Soul My Way

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Soul My Way
Studio album by Jerry Lee Lewis
Released1967
RecordedMay and August, 1967
GenreRock, soul, country
Length26:56
LabelSmash
ProducerJerry Kennedy
Jerry Lee Lewis chronology
By Request: More of the Greatest Live Show on Earth
(1966)
Soul My Way
(1967)
Another Place, Another Time
(1968)

Soul My Way is an album by Jerry Lee Lewis released on the Smash label in 1967.

Background[edit]

Jerry Lee Lewis signed with Smash in 1963 and, after four years, Mercury executives did not seem to know what do with him. Although he remained very popular in Europe, and a riveting live performer, he enjoyed little chart success. Mercury had tried an album of Sun Records remakes (Golden Hits of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1964) and a country-themed album (Country Songs for City Folks in 1965) but they did not come close to recapturing the triumphs Lewis had enjoyed with Sam Phillips. Rock and pop music had also changed enormously by 1967, making it more difficult for Mercury to figure out how to market Lewis. As Colin Escott notes in the sleeve to the 1995 Mercury compilation Killer Country, by the late sixties "Jerry's idea of rock music was almost ten years out of date. In private conversation, he would offer the opinion that the Beatles should go back across the Atlantic at a slow walk, but no amount of posturing could turn back the clock."[citation needed]

Recording[edit]

By 1967, producer Shelby Singleton left Mercury to form his own label and Jerry Kennedy would take complete charge of Lewis's recordings. Kennedy eventually produced Jerry Lee's comeback single "Another Place, Another Time" the following year, which ushered in a string of country hits for Lewis well into the next decade but, as biographer Joe Bonomo writes in Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, by 1967 Kennedy was "scratching his head over what the heck to do. Jerry Lee's lone album in 1967, the curious (and among Killer fans somewhat infamous) Soul My Way, was a hodgepodge of old tracks and new that Kennedy attempted to unify with variety show pizzazz."[citation needed] The album is noteworthy for its cover of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Turn On Your Love Light" and its take on Texas songwriter Mickey Newbury's psychedelic "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)", which features Lewis playing harpsichord.[citation needed] Three tracks, "Wedding Bells", the Lewis original "He Took It Like a Man", and "Betcha Gonna Like It" had been recorded during sessions dating back to 1963 and 1964.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Soul My Way was released November 1, 1967 to commercial and public indifference, failing to crack the Billboard chart.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Turn on Your Love Light"
2:33
2."It's a Hang Up, Baby"Eddie Reeves2:17
3."Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"Cindy Walker2:28
4."Just Dropped In"Mickey Newbury2:27
5."Wedding Bells"Claude Boone2:33
6."He Took It Like a Man"Jerry Lee Lewis1:53
7."Hey! Baby"
2:11
8."Treat Her Right"Roy Head2:01
9."Holdin' On"
  • Majorie Barton
  • Bobby Dyson
3:06
10."Shotgun Man"Cecil Harrelson2:45
11."I Betcha Gonna Like It"
  • Buddy Killen
  • Robert Riley
2:42
Total length:26:56