Sun Records: 25 Blues Classics

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
While it inevitably shares certain material with Rhino's similarly themed 1990 Blue Flames: Sun Blues Collection, this 2001 edition on Varese presents a generous 25 tracks compared with Rhino's relatively meager 18 and digs deeper into the Sun vaults for its material. Since only five tunes are duplicated from the earlier release, it actually makes a perfect companion piece, as this chooses different songs from some of the same artists, as well as uncovers a few true obscurities. As most roots music fans know, Memphis and Sun Studios in particular were a hotbed of blues, as well as the birthing place for rock & roll as we know it. B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Little Milton,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
While it inevitably shares certain material with Rhino's similarly themed 1990 Blue Flames: Sun Blues Collection, this 2001 edition on Varese presents a generous 25 tracks compared with Rhino's relatively meager 18 and digs deeper into the Sun vaults for its material. Since only five tunes are duplicated from the earlier release, it actually makes a perfect companion piece, as this chooses different songs from some of the same artists, as well as uncovers a few true obscurities. As most roots music fans know, Memphis and Sun Studios in particular were a hotbed of blues, as well as the birthing place for rock & roll as we know it. B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Little Milton, James Cotton, and Little Junior Parker all began their careers there. This music influenced nascent rockers like Elvis, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis to incorporate the bluesmen's sounds, and even songs, into their own repertoires. The collection skips over both Wolf and King whose tracks are easily available elsewhere in favor of many rarities, some making their debut appearance on CD. Four tracks from Pinetop Perkins, Joe Hill Louis, Earl Hooker the first version of his "The Hucklebuck" and Guitar Red are previously unreleased. The majority of the selections date from 1953-'55, with two from 1952, one from 1956, and one Frank Frost's classic "Jelly Roll King" from 1962. The remastering is clean and crisp throughout, and although the sound is naturally a little thin, the music is so full of life and excitement that you ignore the sonics and just get lost in the groove. Less Delta and more upbeat than most traditional blues, this is music for dancing and partying. Predating John Lee Hooker's work, Dr Ross' "Boogie Disease" and Little Junior Parker's "Feelin' Good" are virtual blueprints for what would later be associated with Hooker's trademarked sound. Lost artists like Eddie Snow and Guitar Red and a long forgotten track from Mr. Red Hot, Billy the Kid Emerson, are unearthed, but everything here is of remarkable quality. Even when the songs are simple retreads of blues themes, the artists inject so much enthusiasm into their performances that they become near classics. Six pages of liner notes from Bill Dahl help fill in the blanks and provide fascinating background material giving a detailed look into some of these relatively obscure tracks. It's not the final word on Sun's blues catalog, but, as of 2001, this is the best single-disc exploration of this vital period in American music and is an essential addition to any blues lover's collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206625424
  • Catalog Number: 066254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We All Gotta Go Sometime (2:42)
  2. 2 Baker Shop Boogie - The Memphis Blues Boy (2:44)
  3. 3 Easy (Instrumental) - Jimmy DeBerry (3:00)
  4. 4 Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog) - Rufus Thomas (2:52)
  5. 5 Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:57)
  6. 6 Tiger Man (King of the Jungle) - Rufus Thomas (2:50)
  7. 7 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (2:45)
  8. 8 Hydramatic Woman (2:32)
  9. 9 The Hucklebuck (3:06)
  10. 10 Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:26)
  11. 11 Love Me Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:38)
  12. 12 Come Back Baby - Doctor Ross (2:50)
  13. 13 Somebody Told Me (3:00)
  14. 14 Straighten Up Baby - James Cotton (2:21)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Murder My Baby (2:56)
  16. 16 Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton (3:00)
  17. 17 The Boogie Disease - Doctor Ross (2:35)
  18. 18 When It Rains It Pours (3:11)
  19. 19 I Feel So Worried - Willie Johnson (2:36)
  20. 20 Red Hot (2:28)
  21. 21 Lookin' for My Baby (2:54)
  22. 22 Ain't That Right (2:38)
  23. 23 Go Ahead On - Guitar Red (2:49)
  24. 24 The Chicken (Dance With You) (2:51)
  25. 25 Jelly Roll King (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Cotton Track Performer
Frank Frost Track Performer
Earl Hooker Track Performer
Big Walter Horton Track Performer
Joe Hill Louis Track Performer
Rosco Gordon Track Performer
Doctor Ross Track Performer
Little Milton Track Performer
Jimmy DeBerry Track Performer
Pat Hare Track Performer
Willie Nix Track Performer
Pinetop Perkins Track Performer
Willie Johnson Track Performer
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Track Performer
Eddie Snow Track Performer
Technical Credits
James Cotton Composer
Pee Wee Crayton Composer
Big Walter Horton Composer
Joe Hill Louis Composer
Pinetop Smith Composer
Annie Lennox Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Bill Dahl Producer, Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
David A. Stewart Composer
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