12 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lewis’ second—and final—album for Sun Records notably includes “Great Balls of Fire,” his career-making smash from four years earlier. But there’s plenty of other worthy material where that came from, like the romping rockabilly manifesto “Hillbilly Music” and the melodramatic murder yarn “Frankie and Johnny.” For all his tendency toward scenery-chewing flamboyance, the piano man proves restrained and sincere when tipping his hat to his heroes, covering songs by Hank Williams (“Cold, Cold Heart”) and Fats Domino (“Hello Josephine”) with obvious reverence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lewis’ second—and final—album for Sun Records notably includes “Great Balls of Fire,” his career-making smash from four years earlier. But there’s plenty of other worthy material where that came from, like the romping rockabilly manifesto “Hillbilly Music” and the melodramatic murder yarn “Frankie and Johnny.” For all his tendency toward scenery-chewing flamboyance, the piano man proves restrained and sincere when tipping his hat to his heroes, covering songs by Hank Williams (“Cold, Cold Heart”) and Fats Domino (“Hello Josephine”) with obvious reverence.

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