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Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Jerry Lee Lewis

1964

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Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Rating

3.37

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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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Not bad for a pedo.

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

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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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Early rock n roll woogy boogey

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5

Classic song after classic song after classic song

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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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5

Fun live set!

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5

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

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5

Wow. So good

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5

fucking PRESENCE fav track: long tall sally

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Curti dms, ótima energia, lokasso

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Better than you’d think

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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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5

Surprisingly good

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WOW

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5

Amazing concert

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5

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

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

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

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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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Krass guad

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Non stop bops

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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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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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5

Pariendo el rock & roll. Agradecido.

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Fantastic

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5

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

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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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I wish I was there on that high school party

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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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1964 - old school rock & roll

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Lively energetic and a ton of fun

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beautiful

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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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

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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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Loved this so much! Hit after hit!

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5

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

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5

Fun, high energy, bangers.

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

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5

Great songs, definitely passes the test of time.

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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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MAN. Give me live concerts again.

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

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

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4

Full of classics.

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4

Good high energy live album, great length

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Heard a few of these before. Good stuff

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4

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

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Man, that cat could swing.

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

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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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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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I liked the interaction with the crowd.

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divertido

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My first exposure to live Killer. It was good not great, not quite essential listening, but still enjoyable.

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What a scorcher!

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Wow. I know these songs but this is high energy. This would have been nuts to see in person. This is great

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very fun album. less fun guy.

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Jerry jerry jerry

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hyper-condensed slice of rock and roll

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The definitive classic rock & roll performer, wailing on a piano and belting out the hits! Great stuff! Fave track - "What'd I Say" maybe, as I don't think I've heard it before, but it rocked and rolled just as much as the standards!

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Goodness, gracious this man has true energy. The live set was an incredible experience. I will revisit this record when I need a pick up. I couldn't stop moving along with the sound

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Great, I’m getting now why the live albums

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Too short! 22 minutes?? Not enough shaking going on.

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J’adore ce genre de musique et c’est vraimen t7n classique. 4.75*

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Such a live presence. Acts today need to study what it means to entertain without all the glam and dancers and effects. Though, it’s a bit disappointing that so few songs from the album truly belong to ‘The Killer’

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Spotify version is only 8 songs. SLAM THOSE KEYS! Wow, so much energy.

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I don't usually like live albums and Jerry Lee Lewis is of dubious character, but this album has a lot of great hits that I grew up with and they're good recordings. It's fun to hear them live.

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Love it. So much fun to listen to!

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So short but I really like the energy and the piano!

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Holy high energy, Batman!

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Knack und Rock ! Brich dir eine Dosis heftigsten Rauschs auf. So verdichtet war anfangs nur das Universum vorm Urknall. Und am Ende fragte sich wohl jeder Zuschauer: „was war das?!?“ Astreine: 4.4

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Pretty fun

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Every Jerry Lee Lewis rock and roll song ever, live

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A low 4, but if I had never heard rock and roll before it would have blown my mind

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performance is pretty hype and I like some of the songs a lot.

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This may be the first album that I've felt was too short. It's a shame a few songs were missing, but listened to it twice to make up for it and was bopping along to it both times.

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Always slightly sceptical of live albums being part of this unless there is something unique or different compared to a regular live performance. Nonetheless there is so much vibe and energy! Recording quality is fantastic. If I was rating the gig it might be a 10/10. As an album it's 8/10

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super catchy and raw rockabilly blues. lovely energy. you'd expect the same honky-tonk vibe to get repetitive, but it somehow clicks for me. 4/5

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Just 12 bar blues over and over but so short, sweet, and chock full of energy that it doesn't get old

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The essence of rock n roll. Electrifying and fun.

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Short but a pure vibe

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I started listening to this at work, and I needed to stop because I wanted to be able to sit and appreciate it fully. WOW! I love this album. I had never really listened to Jerry Lewis but I am a HUGE fan now!

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4

Very upbeat and exciting. Sounds a lot like Piano Bar at OKC, which made it a very fun and cool listen.

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Fun

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Was a fun listen with some classics. Lot of upbeat energy

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Fun music

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It feels like an important piece, with some definite classics that I didn't know were by Jerry Lee Lewis. I love his passionate voice on the record and the liveliness that the band plays with. I like it more than other live albums during this time. Highlights: 3, 4, and 7.

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Very strong

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Jerry Lee Lewis had a lot of energy perfoming. Absolute banger. Every song is so energetic that you want to dance.

