Complete Million Dollar Sessions: 50th Anniversary Edition

Complete Million Dollar Sessions: 50th Anniversary Edition

by Elvis Presley

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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,… See more details below


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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Disc 1

  1. You Belong to My Heart  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  2. When God Dips His Love in My Heart  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  3. Just a Little Talk with Jesus  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  4. Walk That Lonesome Valley  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  5. I Shall Not Be Moved  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  6. (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  7. Down by the Riverside  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  8. I'm with the Crowd But Oh So Alone  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  9. Farther Along  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  10. Blessed Jesus, Hold My Hand  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  11. As We Travel Along on the Jericho Road  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  12. I Just Can't Make It by Myself  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  13. Little Cabin Home on the Hill  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  14. Summertime Is Past and Gone  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  15. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  16. Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  17. Keeper of the Key  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  18. Crazy Arms  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  19. Don't Forbid Me  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  21. Out of Sight, Out of Mind  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  22. Brown Eyed Handsome Man  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  23. Reconsider Baby  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  24. Don't Be Cruel  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  25. Don't Be Cruel  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  26. Paralysed  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  27. Don't Be Cruel  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  28. There's No Place Like Home  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  29. When the Saints Go Marching In  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  30. Softly and Tenderly  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  31. Is It So Strange  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  32. That's When Your Heartaches Begin  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  33. Brown Eyed Handsome Man  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  34. Rip It Up  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  35. I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  36. Crazy Arms  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  37. That's My Desire  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  38. End of the Road  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  39. Black Bottom Stomp  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  40. You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven  -  Million Dollar Quartet
  41. Elvis Farewell  -  Million Dollar Quartet

Disc 2

  1. That's All Right
  2. Movie Magg  - Carl Perkins
  3. You're a Heartbreaker
  4. My Treasure  - Johnny Cash
  5. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
  6. You're My Baby  - Johnny Cash
  7. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
  8. New Mexico  - Johnny Cash
  9. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  10. That Lucky Old Sun  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  11. Turn Around  - Carl Perkins
  12. Dixie  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  13. Honky Tonk Gal  - Carl Perkins
  14. Milkcow Blues Boogie
  15. Belshazar  - Johnny Cash
  16. The Marine's Hymn [from Hall of the Montezuma}  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  17. Sure to Fall  - Carl Perkins
  18. Train of Love  - Johnny Cash
  19. Will the Circle Be Unbroken  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  20. Keeper of the Key  - Johnny Cash
  21. I Was There When It Happened  - Johnny Cash
  22. Old Time Religion  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  23. Be Honest with Me  - Carl Perkins
  24. Silver Threads (Amongst the Gold)  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  25. Mystery Train
  26. Lonely Street  - Carl Perkins
  27. Goodnight Irene  - Johnny Cash
  28. The Great Speckled Bird  - Johnny Cash
  29. Forever Yours  - Carl Perkins
  30. Leave That Junk Alone  - Johnny Cash
  31. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane  - Jerry Lee Lewis
  32. Baby, Let's Play House

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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   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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