Is there an early rock & roller who has a crazier reputation than the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis? His exploits as a piano-thumping, egocentric wild man with an unquenchable thirst for living have become the fodder for numerous biographies, film documentaries, and a full-length Hollywood movie.
Time Life is proud to offer the first-ever career-spanning collection of 19 unforgettable live performances from the '50s through the '70s by Jerry Lee Lewis. This includes his greatest hits such as, "Breathless," "Great Balls of Fire," and "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On." The bonus material includes one of the most comprehensive and revealing interviews with Jerry Lee Lewis.
Sam Phillips didn't record anybody else the way he recorded Jerry Lee Lewis. With other artists, he pushed and prodded, taking his time to discover the qualities that made them uniquely human, but with Jerry Lee, he just turned the tape on and let the Killer rip. There was no need to sculpt because Lewis arrived at Sun Studios fully formed, ready to lean back and play anything that crossed his mind. Over the course of seven years, that's more or less how things were run at Sun: Lewis would sit at the piano and play, singing songs that were brought to him and songs that crossed his mind, and Sam never stopped rolling the tape.