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Carl Perkins - Original Sun Greatest Hits

Carl PerkinsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000003492
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. Honey Don't
3. Boppin' The Blues
4. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
5. Movie Magg
6. Sure To Fall
7. All Mama's Children
8. Perkin's Wiggle
9. Put Your Cat Clothes On
10. Matchbox
11. Your True Love
12. Lend Me Your Comb
13. Dixie Fried
14. You Can Do No Wrong
15. Glad All Over
16. Gone, Gone, Gone

Editorial Reviews

There's something about Carl Perkins's original version of "Blue Suede Shoes" that's wilder than Elvis's less popular, though today better known, cover of the song. It's not that Perkins is in your face; his version is remarkably restrained. But that restraint hides a real sense of hillbilly threat--Elvis is playing, but Carl sounds like he'd kick your teeth in. That vocal edge, along with his influential lead guitar, is what makes Perkins' sides such as "Honey Don't" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" the very definition of rockabilly's darker edge--all of which becomes perfectly clear when he finally cuts loose and gets "Dixie Fried." --David Cantwell

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 11/25/1987

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rave On & Bop Cat Bop July 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Carl Perkins' album ORIGINAL SUN GREATEST HITS is a must own album. This album is essential in any rock and roll collection. The Sun singles/45s on this collection represent the seminal hits of Carl Perkins from 1954 to 1957 when he recorded for Sam Phillips' Sun Studios in Memphis.

First, let me say that Rhino chose a very bad photo for the cover of this album. The LP and cassette versions featured a different and much better cover. Carl Perkins played a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar on many of his earliest and most influential recordings. A photo from 1956 should have been chosen that shows Perkins playing the Les Paul guitar. Also, the single "That's Right" (co-written with Johnny Cash) was left off as were the ballads "Turn Around" and "Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing". The selection, however, is the best of any Perkins release up to that time.

