Jerry Lee Lewis - Southern Roots


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ABFM 18011
EAN: 5397102180118
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP


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180-gram gatefold double LP mastered from the original analog tapes

Direct metal master cut

The legendary 1974 sessions form the Trans Maximus Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring Jerry Lee Lewis —vocals/piano, backed by Stax studio catts and members of the Blues Brothers band, and Booker T. & The MGs (Steve Cropper - guitar, Donald 'Duck' Dunn - bass, Al Jackson Jr. - drums), Carl Perkins - guitar, Tony Joe White - guitar, The Memphis Horns, a.m.o.

At long last here are the original session tapes that produced Jerry Lee Lewis' 1974 'Southern Roots' LP. Produced by Huey Meaux, a fellow Louisiana wildman, the final results reveal what happens when two fiery, free-spirited forces lock horns in the studio.

Meaux had just gotten out of prison and had a reputation you wouldn't want in your family tree. Separately, Meaux and Lewis each spelled trouble in a big way and could be impossible to work with. Together? God knows what would happen. The results could be an utter disaster or a stroke of genius. As Meaux later observed, "I knew Jerry and I would fight, but in the end we'd come out with the record. We fought, but we delivered."

For three days in September 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis and Huey Meaux went at it, and each other. Listen as Jerry Lee is turned loose in the studio by a producer who didn't try to rein in Jerry's ego. In fact, Meaux did everything he could to feed it. That ego is nowhere more evident than on Jerry's version of the Percy Sledge 1966 hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, which Jerry turns into a sermon on war between the sexes.

Jerry and Huey cut mostly southern music — soul, country, R&B and a touch of swamp pop. They even included a surprisingly impassioned version of Johnny Ray's 1952 hit record, "Cry."

Little did we know that there was supposed to be a second Southern Roots album. Only 10 tracks ever appeared on the LP — a scant 34 minutes of music — but we've got it all here, including the music that was scheduled to appear on the second "lost album," all neatly overdubbed and ready for release. We've also got the stuff you were never meant to hear, and there's plenty of it.

Some 40 years later this double LP lets you be a fly on the wall as Jerry and Huey square off at one another, laughing, arguing and making music late into the night. It's Jerry Lee as you've never heard him before.



Side 1
Meat Man
When A Man Loves A Woman
Hold On I'm Coming
Just A Little Bit
Born To Be A Loser

Side 2
The Haunted House
Blueberry Hill
The Revolutionary Man
Big Blue Diamond
That Old Bourbon Street Church

Side 3
Siler Threads Among The Gold
Hold On I’m Coming (fast version)
Take Your Time
All Over Hell and Half Of Georgia
I Sure Miss Those Good Old Times

Side 4
Raining In My Heart
Honey Hush
Session Chatter#8

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