Collection Suggestions?



Collection Suggestions?

Postby spectrefate » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:12 pm

Hello all,

New member here. First Post. Seems like you guys have some great JLL collections. So I suppose I am an amateur collector of JLL music (only been collecting for about 10 years).

Here's what I have in a nutshell:

18 original Greatest Hits
Sun Essentials (4 disc box set)
Classic Box Set (Bear Family)
The Locust Years Box Set
Mercury Smashes Box Set
Young Blood
Killer:The Mercury Years (Vol 1: 1963-1968)
Great Balls of Fire (Movie Soundtrack)
Killer Country (Compilation)



I have some redundancy which I plan to remedy, but what are some other ESSENTIAL releases that I should pick up to have a respectable collection?


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Postby Piet » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:17 pm

You can start by buying "Last Man Standing", it will be cheap in the shops.

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Postby bailbath » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:48 pm

Jerry Lee Lewis at the star club.
The session.
Jerry Lee Lewis - Electra.
Last Man Standing LIVE DVD
Welcome to the forum 8)
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Postby Andrew McRae » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:06 am

Jerry Lee Lewis at the star club.
The session.
Jerry Lee Lewis - Electra.
Last Man Standing LIVE DVD


The most serious omission, to add to those identified by Ian, is perhaps

The Greatest Live Show on Earth

I suggest you seek out the Bear Family CD issue which, in addition to the 1964 Birmingham Alabama performance, will also give you the rest of the available songs from the Fort Worth show from two years later (some of which you already have on the Locust Years set)

Even if you haven't got a record player, get on ebay and treat yourself to an original vinyl copy as well, so you can appreciate the iconic LP cover!!

"Jerry Lee Lewis - Electra" - available on CD as part of th Warner Bros set "Rockin' My LIfe Away" (which also includes the best of the other two Elektra LPs)

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Postby peterchecksfield » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:37 am

Not sure how easy they are to find, but also well worth getting are the two CDs from the 1982-1984 MCA, 'Honky Tonk Rock & Roll Piano Man' & 'Pretty Much Country'.

Try also:

'Survivors' (live performance with Cash & Perkins)

'Class of '55' (with Cash, Perkins & Orbison)

'Rocket' (1986 studio recordings, first issued in 1988)
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Postby Andrew McRae » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:46 am

Try also:

'Survivors' (live performance with Cash & Perkins)

'Class of '55' (with Cash, Perkins & Orbison)


If you put the above in the frame, as Peter sensibly suggests, then perhaps you'll also need another 1980s 'collaboration' called "Four Legends" - the other three legends being Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce, and Faron Young. For my money, this one's the best of these 'get-togethers'. But, talking of money, this one will set you back a bit as it's hard to find (though there is a copy on French ebay at present) and you'll also need that record player I mentioned as, thus far, it's not been released on CD!

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Postby peterchecksfield » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:30 am

Andrew McRae wrote:...perhaps you'll also need another 1980s 'collaboration' called "Four Legends" - the other three legends being Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce, and Faron Young. For my money, this one's the best of these 'get-togethers'...


I agree, a very under-rated (but seldom heard) album!

And if you are going to buy vinyl, then you really need the 2nd & 3rd Elektra albums from 1980: 'When Two Worlds Collide' & 'Killer Country' (the latter starts with 'Folsom Prison Blues', & is not to be confused with any other albums with that title!). I still think these are two of the finest albums of his career.
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Postby Amadeu » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:36 am

peterchecksfield wrote:Not sure how easy they are to find, but also well worth getting are the two CDs from the 1982-1984 MCA, 'Honky Tonk Rock & Roll Piano Man' & 'Pretty Much Country'.

Try also:

'Survivors' (live performance with Cash & Perkins)

'Class of '55' (with Cash, Perkins & Orbison)

'Rocket' (1986 studio recordings, first issued in 1988)


I 'm not agree with Class of 55.I think is a weak album (including Jerry lee)
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ESSENTIAL!

Postby Amadeu » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:39 am

If you want something ESSENTIAL you need

JERRY LEE LEWIS LIVE IN ENGLAND (1983) (DVD/VHS in Odeon, London

Maybe the Jerry Lee performing nearest to the perfection!
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Postby Bobby McGee » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:43 am

peterchecksfield wrote: 'Killer Country' (the latter starts with 'Folsom Prison Blues', & is not to be confused with any other albums with that title!).


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Postby peterchecksfield » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:47 am

JerryLeeJnr wrote:
peterchecksfield wrote:Not sure how easy they are to find, but also well worth getting are the two CDs from the 1982-1984 MCA, 'Honky Tonk Rock & Roll Piano Man' & 'Pretty Much Country'.

Try also:

'Survivors' (live performance with Cash & Perkins)

'Class of '55' (with Cash, Perkins & Orbison)

'Rocket' (1986 studio recordings, first issued in 1988)


I 'm not agree with Class of 55.I think is a weak album (including Jerry lee)


I think it's a bit weak too, but there's far weaker tracks than 'Sixteen Candles' on those boxsets...
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Postby rockin532000 » Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:50 pm

The "class of 55" album has really grown on me (if that's the right expression). In the beginning I did not like it that much but in the meantime I really like almost all of the songs on it and also they way they are sung.

And not to forget the video made with Ron Wood and Jerry.

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Postby Key_Okuna » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:06 pm

Well, I recommend you the "classic" concerts that most of us have:

Video:
-London 1983 (It's only in VHS, but you can watch the whole concert in my youtube channel www.youtube.com/jerryleerules)
-Austin, TX 1983
-Greatest Live Performances of the 50s, 60s and 70s
-Last Man Standing (2006)
-Orlando 1986
-London 1989
-Toronto 1969

Audio:
-Live in the Star Club (1964)
-The definitive collection
-The Session (1973)
-Great Balls of Fire (1989)
And then there are a lot of box sets with lots of songs.
Visit my youtube channel and find some good JLL videos!
http://www.youtube.com/jerryleerules
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Postby spectrefate » Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:28 am

peterchecksfield wrote:Not sure how easy they are to find, but also well worth getting are the two CDs from the 1982-1984 MCA, 'Honky Tonk Rock & Roll Piano Man' & 'Pretty Much Country'.


Peter,
Do you these contain all of the MCA early 80's sessions or just essential highlights?


Also, rather than start another thread, didn't Jerry Lee have a minor hit in the 80's with a music video? I vaguely remember MTV showing a JLL video in the mid 80's of a contemporary song. I wonder if it was Sixteen Candles? Anyone have any insight?

I originally thought that it was "Hold On Tight to Your Dreams" but that was just Jeff Lynne and ELO trying to sound like classic JLL, IMO. :)
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