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Jerry Lee Lewis
"Young Blood"

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Year of Release: 1995

track listing
  • I'll Never Get Out Of This
    World Alive
  • Goosebumps
  • Things
  • Miss The Mississippi
    And You
  • Young Blood
  • Crown Victoria Custom '51
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Restless Heart
  • Gotta Travel On
  • Down The Road A Piece
  • It Was The Whiskey
    Talkin' (Not Me)
  • Poison Love
  • One Of Them Old Things
  • House Of Blue Lights

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    "Young Blood"

    Jerry Lee Lewis returns this week, with one of his most later albums released in his career - Young Blood, from 1995. This album was a comeback for Jerry Lee, as it was an attempt back to Sun Records, where he started his career. No doubt, get ready for a good Rock n Roll/Country album. This album featured an all-star cast of musicians, including James Burton, Buddy Herman, Joey Spampinato, Andy Paley and Kenny Lovelace.

    The album leads off with a great Rock n Roll track, co-written by Hank Williams Sr. -- "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive." Jerry Lee kicks it off in his great Rock n Roll style. Two songs that are similiar to one of his biggest hits, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On": "Goosebumps" (which was a single from this album, and the other single, "Crown Victoria Custom '51." Again, it's Rock n Roll, defined by the one and only, Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Jerry Lee Lewis was also credited as a great Country artist, and there are some great Country songs here: "Things" combines both Rock and Country, and "Miss The Mississippi And You" has a Country Mickey Gilley style. (Mickey Gilley is Jerry Lee's cousin.)

    The title track "Young Blood" is the remake of the 1950s hit by The Coasters. (This song title is probably best remembered as "Youngblood"; one word.) Jerry Lee makes this song his own. "High Blood Pressure" is another good "Rock n Roll Jerry Lee Lewis" song. The "good ol' Country" has "Restless Heart," set to the early 1950s Country, as in the early years of another Country legend, Ray Price - "Crazy Arms." And speaking of another Country legend, the early Johnny Cash comes to mind on "Gotta Travel On." Like Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash started on the Sun record label.

    "Down The Road A Piece" is another great "Jerry Lee Rock n Roll" song, and the old, old Country, preferably the 1940s (Hank sr.) and has the style on (and what a great Country title) -- "It Was The Whiskey Talkin' (Not Me)." "Poison Love" is a bit jazzy, but it's still "Rock n Roll Jerry Lee." The "Good Ol' Jerry Lee Country" has "One Of Those Things," and the "Good Ol' Jerry Lee Rock n Roll" on the ending track, "House Of Blue Lights."

    Jerry Lee Lewis IS Rock n Roll. Jerry Lee Lewis IS Country. It's all here, on Young Blood. All in all, he was still rockin' in his later years, as Young Blood was released in 1995, and Jerry Lee was 60 years old then. The year now, is 2022, and Jerry Lee is currently 86 years old. Like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, they all started at Sun Records. They were named as "The Million Dollar Quartet" as they were all in the studio, just hanging out, while the tapes were rolling. Jerry Lee is the only "surviving member" of that "quartet." It would have been amazing if the four of them had actually recorded an album together, during the 1970s or 1980s. Two other singers who also started at Sun, were Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. Adding those two the quartet for a future album, would have also been fantastic; another "SuperGroup."

    But Jerry Lee still can still rock, and does very well on Young Blood. It sure sounded like he was back on Sun Records, doing what he does best -- being a great Rock n Roll artist, and of course, a Rock n Roll Hall of Famer; he was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

    Jerry Lee Lewis passed away on October 28, 2022. He was 87. The Million Dollar Quartet is now reunited in Rock & Roll Heaven: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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