December 30 — LONG TALL SALLY (LIVE), Jerry Lee Lewis (1964)

img_1553Show me a list of “best live albums” and chances are I know most of them — Duke Ellington’s “Live at Newport,” “Cheap Trick at Budokan” and most anything James Brown recorded at the Apollo. But not until reading Jerry Lee Lewis’ biography was I familiar with the 1960s recording “Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg, Germany.” After becoming an overnight sensation and threatening Elvis’s rein as the King, Lewis’s career tanked when the world learned he had married his 13-year-old third cousin, Myra. But if this book reveals anything, it’s that Jerry Lee is a fighter. On this night in Hamburg, he played like his life depended on it. Finally released stateside just two years ago, Rolling Stone writes that it’s “not an album, it’s a crime scene: Jerry Lee slaughters his rivals in a thirteen-song set that feels like one long convulsion.”


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