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The Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 1 [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Flat Tire - Johnny London
    2. Drivin' Slow - Johnny London
    3. Got My Application, Baby - Handy Jackson
    4. Trouble - Handy Jackson
    5. We All Gotta Go Sometime - Joe Hill Louis
    6. She May Be Yours (But She Comes to See Me Sometimes) - Joe Hill Louis
    7. Baker Shop Boogie - Willie Nix
    8. Seems Like a Million Years - Willie Nix
    9. Easy - Jimmy & Walter
    10. Before Long - Jimmy & Walter
    11. Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas
    12. Walkin' in the Rain - Rufus Thomas
    13. Heaven or Fire - Dusty Brooks
    14. Tears and Wine - Dusty Brooks
    15. Lonesome Old Jail - D.A. Hunt
    16. Greyhound Blues - D.A. Hunt
    17. Call Me Anything, But Call Me - Big Memphis Ma Rainey
    18. Baby, No, No! - Big Memphis Ma Rainey
    19. Take a Little Chance - Jimmy DeBerry
    20. Time Has Made a Change - Jimmy DeBerry
    21. Baby Please - The Prisonaires
    22. Just Walkin' in the Rain - The Prisonaires
    23. Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames
    24. Fussin' and Fightin' Blues - Little Junior One Hand
    25. Tiger Man - Rufus Thomas
    26. Save That Money - Rufus Thomas
    27. My God Is Real - The Prisonaires
    28. Softly and Tenderly - The Prisonaires
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Blues Waltz - Ripley Cotton Choppers
    2. Silver Bells - Ripley Cotton Choppers
    3. Prisoner's Prayer, A - The Prisonaires
    4. I Know - The Prisonaires
    5. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
    6. Love My Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames
    7. Come Back Baby - Doctor Ross
    8. Chicago Breakdown - Doctor Ross
    9. Beggin' My Baby - Little Milton
    10. Somebody Told Me - Little Milton
    11. No Teasing Around - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    12. If Lovin' Is Believing - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    13. Wolf Call Boogie - Coy "Hot Shot" Love
    14. Harmonica Jam - Coy "Hot Shot" Love
    15. Boogie Blues - Earl Peterson
    16. In the Dark - Earl Peterson
    17. Troublesome Waters - Howard Serratt
    18. I Must Be Saved - Howard Serratt
    19. My Baby - James Cotton
    20. Straighten Up Baby - James Cotton
    21. If You Love Me Baby - Little Milton
    22. Alone and Blue - Little Milton
    23. Gonna Dance All Night - Hardrock Gunter
    24. Fallen Angel - Hardrock Gunter
    25. Now She Cares No More for Me - Doug Poindexter
    26. My Kind of Carryin' On - Doug Poindexter
    27. I'm Not Going Home - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    28. Woodchuck, The - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Bourbon Street Jump - Raymond Hill
    2. Snuggle, The - Raymond Hill
    3. Great Medical Menagerist, The - Harmonica Frank Floyd
    4. Rockin' Chair Daddy - Harmonica Frank Floyd
    5. Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
    6. Hold Me in Your Arms - James Cotton
    7. There Is Love in You - The Prisonaires
    8. What'll You Do Next - The Prisonaires
    9. Right or Wrong - Buddy Cunningham
    10. Why Do I Cry? - Buddy Cunningham
    11. That's All Right - Elvis Presley
    12. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
    13. Good Rockin' Tonight - Elvis Presley
    14. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine - Elvis Presley
    15. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Malcolm Yelvington
    16. Just Rolling Along - Malcolm Yelvington
    17. Boogie Disease, The - Doctor Ross
    18. Juke Box Boogie - Doctor Ross
    19. Look at Jesus - The Jones Brothers
    20. Every Night - The Jones Brothers
    21. Move Baby Move - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    22. When It Rains It Pours - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    23. Milk Cow Blues - Elvis Presley
    24. You're a Heartbreaker - Elvis Presley
    25. Don't Believe - Slim Rhodes
    26. Uncertain Love - Slim Rhodes
    27. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Elvis Presley
    28. Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley
    29. I Feel So Worried - Sammy Lewis
    30. So Long Baby, Goodbye - Sammy Lewis
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Red Hot - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    2. No Greater Love - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
    3. Homesick for My Baby - Little Milton
    4. Lookin' for My Baby - Little Milton
    5. Cry Cry Cry - Johnny Cash
    6. Hey Porter - Johnny Cash
    7. Don't Do That! - The Five Tinos
    8. Sitting by My Window - The Five Tinos
    9. Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
    10. I Forgot to Remember to Forget - Elvis Presley
    11. Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing - Clayton Perkins/Carl Perkins
    12. Gone, Gone, Gone - Clayton Perkins/Carl Perkins
    13. House of Sin, The - Slim Rhodes
    14. Are You Ashames of Me - Slim Rhodes
    15. Ain't That Right - Eddie Snow
    16. Bring Your Love Back Home - Eddie Snow
    17. Just Love Me Baby - Rosco Gordon
    18. Weeping Blues - Rosco Gordon
    19. Signifying Monkey, The - Smokey Joe
    20. Listen to Me Baby - Smokey Joe
    21. Movie Magg - Carl Perkins
    22. Turn Around - Carl Perkins
    23. Lonely Sweetheart - Bill Taylor
    24. Split Personality - Smokey Joe/Bill Taylor
    25. I've Been Decieved - Charlie Feathers
    26. Peepin' Eyes - Charlie Feathers
    27. Someday You Will Pay - Miller Sisters
    28. You Didn't Think I Would - Miller Sisters
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000015801

