Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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This 21 song, multi-artist compilation features some of rock 'n' roll's most indelible songs including tracks from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding & more!

On July 5, 1954 Elvis Presley was trying to prove himself to Sam Phillips at the Sun Studios in Memphis. He wanted to get a record deal and he was trying hard to get the right sound with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. Elvis and Sam both became frustrated so they took a break. Elvis and the boys started playing around with Arthur Crudup’s "That’s All Right" and suddenly, they had that "new" sound Sam had been searching for. Like most magical moments, this one wasn’t planned, it just sort of all fell into place. The rest, as they say, was history. Rock history. 2004 is the 50th anniversary of the recording of the song that changed music and culture forever. Elvis rocked onto the radio and never looked back. But if that song by that man was the shot heard round the world, there were other triggers being pulled all around him. Songs like "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins were early rock records from two artists with their roots in the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis, TN.


Label Bmg Heritage
SKU 61009601
UPC 828766094626
UPC 14 00828766094626
Format CD
Release Date 6/22/2004
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Dan Penn; David Porter; Isaac Hayes; Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell; Sam Phillips; Jerry Wexler; Joe Bihari; Al Bell; Al Green; Quinton Claunch; Arif Mardin; Stanley A. Kesler; Steve Cropper; Tom Dowd; Willie Mitchell; Booker T. & The MG's; Rob Santos (Compilat
CatalogID 60946
Lable Name BMG Heritage
Released 06/22/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828766094626
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Photographers: John Hudson; Rob Santos ; Billy Miller; Miriam Linna; Bob Irwin.
From the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, Memphis was the creative cauldron and epicenter of American music. Positioned where the Delta meets the modern urban world, Memphis pushed country and blues together and gave the world rock & roll, then tossed in the fervor of deep gospel and gave it soul. The single that is credited as rock & roll's Big Bang is included on this delightful compilation, Elvis Presley's 1954 cover of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right," but this wasn't a case of spontaneous combustion, and the disc opens with "Rocket '88," a particularly propulsive jump blues tune issued in 1951 (credited to Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, it was actually Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm doing a little moonlighting) that carries the clear strands of rock DNA. One of the strengths of this anthology is that it is arranged chronologically, and Presley's hit is followed by famous tracks from his Sun Records labelmates Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and then by two of the greatest instrumental singles in the history of rock & roll, the Mar-Keys' "Last Night" from 1961 (and the first official Stax Records release) and 1962's "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's. James Carr's bleak and cheerless masterpiece "The Dark End of the Street," written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn, is a highlight here, as are acknowledged soul classics from the Stax hit factory like Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Al Green's 1971 Hi Records hit "Let's Stay Together," a soft, soulful croon over a slow shuffle beat done by Al Jackson of the MG's, shows how endlessly and effortlessly Memphis musicians could make magic happen. That "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers is the final track here is fitting, since the combustible and joyous music of Memphis has been taking listeners there for a very long time, and it is impossible to imagine modern pop music without it. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
2 That's All Right - Elvis Presley/Scotty Moore/Bill Black
3 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
4 I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
5 Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison
6 Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
7 Last Night - The Mar-Keys
8 Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
9 Rock Me Baby - B.B. King
10 Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
11 Dark End Of The Street, The - James Carr
12 Respect - Aretha Franklin
13 Letter, The - The Box Tops
14 Soul Man - Sam & Dave
15 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
16 Memphis Train, The - Rufus Thomas
17 Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
18 Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
19 Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes
20 Let's Stay Together - Al Green
21 I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers

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