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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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3.32

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Rock
Rock And Roll

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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 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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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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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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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Early rock n roll woogy boogey

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Thu Oct 26 2023
3

Listenable, not sure if I would listen again

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Fri Aug 26 2022
1

Ah yes, the racist, pedophillic, incestual, music stealing piece of shit. That being said, for 1964 this is a fairly well recorded live album. That doesn't mean it's recorded well, just not bad for the time. I'm not quite sure why half the album is missing but I am also not complaining. The two songs he is credited as a songwriter on are the two weakest on the album and the others are about half as good as their originals. Live albums in general just do not have a place as an album that I MUST hear before I die. There are very few worth listening to and this just isn't one of them.

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Thu Dec 29 2022
1

pretty sure this dude was a flagrant racist. remembering a story about him refusing to shake jimi hendrix’s hand. totally checks, because he stole his entire bit from Black people. i am not stunned. meh

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Wed Jan 25 2023
1

Can't overlook the fact that this dude was all kinds of fucked up

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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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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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Tue Oct 31 2023
4

This track list is basically a “best of” compilation for early rock and roll.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
3

nice hearing jerry Live, Short album! All the hits.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
1

Uhhhh don't think I can really do death of the author on this one, sorry

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Fri Nov 04 2022
1

This kind of early 60s rock and roll just doesn't do anything for me really. I appreciate the cultural significance but I wouldn't ever seek out listening to it.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

fucking PRESENCE fav track: long tall sally

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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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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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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 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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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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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 Feb 17 2023
5

Imagine living in the 60s and showing up to Club Hamburg and seeing this man jam out on the piano and and sing his heart out. Not to mention he has such a commanding voice that the band is a mere suggestion behind him. This was exceptional. I feel transported. I have a new appreciation for him as an artist and for all of his songs. For gosh sakes I even want to dance! And I hate dancing! It’s a shame that nowadays at concerts you’re expected to pack into an open field like sardines, jump up and down until you inevitably crush someone’s lungs with your dirty Air Force Ones, and yell nonsensical words set to a shitty electronic beat. Don’t know why but Travis Scott’s Astroworld performance comes to mind. Specifically the Houston, Texas one. Getting back to this album: it is cohesive. It flows perfectly. There’s a true performance aspect to it. Overall, it was just fun. A fantastic 22 minutes, made even more impressive when considering it was done live. Ya know what I’m gonna send it, I loved everything about this album. 5 stars!

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

Was prepared to dislike this, since Jerry Lee Lewis was a creep who married his 13-year-old cousin and abused seemingly every woman he ever met. But damn this actually really, really rocks. After just a couple of songs I'm thinking this has to be one of the best live recordings of all time (I originally said "best live rock-'n'-roll recordings" but you know what, I don't think it needs that qualifier). It feels like you're right there, and the energy is off the charts. The piano is obviously insane - Lewis famously would just *pound* on the keys with every part of his body - but I'm incredibly impressed by the guitar, bass, and drums as well. Also, this recording! It's just ridiculous how clear everything is, for a nearly 60-year-old live recording. Warning: the versions on Apple Music/Spotify only have 8 tracks and are 22 minutes, which is not the full album. Listened to the version that's on Youtube instead, which is not as good because the songs aren't seamless the way they'd be on the album.

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Thu Apr 06 2023
5

This is a short performance, but perhaps one of the few times I will prefer a live album to a studio album. It is a particularly electric performance heightened by the feel of the room. It’s the perfect type of music for a live album as well, very little processing and a lot of room to ham it up and wail.

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Sat May 06 2023
5

Today's album is by Jerry Lee Lewis, a rock and roll pioneer from way back in the 50's in the time of Elvis. Before we delve into this album review, here is a hilarious story about Jerry: So he's in a bar, driving liquor into himself after he unsuccessfully tried to get his dad out of jail for drunk driving. Elvis calls him up and tells him to come over. Jerry grabs a bottle of champagne, gets into his brand new Lincoln Continental, drives to Elvis's place drunk as fuck, and slams into the gates of Graceland. Elvis watches on closed circuit TV as Jerry finishes his bottle of champagne, and tries to throw the empty out the window but the window was up so he ends up covering himself in broken glass. Elvis's security guard was apparently also his cousin, so he calls up to Elvis after all this horseshit goes down, and Elvis tells him to call the police. The police come and arrest Jerry Lee and put him in jail with his dad. Now, onto the album review. It is well documented that Jerry Lee may not have been the nicest human being, having married his 13 year old cousin, shot his bass player while drunkenly shooting at a door on his birthday, and being a huge racist, but we are here to listen to the music. This album is phenomenal! Jerry enters the performance hall, seemingly strung out on pills, and puts on a non stop white knuckle performance! He played the shit out of that piano, so much so that they probably needed to re-tune it afterwards. Jerry's belted lyrics, and fast paced playing style were amazing, and this was some of the earliest signs of what was to come with future rock bands of the 60's and 70's. Overall, just a pleasure to listen to! His performance was so captivating! Easy music to swing to. Imagine being there, that would have been crazy!! I will 100% listen again!! Oddly, Spotify only has 8 of the 13 songs on this record. I did, however, find a full album playlist on YouTube. Do yourself a favor, and listen to the full album as intended. It's all gold!! Favourite songs: Hound Dog, "Good Golly, Miss Molly", Great Balls of Fire, "Long, Tall Sally", Matchbox, Mean Woman Blues, Money (That's What I Want), Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, High School Confidential, What'd I Say (Parts 1&2), Lewis' Boogie Least favorite songs: Your Cheating Heart 5/5

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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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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 Mar 05 2023
4

High octane pure rock and roll from a Jerry Lee Lewis at the top of his game. His vocals and piano playing truly are exceptional on this recording, so much that you almost pity the piano for being put through this kind of relentless treatment.

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Sun May 21 2023
4

This is possibly the most chaotic thing I've ever listened to. It's very early rock n' roll which is already a little chaotic, and this live album is just fast-paced piano and clashing drums and Jerry Lee Lewis yelling a lot. It does kind of work though, it would have definitely been fun to be there. This is also recorded like 6 years after Lewis fell out of the spotlight after marrying his teenage cousin, so there's a lot to unpack with this one. I'm rating this given the context of its time (though really hard to believe that The Velvet Underground & Nico came out only 3 years after this, this feels ancient compared to that) and it being a live recording. (Note: the Spotify version only includes 8 of the 13 tracks, full version available on Youtube). Favorite song: Money (That's All I Want) Others: Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

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Mon Oct 30 2023
3

classic, original live rock, piano, bad boy rocker

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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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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

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

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Curti dms, ótima energia, lokasso

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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 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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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

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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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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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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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Insane energy, this must have been a great show to see live! As questionable a man as The Killer was, there’s no question he could rock a piano and the stage.

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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 09 2022
5

Not my kinda thing but I can really see the influence this has had

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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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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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