Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club, Hamburg (April 5, 1964)
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Live at the Star Club is a live recording of Jerry Lee Lewis backed by The Nashville Teens playing at the Star-Club, Hamburg, Germany, April 5, 1964. It is regarded by many music journalists as one of the wildest and greatest rock and roll concert albums ever. The album appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Rolling Stone (5 out of 5 stars): "'Live At The Star Club, Hamburg' is not an album, it's a crime scene: Jerry Lee Lewis slaughters his rivals in a thirteen-song set that feels like one long convulsion. Recorded April 5th, 1964, this is the earliest and most feral of Lewis' concert releases from his wilderness years ..."
Allmusic: "Words cannot describe -- cannot contain -- the performance captured on Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, an album that contains the very essence of rock & roll [...] Live at the Star Club is extraordinary -- the purest, hardest rock & roll ever committed to record [...] he sounds possessed, hitting the keys so hard it sounds like they'll break, and rocking harder than anybody had before or since. Compared to this, thrash metal sounds tame, the Stooges sound constrained, hardcore punk seems neutered, and the Sex Pistols sound like wimps. Rock & roll is about the fire in the performance, and nothing sounds as fiery as this; nothing hits as hard or sounds as loud, either. It is no stretch to call this the greatest live album ever, nor is it a stretch to call it the greatest rock & roll album ever recorded. Even so, words can't describe the music here — it truly has to be heard to be believed."
"Mean Woman Blues" (Claude Demetrius) 4:01
"High School Confidential" (Hargrave, Lewis) 2:25
"Money (That's What I Want)" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy) 4:35
"Matchbox" (Carl Perkins) 2:46
"What'd I Say, Part 1" (Ray Charles) 2:18
"What'd I Say, Part 2" 3:08
"Great Balls of Fire" (Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer) 1:48
"Good Golly, Miss Molly" (Bumps Blackwell, John Marascalco) 2:19
"Lewis' Boogie" (Lewis) 1:55
"Your Cheatin' Heart" (Hank Williams) 3:03
"Hound Dog" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) 2:28
"Long Tall Sally" (Enotris Johnson, Little Richard) 1:52
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (Sunny David, Dave Williams) 4:24