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Good old time rock

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This recording has two things that perennially delight my ears: An ageless, matured voice and piano that inexplicably sounds like something more organic than a piano is. The recording technique makes those elements, and the performances generally, shine. The rock is consistently crashing, and better sequencing and recording of the crowd would bump it from great to really great. For example, the two-parter of What'd I Say: I can tell what the slowing down and starting back up was, but I want to feel it too.

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Lewis is an absolute master, and a defining figure in a particular type and era of rock and roll. Though there is a touch of a Showman's routine about it that slightly diminishes it for me - dampens the true soul of it a bit. Which is not to say this isn't a ripping live show recording.

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Pretty great track list, but I did some reading on JLL, and oh boy I just don't know lmao

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Great sounding live album, considering it's from 1964 JLL sounds great, as does the band. Quick and easy to get through. 7/10.

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Questionable choices from JLL but also undeniable talent. Sounds like an epic concert with tons of energy.

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Brilliantly to the point. Rock N Roll caffeine.

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Great songs….great talent…. Bad life choices…..

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jesus, for its time, this must have been huge. my closest approach to this music so far has been through early beatles' records, so hearing it direct has been awesome. his commentary on whole lotta shakin' becomes a little uncomfortable considering he was married to his cousin when this was recorded - although i suppose she was legal by then. sigh. anyway, i still honestly don't think i like him much, but as i say, it feels like, in the late 50s and early 60s, the way he played that piano must have been a revelation.

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Leuke dansmuziek met heel veel energie 4*

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4/5 good background music

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Incendiary!

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hit after hit, enjoyable

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My first impression is that, given Jerry Lee Lewis' reputation as a wild man, Live At The Star Club, Hamburg is downright sedate. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but as a vocalist, Jerry Lee doesn't begin to approach the energy level of a performers like Little Richard and James Brown. Lewis' piano playing is another matter. I'd never appreciated it before, but it's clear from this recording that Lewis laid the foundation for virtually every stylistic aspect of rock 'n roll piano. The staccato repeated chords, the driving boogie pattern played by the left hand while the right adds ornamentation, the sweeping, crashing glissandos added for punctuation, the omission of the 7nth in block chords, all these stylistic devices were repeated virtually unaltered by every rock 'n roll pianist that followed. Okay, maybe all of these innovations were present in the blues and honkytonk before Lewis got hold of them, but the aggressiveness and manic energy he imbued them with were all his.Okay, having listened to the whole album, Lewis does get more animated and energetic as a performer as the album goes along, and at the time, hearing a white performer shake the rafters like this must have been astonishing. But having witnessed virtually the entire history of rock 'n roll, this set can be described as merely energetic rather than crazed, otherworldly, an act of violence or similarly over the top descriptions. On the other hand, in terms of rock 'n roll piano, this recording has never been equaled, much less bested, as far as I know. How about the songs? Well, what can I say? They're basic rock 'n roll, nothing special. So, we've got okay songs, a good vocal performance, a good band performance, and incredible rock 'n roll piano. For that last part alone, I'll give LATSCH a 4/5.

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Full-blooded rock n roll boogie. Not much variety, but what it does, it does well.

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Jerry Lee Lewis fires on all cylinders on this live recording. I've never heard any of his stuff, but this made me want to. Absolutely intense and high power playing that makes you want to move and makes you feel like you're there. The album is short which is good, because the album does start to feel a bit repetitive near the end. Overall it's a good album that I will listen to again.

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Among early white rockers, Jerry Lee Lewis was, by far, the most faithful to the wild style of black rockers. Amazing concert! (7/10) FT: Great Balls of Fire, Good Golly Miss Molly

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100% Rock n Roll with no hesitation. Favorites: Money, What I'd Say, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

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Good ol fashion rock n roll Gives off early punk vibes

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4

Rocked way harder than I thought it would. Upbeat frantic sound, lots of classic songs

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Turns out I know more Jerry Lee Lewis songs than I realized. This was a short fun listen.

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4

Rockin and a rollin. So much energy.

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Wow, this si areal blast. Short, shrap, fast and loud (with a moment of respie for Your Chatin' Heart). It's a greatest hits of early rock and roll blasted out at high power before a live audience. No fat, no time-wasting. The drummer is a wildman, and Jerry Lee is pumping that piano hard, and vocally wailing. Not as much screaming as Little Richard (the obvious comparison), but strong and hard.

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I cringed at the thought of playing this but the more I listen to it, the more I want to go back and hear it all again. I was expecting hokey, old timey rock 'n' roll but instead my ears were blessed with a hardcore punk like energy and so many good tunes.

