music expert Bill Dahl.

No certified 1950s legend rocked harder than Jerry Lee Lewis. His immortal Sun Records hits stand among the cornerstones of rock 'n' roll, and Bear Family has spotlighted those classics on plenty of seminal LP and CD packages over the years. But the Killer loved country and rock ‘n’ roll ballads too—tears-in-your-beer weepers that he delivered with the same swaggering panache that he brought to his pulverizing rockers. 

He revived his career in 1968 by re-embracing that side of his persona, but even during his Sun glory years, Lewis prolifically delivered quality ballads—as this new collection, spanning 1956-1963, generously underscores. Jerry Lee rolls through gems by Hank Williams (one of his primary heroes), in-house bard Charlie Rich, a couple of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts and a taste of the blues, and anything else that might have struck his free-wheeling fancy during his unbeatable Sun tenure. 

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  • Interpret: Jerry Lee Lewis

  • Album titlle: The Ballads Of Jerry Lee Lewis (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

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  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 5397102175442

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Lewis, Jerry Lee - The Ballads Of Jerry Lee Lewis (CD) CD 1
01 Crazy Arms Jerry Lee Lewis
02 Invitation To Your Party Jerry Lee Lewis
03 Born To Lose Jerry Lee Lewis
04 I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You Jerry Lee Lewis
05 Tomorrow Night Jerry Lee Lewis
06 I'm The Guilty One Jerry Lee Lewis
07 Fools Like Me Jerry Lee Lewis
08 Will The Circle Be Unbroken Jerry Lee Lewis
09 Sail Away (with Charlie Rich) Jerry Lee Lewis
10 Set My Mind At Ease (Stereo) Jerry Lee Lewis
11 I'll Make It All Up To You Jerry Lee Lewis
12 It Hurts Me So Jerry Lee Lewis
13 Love Letters In The Sand Jerry Lee Lewis
14 How's My Ex Treating You Jerry Lee Lewis
15 You Win Again Jerry Lee Lewis
16 I Know What It Means Jerry Lee Lewis
17 Turn Around Jerry Lee Lewis
18 The Balad Of Billy Joe Jerry Lee Lewis
19 It All Depends Jerry Lee Lewis
20 Love On Broadway Jerry Lee Lewis
21 Seasons Of My Heart (with Linda Gail Lewis) Jerry Lee Lewis
22 Someday Jerry Lee Lewis
23 That Lucky Old Sun Jerry Lee Lewis
24 Cold Cold Heart Jerry Lee Lewis
25 Love Made A Fool Of Me Jerry Lee Lewis
26 Goodnight Irene Jerry Lee Lewis
27 I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye Jerry Lee Lewis
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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2 Nov 2020

Eine der wohl ungewöhnlichsten Veröffentlichungen rund um den „Killer“ und zugleich die Rock'n'Roll-Legende JERRY LEE LEWIS

Eine der wohl ungewöhnlichsten Veröffentlichungen rund um den „Killer“ und zugleich die Rock'n'Roll-Legende JERRY LEE LEWIS legt mal wieder Bear Family Records vor, indem sie seine ruhigen Songs und alle Balladen, jenseits von „Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On“ und „Great Balls Of Fire“, der Jahre 1956 bis 1963 zusammentrugen und auf diesem über 70 Minuten langen und 27 Songs sowie ein 34-seitiges Booklet umfassenden Sampler veröffentlichten. „The Ballads Of JERRY LEE LEWIS“ offenbart uns die ungewöhnlich ruhige Seite eines „killer“mäßigen Rock'n'Rollers.

19 Oct 2020

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Der Killer mochte ebenfalls gefühlvolle Rock ‘n’ Roll- und Country-Balladen, tränenreiche, bierselige Songs, die er mit dem gleichen überschwänglichen Elan, der seinen wuchtigen Rockern innewohnt, rüberbrachte

14 Oct 2020

Tolle Balladen von Jerry Lee Lewis

Die Soundqualität ist überragend!

7 Sep 2020

A lovely compilation - shows what a great voice Jerry Lee had back in those days!

Jerry Lee Lewis really has a great ballad voice and my personal fave was and is always 'I'll Make It Up To You' and 'It Hurts Me So'! It's really worth checking on the softer sides of artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and it really proofs what a great musician he was and is!

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Tracklist
Lewis, Jerry Lee - The Ballads Of Jerry Lee Lewis (CD) CD 1
01 Crazy Arms
02 Invitation To Your Party
03 Born To Lose
04 I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
05 Tomorrow Night
06 I'm The Guilty One
07 Fools Like Me
08 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
09 Sail Away (with Charlie Rich)
10 Set My Mind At Ease (Stereo)
11 I'll Make It All Up To You
12 It Hurts Me So
13 Love Letters In The Sand
14 How's My Ex Treating You
15 You Win Again
16 I Know What It Means
17 Turn Around
18 The Balad Of Billy Joe
19 It All Depends
20 Love On Broadway
21 Seasons Of My Heart (with Linda Gail Lewis)
22 Someday
23 That Lucky Old Sun
24 Cold Cold Heart
25 Love Made A Fool Of Me
26 Goodnight Irene
27 I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye