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    Nearly 40 years after being recorded, Saguaro Roads Records and Knox Phillips are set to release The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis on September 23 on both CD and 180 gram vinyl formats.

    Recorded in the late '70s at Phillips Recording in Memphis by Knox Phillips (son of esteemed producer and founder of Sun Records/Studios Sam Phillips), The Knox Phillips Sessions will be available on all digital and physical platforms including an 11-track (with a bonus song) vinyl record on September 23.

    At the end of the '70s, Jerry Lee Lewis left Mercury Records after a successful 15 years that saw his career spectacularly reborn in country music. Even after amassing 35 country hits there, country music was just one part of Jerry Lee Lewis' musical soul. Now and then, Mercury had allowed him to deviate from the genre, but never far...and never for long. And, it was time for a musical walkabout.

    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 in his inimitable style - precisely what Jerry Lee had done with "Whole Lotta Shakin" some 20 years earlier.

    Always after midnight, Knox would get a call from Jerry Lee, asking him - maybe telling him - to come open up the studio because he 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 Lee 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, the sessions capture 10 songs from one of the true giants of American music at his best -- an enduring talent playing the music that he wanted to record and making each song into an expression of himself.

    While The Knox Phillips Sessions has collected dust for the better part of four decades, it's now time for this brilliant collection to see the light of day.

    You know it!

    Track Listing:

    1. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
    2. Ragged But Right
    3. Room Full of Roses
    4. Johnny B. Goode / Carol
    5. That Kind of Fool
    6. Harbor Lights
    7. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
    8. Music! Music! Music! / Canadian Sunset
    9. Lovin' Cajun Style
    10. Beautiful Dreamer

    Will you check out this important release?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    08.21.14



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