Monday, February 20, 2006

Lewis Boogie !




About Mr Jackie Powers’ New River Train posted last month, this is what I received :
« Some clarification on Jackie Powers. My Dad is Jackie Gotroe aka Jackie Powers. This is NOT the same guy that yodells. Jackie Powers was my Dad's showbiz name when her recorded for Decca in 1960. He only recorded one single under this name. BTW I am looking for a promo copy of this record if anyone has one. Childs Play/Carolina Moon.

Best,

Jacques Gautreaux
»

Thanx Jacques !

Well, back to business.
A friend asked me which was the best Jerry Lee Lewis’ album for me…
Ok, after the original Sun recordings, the live recording at the Star Club, Hamburg, Germany on April 5, 1964. is the killer album to own.
This album, then, catches his star in the ascendant, at least aesthetically. Accompanied by the then-unknown Nashville Teens (who would later score with "Tobacco Road"), he pays tribute to his Sun records pals Roy Orbison ("Mean Woman Blues") and Carl Perkins ("Matchbox") in addition to delivering definitive versions of his own classics ("Whole Lotta Shakin'," "Great Balls of Fire").
Lewis performs with such an unhinged fervor, it's a wonder he didn't dislocate something on that night in Hamburg (where Grandpa Frost was born actually).
This record represents that point where rockabilly, country and R&B meet, in a blueprint laid out by one of the original rock & roll architects.
In any case, Live at the Star Club is extraordinary -- the purest, hardest rock & roll ever committed to record.
One of the profound pleasures of this record is hearing the band try to run with Jerry Lee, which is exceeded only by the sheer dementia of the Killer's performance; he sounds possessed, hitting the keys so hard it sounds like they'll break, and rocking harder than anybody had before or since. (well maybe me, but that’s another story….ok ok just kidding, I’m not worth it).
Rock & roll is about the fire in the performance, and nothing sounds as fiery as this !

Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential
Jerry Lee Lewis - Money
Jerry Lee Lewis - Lewis Boogie


7 Comments:

Anonymous daveyboy said...

Several months ago on the occasion of the first birthday of your blog, someone mentioned we could spank you now if you did something silly. I see no reason to spank you for presenting Jerry Lee. As-a-matter of fact, here's a little pat on the head.

1:39 PM  
Blogger The DoorKeeper said...

Do it mighty fine gonna make ya shake it
I'll make ya do it and make ya do it until ya break it

Yes Alrighty!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Jerry Lee is deeep-freeze and invasion of the bloodfarmers is one fine flick!

4:02 PM  
Anonymous daveyboy said...

By-the-way Rev. Hope you're feeling better.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous niandi said...

I'm with you Rev....It's one of the best live albums ever and can be picked up for about $ 5...a gift ! The version of Money is definative. Hope you're feeling better.

10:17 AM  
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11:38 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

I do accept that tap on the head with gratitude.

9:01 AM  

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