Jerry Lee Lewis
Last Man Standing
The Killer outlasted them all, ladies and gentlemen. Sun Records alumni Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins have all taken that final Cadillac ride to rockabilly heaven, making Jerry Lee, truly, the Last Man Standing. To celebrate 50-plus years of rocking, Lewis has turned out the ultimate rock duets album, and the results are absolutely great.
From The Killer’s take on Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” with Jimmy Page on guitar, to the rave up “I Saw Her Standing There” with fellow icon Little Richard, this one smokes. Sure, there are a couple of hiccups here, most notably Rod Stewart’s butchering of “What Made Milwaukee Famous” and “Honky Tonk Women” with Kid Rock, but those can almost be overlooked in the wake of duets like “Lost Highway” with Delaney Bramlett, “Pink Cadillac” with Bruce Springsteen, and “Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age” with ol’ Possum, George Jones.
Lewis gets down and tears the piano up with other guests that include Mick Jagger, Ron Woods, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr. B.B. King, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, John Fogerty, Robbie Robertson, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Toby Keith, Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson, and Buddy Guy. Wow. Come on over baby, there’s still a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on. Goodness,gracious great balls of fire!
-Michael Buffalo Smith