The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings features eleven songs that capture one of the true, enduring giants of American music at his best. Lewis played the music that he wanted to record and made every song into a unique expression of his wild, eclectic soul. There have been plenty of Jerry Lee Lewis records, but none like this! Great for fans wanting an authentic, 1970s music experience.
Jerry Lee left Sun in 1963, but, like Elvis, returned often. By the mid-1970s, the studio was run by Sam Phillips' son, Knox, who produced one of the era's biggest hits: the Amazing Rhythm Aces' "Third Rate Romance." Like his father, Knox intuitively understood how to produce Jerry Lee Lewis, allowing him free rein to plunder his subconscious for half-forgotten songs and re-imagine them as Jerry Lee Lewis songs, just as he'd done with "Whole Lotta Shakin'" twenty years earlier. Over the course of several late nights in the 1970s, Knox recorded Jerry Lee Lewis as he crossed the breadth of American music from Stephen Foster to Jim Croce's still-current hit "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." Alongside a nineteenth century gospel standard, "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior," Jerry drawled his way imperiously through pop classics like "Harbor Lights," and timeless country hits like "Room Full of Roses." Although he wrote none of the songs, Jerry Lee imprints himself forcefully upon them all, perhaps never more so than on the bitterly regretful "That Kind of Fool."