With ‘Ballads’ Bear Family presents the soulful and sentimental side of the Killer.
27 beautiful Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country ballads recorded between 1956 and 1963 for Sun Records.
Songs by Charlie Rich, Hank Williams and others as well as selected favorites from the Tin Pan Alley catalogue.
Elegant digipak with extensive booklet and detailed liner notes by Chicago music expert Bill Dahl.
No certified 1950s legend rocked harder than Jerry Lee Lewis. His immortal Sun Records hits stand among the cornerstones of rock ‘n’ roll, and Bear Family has spotlighted those classics on plenty of seminal LP and CD packages over the years. But the Killer loved country and rock ‘n’ roll ballads too—tears-in-your-beer weepers that he delivered with the same swaggering panache that he brought to his pulverizing rockers.

He revived his career in 1968 by re-embracing that side of his persona, but even during his Sun glory years, Lewis prolifically delivered quality ballads—as this new collection, spanning 1956-1963, generously underscores. Jerry Lee rolls through gems by Hank Williams (one of his primary heroes), in-house bard Charlie Rich, a couple of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts and a taste of the blues, and anything else that might have struck his free-wheeling fancy during his unbeatable Sun tenure.

01 Crazy Arms
02 Invitation To Your Party
03 Born To Lose
04 I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
05 Tomorrow Night
06 I’m The Guilty One
07 Fools Like Me
08 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
09 Sail Away (with Charlie Rich)
10 Set My Mind At Ease (Stereo)
11 I’ll Make It All Up To You
12 It Hurts Me So
13 Love Letters In The Sand
14 How’s My Ex Treating You
15 You Win Again
16 I Know What It Means
17 Turn Around
18 The Balad Of Billy Joe
19 It All Depends
20 Love On Broadway
21 Seasons Of My Heart (with Linda Gail Lewis)
22 Someday
23 That Lucky Old Sun
24 Cold Cold Heart
25 Love Made A Fool Of Me
26 Goodnight Irene
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