Live at the Star Club

Live at the Star Club

Live at the Star Club

Recorded in Hamburg, Germany
April 5, 1964

Live at the Star Club

              It's April 1964 and the Beatles rule the airwaves. They are in the midst of filming their first movie, A Hard Day's Night. As has been noted before, the Beatles loved American Rock and Roll and soon groups like the Animals and Rolling Stones would bring our blues back to us.
              Elvis is old school making movies. His latest, "Kissin' Cousins."
             On the defensive (after perhaps not divorcing his wife and perhaps marrying his second cousin) Jerry Lee Lewis counter-attacked. He went to Hamburg, one of the places that those Beatles had cut their musical eyeteeth.  Like NOTHING the Beatles had ever done in Hamburg, Lewis tore the roof off the Star Club. And it was recorded! My my my it was recorded.

Live at the Star Club             

 And likely you didn't know it was. Likely you never heard it. Maybe, like me, never even heard of it.
                If you like rock and roll (and I suspect you wouldn't be here if you didn't) then you MUST listen to this amazing album. If you can turn it up, please do so!
               A producer for Philips Records Germany, Siggi Loch, fortunately for posterity, recorded the show.
                  Here's the track list. The Beatles, of course, covered "Matchbox." Lewis lights it up! That suggests there are some ballads here. Lewis pounds the keyboard throughout.
Side one
  1. “Mean Woman Blues”
  2. “High School Confidential”
  3. “Money (That’s What I Want)”
  4. “Matchbox”
  5. “What’d I Say, Part 1”
  6. “What’d I Say, Part 2”
Side two
  1. “Great Balls of Fire”
  2. “Good Golly, Miss Molly”
  3. “Lewis Boogie”
  4. “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
  5. “Hound Dog”
  6. “Long Tall Sally”
  7. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”
                AllMusic said of the album: "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."
              And Lewis did it with himself and a band he didn't know, a British band called the Nashville Teens!:
Musicians
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – piano, vocals
  • Johnny Allen – guitar
  • Pete Shannon Harris – bass
  • Barry Jenkins – drums
So if you have the system to play it loud here it is!

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