Jerry Lee Lewis Southern Roots LP (Mercury, 1973)
I have another rule for you to write in the Book of Soriano: When Jerry Lee Lewis sings about meat, you listen. And that he does on this album of (mostly) R&B songs. Backed by the MGs, James Brown, Carl Perkins, Tony Joe White, Mark Lindsay (?!), the Memphis Horns and others and produced by the great Huey Meaux, the Killer decides to drench himself in Memphis soul and why the fuck not? Memphis 1973 was a pretty hot scene and if he can get the cats above to back him... So Jerry Lee does Meat Man, which is pretty good, somewhat of a novelty, though it is worth a listen just to hear him smart ass his way to the end. A couple songs in and you hit the real meat. Jerry Lee takes on Sam & Dave's Hold On I'm Comin' and Wow! It won't hit you at first, but a couple minutes in and you know you are deep into a magical track. Of course, anything Jerry Lee sings comes off as a little sinister, but his version of Hold On... strips away all pretense that Jerry Lee will be arriving at your house as fast as he can just to hang out. And we leave you with a version of Doug Sahm's The Revolutionary Man, a song tailor fit for JLL. While Southern Roots is not 100%, the gems on it are worth the pick up.