Mercury Southern roots



Mercury Southern roots

Postby Dave McKee » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:51 pm

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Southern Roots (1973)

Meat Man / When A Man Loves A Woman / Hold On I´m Coming / Just A Little Bit / Born To Be A Loser / Haunted House / Blueberry Hill / The Revolutionary Man / Big Blue Diamonds / That Old Bourbon Street Church

After the London experiment Mercury decided to try the same again in Memphis, this time with modern soul luminaries. The results were again mixed though, mostly due to a few very unsuitable songs for Jerry. Meat Man, Just A Little Bit, Born To Be A loser, Big Blue Diamonds & That Old Burbon Street Church are all very worthwhile, but When A Man Loves A Woman & Blueberry Hill are embarassing & The Revolutionary Man has the most annoying backing vocals I've ever heard on a JLL recording (with the possible exception of the 1979 Elektra cut of Rockin' Jerry Lee!). 3 out of 5

Outtakes: Honey Hush / All Over Hell & Half Of Georgia / I Sure Miss Those Good Old Times / Cry / Raining In My Heart / Margie / Silver Threads Among The Gold / Take Your Time

All of the above outtakes (plus a faster Hold On I'm Coming, a longer edit of Haunted House as well as several rehearsals & re-mixes) were finally issued by Bear Family in 1987. Most of these are vastly superior to most of the songs on the original album (& in particular Cry, Raining In My Heart & Margie), & could've greatly enhanced a very patchy album.

This is from an excellent blog by Peter Checksfield. See the whole blog at http://themargatemusicman.blogspot.com/ ... years.html
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Re: MERCURY - Southern Roots

Postby lucasjenke » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:49 pm

I love this album . It shows Jerry from a different , more funky side. Even though I think Honey Hush should have been releasend with Carl Perkins on Guitar
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Re: MERCURY - Southern Roots

Postby PeterC » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:51 pm

lucasjenke wrote:I love this album . It shows Jerry from a different , more funky side. Even though I think Honey Hush should have been releasend with Carl Perkins on Guitar


Yes, I think so too, but (as Andrew as pointed out before) Jerry's never been lucky with that song: the 1957, 1973 & 1974 cuts weren't issued until years later, & the 1980 cut still hasn't been released! All 4 are more than fine imo.
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Re: MERCURY - Southern Roots

Postby Tommy » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:57 pm

There´s a new kind of compilation released now called Good old time on Spotify.

Same content, different looking. Quite good sound:

http://open.spotify.com/album/19N5Z5BA5AhvCNXVM7FJle

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8745026
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Re: MERCURY - Southern Roots

Postby PeterC » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:36 pm

Tommy wrote:There´s a new kind of compilation released now called Good old time on Spotify.

Same content, different looking. Quite good sound:

http://open.spotify.com/album/19N5Z5BA5AhvCNXVM7FJle

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8745026


http://www.jerry-lee-lewis.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=2634
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Re: Mercury Southern roots

Postby PeterC » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:09 am

ALBUM COVER RATING: 2/5

I'm going through Jerry's albums on here and giving marks out of five for the album covers (regardless of the actual content)...

Very cheap looking cover which probably damaged sales of the album (looks like a low budget compilation!).
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