Rock & Roll Time

Rock & Roll Time

by Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis


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There's a different feel to 2014's Rock & Roll Time, the third album Jerry Lee Lewis has made with benefactor and producer Steve Bing. Once again, superstar drummer Jim Keltner co-produces (as he did on 2010's Mean Old Man), and the pair bring the Killer back where he belongs -- right at Sun Studios. In case anybody missed the point, Jerry Lee is placed directly in front of the old Sun building itself on the cover of Rock & Roll Time, underscoring a point the music makes perfectly plain: Jerry Lee is once again singing some of that old-time rock & roll. It's a back-to-basics move, and to that end, Bing and Keltner made the canny decision to dial back the superstar cameos that threatened to overwhelm Lewis on Last Man Standing and Mean Old Man. Some familiar names join Jerry Lee in the studio -- Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Nils Lofgren, Doyle Bramhall II, Derek Trucks, and Jon Brion all are here -- but only Shelby Lynne shares the microphone with him, which means the album belongs to nobody but the Killer. He sounds his age, as he should at 79, but he still sounds vibrant, whether he's once again singing Chuck Berry songs he's played countless times before, or laying into Kris Kristofferson's "Rock & Roll Time," Bob Dylan's obscure "Stepchild," or Mack Vickery's "Keep Me in Mind." The emphasis is on greasy groove, an appropriate move considering the Killer's advanced age, but by placing feel first and foremost, it's possible to pay attention to how Lewis' vocal phrasing remains sly and supple. Nobody else can sing like Jerry Lee and it remains a pleasure to hear him sink his teeth into nearly any song, especially when he's supported by a team as sympathetic as he is here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2014
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015707833424
catalogNumber: 783342
Rank: 122280

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Lee Lewis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Shelby Lynne   Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Lap Steel Guitar
Ivan Neville   Hammond B3
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Neil Young   Guitar,Vocals
Vonda Shepard   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Jon Brion   Guitar
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Daniel Lanois   Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Lovelace   Guitar
Keith Richards   Guitar
Rick Rosas   Bass
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
James Walbourne   Acoustic Guitar
LaTonya Hall   Background Vocals
Gus Seyfert   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jim Keltner   Producer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Martin Cook   Engineer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Jimmy Rip   Additional Production
Mack Vickery   Composer
James Saez   Engineer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer,overdub engineer
Martin Pradler   Engineer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Jun Murakawa   Engineer
Jim McGuinn   Composer
Frankie Lewis   Photo Courtesy
Steve Bing   Producer
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo
Mike Ross   Engineer
David Bryant   Engineer
Ted Wheeler   Engineer
Bobby Tis   Engineer
Ronald W. Vanzant   Composer
Tom Freitag   Engineer
Mike Parragone   Engineer
Ben O'Neill   Engineer
Robert Burns   Composer

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