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energetic

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Jerry Lee Lewis sounds like he was shot out of a cannon and didn’t stop for the whole show. Maybe that’s what he meant by Great Balls of Fire. This album is full of energy. Of all the live albums we’ve heard, this would be right at the top. This live album actually makes me wish I were at the show.

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Full of energy!

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Track 01 - 3.25/5 Track 02 - 3.75/5 Track 03 - 4.25/5 Track 04 - 3.5/5 Track 05 - 3.25/5 Track 06 - 3.5/5 Track 07 - 3.25/5 Track 08 - 4/5 Ovreall: 3.75/5 Album Art: 3/5

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Overall it was pretty fun to listen to. Gives you a taste as to what it would have been like to hear him perform live. I'm just not a huge fan of his music.

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Tons of energy on the piano - you can really hear him pounding and skimming the ivory. The rest of the energy was alright - vocals sounded almost indifferent at times. Sound quality was meh. Maybe that's the issue, the recording quality. BB King's live performance was better.

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It's so weird to listen to something that's only 20 minutes long and say, "sure, that's an album." I have SONGS that are longer than this thing. Thinking about the previous review, things have come out about Marilyn Manson and his behaviour. And yet, if JLL was performing and behaving like this today, he would be shunned. Sure, things have changed, but it's weird to think about now. But what about the MUSIC, right? An incendiary performance, bar none. He was definitely in top form. It's so weird now to think of how he was such a different performer; few artists were rocking on the piano at the time. The sound quality itself should also factor into this. Hard to believe the recording is over 45 years old; I have heard bootlegs from the past 10 years of equal quality. Definitely a good listen, although I do not know if it's essential. It definitely gives you a good idea of the man playing live.

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Some very fun songs, ahead of its time

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Disco cortito para darse una idea de lo divertido que podía ponerse un concierto en 1964 con el "creador" de Grat Balls of Fire. Una selección de (ahora) clásicos de Rock n Roll, interpretados con la fuerza de miles de anfetaminas. Me sorprende la calidad de sonido para ser un en vivo tan viejo. Seguro podría oírse más limpio en estudio, pero ni de chiste tendría esa energía.

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One of the great live albums. The Killer is on blistering form and The Nashville Teens - no slouches themselves - have problems keeping up with Jerry Lee's pounding piano! The editing and track ordering could be better though.

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4.5/5 well that was unexpected. very good!

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It was good I liked it I would actually probably listen to it again not going to lie

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There’s certainly a lot of energy on this album… While I don’t generally love live albums a lot, it is great that a recording of this concert exists to show a tiny sliver of what it sounded like to see Jerry Lee Lewis rock on stage. Just hearing this performance is more electrifying that many live shows I have seen. Jerry Lee Lewis really lights these songs on fire! This is really an important document in the history of rock ‘n’ roll that captures the raw feeling of a live performance from one of the masters of the era.

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Geht ab

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I recognize more than half the songs, deposits being largely unfamiliar with the album and artist, which just goes to show is reach and influence. Good golly Miss Molly is a treat

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I really enjoyed listening to this. Way more than I thought I would initally.

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Good energy. Not sure if i'd listen to it again. Between a 3 and a 4 for me.

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Incredible recording at only 22 minutes of pure fun. Jerry Lee Lewis was an incredible pianist and knew how to perform, and that is where he really shines. High tempo, exciting energy, it is very easy to hear something from 1964 and feel as though you are in the room. His set at only 22 minutes seems and feels like a sprint, as if it is all he had time for. Undeniably, a great showman even for that amount of time. Quite a few hits from his era, and this is short enough to be a great break from the day's monotony, although the listener may wish to be running or doing something at a fast pace.

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Веселый, буги вуги 80-90хх

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Ridiculously energetic, to the point it's downright infectious. This is much better than his regular albums. I would have loved to be at this concert. Unfortunately, I was born in the '90s, and Jerry Lee Lewis is an utter creep. So there's that.

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Best Song: Good Golly, Miss Molly. That speed and intensity are in full force here, and Lewis pushes his voice into a gravelly breaking point. Worst Song: Your Cheating Heart. This album lives and dies based on its speed, and it absolutely dies here. Overall: A strangely varied album for its 22 minute runtime. It makes you roll your eyes when Lewis tries to croon and play the ragtime standards, knowing there are plenty of other singers who could do the same better. But when he decides "fuck it, this piano has no brakes" and hits the gas, it rivals even the best that thrash metal has to offer.

