Sun Records-25 All-Time Greate CD (2013)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Uni/varese Sarabande
SKU 60332599
UPC 030206604825
UPC 14 00030206604825
Format CD
Release Date 3/29/2013
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Cary E. Mansfield
CatalogID 066 048
Lable Name Var?se Vintage
Released 08/24/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 40s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00030206604825
Album Notes and Credits
Recorded between 1953 & 1970. Includes liner notes by Allen J. Wiener.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
There's no Elvis on Sun Records: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (for copyright reasons, presumably), and the fact that the collection focuses purely on chart hits means that many album classics are neglected while some amusing but slight novelties (like Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat") are included. Still, for sheer gritty classic old-school rock & roll, it's hard to beat this set. Even many years later, the sheer energetic crudity of a cut like Little Junior's"Feelin' Good" sounds revelatory (imagine what it must have sounded like back in 1953), and there's nothing like hearing the likes of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at their rawest and most unleashed. In addition to several classics, there are some lesser-known cuts that are equally fascinating. Little Junior's version of "Mystery Train" actually sounds more polished and restrained than Elvis', believe it or not, while Billy Riley's ferocious "Red Hot" almost makes Lewis seem sedate. By the same token, Lewis' cover of Ray Charles' "What I'd Say" is definitely a welcome addition, not to mention Carl Mann's amusing rockabilly version of "Mona Lisa." In fact, there is a wealth of great music here, even if the set contains some real clunkers, most notably the Gentrys' turgid cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," which was the last chart hit Sun enjoyed in 1970. Still, when confronted which such classics as "Ooby Dooby" and "Matchbox," such misfires can be easily forgiven. Some fans might want to spring for the full three-CD The Sun Records Collection box set, from which this disc distills the best moments, but on its own, Sun Records: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits is a must for anyone interested in the roots of rock & roll. ~ Victor W. Valdivia
Disc 1
1 Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas
2 Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames
3 Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
4 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash/The Tennessee Two
5 Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
6 Honey Don't - Carl Perkins
7 I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash/The Tennessee Two
8 Ooby Doobie - Roy Orbison/Teen Kings
9 Boppin' The Blues - Carl Perkins
10 Dixie Fried - Carl Perkins
11 Matchbox - Carl Perkins
12 Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis
13 Red Hot - Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men
14 Raunchy - Bill Justis & His Orchestra
15 Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
16 Ballad Of A Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash/The Tennesse Two
17 Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
18 Guess Things Happen That Way - Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
19 High School Confidential - Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
20 Ways Of A Woman In Love, The - Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
21 Mona Lisa - Carl Mann
22 Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich
23 What'd I Say - Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
24 Who Will The Next Fool Be - Charlie Rich
25 Cinnamon Girl - The Gentrys
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