When Carl Perkins released BLUE SUEDE SHOES on January 1, 1956, the record instantly shot to no. 2 on the Billboard pop amd r and b charts. Ironically, Elvis Presley kept it from going to no. 1 with his hit HEARTBREAK HOTEL! But Perkins' BLUE SUEDE SHOES was no. 1 on the Billboard country charts for 3 weeks! The record became the first million-seller or gold record at Sun. Not even Elvis was able to achieve this at Sun! BLUE SUEDE SHOES became one of the greatest and most influential records in rock and roll history! It was covered not only by Elvis, but by Bill Haley and the Comets, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, The Beatles, John Lennon and Eric Clapton as the Plastic Ono Band, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Pat Boone, and Johnny Rivers (who had a top 40 hit with it in the 1970s. Cliff Gallup said that he went into rock and roll after he heard Perkins' BLUE SUEDE SHOE.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carl Perkins: A Great Perfomer And A Great Human Being September 15, 2003
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If you are a fan of rockabilly or if you're simply interested in the roots of rock and roll, then you must purchase Carl Perkins: Original Sun Greatest Hits." Back in the late 1940s Carl Perkins along with his brothers were already playing and singing a combination of Country & Western and Rhythm and Blues that would become known years later as Rockabilly. Long before Elvis Presley unleashed his mile-high pompadour and mile-long sideburns on the world of popular music, Carl Perkins was bopping along with a great beat and an innovative guitar style. From "Matchbox" and "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" to "Honey Don't" and "Lend Me Your Comb," Perkins' vocals and twangy guitar sound were something new and hip. Many people who know Perkins solely as the composer and performer of the early rock classic "Blue Suede Shoes," will be pleasantly surprised to discover that there was much more to this man's appreciable talents than one era-defining song. Perkins had a strong tenor-cum-baritone that could shatter your wine-filled old fruit jar. He also wrote most of his tunes (unlike Presley who was neither a composer nor musican, although his handlers had him pose many times with a guiitar as a prop). But most of all, Perkins played the heck out of his Gretsch and Gibson guitars. If you were an early rock and roller wannabe, you had two innovators to emulate: Chuck Berry or Carl Perkins. Everyone else had to file in behind these two pioneers (Cliff Gallup might have qualified as the third member of this exclusive coterie except that he decided to quit the msuic business only months before he and Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps hit the big time with "Be Bop A Lula"). Besides being a fine talent, Perkins was a wonderfully nice man with a kind heart. Virtually everyone who knew him corroborated this fact. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Rockabilly pioneer's early sides March 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
16 swinging tracks from one of Rockabilly's best, masterfully prepared by Rhino's champion Bill Inglot. This disc covers Perkins' Sun years, from 1955 through 1957, and you can hear Sun studio pianist Jerry Lee Lewis pounding away on several of these tracks.
The music runs from classic rockabilly to country, including a large dose of standards such as Perkins-penned "Blue Suede Shoes" "Honey Don't" (two sides of the SAME single, jeez) "Boppin the Blues" "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby" "Put Your Cat Clothes On" and "Matchbox" (a Blind Lemon Jefferson tune that Perkins wrote new lyrics for). Other great rockabilly sounds include "All Mama's Children" "Your True Love" "Dixie Fried" "Glad All Over" (not the DC5 tune) and "Gone, Gone, Gone." Great slap bass is the rule here.
Also included are a couple of nice country tunes such as Perkins' first Sam Phillips released single (on the FLIP label) "Movie Magg" and "Sure to Fall" (with Jay Perkins on lead vocals).
Overall, an impressive collection from an artist whose fame (though not his contribution at the genesis of Rock 'n' Roll) was somewhat eclipsed by the charisma of his labelmate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential October 29, 2004
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For an avid collector, this is a must-have CD. The other reviewers, who seem quite knowledgeable, have heaped justifiable praise on Perkins but some of the facts are off just a bit. For instance, Jerry Lee Lewis didn't start doing his own thing later AFTER playing on a Carl Perkins record; in fact, I assume as a joke, it's said he told Perkins he had to get paid and settled for $15 cash on the spot for his not-impressive improv on the 88s. As for Elvis Presley, he caused the release of his own version of "Blue Suede Shoes" to be delayed so Carl Perkins' original could have a good run. It's documented. I have no clear memory of Elvis doing "Blue Suede Shoes" on the Sullivan show but I know he was welcomed there and sung some OTHER songs. And Elvis COULD play the guitar (though Eric Clapton's legend is safe) and the piano as well. Carl Perkins' reputation can stand on its own without denigrating other performers. If you don't believe it, listen to this CD. But rockabilly faded (until its influence re-emerged with the early Eagles) and Perkins spent years as an appendage to Johnny Cash (the pill years), did a bit of impressive acting, a video appearance and of course got recognition for his contributions to RNR. This CD is all you need to know about Carl Perkins of Jackson, TN. But no slavering please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King Of Rockabilly
In early 1956, Sun Records released the Carl Perkins' single "Blue Suede Shoes," backed with "Honey Don't. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Michael King
5.0 out of 5 stars Carl Perkins - Best of music on a cd.
If you like the early sound of the good rock and roll music ,then this is the cd for you. I listen to this cd and can remember when it all started. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bob Pfeuffer
5.0 out of 5 stars The King
The Sun Recordings of Perkins and all the others became the dominant sound of rock and roll and country honky tonk dance music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Charles W. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Carl
Carl Perkins wrote and performed the roots of rock and roll. Bad luck and bad timing early on may have kept him from being as big as Cash, Presley or Jerry Lee. What a great sound. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eugene C. Muratore
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
One of the original rock and roll guitarists. He was from the same recording studio as Elvis and several other greats.
Published 20 months ago by guitar man
4.0 out of 5 stars BLUE SUEDE BLUES
CARL PERKINS-ORIGINAL SUN GREATEST HITS: One of the most original and successful rockabilly cats, Tennessee born CARL PERKINS was a self-taught guitarist weened on the Grand Old... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockabilly Original
Setting hear listening to Perk do his thing. One thing I actually forgot over the years was how good Carl Perkins is. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Lynn Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars essential Carl Perkins
I can relate to the customer review below. Not a HUGE rockabilly fanatic, but I do love it when I hear it. Especially live. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by 2 cents
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
this isn't really the genre i listen too, but if you love music, you'll love this.....................
Published on April 1, 2009 by irene
5.0 out of 5 stars BLUE SUEDE SHOES
Awesome CD. Any one who harkens back to the 50s', as a participaant or a student of the start up of the rock n roll era, recognizes this song as key to the era. Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by IMPACT ONE
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