Lewis rocks with spirited performances of some classic upbeat tunes and offers heartfelt interpretations of country standards on these two albums collected together on a single compact disc.
2 LPs on 1 CD: ROCKIN' RHYTHM & BLUES (1969)/THE GOLDEN CREAM OF THE COUNTRY
ROCKIN' RHYTHM & BLUES originally released on Sun (107). THE GOLDEN CREAM OF THE COUNTRY originally released on Sun (108). Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Along with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis pioneered the rock & roll sound of the '50s with his early recordings for Sun Records. Reissue specialist Collectables has paired two original Sun packages on this single disc. Lewis's frenzied piano style, equal parts barrelhouse and Little Richard, merged blues, country, and an unidentified third party to create a wholly unique and original style that we've come to know as rock & roll.
The ROCKIN' RHYTHM & BLUES album finds Lewis adding his raucous touch to tunes by Fats Domino, Roy Brown, Chuck Berry, and other early rock & roll giants. In contrast, THE GOLDEN CREAM OF THE COUNTRY is where Lewis explores a different side of his musical makeup. Here he tackles tunes by the likes of Hank Williams with aplomb. Instead of a straight country treatment, Lewis rocks it up a bit, adding some groove and sway to "Cold, Cold Heart" and others. This twofer handily represents two different facets of Jerry Lee's unique style.