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The first thing to say is that if you are only interested in Jerry Lee's rock'n'roll music, you should forget this compilation. There is some of that music here (the first fourteen tracks on the first CD) but it is covered in much greater depth on other compilations. While it's nice to have some of his rock'n'roll stuff here, the real reason to buy this collection is to discover just what a fantastic country singer Jerry Lee became. He is never given the credit he deserves for this aspect of his music.
The country music begins with track 15 on CD 1. For me, the last seven tracks of the first CD are the highlight of the whole set. Another place another time begins the sequence, which also includes What's made Milwaukee famous (covered by Rod Stewart among others), To make love sweeter for you, Don't let me cross over (a duet with Linda Gail Lewis) and One has my name the other has my heart.
The whole of the second CD is filled with great country music, with just an occasional nod to his past, including a great revival of Chantilly lace. The outstanding song here is a cover of an even older song, Over the rainbow, sung with an edge suggesting he knows that the dream is not going to come true. Other notable tracks include She even woke me up to say goodbye, Meat man and Thirty-nine and holding, but as the compilation title proclaims, there is no filler here.
If you enjoy hearing Jerry sing country as well as rock'n'roll, this is the strongest compilation so far released. I note, as I write this, that it has now become a collector's item. Before paying a premium price, check Jerry's other available albums, or write to Rhino records pleading for them to re-issue this set. Compilations do not usually command high prices, so the fact that this one does shows how good it is.
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