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In Case You Missed It: Sun Turns 60 with New Compilation

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The success of rock and roll has many fathers, but for many, it has one birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, the home of Sun Records. Sam Phillips’ label was crucial in bringing blues and rock music to a mainstream audience, providing early breaks for artists like B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins.

Last month, Curb Records released a special double-disc set chronicling the label’s heyday in the ’50s and early ’60s, in honor of the label’s anniversary back in March. Sun Records 60th Anniversary features early recordings from future blues legends King and Wolf (recorded at Sun Studios and released on the RPM and Chess labels), early sides by future superstar Presley (including “That’s All Right” and Elvis’ first two private demo recordings for the label), a track from the famous “Million Dollar Quartet” session (when Presley, Lewis, Cash and Perkins all enjoyed an impromptu collaboration in 1956), two tracks by Harold Jenkins – who would later enjoy success under the name Conway Twitty – and much more.

You can check it all out after the jump. (Thanks to Eric Luecking of Record Racks for the tip.)

Various Artists, Sun Records 60th Anniversary (Curb 79259, 2012)

Disc 1

  1. B.B. Blues – B.B. King
  2. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
  3. How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf
  4. Boogie in the Park – Joe Hill Louis
  5. Drivin’ Slow – Johnny London
  6. Bear Cat – Rufus Thomas, Jr.
  7. Just Walking in the Rain – The Prisonaires
  8. My Happiness (Demo) – Elvis Presley
  9. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (Demo) – Elvis Presley
  10. Tiger Man (King of the Jungle) – Rufus Thomas, Jr.
  11. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
  12. Somebody Told Me – Little Milton
  13. My Kind of Carrying On – Doug Poindexter & The Starlite Wranglers
  14. Cotton Crop Blues – James Cotton
  15. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley
  16. Red Hot – Billy “The Kid” Emerson
  17. Cry! Cry! Cry! – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  18. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames
  19. I Forgot to Remember to Forget – Elvis Presley
  20. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  21. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
  22. Red Headed Woman – Sonny Burgess
  23. Rock ‘N’ Roll Ruby – Warren Smith
  24. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  25. Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings
  26. Boppin’ the Blues – Carl Perkins
  27. Ubangi Stomp – Warren Smith
  28. Shoobie Oobie – Roscoe Gordon
  29. Crazy Arms – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  30. I Shall Not Be Moved – The Million Dollar Quartet

Disc 2

  1. Crazy Dreams – Harold Jenkins
  2. Just in Time – Harold Jenkins
  3. Flying Saucer Rock and Roll – Billy Riley & His Little Green Men
  4. Your True Love – Carl Perkins
  5. Next in Line – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  6. Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis
  7. Rock Boppin’ Baby – Edwin Bruce
  8. Home of the Blues – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  9. Good Lovin’ – Dickey Lee & The Collegiates
  10. Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  11. You Win Again – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  12. Ballad of a Teenage Queen – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  13. Big River – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  14. Breathless – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  15. Ten Years – Jack Clement
  16. Guess Things Happen That Way – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  17. High School Confidential – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  18. Drinkin’ Wine – Gene Simmons
  19. The Ways of a Woman in Love – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  20. You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  21. It’s Just About Time – Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
  22. Claudette – Roy Orbison
  23. Thanks a Lot – Johnny Cash & The Tennesse Two
  24. What’d I Say – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  25. Cold, Cold Heart – Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano
  26. Big Dream – Rayburn Anthony
  27. Uncle Jonah’s Place – Harold Dorman
  28. Raunchy – Bill Justis & His Orchestra
  29. Mona Lisa – Carl Mann
  30. Lonely Weekends – Charlie Rich