  • Credits
    ProducerSam Phillips; Colin Escott (Reissue); Dave Sax (Reissue); Richard Weize (Reissue)

    Full title: The Sun Singles, V. 1: From The Vault.
    Performers include: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash.
    Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; Hank Davis.
    Illustrators: Colin Escott; Jim Cole ; R.A. Andreas; Hank Davis; Brian Smith ; Bruce Bastin; Martin Hawkins; Jim Dickinson; Jim O'Neal; Billy Miller.
    Photographers: Colin Escott; Jim Cole ; R.A. Andreas; Hank Davis; Brian Smith ; Bruce Bastin; Martin Hawkins; Jim Dickinson; Jim O'Neal; Billy Miller.
    This is the first in a projected six-volume set chronicling the entire singles output of Sun Records, their subsidiaries Flip and Phillips International, run in strict chronological order. No alternate takes, no studio chitchat, no second-guessing decades after the fact -- just the simple history of some of the greatest American music that ever came from one man's vision, label owner and production genius Sam Phillips. Each box features four CDs, and this first volume brings us the first 52 Sun singles -- both A- and B-sides -- plus both sides of all the singles on Flip, Sam's short-lived 1955 subsidiary. It takes us from the humblest of humble beginnings -- when Sun was a raw blues label, cutting one early Memphis blues classic after another -- through the first recordings of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins, leaving us poised near Sun's golden rockabilly age.
    A great many record collectors got started because of their endless fascination with Sun. Seldom -- if ever -- has a label's minutiae been held to such scrutiny that even artists who only saw one or a handful of scant-selling releases have become cult heroes. And the first flowering of Elvis aside, that's really the big ticket here -- hearing the story of a unique, maverick label unfold before your very ears. It's easy to see within the first half-dozen singles on Disc One that Sam Phillips was gonna put out exactly what felt good to him. Maybe Phillips never mastered the art of the studio fade-out, but he could drill right into the heart and soul of an artist and capture mood and ambience on tape in a way that the Chess or Bihari brothers never could. For all the blues classics covered by Disc Two, the first white artists were also starting to appear on the little yellow label. Disc Three is where the whole ball game starts to change with the arrival of Elvis, but his first four singles aren't the only great stuff on this disc. Disc Four shows Phillips slowly moving away from the blues and heading his label into country music, with rockabilly still almost a sideline dalliance. Elvis' final Sun single is here, but many of the classics on this disc come from Sam applying his production expertise to a clutch of great country singles -- some of his best and most unaffected records came out of this batch.
    Bottom line: this box is the first step to owning one of the great labels of all time, and some of the best blues, country and rock'n'roll you'll ever experience. There's also a 68-page bound booklet with label reproductions and photos galore, plus great notes from Sun researchers Hank Davis and Colin Escott. The price tag might seem a tad hefty to some, but compared to what the original 78s and 45s are going for -- all of them lovingly restored here when masters were missing, by the way -- this thing's a steal. ~ Cub Koda

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