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Jerry Lee Lewis - Last Man Standing

2009-10-27 13:21
Last Man Standing
Don’t be fooled by the fact that most of the songs here are hits penned by his VIP guests. Last Man Standing is Jerry Lee's jam session. He reminds Jimmy Page, Ringo Starr and Little Richard how to roll by putting Led Zep's classic "Rock and Roll", Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" and The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" through his trademark piano-thumping boogie-woogie blender. He shows Springsteen just who’s boss by laying down a hard rocking rhythm 'n bluesy riff on "Pink Cadillac".

Hell, who else could reduce a grandstander like Mick Jagger to belting out some boozy backing vocals on Vegas barfly ballad "Evening Gown"? And then reminisce about chasing whisky, women and song in cowpoke conversations with country outlaws Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.
What, you reckon country music isn’t rock ‘n roll? If Jerry Lee's jamming it sure is. It’s the gospel spirit that guides his Americana cruise with The Band's Robbie Robertson ("Twilight"). It’s the hell fire that flames rampant jukebox joints with John Fogerty ("Travelin' Band") and sprawling blues cruises with BB King ("Hadacol Boogie"), Neil Young ("You Don't Have To Go") and Eric Clapton ("Trouble In Mind"). It's an egomaniacal 'up yours' that teaches Kid Rock how to be a real skirt chaser on a sleaze-soaked rendition of The Stones "Honky Tonk Woman".

Yep, Last Man Standing is an essential reminder of just why Jerry Lee is rock 'n roll's last iconoclast.

How does rock’s original wild man celebrate his 70th birthday? By giving an all-star cast including Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Buddy Guy, BB King, Kid Rock and more a lesson in real rock 'n roll.

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mike 2008-01-02 06:49 PM
iconoclast great review
Andrew 2008-01-03 07:51 AM
classic I agree. Rock music these days hasn't got much of that original fire from the 50s. Too much of today's rock is just product.
Peter 2008-01-03 12:06 PM
Jerry Lee Lewis This is real MUSIC !

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