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Cet album est le début d'un arc germanique initié par le Dark Ray Charles, qui devrait nous ammener le long du territoir allemand. La première étape de ce voyage initiatique est Hamburg, et devrait prochainement être suivi de Cologne, Munich pour enfin se poser en Basse-Saxe, à Luneburg. Un festival de sonorités qui ravira petits et grands.

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A machine gun of hits.

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Putting aside the incest and the peodophilia and the cultural appropriation this has some good tunes on it and is delivered with bags of energy. 1964 though? Wasn’t this all kicking off 8 years ago? Music and energy alone it would be 5 stars but his background, the date and the fact the only wrote a couple of the tracks knock it down.

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Il va casser son piano Prefs: Mean Woman Blues, Money (That's What I Want), What I'd Say, Great Balls of Fire, Good Golly, Miss Molly, Lewis Boogie, Hound Dog, Long Tall Sally, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Moins pref: NADA

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Pretty good. The crowd must've gone wild at this concert. Very swinging.

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God underholdning

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It was okay. Good rock and roll, lot of energy for the live show. Little boring to be honest.

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Love the early keyboard driven RnR. Would have been great to see Jerry Lee Lewis perform live in his prime. Great songs and performance but dated enough that I can’t round up.

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Entertaining rock n roll live album. Jer-ry, Jer-ry!

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I listened a lot of covers by Mexican artists, but finally i listened the OG of Rock & Roll, good live.

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Qué disco más entretenido. En realidad, el rock and roll es así, pero este disco tiene una gran versión en vivo de Great Balls of Fire

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Jesus, Jerry, you're going to break the piano. Best track: Mean Woman Blues

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Lots of fun

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Solid rock n roll. Might be because rock has evolved so much, but this album didn't stick out to me in current times.

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There's a passion and an energy to this, which I can understand why it was such a craze. A lot of the songs do come across as formulaic, but it's fun, just gets old after a little. It'a definitely the proper length, at 22min. I also didn't realize Jerry Lee Lewis was responsible for more than "Great Balls of Fire". Favorite tracks: "High School Confidential", "Money"

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Excentrisk 60’er rock, live optræden, energi, tempo, showman, klaversoloer

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Long live Rock‘n‘Roll!

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Typically, I don't care for live albums. The audience noise doesn't add much to the listening experience; however, a live performance does provide insight into the quality of the artist, stripping away the façade of studio production editing. That being said, the songs on this albums sound similar to Jerry Lee Lewis' greatest hits that were recorded in the studio versions, showcasing the skills of a great musician.

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Ok album. Very short but a perfect amount of time for what it was. High energy song

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Mye av det samme

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Very American, talent guy. But it's definitely tainted by knowing he married his young cousin.

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a dozen variations of the same

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I enjoyed this album, I didn't realize how influential he was. I have always enjoyed the song, "Money" but had no idea is was a JLL original.

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I've not been a huge fan of Jerry Lee Lewis but listening to this you can really feel that old rock & roll thing. These bands were game changers, must have been a great time to be a teen.

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Seemed like mostly covers. Short album. Some good old school jams though.

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Good live rock and roll, and expectedly short

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Fun! Swing music

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Some of the vocal little bits where he's just laughing or doing odd noises kind of annoy me, but I think I enjoy live Jerry Lewis more than recorded. Can't deny the legacy of Jerry Lewis. The funny thing is lots of this was likely scandalous and a "bad influence" on the youth.

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Good old rock n roll

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I know nothing about Jerry Lee Lewis but it seems like he got famous playing other people's songs. He sure likes doing that cat growl thing, eh? Great Balls of Fire is fun though.

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Jerry likes his albums like Oompa Loompas: short, catchy tunes, German. Pretty fun little live injection with many songs I didn’t know were by the same bloke. When it comes to gems, this guy has all the jewelry. Relies heavily on classic musical scales.

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A tight 22. Live performance exemplifies Lewis’s legendary stage presence.

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Ground breaking in its day I'm sure, but all of the songs sound the same

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Good old fasioned rock

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I remember seeing a video of JLL live and he played every song like it was the last song of the night. This performance has that same energy. The tunes are a bit tired so many decades later, having been etched into my brain from weddings and highschool dances.

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20 minutes long. Worth listening to twice

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interesting, rock'n'rolly

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Pretty cool... but you hear a few of the songs and you’ve heard them all. Loved that it’s 20 minute. Perfect little boogie woogie sesh timings

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Shame this was less than half the set as it just feels like a snapshot. But what was in there was fun and it sounds like a good gig. Can’t give it more than 3 stars for the lack of tunes.

