Jerry Lee Lewis & Time Life Announce The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings
Album Includes 10 Never-Before-Heard Tracks Recorded With Knox Phillips in 1978
Digital Release Set for 8/19, Physical CD + 180 Gram Vinyl Available 9/23
After almost forty years, Jerry Lee Lewis and Time Life are set to release The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings in digital HD audio, CD, and 180 gram vinyl formats. The 11-track album will be available digitally on August 19th, with a physical retail release following on September 23rd. Physical pre-orders will also be available at Amazon and iTunes on August 19th. Ten of the eleven tracks were recorded in Memphis by Knox Phillips – son of esteemed producer and DJ Sam Phillips – at Phillips Recording in 1978. The recordings collected dust for the better part of four decades, and will finally be available for purchase and streaming to the delight of rock n’ roll fans across the globe.
It was 1978, and Jerry Lee Lewis had just left Mercury Records after fifteen years that saw his career spectacularly reborn in country music. In all, there were 35 country hits. The problem was that country music was just one part of Jerry Lee Lewis’ musical soul. Now and then, Mercury had allowed him to deviate from the path, but never far…and never for long.
Like his father, Knox Phillips intuitively understood how to produce Jerry Lee Lewis, allowing him free rein to plunder his subconscious for half-forgotten songs, and reimagine them as Jerry Lee Lewis songs. That’s what Jerry Lee had done with “Whole Lotta Shakin” twenty ears earlier. Always after midnight, Knox would get a call from Jerry Lee Lewis, asking him – maybe telling him – to come open up the studio because Jerry Lee Lewis felt like recording. In those sessions, Jerry Lee crossed the breadth of American music from Stephen Foster to Jim Croce. After a nineteenth century gospel standard, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” Jerry would drawl his way imperiously through pop classics like “Harbor Lights.” To those, he added old country hits like “Room Full of roses.” Although he wrote none of the songs, he imprints himself forcefully upon them all, perhaps never more so than on the bitterly regretful “That Kind of Fool.”
In all, there are eleven songs capturing one of the true, enduring giants of American music at his best. He played the music that he wanted to record and made every song into an expression of himself. There have been plenty of Jerry Lee Lewis Records, but none like this.
For more information about Jerry Lee Lewis and The Knox Phillips Sessions, please visit www.jerryleelewis.com.
Official Track Listing:
- Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
- Ragget But Right
- Room Full of Roses
- Johnny B. Goode / Carol
- That Kind of Fool
- Harbor Lights
- Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
- Music! Music! Music! / Canadian Sunset
- Lovin’ Cajun Style
- Beautiful Dreamer
- That Kind of Fool (Full Band Version) BONUS**