Classic Recordings 1956-1959

Classic Recordings 1956-1959

by Sonny Burgess
     
 

Elvis Presley's Sun recordings were said to be too country for the R&B audience and too R&B for the country audience, but his love of traditional pop and gospel music at least gave him a lifeline into the mainstream. The music of Sonny Burgess, on the other hand, has no middle -- it sounds like a band of crazed hillbillies playing jukeSee more details below

Overview

Elvis Presley's Sun recordings were said to be too country for the R&B audience and too R&B for the country audience, but his love of traditional pop and gospel music at least gave him a lifeline into the mainstream. The music of Sonny Burgess, on the other hand, has no middle -- it sounds like a band of crazed hillbillies playing juke joint blues and R&B without a shred of concern for what anyone wants to buy or hear. Burgess chalked up the group's approach to naïveté -- "We'd have made a few changes if we'd had any sense," he told Colin Escott -- but, as fans of Hasil Adkins and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy know, naïveté can also produce that undefinable essence that professionalism often smoothes out of existence. Despite an uncategorizable and seemingly unmarketable style, "Red Headed Woman" reportedly sold 90,000 copies, and Burgess was able to make his living playing music until 1970. Even within the field of rockabilly Burgess was an iconoclast; purists usually subtract points for horn solos, but that hasn't kept his oddly Dixieland-flavored "We Wanna Boogie" from becoming one of the most highly esteemed singles of the original rockabilly era. The band tears through the song like a train while trying to keep up with Burgess, whose performance is about as perfect a distillation of that "Itchy, Twitchy Feeling" known as rock & roll as anything recorded in the '50s. Burgess himself sounds more like a bluegrass singer, but his dedication to rockabilly music through the lean years of the '60s shows that he is a rock & roller through and through. Classic Recordings 1956-1959 is a two-disc anthology of Burgess' Sun and Phillips International recordings that encompasses his five commercial singles and a wealth of alternate takes and unreleased tracks. Burgess tried a few ballads, but his forte was up-tempo rockers and rockabilly adaptations of oldies such as "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It." Many songs appear in two or three versions, and some of the unreleased cuts are fragmentary and rough. Disc two includes three unlisted tracks of studio chatter, a result of which is that the track list on the insert doesn't correspond with the actual track numbers on the disc. "My Baby Loves Me" is a previously unreleased bonus track by Joe E. Lewis and Jack Nance, two of Burgess' bandmembers who left to play for Conway Twitty. Classic Recordings 1956-1959 is the final word on Burgess' Sun era, but a single-disc collection featuring the commercial sides and the cream of the unreleased cuts will suffice for most listeners.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1994
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127155252
catalogNumber:
15525
Rank:
66931

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. We Wanna Boogie  - Sonny Burgess
  2. Red Headed Woman  - Sonny Burgess
  3. The Prisoner's Song  - Sonny Burgess
  4. We Wanna Boogie  - Sonny Burgess
  5. Red Headed Woman  - Sonny Burgess
  6. The Prisoner's Song  - Sonny Burgess
  7. All Night Long  - Sonny Burgess
  8. Life's Too Short to Live  - Sonny Burgess
  9. Restless  - Sonny Burgess
  10. Ain't Got a Thing  - Sonny Burgess
  11. Daddy Blues  - Sonny Burgess
  12. Fannie Brown  - Sonny Burgess
  13. Ain't Gonna Do It  - Sonny Burgess
  14. Daddy Blues  - Sonny Burgess
  15. Fannie Brown  - Sonny Burgess
  16. You  - Sonny Burgess
  17. Onie Broken Heart  - Sonny Burgess
  18. Ain't Gonna Do It  - Sonny Burgess
  19. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane  - Sonny Burgess
  20. Please Listen to Me  - Sonny Burgess
  21. Gone  - Sonny Burgess
  22. Please Listen to Me  - Sonny Burgess
  23. My Babe  - Sonny Burgess
  24. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It  - Sonny Burgess
  25. Sweet Misery  - Sonny Burgess
  26. What'cha Gonna Do?  - Sonny Burgess
  27. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It  - Sonny Burgess

Disc 2

  1. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It  - Sonny Burgess
  2. Sweet Misery  - Sonny Burgess
  3. Oh Mama  - Sonny Burgess
  4. Truckin' Down the Avenue  - Sonny Burgess
  5. So Glad You're Mine  - Sonny Burgess
  6. What'cha Gonna Do?  - Sonny Burgess
  7. Feelin' Good  - Sonny Burgess
  8. So Glad You're Mine  - Sonny Burgess
  9. One Night  - Sonny Burgess
  10. Always Will  - Sonny Burgess
  11. Little Town Baby  - Sonny Burgess
  12. You're Not the One for Me  - Sonny Burgess
  13. Mr. Blues  - Sonny Burgess
  14. Find My Baby for Me  - Sonny Burgess
  15. Find My Baby for Me  - Sonny Burgess
  16. Tomorrow Night  - Sonny Burgess
  17. Tomorrow Never Comes  - Sonny Burgess
  18. Tomorrow Never Comes  - Sonny Burgess
  19. Skinny Ginny  - Sonny Burgess
  20. So Soon  - Sonny Burgess
  21. Mama Loochie  - Sonny Burgess
  22. Mama Loochie  - Sonny Burgess
  23. Mama Loochie  - Sonny Burgess
  24. Itchy  - Sonny Burgess
  25. Thunderbird  - Sonny Burgess
  26. A Kiss Goodnite  - Sonny Burgess
  27. Sadie's Back in Town  - Sonny Burgess
  28. Smoochin' Jill  - Sonny Burgess
  29. Kiss Goodnite  - Sonny Burgess
  30. My Baby Loves Me  - Sonny Burgess

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Burgess   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Talking
Sonny Burgess & the Pacers   Indexed Contributor
Charlie Rich   Piano
Roy Orbison   Vocals
Don Carter   Vocals
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar
Kern Ray Kennedy   Piano
Joe Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Nance   Piano,Trumpet,Vocals
Billy Lee Riley   Bass,Harmonica
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
Mark Wilder   Overdubs
Johnny Ray Hubbard   Bass
Asa Wilkerson   Vocals
Martin Willis   Saxophone
Lee Holt   Vocals
J.C. Caughron   Guitar
Bobby Crafford   Drums
Frankie Siddeth   Electric Bass
Raymond Thompson   Drums,Noise
Bill Abbott   Vocals
Russell Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Sonny Burgess   Composer,Contributor,Illustrations
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Colin Escott   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Stan Kesler   Contributor
Sam Phillips   Producer
Herman Parker   Composer
Duncan Cowell   Mastering
Hoffmann Nienburg   Art Direction
Bo Berglind   Illustrations
Albert Sonny Burgess   Composer
Ahmet Nugetre   Composer
M.C. Addington   Composer

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