Blue Flames: Sun Blues Collection

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
If you are curious how the blues helped shape rock & roll, then get this collection of Sun Records' Memphis blues recordings. Stars of Sam Phillips' label and early rock icons Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins all sighted the influence of many of the performers here, and Elvis even covered one of the songs included on this disc "Mystery Train" by Little Junior's Blue Flames. A more oblique tie-in to "The King" comes from Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat," the answer song to Big Mama Thornton's original version of "Hound Dog." Other high-profile cuts include Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" considered by many to be the first rock & roll song and Roscoe Gordon's "I Found ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
If you are curious how the blues helped shape rock & roll, then get this collection of Sun Records' Memphis blues recordings. Stars of Sam Phillips' label and early rock icons Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins all sighted the influence of many of the performers here, and Elvis even covered one of the songs included on this disc "Mystery Train" by Little Junior's Blue Flames. A more oblique tie-in to "The King" comes from Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat," the answer song to Big Mama Thornton's original version of "Hound Dog." Other high-profile cuts include Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" considered by many to be the first rock & roll song and Roscoe Gordon's "I Found a New Love," as well as numbers by one-time Memphis DJ B.B. King "B.B. Blues" and one-time Memphis resident Howlin' Wolf "My Baby Walked Off". Along the lines of Wolf's electric, Chicago blues sound, there's also James Cotton's "Cotton Crop Blues," Joe Hill Louis' "When I Am Gone Treat Me Mean and Evil," and Pat Hare's apparently true-to-life number "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby." And with the inclusion of Doctor Ross' "Terra Mae" and Sleepy John Estes' "Runnin' Around," country-blues also gets its due. The set is rounded out by fine instrumentals from Jimmy & Walter and Johnny London aka Alto Wizard and with an excellent gospel number by the Southern Jubilee Singers. This is an exceptional collection, one that is essential listening for fans of early rock & roll and the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1990
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227096229
  • Catalog Number: 70962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocket 88
  2. 2 My Baby Walked Off
  3. 3 Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog)
  4. 4 Lookin' for My Baby
  5. 5 Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
  6. 6 Red Hot
  7. 7 Harmonica Jam
  8. 8 Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
  9. 9 Terra Mae
  10. 10 Easy
  11. 11 B.B. Blues
  12. 12 I Found a New Love
  13. 13 Runnin' Around
  14. 14 Forgive Me Lord - Southern Jubilee Singers
  15. 15 When I Am Gone (Treat Me Mean and Evil)
  16. 16 Jack's Jump
  17. 17 I'm Gonna Murder My Baby
  18. 18 Drivin' Slow
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Cotton Percussion, Vocals, Track Performer
Sleepy John Estes Guitar, Vocals
Frank Frost Guitar, Harmonica, Track Performer
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Big Jack Johnson Guitar
Joe Hill Louis Guitar, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Rosco Gordon Track Performer
Rufus Thomas Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Henderson Baritone (Vocal)
Doctor Ross Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Laverne Smith Leader
Bill Emerson Vocals
Danny Taylor Tenor (Vocal)
Mose Vinson Piano
Kenneth Banks Bass
Jackie Brenston Saxophone, Vocals
Jewel Briscoe Tenor Saxophone
Howlin' Wolf Harmonica, Vocals
Little Milton Track Performer
Milton Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Sam Carr Drums
Jimmy DeBerry Guitar
Joe Hall Piano
Nolan Hall Drums
Pat Hare Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Lonnie Hayes Drums
Raymond Hill Saxophone
Ike Turner Piano
William Johnson Piano
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Billy "Red" Love Piano
Reubin Martin Washboard
Calvin Newborn Guitar
Moses Reed Tenor Saxophone
Willie Sims Drums
Willie Steel Drums
Houston Stokes Drums
C.W. Tate Tenor Saxophone
Lee Crisp Harmonica
Tuff Green Bass
Solomon Hardy Saxophone
E.A. Kemp Drums
Willie Kizart Guitar
Ford Nelson Piano
James Sanders Bass (Vocal)
James Wheeler Saxophone
John Bowers Drums
Israel Franklin Drums
Willie Johnson Guitar
Jose Lee Leader
Floyd Murphy Guitar
Lawrence Taylor Alto Saxophone
Herman Parker Vocals
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Track Performer
Johnny London Alto Saxophone
Johnny Longon Track Performer
Coy "Hot Shot" Love Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
James Walker Bass
Jimmy & Walter Track Performer
Phineas Newborn Sr. Drums
Julius Drake Drums
Technical Credits
Ken Perry Remastering
James Austin Producer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Riley King Composer
Jules Taub Composer
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