Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis: You Win Again

Van Morrison has been a living legend for many years. His hits span decades and include "Gloria", "Brown Eyed Girl", "Wild Nights", "Domino", "Tupelo Honey", and "Moondance". This time he teams up with a little less well known, but not any less electric, Linda Gail Lewis. Linda is the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis and in addition to her tremendous vocal talent, she felt it necessary to bring her piano playing up to a level to do her brother proud. She did! She brings with her 15 years of road experience with her brother Jerry Lee touring with him as warm up act, backing singer and duet partner. She followed this with a spot with the road company of ABC-TV's mid-'60's Shindig. Since then she has pursued a solo career recently releasing "Linda Gail Lewis" produced by Cliff Richard's producer, Stuart Coleman. She has also just finished an autobiography titled
"The Devil, Me and Jerry Lee".
On this project Van has picked some of the most important songs from the past and made them his own with some really fine arrangements. His ability to lock into a groove is exceptional and these old gems sparkle with new facets as the master cutter crafts and hones them to new luster. Linda Gail Lewis contributes some of the best played and recorded Honky Tonk piano we've ever heard. It's obvious she studied with the master: Jerry Lee Lewis. Her voice is strong enough to keep up with Van's and so versatile that she can sound like different singers through the course of a song as in "Real Gone Lover". Along with "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues" there is a lot of good time rockabilly and country creating a nice mix of party music. One of our favorites is the Hank William's classic " Jambalaya" done with fire and drive that comes from the way the CD was recorded. Van's style of recording is based on trying to get the song on the first take to capture the excitement and energy of a live performance. Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis have delivered on that promise and have given us a masterpiece.

Songs:

Let's Talk About Us..Otis Blackwell

You Win Again..Hank Williams

Jambalaya..Hank Williams

Crazy Arms..Ralph Mooney & Chuck Seats

Old Black Joe..Lewis

Think Twice Before You Go..A. Smith

No Way Pedro..Van Morrison

A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues..Terry Thompson

Real Gone Lover..Dave Bartholomew, Ruth Durand & Joseph Robichaux

Why Don't you Love Me..Hank Williams

Cadillac..Ellas McDaniel

Baby (You Got What It Takes)..Clyde Lovern Otis & Murray Stein

Boogie Chillen..John Lee Hooker & Bernard Besman

Playing Time: 42:00

Produced By Van Morrison for Exile Productions Ltd.


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