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Ik vind z’n stem niet prettig. Maar: energieke, knappe muziek.

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Leuk plaatje om eens te draaien, maar wederom geen blijvertje.

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Great energy. Great fun

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Jerry laittaa jengin sheikkaan ja meno on kovaa. Siitä plussat, mutta kahden kuuntelukerran jälkeen en keksinyt missä mielentilassa laittaisin tämän soimaan.

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Demasiado corto

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A raucous, rock and roll performance as you’d expect. Not my cup of tea in general but entertaining and would definitely have been great fun to be there

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The 12-bar blues chord progressions get incredibly samey and predictable, but gives Jerry a chance to smash the shit out of his piano and put loads of energy in, which sounds great. My foot was tappin' and my ass was boppin' through the whole album, but probably won't listen again. Gotta give it credit coz I can tell how hot this fire was back in '64.

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I had a fun time with Jerry, his music made me smile. Also the pianist was out of control!

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Ight

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Good listen, but wouldn't again.

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Was okay as an album. Would probably be a blast if I were sitting in the club with a beer, but it's less interesting as a studio album

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Pretty good stuff. Didn't know much about Jerry Lee Lewis so did some reading, he had a crazy life

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This record does a great job of capturing the electricity of a Jerry Lee Lewis performance. You can almost hear the stage lights and beads of sweat rolling off his forehead. That almost manic energy feels like a kind of proto-punk. Favourite tracks: "Money", "Long, Tall Sally"

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Really surprising addition to this list, but I'm glad they did. This album is electric, and Jerry Lee Lewis' backing band somehow manages to match his energy. It's essentially a greatest hits record, which Lewis keeping the set short, and the backing band keeping things loose, but on the edge of things falling into chaos. Fav Tracks: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Long Tall Sally and Great Balls of Fire Rating: 3.5/5

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I should preface my comments by saying I wasn't a hugeJerry Lee Lewis fan, but as far as a live album goes this album really captures the urgency and energy of early Rock and Roll! JLL pretty much destroys the piano the way he is pounding out the songs and the urgency behind his delivery. At the time this was recorded JLL pretty much was running out of favour in the U.S. market but not so in Europe. People were still hungry to hear early Rock and Roll from the U.S., especially in a small club. The energy between the artist and audience is intense! The piano and drums take center stage in the mix, maybe to much so, but that is a minor complaint considering this was straight in your face Rock and Roll. I love the way he delivers Your Cheating Heart and feel that this is more the lane that he is best suited for, country honky tonk with a touch of blues. He ended up going in that direction later producing some of his best stuff. Favorite Songs: Your Cheatin Heart and Lewis Boogie. Give it a 3.5

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Meh. My parents’ music and hard to look past the weird personal life.

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The man sure can play the piano. He slurs the lyrics to most of the songs though.

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Classic songs, recording is a little rough and performance is a bit sloppy but love the energy. Would really be 2.5

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Its incredible how a live performance from nearly 60 years ago can make its way to streaming platforms with this level of sound quality. The energy contained on this album is extreme, the piano is killer, but Jerry Lee Lewis' voice on some songs is really not for me. I think being at the Star-Club in Hamburg at that time was a legendary experience, and I appreciate the fact that I can hear the best parts from that moment at any time. 3/5.

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Classics, but live recordings are the worst

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Married his cousin, still rocks that piano

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Tiukkaa tykitystä. Ois ollu nastaa olla tolla keikalla, vaikka aika lyhyt oli. Kuitenkin sopiva.

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Ihan vekkuli, mitäpä muuta sitä sanomaan...

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Sweetness to my ears

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A zippy live album for sure. There's no dynamic contrast or distinction to be found, but the rollicking energy of Lewis and the crowd still provide an enjoyable listen.

