So, this has been one of my little musical crusades. I believe that Jerry Lee Lewis' Live at the Star Club, Hamburg is the greatest live album of all time. For some quick background, this album was recorded in 1964, a point in Jerry's career when he was lower than low. His backing band BARELY keeps up with him, as he turns standard 50's rock and roll into a grindcore, ludicrous speed. Jerry constantly is yelling/insulting the band (one hit wonders, the Nashville Teens) to keep up with his pace and has no mention name dropping himself into other artist's tracks.
Kick out the Jams, At Folsom Prison, Live at the Leeds and other classic live albums show a certain energy and rawness to a band. Those albums mentioned above are candles, compared to the Great Chicago Fire that is Live at the Star Club.
Here are some clips:
"What I'd Say (Parts 1 + 2)"
This is where you'll hear Jerry namedrop himself into Ray Charles' song. And at the start of part 2, you'll hear him yell at his backing bad.
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
This first video is the original version by Little Richard, recorded in 1958
This is what Jerry Lee Lewis turned it into less than 6 years later on Live at the Star Club.
So, if you haven't heard this before, what do you think? If you have, what's been your opinion of it?