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Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Jerry Lee Lewis

1964

Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Album Summary

Live at the Star Club is a 1964 live album by rock and roll pianist and singer Jerry Lee Lewis, accompanied by the Nashville Teens. The album was recorded at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany on April 5, 1964. It is regarded by many music journalists as one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever, noted for its hard-hitting energy and Lewis' wild stage presence.

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Rating

3.37

Votes

5755

Genres

  • Rock
  • Rock And Roll
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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Not bad for a pedo.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
1

Dude played for 25 mins barely coherent, stole half his set from little Richard, and then went home and slept with his cousin? Wack

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Mon Feb 07 2022
1

He's a piece of shit who, to this day, claims there was "no real rock and roll before him." what horse shit. Did you know he married his 13 year old cousin? He refused to shake hands with black people. Other musicians could play rockabilly loud and fast and werent racist pices of shit one trick ponies like this perverted loser. I'll just listen to them instead.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

This guy must have blisters on his fingers. He is a madman on the piano. I loved every minute of this 22 minute live show. I have a real soft spot for this kind of bluesy jazzy show, and I wish I could go back in time and see this in person. In the meantime, while we wait for the delorean to be built, this album does the job. Anyone else looking for some retro live bluesy vibes: check out BB King's Live at Cook County Jail, one of my favs.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

The man is a deranged lunatic who probably killed one of his wives and wanted to kill Elvis but damn he can put on a show. It's not music I listen to often but this is insanely good.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

I don't think I ever listened to this before but know all the songs. It defines ass kicking. I scored it a 5 but automatic 1 point deduction for liking 13 year olds. What a creep. 

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Is this proto-proto-punk? Chaotic, passionate, joyful, the dream of the post-war world. Another fantastic live album that captures what is best about live music.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

That's a lot of music for 22 minutes. Reminds me of Henry Rollins talking about the sonic assault of a Ramones show.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

DAMN. So that’s what rock and roll is all about. Ridiculous in all the good ways.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Just incredible. Absolutely essential rock and roll and genuinely an album to hear before you die. A brilliant record that captures this electrifying live concert. Absolute thrill.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Ok fine you got me this time, website. Yesterday, I rated A Hard Day's Night and claimed not a single rock album came close to them this early in the 60s. And here we have a bombastic live album that came out the very same summer. First of all, I wanted to note that the Spotify version is softer and doesn't even include all the songs, so stick to the Youtube playlist... even though the pause between songs is annoying. This was a time when rock n roll artists had just a couple well-known songs and then they would just do covers of other rock n roll stars. And when those ran out, they would seek out the R&B songs. The Beatles are also a victim of this, just look at Beatles for Sale which is mostly covers. But at this point, 1964, rock n roll is about over and rock has already begun evolving from dance-craze madness to taking inspiration from blues (Rolling Stones, Clapton), pop or folk tunes (Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan), or raw garage style (Kinks). The classics have already been established by the rock n roll legends. And here we have Lewis, one of the former legends himself known for "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lot of Shakin Going On," taking people's classics and spiraling them out of control. These songs are wild that go beyond any studio effort you see in classic rock n roll. They're fast-paced. The instruments are loud. The vocals screech are raw and screech with passion. You can hear the audience go wild in each song, and Lewis engages them between each song, encouraging them to get loud or dance. Even the way he talks to his band member, "play it right," is just hilarious and gets the audience excited for what's to come. Remember these are classic songs everyone knows, and Lewis is putting his crazy spin on them. Just take "Money That's What I Want" for instance. I love the twist he put on those last two minutes between his vocal sounds and the improved instrumentals. But all the songs have this insane wailing or grunts that carry the spirit of rock n roll. I've got to be honest, I didn't think I would ever give a live album 5 stars. But the weaknesses I typically face in live albums isn't here. There aren't any long tracks that make for unpleasant listening exercises (looking at you, Allman Brothers' At Filmore East). And the lofi sound works really well with Lewis's rawness. Meanwhile, it's full of classic hits and has energy and power that you couldn't possibly find in a studio album. Other albums like Frampton Comes Alive and Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous were full of fillers and suffered from lack of engagement. This is everything I'd want in a live album, and I'm happy to say it is so far my favorite.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