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Really happy musix

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It's short and sweet. It didn't blow my mind, and some of the mixing was weird with the guitar and bass seeming too quiet a lot of the time, but Jerry Lee is an undeniably great performer and that comes through here. Props to the drums for sounding deadly here too

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A rip-roaring tour through the high points of rock and roll: raw, raunchy and demanding to be played loud. Adrenaline courses through the whole performance and the songs really benefit from a live recording, where they aren't stifled by any limitations of the studio at the time. "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Money" in particular felt like they could raise the dead. Ultimately though, I couldn't escape the feeling that on record, it's all style and not loads of substance (a statement to enrage the guardians of old time rock and roll). Yes, it's a relentless, thrilling performance. Yes, I'm sure it was an amazing night for everyone at the Star Club, and yes, of course I wish I'd been there. But it's all about the electric atmosphere. Once you've heard this riotous take on one or two rock and roll numbers, there isn't much else to be uncovered. Everything is pumped up to 11, the piano is by and large the only instrument to be foregrounded, and every solo on there is a massacre of repeated notes and frenzied glissandos. It's wild, but some more light and shade (beyond "slowing it down" with "Your Cheatin' Heart") would have helped it as a listening experience. Live, this would very likely be a 5* gig. In the right mood, it would be a 4* album for me. It's an undeniably great starting point to unearth the spirit of rock and roll, and glimpse what it must have been like growing up as a teenager in the late 50's/early 60s. Oh, the wild abandon of it all!

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The mix is terrible but IT DOESN'T MATTER because this is pure amphetamine rock 'n' roll. Jerry Lee Lewis is an absolute madman, and a 12-bar blues never sounded so fuckin' wild. Completely unhinged, and I'd've been disappointed if it was any other way.

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Auch Rock‘n‘Roll ist ja nun nicht gerade mein Steckenpferd. Hier ist der zeitliche Kontext ebenfalls wieder interessant: Album ist von 1964, als die Hochzeit des Rock‘n‘Roll längst vorüber war. Und da sitzt ein Mann am Klavier und rockt. Muss man so auch erst mal hinkriegen.

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Big energy and all about the top gun reference

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6/10

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rock and roll, fast loud, but a bit boring and not the best sound

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So much energy! Songs are lively, driven by heavy piano, Jerry’s awesome raspy voice hammering out punchy rhythms, and winding bass lines. Liked this a lot.

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High quality recording of some classic songs. Has aged a bit but a fun little bop.

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Good energy but super short! I feel like the fans at this live show got shafted.

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Ok, yeah it's great rock and roll. But, seriously, a song called "High School Confidential" by a guy who married his 13 year old cousin? That's f'd up. Deducting 1 star for creepiness.

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Una presentación en vivo bastante corta. Buena ejecución y buenas canciones pero hasta ahí. A veces no se entiende qué está cantando. Songs: Your Cheating Heart, High School Confidential, Great Balls of Fire

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Wow this is fun. Full energy live Jerry Lee, what's not to like? There's a reason why people call this guy "Killer," and this is Exhibit A. Lean, mean, foundational rock and roll. Fave Songs: Long Tall Sally, Great Balls of Fire, High School Confidential

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3.3 - High energy performance of what I think is mostly rock ‘n’ roll covers of the day. Interesting as a timepiece and solid as a recording but nothing mind-blowing.

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Great, but he was a loon.

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Idk ok i guess

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20 minutes long. It is exactly what you’d expect.

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Bit of weird guy. But he can play a piano kinda like it.

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he stole rock n roll!

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This is how a classic rock'n'roll album should be: recorded live in front of an enthusiastic audience, and over in under 23 minutes. Well played.

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Enjoyable, but probably won't go back and re-listen to it.

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Exploding with energy, nice songs (especially the covers...). Ultimately, though, it's hard for "piano driven music" to really get to me.

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I have heard of Jerry Lee Lewis, but I have never been a fan. The album was okay. It was some energetic early rock-n-roll. I am sure there was crazy dancing and partying in the place. Just not enough in the music to make it not sound like Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Teetering on the edge of chaos for 40mins without ever completely losing it. This is that real, scare your parents, start a riot, lose your mind rock and roll that few will ever equal (sorry Beatles)!

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An entertaining listen and great performance from Jerry Lee Lewis and his band, but my stance on live albums being included on this list still stands. There are a lot of catchy songs here that are full of energy that can't always be captured within a studio environment; however, these are all songs that already existed through very solid recordings by both Lewis and other artists at the time (there are way too many covers here considering the album's short length). Overall, this is a good live album from one of the most memorable acts of the 1950's, but I don't see myself coming back to it again. 3/5.

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Lively. Interesting backstory

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I never cared a great deal for JLL's style, but always recognized that it was a significant contribution. It was a fun listen.

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3?

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Classic Rock'n'Roll/blues live album. Nicely played and great energy. Only problem is the lack of variation, which prevents this from being a truly great album. 3/5

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Bello, sinceramente mi aspettavo un po' meglio, però ci sono dei pezzi veramente godibili. 3/4

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The energy from Jerry Lee Lewis is the sole reason why I think this album should be on this list. The songs are mainly covers with some duds in this 22 minute album, and the vocal range of Lewis isn't great, but my god it's an entertaining ride for the most part and the piano skills on him is very good. So summarised its an entertaining but unoriginal album.

