Classic Recordings 1956-1959

The 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 juke

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127155252
catalogNumber:
15525
Rank:
160082

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Burgess   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Talking
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
Hoffmann Nienburg   Art Direction
Bo Berglind   Illustrations
Albert Sonny Burgess   Composer
Ahmet Nugetre   Composer
M.C. Addington   Composer

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