The Complete Million Dollar Sessions: 50th Anniversary Edition

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One of the most important things to remember about this album is it's really just four guys in a room shooting the breeze, goofing around, and stumbling through a few old songs. This wouldn't be especially interesting under most circumstances, but the three guys in question happen to be Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, which, as you might imagine, makes quite a difference. Perkins was doing a recording session at the Sun Records studio in Memphis on December 4, 1956, with Lewis playing piano on the date, when Elvis, back in Memphis after a stretch on the road following his breakthrough as a major star, stopped by to say hello. Elvis, Perkins, and Lewis ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One of the most important things to remember about this album is it's really just four guys in a room shooting the breeze, goofing around, and stumbling through a few old songs. This wouldn't be especially interesting under most circumstances, but the three guys in question happen to be Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, which, as you might imagine, makes quite a difference. Perkins was doing a recording session at the Sun Records studio in Memphis on December 4, 1956, with Lewis playing piano on the date, when Elvis, back in Memphis after a stretch on the road following his breakthrough as a major star, stopped by to say hello. Elvis, Perkins, and Lewis began casually jamming -- mostly on old gospel tunes they remembered from a shared Baptist upbringing -- and Sam Phillips had the presence of mind to record the proceedings. A famous picture taken that day shows Johnny Cash with the group, but if he stuck around to sing a few tunes, he stayed far enough away from the mike to be absent on these recordings. To call the performances "casual" taxes understatement, and if you were expecting the ultimate rockabilly moment from these guys, be aware it's about halfway through the session before rock & roll begins to rear its head, and even then it's obvious these guys can play "Down by the Riverside" off the top of their heads far more easily than "Too Much Monkey Business." But half the fun of this album is the playful casualness of the performances and hearing three of rock's great legends in such non-legendary form. And their personalities certainly manifest themselves right off the bat: Elvis is effortlessly authoritative, and at once amused and perplexed by his sudden fame, while Lewis harmonizes like a wildman, determined to show he's the star of the show, and Perkins displays his characteristic modesty, content to add churchy harmonies and the occasional signature guitar break. It's also fun to hear Elvis imitate Jackie Wilson imitating him, and Perkins marveling at the genius of Chuck Berry. Million Dollar Quartet is really just three guys goofing off -- but from these three guys, "goofing off" is really something to hear. [In 2006, the British Charly label issued a "50th Anniversary Special Edition" version of the Million Dollar Quartet session as a two-disc set, but no new recordings from the historical singalong were unearthed sorry, Johnny Cash's portion of the program is still missing. Instead, Charly included a bonus disc of period-appropriate Sun recordings from Presley, Lewis, Perkins, and oh glorious irony Cash. There are a few surprises -- some rare and unreleased sides from Cash stripped-down versions of "You're My Baby" and "Belshazar" and Lewis a great solo take of "That Lucky Old Sun" and a version of "The Marine Hymn" for rockabilly leathernecks everywhere. However, the audio quality is uneven especially on the Presley numbers, which have generally sounded better in the past, and while the bonus disc is fun listening, it doesn't add much at all to the package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 803415255122
  • Catalog Number: 9551
  • Sales rank: 23,113

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Belong to My Heart - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:46)
  2. 2 When God Dips His Love in My Heart - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:17)
  3. 3 Just a Little Talk with Jesus - The Million Dollar Quartet (3:59)
  4. 4 Walk That Lonesome Valley - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:42)
  5. 5 I Shall Not Be Moved - The Million Dollar Quartet (3:31)
  6. 6 (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:13)
  7. 7 Down by the Riverside - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:27)
  8. 8 I'm with the Crowd But Oh So Alone - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:18)
  9. 9 Farther Along - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:04)
  10. 10 Blessed Jesus, Hold My Hand - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:27)