Disc 1, Track 1 from RPM single 304, 1950
Disc 1, Track 2 from Chess single 1458, 1951
Disc 1, Track 3 from Chess single 1479, 1951
Disc 1, Track 4 from It’s the Phillips single 9001, 1950
Disc 1, Track 5 from Sun single 175, 1952
Disc 1, Track 6 from Sun single 181, 1953
Disc 1, Track 7 from Sun single 186, 1953
Disc 1, Track 8 first released on Elvis: The Great Performances (RCA 2227-1-R, 1990)
Disc 1, Track 9 first released on The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Complete 50’s Masters (RCA 66050-2, 1992)
Disc 1, Track 10 from Sun single 188, 1953
Disc 1, Tracks 11 and 19 from Sun single 223, 1955
Disc 1, Track 12 from Sun single 194, 1953
Disc 1, Track 13 from Sun single 202, 1954
Disc 1, Track 14 from Sun single 206, 1954
Disc 1, Track 15 from Sun single 209, 1954
Disc 1, Track 16 from Sun single 219, 1955
Disc 1, Track 17 from Sun single 221, 1955
Disc 1, Track 18 from Sun single 192, 1953
Disc 1, Track 20 from Sun single 232, 1955
Disc 1, Track 21 from Sun single 234, 1955
Disc 1, Track 22 from Sun single 247, 1956
Disc 1, Track 23 from Sun single 239, 1956
Disc 1, Track 24 from Sun single 241, 1956
Disc 1, Track 25 from Sun single 242, 1956
Disc 1, Track 26 from Sun single 243, 1956
Disc 1, Track 27 from Sun single 250, 1956
Disc 1, Track 28 from Sun single 257, 1956
Disc 1, Track 29 from Sun single 259, 1956
Disc 1, Track 30 first released on The Million Dollar Quartet (Sun 1006, 1981)
Disc 2, Track 1 from Norton single 845, 1956
Disc 2, Track 2 exact catalogue number undetermined
Disc 2, Track 3 from Sun single 260, 1957
Disc 2, Track 4 from Sun single 261, 1957
Disc 2, Track 5 from Sun single 266, 1957
Disc 2, Track 6 from Sun single 267, 1957
Disc 2, Track 7 from Sun single 276, 1957
Disc 2, Track 8 from Sun single 279, 1957
Disc 2, Track 9 from Sun single 280, 1957
Disc 2, Tracks 10-11 were Sun single 281, 1957
Disc 2, Tracks 12-13 were Sun single 283, 1957
Disc 2, Track 14 from Sun single 288, 1958
Disc 2, Track 15 from Sun single 291, 1958
Disc 2, Track 16 from Sun single 295, 1958
Disc 2, Track 17 from Sun single 296, 1958
Disc 2, Track 18 from Sun single 299, 1958
Disc 2, Tracks 19-20 were Sun single 302, 1958
Disc 2, Track 21 from Sun single 309, 1958
Disc 2, Track 22 first released on The Legendary Roy Orbison (CBS 46809, 1988)
Disc 2, Track 23 from Sun single 319, 1959
Disc 2, Track 24 from Sun single 356, 1961
Disc 2, Track 25 from Sun single 364, 1961
Disc 2, Track 26 from Sun single 373, 1962
Disc 2, Track 27 from Sun single 370, 1961
Disc 2, Track 28 from Phillips single 3519, 1957
Disc 2, Track 29 from Phillips single 3539, 1959
Disc 2, Track 30 from Phillips single 3552, 1960

Written by Mike Duquette

May 7, 2012 at 13:56

3 Responses

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  1. Hey, that track list looks pretty GOOD. I was disappointed with the sound quality of the older 3 CD box. Wonder if this will beat it. Anyone have any “big” or glaring omissions from this set?

    RoyalScam

    May 7, 2012 at 17:13

  2. Good stuff! There was an excellent 8 disc+7″ single Sun box issued in the UK to mark the 50th anniversary which was a fine collection but sadly contained no Elvis sides as they were still in copyright. This 60th anniversary set is the first Sun collection I have come across to feature the Memphis Flash.

    Simon Franklin

    May 8, 2012 at 01:54

  3. good to see that BMG have relented and leased a couple of Elvis sides for the collection. Inevitably, we can all think of records that should have been included eg Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache.

    Howard Jackson

    May 14, 2012 at 06:56


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