Sun Records 50th Anniversary Collection

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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: 8/6/2002
  • Label: Bmg Marketing
  • UPC: 744659900020
  • Catalog Number: 99000
  • Sales rank: 110,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drivin' Slow - Johnny London (3:00)
  2. 2 We All Gotta Go Sometime - Joe Hill Louis (2:43)
  3. 3 Easy - Jimmy & Walter (3:00)
  4. 4 Just Walkin' in the Rain - The Prisonaires (2:45)
  5. 5 Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:57)
  6. 6 Tiger Man - Rufus Thomas (2:49)
  7. 7 Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames (2:27)
  8. 8 Lookin' for My Baby - Little Milton (2:50)
  9. 9 The Boogie Disease - Doctor Ross (2:35)
  10. 10 Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton (3:00)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Murder My Baby - Pat Hare (3:06)
  12. 12 Rockin' Chair Daddy - Harmonica Frank Floyd (3:05)
  13. 13 That's All Right - Elvis Presley (1:56)
  14. 14 I Feel So Worried - Willie Johnson (2:37)
  15. 15 Ret Hot - Billy "The Kid" Emerson (2:27)
  16. 16 Peepin' Eye - Charlie Feathers (2:14)
  17. 17 Mystery Train - Scotty & Bill (2:29)
  18. 18 Folsom Prison Blues - Tennessee Riders (2:50)
  19. 19 Blue Suede Shoe - Carl Perkins (2:16)
  20. 20 Rock 'N' Roll Ruby - Warren Smith (2:52)
  21. 21 Slow Down - Jack Earls (2:20)
  22. 22 I Walk the Line - Tennessee Riders (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ooby Dooby - The Teen Kings (2:12)
  2. 2 Red Headed Woman - Sonny Burgess (2:10)
  3. 3 Shoobie Oobie - Rosco Gordon (2:56)
  4. 4 Come on Little Mama - Ray Harris (2:19)
  5. 5 Drinkin' Wine - Gene Simmons (2:40)
  6. 6 Feelin' Low - Ernie Chaffin (2:35)
  7. 7 Flying Saucers Rock and Roll - Billy Lee Riley (2:05)
  8. 8 Matchbox - Carl Perkins (2:09)
  9. 9 Love My Baby - Hayden Thompson (2:12)
  10. 10 Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:54)
  11. 11 Rock Boppin' Baby - Ed Bruce (2:18)
  12. 12 Raunchy - Bill Justis (2:22)
  13. 13 Cat Called Domino - Roy Orbison (2:16)
  14. 14 Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache - Warren Smith (2:40)
  15. 15 High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:29)
  16. 16 Shake Around - Tommy Blake (2:24)
  17. 17 One More Time - Billy Lee Riley (2:16)
  18. 18 Mona Lisa - Carl Mann (2:29)
  19. 19 Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich (2:09)
  20. 20 Big Dream - Rayburn Anthony (2:16)
  21. 21 Who Will the Next Fool Be - Charlie Rich (2:23)
  22. 22 Cadillac Man - The Jesters (2:36)
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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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