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|Jerry Lee Lewis|
Live at Star Club Hamburg
Genres: Pop, Rock
Take one oversize talent with an ego the size of the chip on his shoulder. Put him in front of a frenzied German audience, and set him loose. What do you have? One of the greatest live albums in rock & roll history. Record... more »
Take one oversize talent with an ego the size of the chip on his shoulder. Put him in front of a frenzied German audience, and set him loose. What do you have? One of the greatest live albums in rock & roll history. Recorded in 1964 at the same club where the Beatles cut their teeth, Live at the Star Club, Hamburg captures the Killer when he was on the outs as a recording artist. (It took him years to recover from the scandal that ensued when he wed his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.) Lewis didn't require acceptance, however; he just needed an audience, a piano, and a rhythm section willing to hang on to "old Jerry Lee" for dear life. The repertoire is rife with staples of the day--"Money," "Mean Woman Blues," "Long Tall Sally," "Hound Dog"--but the Killer has no trouble customizing them with his pumping piano and insinuating vocals. "When Jerry does something, I do it mighty good," he boasts in "What'd I Say." No argument here. --Steven Stolder
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Erik T. (Spikesmusic) from BELLINGHAM, WA
Reviewed on 8/20/2010...
I've reviewed many albums over the years, but I remember EXACTLY where I was when I first heard Live at the Star Club. This was audio adrenaline; even though I had a stack of new releases that day, I couldn't stop listening to this. JLL is on fire and the sound is electrifying. If I had a time machine, I'd program it for that night in Hamburg.
I agree with the reviewer who said this may be the greatest live album ever. For those of you on the waiting list, This is one of those rare CDs that if you see it for sale, GRAB IT! It's worth the dough. Even if I back all my music to hard drive eventually, I'd keep this CD because it's irreplaceable. Until Rhino issues it again, this baby's gold.
The most energetic live album ever
TimothyFarrell22 | Massachusetts | 06/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whenever I listen to this, I can feel my heart pumping at a hundred beats a second. No other live album captures the energy and fun of this one. Jerry Lee Lewis was at a low point in his career. After marrying his thirteen year old cousin, he was in exile in the States and was only on the verge on being forgiven by Europe. That didn't however alter his perception that he was the king of rock 'n' roll, which in many ways he was. It certainly didn't stop him from being a wildman on stage, and as crazy as his 50's performances where, he is on top of his game on this recording. He plays his songs with a passion and love for them, and puts more heart and soul into the covers than the original artists probably ever dreamed of. A little bit of ego will carry you a long way, and Jerry's ego is massive on this one, resulting in the most energetic live album there is. "Kick Out the Jams" and "At Folsum Prison" are great, but are incredibly tame compared to this. "At the Apollo 1962" is a good, but not great album. It is considored the greatest live album mainly because it is the most influential. Despite the fact it proved people would buy a live album, it was far from the best. This, folks, it the best. Elvis who? Jerry Lee Lewis never sold his soul to Vegas, and is the true king of rock 'n' roll."
The triumphal return
Tony Thomas | SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL USA | 05/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the early 1960s on to the 1970s, Jerry Lee Lewis was probably doing the best rock and roll ever done by anyone. It is unfortunate that this was not what people were listening to at the time, but we do have this CD. This was done in a triumphant tour where JLL returned to Europe starting out with a tour of Britain that was outstanding.I've seen a film of what was no doubt the greatest single rock and roll performance of all history on that tour, one of the British teen rock shows I was recently informed was a special for Granada Television with Little Richard opening and Jerry Lee Lewis closing. It drove the studio audience into a near riot, drove me into near riot seeing it, unfortunately before I owned a vcr! But we have this performance. Yes Jerry is cocky and Egoistic. The last time he hit Europe he was driven out of England by booing crowds because of his marriage, and when he returned to the USA his entire career fell into a shambles and he was denounced as a moral degenerate, backward "hillbilly" and thrown on the ash heep of history. Even though Lewis's music got better and better, there would be no more number one hits (he had several that went number one in R & B, Pop, and County at the same time!!!)until he went solid country in the middle 1970s. Now he has already conquered England with terrific smashing well reviewed shows and crowds that loved him. Now it is his time to celelbrate. Here he is back, and even though he is just playing with a German pickup band, he is really burning the music out. He is in his element with a hot crowd of people who are drinking, seducing, and partying like there is no tommorrow (and probably no tommorrow but a hangover), and he is rising to the occaision.
This is his glorious triumph, there is no doubt about it when you listen to this rocking and rolling music and here the man talk as only he can. Somehow if Jerry Lee Lewis became modest, I think someone should get him to a doctor and tell him he is THE KILLER and needs to bow his head before no man. He can't stop, like old Johnny Lee Hooker said, the boogie is in him, and it's got to get out. I saw him a couple years ago when he was 65, and he was so hot and strong, that I had to leave the concert hall when he was done, because why would you want anything else to follow him This is one of those CDs you need. Even if you don't have a CD player, buy the CD now, get the player later!"