I haven't had this much fun since I got snowed in at the Elks Convention! Exuberance and exultation! Jerry Lee Lewis makes the piano sound like his own unique instrument. I loved hearing him perform live and hearing all these amazing classics with his own twist. This is one time where I think being live made it all the more spectacular, and I appreciate him even more than I did before. It was a sad discovery that the Apple Music version of this cut out 5 great songs out of 13, but I'm happy to have found the whole album elsewhere. It was well worth finding. Infectious joy! Love this lots!

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Jerry Lee Lewis is an excellent showman and musician. Jerry Lee Lewis is also a pedophile.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

This is 22 minutes of damn near perfection. Wow. How good is that version of "Money"??? That thing STOMPS. Holy shit. What a freaking set. If I were a greaseball teen in the 1950s Jerry Lee would have been my grindcore. Reeeeally wish he hadn't married his 13 year old cousin... Also, holy crap - he's still alive! That seems impossible. This record is impossible. I'm done.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Now THAT's a live album. Even if you don't like his music, that's a concert that you would feel like you got your money's worth. Tons of energy, tight playing, and did I mention the energy? Way to blow the roof off the joint, Jerry.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Surprisingly, this is the best live album I've ever heard. Although Jerry Lee is a disgusting human being, this show was fun and exciting for the entire 22 minutes. I felt like I was in the room with him. Best Songs: Money Worst Songs: NA

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

There is something poetic about Jerry Lee Lewis letting it rip in 1964 at same club where the Beatles cut their chops. This is one of the best pure rock and roll live albums ever. It is hard to believe that this did not make the rounds among punk bands in the 70s. Simply awesome.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

There's no doubt that this performance is full of energy and that the crowd was having a great time. Nobody could bring it on with a piano like Jerry Lee could and this album captures that energy. For me, the album tends to wear out by the time it gets to the end because I prefer more variety, however, the fun level pumps this album all the way through and is effective in demonstrating for the listener, the amount of energy present in a Jerry Lee concert.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Seems like what they have up on Spotify doesn't have all the tracks from the original album which is kinda disappointing. Its funny cause I'm reading a book about krautrock right now and there's a whole chapter about the Hamburg red light district scene from this era and the Star Club in particular. Didn't realize such an iconic live album came from their efforts to put out records. I was pretty into all the big Sun Records artists back in high school. Even had a Sun Records t-shirt. Probably liked Jerry Lee the most of all for his unique phrasing and sheer energy. He never seemed to be able to really break out much beyond his initial success like Elvis or Johnny Cash but he really seemed to embody the real spirit of rock and roll more to me. And that is very much in evidence on this recording. Kinda like that it is very simply recorded and retains a sort of rawness that sounds very honest and accurate to the live experience.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
4

He may have been a horrible racist pedophilic suspected murderer, but damn he could perform. Rest in pieces of shit, Jerry.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
4

Vote is for the album, not the guy. Not all original either, but I enjoyed it. Should probably give it fewer stars for the first two points...

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Early rock n roll woogy boogey

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Classic song after classic song after classic song

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

This was just SO good. This album is sheer energy. Lewis' passion and charisma really shines through, making you feel like you're part of the audience. Just so damn good.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Fun live set!

