Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg Poll Take 2

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In a low point for ILM, this was tried this a decade ago and got one vote. Since it is quite possibly the greatest live album ever recorded, we should give it a proper poll.

If you have not heard this, you are in for a shock because this rocks like nothing else has ever rocked. Yet what song rocks the most?

Poll Results

High School Confidential 6
Mean Woman Blues 1
Lewis Boogie 1
Down the Line 1
What'd I Say Part 1 0
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 0
Long Tall Sally 0
Hound Dog 0
Your Cheatin' Heart 0
Money 0
Matchbox 0
Great Balls of Fire 0
What'd I Say Part 2 0
Good Golly Miss Molly 0

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 15 April 2018 00:44 (two years ago) link

first instinct is 'High School Confidential'

campreverb, Sunday, 15 April 2018 03:01 (two years ago) link

This is, indeed, shockingly great. Will spin it again before voting, I wish it was twice as long. There's another JLL live album from this era, "The Greatest Live Show", which isn't in the same league.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 15 April 2018 03:02 (two years ago) link

I have this, will dig it out

Mark G, Sunday, 15 April 2018 10:14 (two years ago) link

High School Confidential. Its the wildest track here. Also really like Lewis Boogie and Mean Woman. Great record.

everything, Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:33 (two years ago) link

def the greatest live album ever, the opening of high school confidential here is as exciting as rock'n'roll gets

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:35 (two years ago) link

The Nashville Teens are having as much fun as any band ever. The tracks like High School Confidential and Mean Woman Blues where Jerry Lee is deliberately coming in early on lines, going faster and faster - and they're still holding it. Also love the tracks like Money and Matchbox where they're rolling like a train, just hammering away. You don't hear that heaviness in records from this era often.

everything, Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:06 (two years ago) link

BTW if anyone knows of any other live records from the early 60s or before that are remotely close to this then recommendations welcome.

everything, Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:08 (two years ago) link

Sam Cooke and James Brown are probably the other contenders when it comes to early 60s live LPs.

tylerw, Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:22 (two years ago) link

Voted "Mean Woman Blues" and then immediately realized I should have gone with "High School Confidential." So, I suck.

Jazzbo, Monday, 16 April 2018 18:18 (two years ago) link

The Nashville Teens can barely keep up with him.

Jazzbo, Monday, 16 April 2018 18:19 (two years ago) link

I voted Down The Line and now I regret not voting for Good Golly Miss Molly

kornrulez6969, Monday, 16 April 2018 19:06 (two years ago) link

He sometimes can't keep up with himself - vocals are often ahead of his piano playing. On the fast numbers he band are following the piano and doing a great job. Vocals are all over the place but then he's doing intense, athletic piano stuff so it's surprising he can even sing that good.

The review on Head Heritage compares his relationship with the Nashville Teens to Mark E Smith and later versions of the Fall which is a fun take. No rehearsal, no flourishes, just play the riff.

everything, Monday, 16 April 2018 19:11 (two years ago) link

the instrumental break on Good Golly Miss Molly which is like 5 seconds or something is so good.

everything, Monday, 16 April 2018 19:12 (two years ago) link

the "money" on this one is vicious

tylerw, Monday, 16 April 2018 19:12 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:01 (two years ago) link

never heard this - more of a chuck berry man when I was discovering all these guys - but this is WILD.

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:01 (two years ago) link

An improvement over the first debacle, but 9 votes still feels kinda low for a record as momentous as this one.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:30 (two years ago) link

Well, it is a deep dive album even for rockabilly fans. And our numbers keep thinning out.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 May 2018 01:11 (two years ago) link

if i'd had an "it's all fucking great" option i would have voted

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 4 May 2018 02:03 (two years ago) link

Ha, exactly

Nashville #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 May 2018 02:35 (two years ago) link

I, um, “wasted” my vote on the winner

Nashville #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 May 2018 02:36 (two years ago) link

This is part and parcel with Johnny Cash's prison albums - no nonsense production, no trendy strings, backup singers, etc that appear on their studio work. Just straight to the heart of great, great songs. I wish there were more live albums like this from 50s icons.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 May 2018 13:29 (two years ago) link

Tiger Man by Elvis is fantastic and worth seeking out. It's the comeback special, the part when they sat in a circle and he was wearing the black leather outfit

kornrulez6969, Friday, 4 May 2018 13:52 (two years ago) link

Right, thanks for the reminder, that's definitely my favorite part of the 68 Special, which otherwise had a "Laugh-In with Elvis" feeling at times.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 May 2018 17:40 (two years ago) link

Want! In 2004, Elvis: '68 Comeback Special Deluxe Edition DVD was released. The three disc set contained all the known available footage of the special, outtakes included. A single-disc edition was released in 2006 with the program expanded to 94 minutes, by adding material from the outtakes to the original broadcast.[48]

dow, Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:21 (two years ago) link

Also lists the sit-down as stand-alone.

dow, Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:23 (two years ago) link

About half-way through streaming the first hour of this--despite description, it's not too much talk, there's a whole lotta music goin' on:
May 2nd, 2018
From small town Louisiana to Memphis, from hellfire to honky tonk, we trace the meteoric rise, fall and rebound of rocknroll’s most wayward son—Jerry Lee Lewis. We talk to the Killer about his hits, his misses and being the last man standing of the “Million Dollar Quartet,” which also included Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. Jerry Lee’s sister Frankie Jean Lewis, a.k.a. the Chiller, gives us a tour of the family’s homestead in Ferriday, LA. Natchez, MS bluesman Hezekiah Early shares memories of Haney’s Big House, the Chitlin’ Circuit nightclub where underage Jerry Lee sneaked in to hear boogie woogie. Drummer J.M. Van Eaton describes what it was like to record with the Killer during his early Memphis days. Sun Records publicist Barbara Sims recalls the scandal that derailed the pianoman’s career. And Linda Gail Lewis, nicknamed the Thriller, tells of her brother’s second act as a country star and the string of duets they recorded together, as well as her own career as a pianist and dueting with Van Morrison. Plus, we hear Jerry Lee Lewis’s collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Gillian Welch, among others. All killer, no filler, this week on American Routes.

dow, Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:40 (two years ago) link

Btw, while I have the attention of the, um #9 rockabilly fans of ilx, I highly recommend the out-of-print bio of another artist, Go, Cat, Go: The Life and Times of Carl Perkins, the King of Rockabilly, by David McGee. Really brings back the era, captures Carl's way of speaking, and the cameos by other artists are good as well, iirc.

Nashville #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 May 2018 14:17 (two years ago) link

Etta James Rocks the House (1964) has a similar kind of intensity; she also does "Money" and "What'd I Say" in that set

Josefa, Sunday, 6 May 2018 15:33 (two years ago) link

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