Best of Sun Records, Vol. 1 [Pazzazz]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The legend and legacy of Sam Phillips' little Memphis record label called Sun is a storied and enduring one, and justly so, since some of the most vital and important tracks of country and rock & roll were issued on Sun Records in the 1950s and early '60s, and it is virtually impossible to imagine the landscape of modern pop music had these records somehow not been issued. This little collection has some monster sides, including Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat" a ragged, funky variation on "Hound Dog", the elegant "Mystery Train" by Junior Parker, Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" perhaps his archetypal song, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire," and a pair of Carl Perkins ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The legend and legacy of Sam Phillips' little Memphis record label called Sun is a storied and enduring one, and justly so, since some of the most vital and important tracks of country and rock & roll were issued on Sun Records in the 1950s and early '60s, and it is virtually impossible to imagine the landscape of modern pop music had these records somehow not been issued. This little collection has some monster sides, including Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat" a ragged, funky variation on "Hound Dog", the elegant "Mystery Train" by Junior Parker, Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" perhaps his archetypal song, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire," and a pair of Carl Perkins gems, the immortal "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Matchbox," a wonderful reworking of an old Blind Lemon Jefferson blues 78. There are many Sun anthologies on the market, some of which go deeper into the catalog, but for the casual listener looking for the musical equivalent of the Big Bang, this compilation shows how the fuse was lit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2005
  • Label: Pazzazz
  • UPC: 883717011220
  • Catalog Number: 20007
  • Sales rank: 68,810

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas (2:51)
  2. 2 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (2:15)
  3. 3 Mystery Train - Junior Parker (2:22)
  4. 4 Boppin' the Blues - Carl Perkins (2:49)
  5. 5 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:51)
  6. 6 I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash (2:42)
  7. 7 Whirlwind - Charlie Rich (2:05)
  8. 8 Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison (2:12)
  9. 9 Dixie Fried - Carl Perkins (2:25)
  10. 10 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis (1:52)
  11. 11 Red Hot - Billy Lee Riley (2:30)
  12. 12 Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:43)
  13. 13 Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash (2:10)
  14. 14 High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:29)
  15. 15 Matchbox - Carl Perkins (2:08)
  16. 16 Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich (2:03)
  17. 17 Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash (1:47)
  18. 18 How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf (2:40)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Sunny David Composer
Jack Hammer Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Dave Williams Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Dick Penner Composer
Wade Moore Composer
David Kelly Composer
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