Sun Records 50th Anniversary Collection

Sun Records 50th Anniversary Collection

     
 

While best known as the label that launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, Memphis-based Sun Records also released literally hundreds of singles that represented some of the best -- and some of the weirdest -- rockabilly, blues, and R&B ever recorded. Sam Phillips's recording studio wasSee more details below

Overview

While best known as the label that launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, Memphis-based Sun Records also released literally hundreds of singles that represented some of the best -- and some of the weirdest -- rockabilly, blues, and R&B ever recorded. Sam Phillips's recording studio was a bastion of both creativity and integration, a place where Johnny Cash (represented here with early versions of "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues") could record side by side with Rufus Thomas (whose lascivious "Tiger Man" is prototypical of his down-and-dirty style). This anniversary set collects 44 tunes from Sun's vaults, ranging from the out-of-control (like Billy Lee Riley's legendary rockabilly rave-up "Flying Saucers Rock and Roll") to the in-the-groove (like future country legend Charlie Rich's aching "Lonely Weekends" and "Who Will the Next Fool Be?"). Sun's big names are all represented here -- Elvis by the seminal "Mystery Train" and "That's Alright Mama"; Carl Perkins, the Killer, and Roy Orbison by a pair of tunes apiece -- but some of the most interesting material comes from the fringes. Bill Justis' appropriately named instrumental "Raunchy" remains a cult favorite, with an instantly recognizable chord progression that has been borrowed by countless rockers in the decades since its release. Likewise, rockabilly ravers such as Gene Simmons (no relation to the long-tongued Kiss dude) and Sonny Burgess (who's still on the road with his high-energy show) spit and snarl with as much venom as any latter-day bunch of attitude-mongers. There's nary a low point on this set, and even if certain tracks don't move your hips, most clock in at around two minutes, making the waiting period for the next shimmy brief enough for even the weakest attention span.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2002
Label:
Bmg Marketing
UPC:
0744659900020
catalogNumber:
99000
Rank:
51893

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Drivin' Slow  - Johnny London
  2. We All Gotta Go Sometime  - Joe Hill Louis
  3. Easy  -  Jimmy & Walter
  4. Just Walkin' in the Rain  -  Prisonaires
  5. Feelin' Good  -  Little Junior's Blue Flames
  6. Tiger Man  - Rufus Thomas
  7. Mystery Train  -  Little Junior's Blue Flames
  8. Lookin' for My Baby  - Little Milton
  9. The Boogie Disease  - Doctor Ross
  10. Cotton Crop Blues  - James Cotton
  11. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby  - Pat Hare
  12. Rockin' Chair Daddy  - Harmonica Frank Floyd
  13. That's All Right  - Elvis Presley
  14. I Feel So Worried  - Willie Johnson
  15. Ret Hot  - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
  16. Peepin' Eye  - Charlie Feathers
  17. Mystery Train  -  Scotty & Bill
  18. Folsom Prison Blues  -  Tennessee Riders
  19. Blue Suede Shoe  - Carl Perkins
  20. Rock 'N' Roll Ruby  - Warren Smith
  21. Slow Down  - Jack Earls
  22. I Walk the Line  -  Tennessee Riders

Disc 2

  1. Ooby Dooby  -  Teen Kings
  2. Red Headed Woman  - Sonny Burgess
  3. Shoobie Oobie  - Rosco Gordon
  4. Come on Little Mama  - Ray Harris
  5. Drinkin' Wine  - Gene Simmons
  6. Feelin' Low  - Ernie Chaffin
  7. Flying Saucers Rock and Roll  - Billy Lee Riley
  8. Matchbox  - Carl Perkins
  9. Love My Baby  - Hayden Thompson
  10. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  11. Rock Boppin' Baby  - Ed Bruce
  12. Raunchy  - Bill Justis
  13. Cat Called Domino  - Roy Orbison
  14. Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache  - Warren Smith
  15. High School Confidential  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  16. Shake Around  - Tommy Blake
  17. One More Time  - Billy Lee Riley
  18. Mona Lisa  - Carl Mann
  19. Lonely Weekends  - Charlie Rich
  20. Big Dream  - Rayburn Anthony
  21. Who Will the Next Fool Be  - Charlie Rich
  22. Cadillac Man  -  Jesters

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

James Cotton   Composer
Big Walter Horton   Composer
Sonny Burgess   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Junior Parker   Composer
Knox Phillips   Producer
Billy Lee Riley   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Hayden Thompson   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Ray Scott   Composer
Smay Vision   Art Direction
Lilly May   Composer
Ron Hargrave   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Gene Simmons   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer

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