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.
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 ConfidentialJerry Lee Lewis - MoneyJerry Lee Lewis - Lewis Boogie