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

Great live real rock album, the energy really comes through.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Wow. So good

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

fucking PRESENCE fav track: long tall sally

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Curti dms, ótima energia, lokasso

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

Better than you’d think

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

Surprisingly good

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

WOW

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Amazing concert

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Grande. Shake baby shake it. Great Ball of fire!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Vauhdikasta rokkimenoa! Hyviä ja meneviä biisejä alusta loppuun. Ainoa mikä vähän arvelutti, oli että voiko tällaiselle livelevylle antaa täysiä pisteitä, kun biisit on niitä valikoituja parhaita paloja muilta levyiltä? Meininki oli kuitenkin sen verran kovaa, että antaa mennä vaan!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Jerry on kova jätkä, ei voi mitään. Joskus peruskoulussa törmäsin ekan kerran puolivahingossa, ja edelleen maistuu tämmönen meno!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Olipahan kova meno päällä! Biisilista melkoista tykitystä. En yleensä pidä livelevyistä, mutta tämä maistui kyllä.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Lähes poikkeuksetta biisit lähtee saman tien nollasta sataan. Sen verran kova meno ja tykitys oli, että siitä nelonen. Biisejä täyden viitosen arvosta.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Krass guad

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Non stop bops

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

From today it sounds like generic rock'n'roll although the vocal is nice timbrewise and the live atmosphere is awesome.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Pariendo el rock & roll. Agradecido.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Fantastic

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Damn. Just rocking all the way through. Fun and energetic.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

What an album! 4 stars cos it's good and a bonus star as it's live and from the same year that Pretty Woman and She Love's you (Beatles) were topping the charts and this just blows them out of the water

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

I wish I was there on that high school party

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

A wild burst of energy that gave me an admiration for this genre which I otherwise would not have listened to. I went down a YouTube rabbit hole watching this guy's old performances the night I found this album

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

1964 - old school rock & roll

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Lively energetic and a ton of fun

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

beautiful

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

First time listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, but I recognized a few songs. This album was a jam

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Este es otro álbum del estilo de “Live at San Quentin”. Álbumes como este serían el equivalente moderno a un “Unplugged”. A pesar de haber sido grabado en vivo, y de que la grabación no es de la mejor calidad, me gusta cómo captura la energía de Jerry Lee Lewis. Debe haber sido un gran espectáculo para la gente que tuvo la fortuna de presenciarlo en vivo.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Jerry Lee Lewis es una leyenda, no hay mucho que decir en ese aspecto. Creo que lo importante aquí es hacer notar el disco y la importancia de haber elegido este en particular. Nunca lo había escuchado y debo decir, es un disco que se oye mezclado con las patas, totalmente sin sutileza, los instrumentos encimados, la voz casi a ratos se pierde, el piano por sobre todo en el oido golpeando a lo más que da.... y todo esto lo hace absolutamente maravilloso. Creo que es, una vez más en esta lista, una excelente elección y lo pondría entre los mejores en vivos que he escuchado. La energía es inmejorable, todo brilla, todo se levanta más allá de una partitura, todas esas imperfecciones lo hacen maravilloso. Cuando ví lo que tocaba supuse que terminaría rápido en un 3, quizá máximo 4, con un disco que casi casi conociendo todas las canciones me podría hasta medio adelantar varias. Absolutamente mesmerizante, te amarra y no te suelta. Ya quisieran hoy en día tener conciertos con esta energía.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Wow. Brutal. Creo que este es el mejor disco en vivo de la historia. Punk as fuck.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Man oh man is this one fun. A rollicking good time.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Loved this so much! Hit after hit!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Fun, high energy, bangers.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

First Listen. Holy Crap! I am not worthy! I feel like I've just been hit over the head with a sledgehammer. The most intense, chaotic, fastest, relentless and best live performance I ever heard, live or recorded. This is punk ten years before punk was. Every song is great. It sounds like Jerry is jumping on his piano for the entire concert. His band, The Nashville Teens, are just intense with a wicked pace and some searing guitar solos. The album is 13 songs with his songs "Whole Lotta Shakin", Money", "Great Balls if Fire" mixed with some covers "Long Tall Sally", "Hound Dog." Incredible!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

fuckin slaps, imagine how cool it would be actually getting to be there - 10/10

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Great songs, definitely passes the test of time.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

classic rock n roll baby

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

8th August 2022 Listened in the morning, worked from home then walked on the beacon with Jen. The energy that came off this!! No wonder it’s only 20 minutes, exhausting. What a talent and I bet he was electric live.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Dope

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Well that was an absolute blast. What a show that must have been!

