Old Time Religion: Rare Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis in Church Preachin', Shoutin' and

Old Time Religion: Rare Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis in Church Preachin', Shoutin' and

by Jerry Lee Lewis


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One of the key tenets in Jerry Lee Lewis' mythology is his fiery argument with Sam Phillips about God just prior to recording the master take of "Great Balls of Fire," so it comes as no surprise that the Killer holds salvation as closely to his heart as he does sin, yet he never recorded a full-blown religious record, which is what makes Bear Family's Old Time Religion such a find. Released initially as part of the 1986 series of LP box sets called The Killer, these recordings find Jerry Lee at Brother Davis' Church in Memphis on December 13, 1970, backed by a basic band featuring his son Jerry Lee Jr. on drums, Kenneth Lovelace on guitar and fiddle, Edward DeBruhl on bass, and William "Bill" David Strom on organ. It's a curious recording -- certainly looser than most church records, lively but not as infectious as the Killer at his peak, built on standards but containing no hits. In other words, it's the kind of album that is impossible to market, which is of course what labels are designed to do, so it sat on the shelf where it aged nicely, a recording more interesting in retrospect than at the time. If Jerry Lee isn't quite at home here in church, he's certainly in his element, tossing off hymns with authority, easing his way into spoken testimonials, inserting his name into the lyrics wherever he can, showing no shame in plugging the records they have for sale (he doesn't need the money, of course, but his sidemen do). All this makes for a religious record whose scale tips slightly toward the sinful over the saintly, but of course that's why it's worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2011
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127166852
catalogNumber: 2716685
Rank: 36936

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Lee Lewis   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Producer
Sara Carter   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Linda Gail Lewis   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
George Bernard   Composer
Lloyd Copas   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Cecil Harrelson   Composer
Rupert Cravens   Composer
O.S. Davis   Composer
Charlie Tillman   Composer
M.E. Abbey   Composer
James Coates   Composer
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
J. S. Torbett   Composer
Jean Bradford   Composer
Millie Lou Pace   Composer

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