Jerry Lee Lewis

The Killer's country comeback years on 28-track twofer

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SHE EVEN WOKE ME UP TO SAY GOODBYE

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By the late-’60s, Lewis was still reeling from the outrage following marriage to his under-age cousin. Smash Records offered salvation in a return to the country roots he couldn’t shake. Fusing sweaty R&B, gospel, hillbilly and Tin Pan Alley with teary balladry, working-man’s blues and nods to Haggard and Jimmie Rodgers, 1968’s Another Place… and She Even Woke… (1970)?bolstered by six add-ons from in between LP She Still Comes Around?find the man fired up, happily unable to resist the odd, impassioned pounding of ivories in the process.

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