The Golden Hits of Jerry Lee Lewis

by: Jerry Lee Lewis

Though the majority of the classic Jerry Lee Lewis hits were recorded for the Sun label, he did manage to resurrect his career and record some fine songs during his tenure on the Smash label. It was during this period that Lewis finally courted and was embraced by his country roots, and The Golden Hits of Jerry Lee Lewis highlights that portion particularly well with the inclusion of "Fools Like Me," "I'll Make It All Up to You," and excellent Hank Williams covers like "You Win Again" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." Not suprisingly, Lewis came off as a true natural in this venture, with his voice emerging as amazingly well-suited to the material -- this is one side of his career that shouldn't be, though too often is, overlooked in the recorded Lewis canon. Of course, like many of the original rock & roll greats, Lewis couldn't keep himself from re-recording all his major hits, with the result being slightly more polished, less immediate-sounding versions that are only slightly inferior to the originals. "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "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 preeminence. Overall, this collection is terribly brief with only ten songs, but still is not a bad place to start for an overview of Lewis' years on Smash records. ~ Matt Fink

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