Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

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Peter Guralnick, author of a definitive two-part biography on Elvis Presley, published the equally definitive The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll in 2015. At 784 pages, the book is appropriately weighty. This is a man who not only discovered Elvis Presley, but Jerry Lee Lewis,

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Peter Guralnick, author of a definitive two-part biography on Elvis Presley, published the equally definitive The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll in 2015. At 784 pages, the book is appropriately weighty. This is a man who not only discovered Elvis Presley, but Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King, he deserves an epic but, as he was the quintessential recordman of the 20th century, he also deserves a soundtrack, so Guralnick gave him one, compiling a double-disc set to accompany the book. The recordings Phillips made at his Sun Studios are well-documented, so what gives The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll an edge is the curator's touch. Guralnick doesn't neglect Sun standards -- "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Moanin' at Midnight," "Rocket 88," "Mystery Train," "Sittin' and Thinkin'," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hey Porter," and "Rock & Roll Ruby" are all here, as they should be -- but he also doesn't rely on obscurities, either, choosing to balance cult favorites, left-field selections, and cuts from John Prine's 1979 album Pink Cadillac along with the big hits. He also bends unspoken rules of compilations, choosing to discard strict chronological flow and piling Little Walter tunes upon each other, a move that winds up emphasizing the big picture, how Phillips tapped into the essence of American music in all its wild, untamed weirdness. Decades after its recording, this mid-century music is funny, ribald, passionate, and vital, whether it's electrified blues boogie, backwoods rockabilly, sophisticated country, or Prine's knowing look back at it all, and this compilation, more than most Sun collections, drives right to the heart of the matter.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2015
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457245327
catalogNumber:
2453
Rank:
12071

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hello, Hello Baby
  2. Moanin' at Midnight
  3. Just Walkin' in the Rain
  4. How Many More Years
  5. Rocket 88
  6. Gotta Let You Go
  7. Every Night
  8. Troublesome Waters
  9. Easy
  10. Before Long
  11. Lonesome Bedroom
  12. Big River
  13. Boppin' the Blues
  14. The Boogie Disease
  15. Baby, Let's Play House
  16. Ooby Dooby
  17. Love My Baby
  18. Matchbox
  19. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  20. Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll
  21. She's Dynamite
  22. Mr. Highway Man (Cadillac Daddy)
  23. Tiger Man
  24. Red-Headed Woman
  25. End of the Road
  26. Who Will the Next Fool Be?
  27. Mystery Train
  28. How Lucky

Disc 2

  1. Feelin' Good
  2. You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven
  3. Turn Around
  4. Time Has Made a Change
  5. Miss Froggie
  6. Seems Like a Million Years
  7. When It Rains It Pours
  8. That's all Right
  9. You Win Again
  10. I've Been Deceived
  11. Rats in My Kitchen
  12. Lonesome Ol' Jail
  13. Feelin' Low
  14. Sittin' and Thinkin'
  15. Hey Porter
  16. Movie Magg
  17. Rockin' Chair Daddy
  18. Booted
  19. Cotton Crop Blues
  20. Dorothy Mae
  21. Mystery Train
  22. Blue Suede Shoes
  23. Rock and Roll Ruby
  24. Go Go Go
  25. Settin' the Woods on Fire
  26. I Shall Not Be Moved
  27. Tryin' to Get to You

Album Credits

Technical Credits

James Cotton   Composer
Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Joe Hill Louis   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Warren Smith   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Jimmy DeBerry   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Riley King   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Frank Floyd   Composer
Murphy Maddux   Composer
Robert Riley   Composer
John R. Cash   Composer
Jones Brothers   Composer
D.A. Hunt   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Sam C. Phillips   Composer
William Emerson   Composer
William Donald Nix   Composer
Nathan Golub   Art Direction
William Cantrell   Composer
Arthur Gunter   Composer

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