Monday, December 25, 2006

Jerry Lee Lewis - Last Man Standing (2006)

Back in the 1950's Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the pioneers of a wild new musical style called rock 'n' roll. 50 Years later 'The Killer' litteraly is the last man standing, since all of his peers have passed away (like the equally legendary 50's rockers Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison). Backed-up by a host of some of the biggest artists from the past decades - like rockers Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Robbie Robertson (The Band) and blues legend BB King - Jerry Lee agreed to record a collection of duets.

Last Man Standing is a celebration of 'that old style rock 'n' roll' – classic Lewis songs in te vein of his earlier work: an energetic mix of vintage rockabilly, country, blues and New Orleans jazz. Lewis, now 71 years old, still sounds as vigourous and outrageous as he did when he was in his 20's... Listening to Last Man Standing is like stepping into a time machine: apart from the great production value, little effort has been made to make the songs sound more contemporary. It's the same kind of music Jerry Lee used to play over a decade ago, yet it still sounds really fresh and not in the least bit outdated. So in a way, Jerry Lee seems to tell us that the musical style he helped te create back in the mid-50's is in every way as timeless as classic jazz or blues.
A highly recommended release!

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