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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hip-D Top 20 of 2006 » #18 » Jerry Lee Lewis - "Last Man Standing"

First and foremost, let me get this out of the way: The fact that Elvis, Roy, Carl, and Johnny are dead, Lewis' nickname is "The Killer," and his latest release is entitled Last Man Standing is purely coincidence! Even more fascinating though, is that this new album features Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and a whole slew of über-stars, and Lewis makes their contributions seem inconsequential. Ponder that for a moment. This album contains 13, (THIRTEEN!) other members of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, and Jerry Lee Lewis snuffs 'em all out as if they were Galactus to his Beyonder.

A handful of tunes are rockabilly standards (you can't keep a hit like "Sweet Little Sixteen" down), but the rest of the 21-song tracklist -- culled from the vaults of classic rock, country, boogie woogie, and blues -- are reinvented and reinvigorated through Lewis' pumpin' piano and miraculously tireless rock'n'roll howl. Songs that used to have a signature sound (Led Zep’s “Rock And Roll,” The Beatles’s “I Saw Her Standing There”) are given a fiery breath of fresh air. An unfortunate, but true, fact of the music world is that comeback albums rarely succeed. I'm pleased to present the "Exception to the Rule Award" for 2006.

-- Mark H.

Mark H.'s Favorite Track: "Rock and Roll (with Jimmy Page)"

This album appeared on the following staffers's lists:

  • Loog (#7)
  • Yail Bloor (#8)
  • Mark H. (#18)


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