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I absolutely did not think I would like this and it blew me away. It's such a hot-ass record. I think it really captures the spirit and electric energy that rock 'n roll has always striven for.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Listening to this is hearing a master of their art form at work. Personal issues aside, Jerry Lee Lewis is excellent on this record. Great Balls of Fire and Long Tall Sally are two of my favorite early rock and roll songs and these versions are great. There’s a reason he’s called the killer as some of this stuff goes harder than anything Metallica ever recorded.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

22 minutes of nuclear energy packed into 8 simple songs. This would have been something to see!

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Just pure blues. It comes out so effortlessly. You can especially tell how people respond to stuff thats so natural on a live recording

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Pure rock!

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Rating: 10/10

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Brilliant album

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Basically a greatest hits live

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

These songs sound faster, harder and rawer than any versions I've heard before. The electrified energy in the room is palpable. Makes you really understand why parents and authorities were so freaked out about the power and energy of rock 'n roll. R.I.P. to one of the greats!

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Huge amount of energy & really authentic. That poor piano!

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Tunnetta ja energiaa! Erinomainen fiiliksen välittävä taltiointi!

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Pariendo el rock & roll. Agradecido.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Álbum clássico e muito foda. Me surpreendeu positivamente em todos os aspectos.

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Sun Dec 25 2022
5

Rock n' roll's original whirlwind / Grade A shithouse. One of the few live albums I have ever heard that really makes me wish I'd had the chance to see him live. It's a performance every bit as raw and frenzied as the Jerry Lee Lewis legend would have you believe he was in real life.

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Tue Jan 17 2023
5

9/10

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

rock 'n' rolll

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Awesome!

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

This might be the best live album every put to tape. Jerry Lee Lewis puts on a hedonistic raucous show that reignited his career after the public fallout after learning about his marriage to his 13 year old first cousin (once removed). The music on this album is so intentionally haphazard, it's almost proto-punk and Jerry Lee Lewis has an attitude to match.

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Wed Oct 14 2020
4

MAN. Give me live concerts again.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

This was surprisingly fun, I didn't know what to expect but I enjoyed every second of it. Just like honky tonk rock n roll or something, but overflowing with energy. I recognised a little Richard song so not sure how much of it was covers. And it only went for 22min! Holy shit what a great amount of time for an album I've never heard before. 4/5.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

very elvis but clearer words (a bit) hahaha but u can just imagine you're on the dance floor in the 1960's, wearing 60's dress and hair teeming with hairspray then this came on. im sure it's a lot of fun.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

1964: Great Balls of Fire, Good Golly, Miss Molly, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Really showcases the skills of a real OG. Nothing like some good old fashioned RnR

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Full of classics.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Good high energy live album, great length

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Heard a few of these before. Good stuff

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Great performances and production, still weird he married is 13 year old cousin

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Man, that cat could swing.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

This album is just fun, there’s an electricity to listening to Jerry Lee Lewis. Great balls of fire is soooo infectious but the rest of the album is just as much a raucous good time

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

So I read this dude married his cousin when she was 13 and he was 22. Then people were like "wtf Jerry" He was like "She's 15 God darnit" as though that made it okay. Even illegal in his lie. 4 stars.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

I’m not usually a live-album fan, but that was awesome. I can imagine how wild the club must have been.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Lot of fun and high energy. Wish there were more tracks or longer tracks. Noice.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Piano playing is *chef’s kiss* Really energetic rock n roll, seems like Jerry Lee Lewis was influenced by Little Richard & Elvis

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

I liked the interaction with the crowd.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

divertido

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