Label: Mercury - 9295 202 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll
It was Lewis's first album with the label after leaving Sun Records. After his marriage to his year-old cousin Myra and the resulting scandal that ensued when he toured Break-Up - Jerry Lee Lewis - 16 Jerry Lee Lewis Hits in MayLewis was blacklisted from radio and his singles flopped.
Byhe had scored only one minor hit a cover of the Ray Charles song " What'd I Say " and, frustrated by what he saw as Sam Phillips 's indifference, signed with Smash. Although competent, the remakes on The Golden Hits of Jerry Lee Lewis could never measure up to the magic found on his early Sun sides. In his book Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Foundbiographer Joe Bonomo writes at length about the album's shortcomings: "The results were anemic and odd, even four decades down the line. The opening 25 seconds of ' Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On ,' the first number tackled by Jerry Lee at the sessions, reveal the nature of the problem: so crude and essential as recorded by Jack Clement inthe song is garlanded in Nashville with crispy-EQ'ed hi-hat percussion, an intrusive walking electric bass, and a syncopated rhythm guitar that feels like an annoying kid brother tagging along looking for some hijinks.
The reverb applied to Jerry Lee's voice sounds contrived and artificial after Sam Phillips hands-on magic at Union, and sweetened with chirpy female backing singers who were meant to complement but end up sounding as if they'd wandered into the wrong party. I've always been a fan of the original Sun recordings, and I've never felt remakes can match the magic of the originals. The Golden Hits of Jerry Lee Lewis was released on January 1,making the charts briefly before vanishing it peaked at number Another Ghost Rocket - Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers Fink of AllMusic argues that " Great Balls of Fire ," "Whole Lotta Angelina - Piero - Welcome Piero Goin' Break-Up - Jerry Lee Lewis - 16 Jerry Lee Lewis Hits " Breathless " and " High School Confidential " are given an "overall bigger, booming sound with backup vocalists and a brass section, but most would probably still give the originals pre-eminence.
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