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Pretty fun, but feels stale for 64. Wonder why they didn't choose something from earlier in his career?

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This was actually surprisingly fun, considering I usually loathe live albums (screaming, clapping, generally worse singing). Veered dangerously close to country (Your Cheating Heart) and of course there's the whole pedophile thing... Purely musically, I enjoyed the album, but I'm still not sure I'd put it on again (see: screaming, clapping).

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bara fínt sko

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fun live album, good job Jerry.

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No denying the force. Kooky guy. One of those shows that would be great to say "I was there". Even tho I wasn't born yet.

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It is clear why this live album has status but I am not convinced live albums should belong to the list - this and the overfamiliarity of the material (I dont think I will listen to it again) make the album a bit hard to rate..

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Great showman, energetic rockabilly. Blessedly short.

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It's got a tremendous amount of energy but that doesn't make up for the fact that I just don't like this style of music much.

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Surprisingly enjoyable. Actually scratches the rock 'n roll itch way more effectively than Elvis.

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I like this music but it’s getting samey.

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He sounds kind of funny to me. But it’s nice and short eh

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Prefer the originals of most of the songs but still good to have a little bop to

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Old school rock and roll, not bad by any means but a bit too dated for me.

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This is a pretty low rating when I think about how fun this album is. There is a lot of energy and fun in this album. But it lacked discipline and was all over the place on time and what not.

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Tunnelma välittyi hyvin. Vaikea arvosteltava, kun ei sinänsä juurikaan huonoa sanottavaa ole mutta silti tästä ei suuremmin nauttinut muutaman kuuntelukerran aikana. Ehkä tämä ei vaan ole minun genre.

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alright i guess. can’t say i enjoyed it

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I’m not going to give this a 1 because whoever was at the Star Club in Hamburg Germany in 1964 probably went wild for this ... but it was not for me and didn’t enjoy how fast it all was xxx

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Mediocre paedo piano smashing

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Ближе к 1

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Apple Music and Spotify only have 8 tracks

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Mja, gelukkig duurde het maar 20 minuten.

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Well, I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it weren't live. Probably the studio version would have gotten 4 or 3 stars. But I don't really appreciate live recordings much. Especially if I haven't heard the studio version of (most of) the songs yet.

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Viel zu klassischer Rock n Roll nichts für mich

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Really short, noice oh boy.... very 60s... what is happening.... Your Cheating Heart

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Jerry Lee Lewis has some incredible piano licks, and this essentially should be a great live rendition of his greatest hits, but the quality of the recording is scuffed enough that it detracts from the overall experience, rather than making you feel in the audience.

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Blues rock. It was ok.

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overall thoughts: got a lotta energy that's for sure. songs kinda sounded very similar to each other. anywho, music ain't that terrible, just not my vibe (this sum boomer music). 2/5.

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Rock. Erinnert mich stilistisch sehr an Elvis. Kein Album was ich mir nochmal anhören würde.

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needs more B

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I really prefer the doo-wop and chorus sound of the 60s rather than the boogie-woogie music of that era. This album mainly plays into that "boogie" dance sound, but it's not as interesting as other albums of that time. Granted there wasn't much innovation in this genre anyway, but the muddied words, loud crowd, and simple, overused progressions don't help. Favorite track: Your Cheating Heart

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Classic rock n roll - not quite sure listening to it live adds anything and will never go back. If this was a studio album it would score higher

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Another live album, Alex is on suicide watch. At least Apple Music had the decency to only have 22 minutes worth of this album for me to listen to. I call that mercy. I'm more interested in reading about Lewis' bizarre marriages than I am listening to this album. He had seven wives, some overlapping because he married before finalizing divorces. His third wife, when he was 22, was his 13 year old cousin! Who does this guy think he is? Drake? She alleged every type of abuse imaginable, and two of his wives after that died before divorces could be finalized. Long and short of it, we're dealing with a psychopath. You can hear that energy in the music. Pretty hilarious that the marriage to his cousin kneecapped his rock 'n roll career, but he thereafter found success in country music. The South is just different. Anyway, the music's as expected. Live, energized, but I won't return to much here. Favorite tracks: Great Balls of Fire, Money. Album art: It's a live photo, who cares? At least the mixture of fonts is cool. 2.5/5

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This is a 1964 live rock album by pianist Jerry Lee Lewis from the Star Club in Hamburg, West Germany. It's regarded as one of the best live rock album/performance, and I have to agree. It seems hard to capture a live musical act and make it sound good, but this album did just that. You feel like you are actually there in the Star Club with the crowd, enjoying the rock and roll. I can't believe this whole album came from one single night of rock and roll and sounds like it could have been made in a studio. Very well produced and I'm jealous of everyone who saw this concert live.

