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Beyond the Sun

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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2011 covers album from the singer/songwriter, a tribute to the influential sound of Sun Records and the artists who helped shape Rock 'n' Roll. Since he fell in love with his parents' 45s as a child in Stockton, California, this passionate writer/artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis...all of them discovered and nurtured by Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak magically recaptures the transformative brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-'50s, while also getting down to the nitty-gritty of his own deeply rooted musical identity. 25 tracks.

Disc: 1
1. Ring of Fire
2. Trying to Get to You
3. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
4. Great Balls of Fire
5. Can't Help Falling in Love
6. Dixie Fried
7. How's the World Treating You
8. Now or Never
9. Miss Pearl
10. Live It Up
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. My Baby Left Me
2. Oh, Pretty Woman
3. Doin' The Best I Can
4. Your True Love
5. Crazy Arms
6. Lovely Loretta
7. Everybody's in the Mood
8. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
9. Love Me
10. Doncha' Think it's Time
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Lee on October 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciators,

I've been a fan of Chris Isaak since hearing "Wicked Game" in junior high - I still remember that famous music video oozing sex and cool and how many mix tapes I made for girls with that song on it...that was about 22 years ago and Chris Isaak is still at it...and still extremely underappreciated.

This latest album finds him paying tribute to the sounds of Sun Records and covering songs by some of his influences who recorded there. If the Sun Records story is unfamiliar to you it might be worth your time to read up on it a bit, you know - Google it or whatever.

If you're a fan of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, or, well, Chris Isaak of course, then I think you will find something to like here.

My overall impression of this album is that Chris Isaak alternates between turning in respectable, slightly reserved performances of some of the more famous songs ("Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line") and high-energy, hot performances of some of the lesser-known songs ("Trying to Get To You," "Miss Pearl"). This highlights the fact that there is no one that can do those legendary hits like the original legendary artists, and maybe that's not a bad thing - after all , one wouldn't expect an album of, say, Beatles covers to transcend the original versions...this is a tribute album really, and a darn good one, and Chris Isaak gets bonus points for achieving his usual cool guy/fun guy/blue guy/retro guy dynamic, complimented as always by his usual breathtaking good looks and remarkably beautiful vintage voice.

Put this record on and let Chris Isaak take you back to the glory days of Sun Records...and let him make you feel just a little bit cooler along the way.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Wasson on October 20, 2011
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First let me say that "Beyond the Sun" is a great album by Chris Isaak. And it is great in large part because it is not just "another Chris Isaak album." It is an album devoted to a music he loves, that he has in fact based his entire career on - rockabilly and early rock and roll. But it is also a deliberate departure from the songwriting formula that he has followed, with great success, for his entire professional life. We, and he, are better for the chances he takes here.

Like many reviewers, I am an enthusiastic fan of Chris Isaak. I first heard "Blue Hotel," from the album "Chris Isaak," while driving home from work. I bought the album the next day. I was hooked by the purity of Isaak's voice, his range, and the feeling he conveyed. The amazing guitar work of Calvin Wilsey (now unfortunately long gone from the band) perfectly complemented the brooding voice of Isaak. From the barely contained anger of "You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love," to the mixture of desolation and cynicism of "Lovers Game", Isaak displayed his mastery of a type of singing I thought had disappeared with Orbison and Elvis and Jerry Lee. It was a distinct style. It wasn't "Cathy's Clown" - to take nothing away from the Everly Brothers, or "I'm A Loser" - the Beatles had other ways of singing about broken hearts. And it sure wasn't the Stones or the Who.

The style adopted in "Chris Isaak" and the albums that came before and after it, is one of real teen angst, a style of songwriting that first flowered in rockabilly and the earliest rock and roll. It shows up repeatedly in many of the records by artists associated with Sun Records.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Damian P. Gadal VINE VOICE on October 18, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
I'm a huge Fan of Chris Isaak, and Elvis, Cash, Roy, Jerry Lee, and the whole Sun recording catalog. When I heard that Chris was paying tribute to his idols and recording their work in the original Sun Studios, I was excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on the recording.

Though the wait seemed like forever, I wasn't disappointed. This is a great release from Mr. Isaak and a fitting tribute to Sun Records and its many artists. I've been listening to this all day, and there isn't a bad track on the whole recording.

I really appreciate that fact that this is a deluxe double recording with lots of material to indulge my sonic appetite.

Chris makes these songs both tributes and his own in a very subtle fashion. The music and vocals are sublime.

Sun earned its place in musical history by the material it produced, and Chris does that tradition honor.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on October 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Beyond The Sun" will reach and delight a wide audience of people. Older listeners will remember the original songs. Younger people will appreciate these covers performed by Chris Issak. My favorite is "Live It Up". This is not a classic song, but it has the same upbeat tone of a song from the fifties. His guitar playing on this track is superb. Chris covers the Roy Orbison classic "Oh Pretty Woman". This is one of my all time favorite songs. This is the best tribute for pretty women every where. "Great Balls Of Fire" is a song that makes me want to dance. The keyboard playing is excellent on this track. "Can't Help Falling In Love" is simply one of the best love songs of all time. Chris really moves me on this song. Chris covers a few Johnny Cash tunes here. He sings the song "Ring Of Fire" with such liveliness and expression. "I Walk The Line" is one of the coolest country tunes ever. Chris introduces me to a new song entitled "Dixie Fried". I have never heard this before, but I love it. It is a song about a man who is fearless. "That Lucky Old Sun" is another song I have never heard before. It is the kind of song that soothes my mind. This song is so laid back. I love the way Chris croons this tune. "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" is a song about how a woman can stay on a man's mind forever. The bass playing is great on this track. "Miss Pearl" is a song that pumps me up with energy. Issak rocks on the guitar on this track. "Miss Pearl" sounds like a brand new song. It definitely does not sound like a fifty year old tune. This is all because of the spirited delivery of the song. This is great rock and roll music.
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