  11. 11 As We Travel Along on the Jericho Road - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:47)
  12. 12 I Just Can't Make It by Myself - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:17)
  13. 13 Little Cabin Home on the Hill - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:37)
  14. 14 Summertime Is Past and Gone - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:10)
  15. 15 I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:39)
  16. 16 Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:28)
  17. 17 Keeper of the Key - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:10)
  18. 18 Crazy Arms - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:16)
  19. 19 Don't Forbid Me - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:15)
  20. 20 Brown Eyed Handsome Man - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:18)
  21. 21 Out of Sight, Out of Mind - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:39)
  22. 22 Brown Eyed Handsome Man - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:54)
  23. 23 Reconsider Baby - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:53)
  24. 24 Don't Be Cruel - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:22)
  25. 25 Don't Be Cruel - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:14)
  26. 26 Paralysed - The Million Dollar Quartet (3:01)
  27. 27 Don't Be Cruel - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:34)
  28. 28 There's No Place Like Home - The Million Dollar Quartet (3:39)
  29. 29 When the Saints Go Marching In - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:19)
  30. 30 Softly and Tenderly - The Million Dollar Quartet (2:43)
  31. 31 Is It So Strange - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:11)
  32. 32 That's When Your Heartaches Begin - The Million Dollar Quartet (5:09)
  33. 33 Brown Eyed Handsome Man - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:22)
  34. 34 Rip It Up - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:19)
  35. 35 I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:35)
  36. 36 Crazy Arms - The Million Dollar Quartet (3:43)
  37. 37 That's My Desire - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:13)
  38. 38 End of the Road - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:51)
  39. 39 Black Bottom Stomp - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:12)
  40. 40 You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven - The Million Dollar Quartet (1:13)
  41. 41 Elvis Farewell - The Million Dollar Quartet (0:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That's All Right (1:59)
  2. 2 Movie Magg - Carl Perkins (2:10)
  3. 3 You're a Heartbreaker (2:15)
  4. 4 My Treasure - Johnny Cash (1:15)
  5. 5 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine (2:31)
  6. 6 You're My Baby - Johnny Cash (1:41)
  7. 7 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (2:40)
  8. 8 New Mexico - Johnny Cash (2:04)
  9. 9 I Forgot to Remember to Forget (2:32)
  10. 10 That Lucky Old Sun - Jerry Lee Lewis (3:10)
  11. 11 Turn Around - Carl Perkins (2:58)
  12. 12 Dixie - Jerry Lee Lewis (1:32)
  13. 13 Honky Tonk Gal - Carl Perkins (1:56)
  14. 14 Milkcow Blues Boogie (2:38)
  15. 15 Belshazar - Johnny Cash (2:24)
  16. 16 The Marine's Hymn [from Hall of the Montezuma} - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:24)
  17. 17 Sure to Fall - Carl Perkins (2:32)
  18. 18 Train of Love - Johnny Cash (2:22)
  19. 19 Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:23)
  20. 20 Keeper of the Key - Johnny Cash (3:24)
  21. 21 I Was There When It Happened - Johnny Cash (2:14)
  22. 22 Old Time Religion - Jerry Lee Lewis (1:54)
  23. 23 Be Honest with Me - Carl Perkins (2:41)
  24. 24 Silver Threads (Amongst the Gold) - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:06)
  25. 25 Mystery Train (2:28)
  26. 26 Lonely Street - Carl Perkins (2:45)
  27. 27 Goodnight Irene - Johnny Cash (2:39)
  28. 28 The Great Speckled Bird - Johnny Cash (1:42)
  29. 29 Forever Yours - Carl Perkins (2:37)
  30. 30 Leave That Junk Alone - Johnny Cash (1:29)
  31. 31 Hand Me Down My Walking Cane - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:19)
  32. 32 Baby, Let's Play House (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Group Member
Johnny Cash Group Member
Jerry Lee Lewis Group Member
Carl Perkins Group Member
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Stan Kesler Composer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
R. Gilbert Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Martin Hawkins Liner Notes
J.D. Cash Arranger, Composer
Chuck Seals Composer
Carroll Loveday Composer
Traditional Composer
F. Young Composer
Helmy Kressa Composer
A.J. Lara Composer
Hilda Young Arranger
Bill Taylor Composer
William E. Cantrell Composer
C.C. Perkins Composer
J.L. Lewis Composer
Lance Guynes Composer
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