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This is often cited as one of the best live albums of all time, and I can imagine the energy of being there in '64. At this point it's dated.

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I'm sure this would've been dynamite to see and I'm sure he influenced many many people, but he's a nonce so 2 stars

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Heel leuke muziek. Jammer van de live uitvoering, want het klinkt (zoals ik al vaker gezegd heb) een stuk minder leuk. Ook bij deze opname klinkt de stem erg eentonig en hetzelfde. Het mist een beetje de dynamiek. **

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Jerry Lee Lewis was a hell of a piano player and performer, helped to transform early rock and roll, and is a total piece of crap. Some of the musicians that actually wrote these songs are probably better people and deserve more of the credit.

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I do t like this type of rock music, I could not get into the songs

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JEDEEOOO E EGAGAGEGEG OOOO FOR THE NIGHT OBABABIBABA bar je samo 20 minuta

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Ovoono, nije mi sjelo

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Solid rockabilly. Not much improv

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This is an album where going into it I already knew most of the songs. I can't say it did much for me. Maybe the appeal is in the nostalgia. I can't say

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Cet album a été enregistré à Hambourg dans une salle de concert à quelques pas seulement du célèbre quartier rouge de la ville hanséatique. La question est maintenant de savoir ce que pouvait bien faire Robert dans les parages...

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Just what you’d expect. Probably amazing at the time.

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Meh

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I'm a bit puzzled at this - I like JLL but this 22 minute live album with mainly covers of others hits and not particularly well recorded. I've read it's supposed to be the greatest etc but I don't agree.

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Very simple.

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respectueusement, ca me saoule

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Lively and energetic, yet I'm still uninterested. I can see why it's on this list, but it's just not my thing. One of those albums I respect, but don't fully enjoy.

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It’s okay, not really my type of thing though. Makes my foot shake

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No. Why is this on the list? He has like two songs and the rest are covers. Nothing original…. 2/5.

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Lots of energy. Must have been the energy of youth he wqs getting out of hos 13 year old cousin.

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“Live at the Star Club, Hamburg” by Jerry Lee Lewis (1964) Jerry Lee Lewis is a rock and roll icon. But here we have a record that is, in a word, horrible. This museum display is evidence of everything that’s wrong with albums made from live recordings. I’m sure the concert (qua concert) was great, but this record (qua record) is organized crime. It’s a fecal fossil. If this is your first exposure to Jerry Lee Lewis, please don’t listen to it. Please, please do not listen to this album. In an attempt to capture lightning in a bottle, it ends up with a few fireflies in a leaky butterfly net. Comparing these live recordings with the studio originals reveals the poor quality: none of the classic Sun Records lead vocal reverb, and a very bad mix with too little guitar and virtually no bass, tinny drums, sloppy pitch control, extremely limited tonal and dynamic range on the piano and (ironically and fatally) virtually NO audience interaction. It’s a blasphemous denial of Jerry Lee Lewis’ genius as a recording artist and as a musician. Also, the tracks on this album scramble the order of the songs from the original concert (and the Spotify abridgment gives only eight of the album’s thirteen songs), thus denying Jerry Lee Lewis’ chosen set arrangement. It slaughters his artistic integrity. Lamentable. Jerry Lee (age 85), I hope you read this, and I join you in shaking a fist and raising a finger at Smash/Mercury. 1/5

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Dirty. Not nice.

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Inoffensive. Minus 2 stars for whitewashing black peiople

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Mejores: Whole lotta shaking going on Great balls of fire

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Definitely not my favourite, probably won't listen again. All the songs on this album sounded quite similar so it wasn't very interesting to listen to straight through.

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yhgh

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this aint it chief

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How bout no?

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Nothing special. Did great on the piano 🎹 but not a fan of the rest of the music

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

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BORING

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a zabavno, al ono

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Ofmetið klisjudrasl. Über problematic gaur.

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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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Ugh.

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- i dont like rock n roll really, cant see the significance

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Young Americans is so awesome, added to my happy playlist. "Win" is a little slow moving,

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Straight Balls of Fire. Great 60s vibe.

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