CD Carl Rocks [4000127167521] (CD 1206698),
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Carl Rocks [4000127167521]

  • 1. Matchbox
    2. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
    3. Honey Don't
    4. Put Your Cat Clothes On
    5. Dixie Fried
    6. You Can Do No Wrong
    7. Boppin' the Blues
    8. Your True Love
    9. Blue Suede Shoes
    10. Her Love Rubbed Off
    11. Caldonia
    12. Gone, Gone, Gone
    13. Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo
    14. All Mama's Children
    15. Glad All Over
    16. Where the Rio de Rosa Flows
    17. That's All Right
    18. Rockin' Record Hop
    19. Sittin' on Top of the World
    20. Because You're Mine
    21. Jive After Five
    22. Honey, 'Cause I Love You
    23. Big Bad Blues
    24. Lonely Heart
    25. I Wouldn't Have You
    26. Restless
    27. Honky Tonk Song
    28. E.P. Express
    29. Big Bad Blues
    30. Baby, Bye Bye
    31. Memphis in the Meantime
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16752

  • Credits

    Carl Perkins was one of rock & roll's first bona fide guitar heroes, a fine songwriter and an engaging and heartfelt singer, and if he didn't have quite the same magnetism of his one-time labelmates Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, that doesn't change the fact that he made a handful of great records and was still picking strong up until his passing in 1998. However, there have been precious few career-inclusive compilations exploring Perkins -- most folks don't seem interested in much beyond his early sides for Sun (admittedly they do represent his greatest work), with his later material recorded for a number of labels usually getting short shrift. Leave it to the folks at the German Bear Family label to finally fill this void -- Carl Rocks is an excellent 31-track collection that begins with one of Perkins' first sessions for Sun in 1955 and closes with a terrific cover of John Hiatt's "Memphis in the Meantime" cut for Mercury in 1990. Carl Rocks is anchored by Perkins' Sun masters, and when you have songs like "Honey Don't," "Dixie Fried," "Matchbox," and "Put Your Cat Clothes On" in your catalog, it's no wonder you'd want to lead with them, but the lesser-known cuts such as "Rockin' Record Hop," "Jive After Five," and "Sittin' on Top of the World" prove that Perkins didn't need Sam Phillips to make a good record. And this collection lives up to its name -- Carl hits a solid rockin' groove throughout this compilation, and if you're looking for a Perkins set to get a party started, this will do the trick. Along with classic tunes and great audio remastering, Carl Rocks features an outstanding package with plenty of rare photos and superb liner notes from Hank Davis and Colin Escott -- this is as strong a single-disc Carl Perkins set you can buy, and along with offering a more complete view of his history than most packages available, it's lots of fun and a potent reminder of just how strong he was at the top of his game. ~ Mark Deming

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