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Sun Records Collection [Box set]

Elvis Presley , Jerry Lee Lewis , Johnny Cash , Carl Perkins , The Howlin' Wolf , Roy Orbison , B. B. King , Warren Smith , The Jesters , Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0000033DF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gotta Let You Go - Joe Hill Louis
2. Rocket '88' - Jackie Brenston With His Delta Cats
3. B.B. Blues - B.B. King
4. Swamp Root - Harmonica Frank Floyd
5. Moanin' At Midnight - The Howlin' Wolf
6. How Many More Years - The Howlin' Wolf
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. That's All Right - Elvis Presley/Scotty & Bill
2. Good Rockin' Tonight - Elvis Presley/Scotty & Bill
3. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Malcom Yelvington & The Star Rhythm Boys
4. Turn Around - Carl Perkins
5. Baby Let's Play House - Elvis Presley/Scotty & Bill
6. Someday You Will Pay - The Miller Sisters
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Crazy Arms - Jerry Lee Lewis With His Pumping Piano
2. End Of The Road - Jerry Lee Lewis With His Pumping Piano
3. Flying Saucer Rock And Roll - Billy Riley & His Little Green Men
4. Matchbox - Carl Perkins
5. Down By The Riverside - The Million Dollar Quartet
6. Devil Doll - Roy Orbison & The Roses
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Sun Records and Elvis Presley will always be linked in the minds of music lovers, but Sam Phillips's storied label had a rich history before the arrival of the hillbilly cat (it all started July 5, 1954, with "That's All Right") and it continued to flourish after Phillips sold Presley's contract to RCA in late '55. Rhino's three-disc label anthology naturally hinges on Presley's recordings, swinging back to the gutbucket blues Phillips loved and forward to the rockabilly and country that became the foundation of the Sun sound in the late '50s. We Record Anything was Sun's motto, but Phillips had a finely honed ear for music that was authentic, energetic, and direct, an aesthetic that embraced everyone from Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King to Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash to Charlie Rich and Roy Orbison. The stable's leading lights are all represented in this package, but there's great fun to be had discovering the lesser-known likes of the Prisonaires, Sonny Burgess, and Billy Lee Riley. A 34-page booklet that includes an interview with Phillips rounds out this overview of what is arguably the most important imprint in rock & roll history. --Steven Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Sun Records Anthology. July 1, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Sam C. Phillips' Sun Records was the first powerhouse independent label in the fifty-year history of Rock & Roll. Its catalogue, performed by rough-edged musicians who turned out consistently innovative material and several Top Ten hits, has been the subject of many exhaustive reissues, and Rhino Records' The Sun Records Collection is the most thorough "overview" package of the innovative label to date. From Bear Cat to Lonely Weekends, Rhino's 3-CD box set collects the best trend-setting and chart-topping hits released by Sun and Phillips International, the lesser-known but equally influential records (like Sonny Burgess' Red Headed Woman), and a generous selection of material recorded at 706 Union Ave. before it became the Sun Studio (Jackie Brenston's Rocket `88 and Howlin' Wolf's Moanin' at Midnight, both issued originally on Chess, are here.) The set divides its material into three comprehensive profiles of Sun's major phases. Disc 1 covers the early years (1950-54) of Blues and Country recordings, with featured recordings by B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf and Doug Poindexter, as well as the "A" side of the only single issued on The Phillips label, Joe Hill Louis' Gotta Let You Go. Disc 2 moves into the Rockabilly Era (1954-56), and features many of the recordings that made the label famous, among them Elvis' That's All Right, Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes and Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line. Disc 3, which features the best Sun recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis and the Phillips International hits by Bill Justis, Carl Mann and Charlie Rich (the "undubbed" master of Lonely Weekends is worth the price of the set!), takes Sun retrospective into its final years (1957-68), when the music it helped shaped began to topple its trend-setting status. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Rockin' In Memphis! April 18, 2001
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This great little three CD set is a real gem for folks looking to learn about the incredible history of producer Sam Phillips and his Sun Records label. Phillips opened his first little studio in Memphis in the early 50's & soon discovered the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison, BB King, and Charlie Rich. The gritty honesty of these recordings is testament to Phillips' genius at eliciting magic from his artists. As a producer he was looking for performances that were 'real' and was not particularly interested in anything calculated & slick. As a result he was responsible for a body of truly genuine music that changed things forever. Just ask The Beatles. Although three discs can't begin to cover the wealth of music Phillips produced, this set is a fine overview of the Sun label's rich history. Several diverse genres are represented including blues, rock n roll, rockabilly, country, gospel, and even a couple of novelty songs. Turn this stuff up and get ready for an incredible journey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The hot, the cool and the birth of rock & roll July 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Sun Records Collection

All in all, an enjoyable 3 disc set for those who like classic rockabilly, blues, country and early rock and roll. I will say that the remastering is not flawless, and a lot of the hissing, clicks and pops from the old tapes are still there. It adds character to the recording, yes, but it also sounds like ass on a good stereo. However, that is not true of every track and overall the remastered versions are cleaner. The breakdown disc by disc is as follows.

Disc 1 is mostly a blues disc with some spirituals and boogie woogie piano numbers. Notable artists are Howlin Wolf, BB King and Rufus Thomas. Fairly enjoyable if you dig on that sound. The gospel songs really stand out, especially "There's a Man in Jerusalem" by the Southern Jubilee Singers. This a capella song has outstanding harmony and the remastering brings out the bass vocals nicely. Blues highlights are "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" by Pat Hare mainly because it's a pretty disturbing tune. Also, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston is a hot song, bridging the gap between blues and early rock and roll.

The second disc kicks off the rock era, with Elvis' first song "That's All Right" starting things right. This disc is from the golden era of Sun, with songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins. Some highlight tunes are "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" by Malcolm Yelvington, which I like because it is an odd rockabilly tune that reminds me of Screaming Jay Hawkins. Also, "Red Hot" by Billy "The Kid" Emerson is worth a mention because it's a decent little song that is covered by another Sun artist on the 3rd disc, and this version is about 8000% better than the cover by Billy Lee Riley.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Chest Of Early Rock April 9, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is Music that wasn't motivated by fame and fortune. This cd collection features your early Elvis Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins,Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Howlin Wolf BB King and many others. It features your first rock song Rocket 88. The songs on the collection would go on to influence bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton as well as many others. I would recommend this collection to a true music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolultely Essential for Historians/Fans March 29, 2002
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This superb Rhino box set collects the best of the enormous treasure trove of music recorded during the heyday of Sam Phillips' Sun Record Studio in Memphis. There is a wealth of material to pick from, but this release by Rhino is by far the finest, most informative, and affordable representation of the Sun legacy released to date. There is little marginal material included here. The story begins with "Rocket 88," believed by many to be the first rock and roll recording, and segues into haunting sides recorded by BB King, Joe Hill Louis, and Howlin' Wolf. The best of Elvis Presley's early Sun sides are here (including "That's Allright, Mama," and "Mystery Train," perhaps the most exciting 2 minutes of music ever waxed), as are the best output of Jerry Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Charlie Rich. The legacy continues into the early 60's with the country-flavored sides of Warren Smith and Billy Lee Riley. An extremely informative, well-researched booklet and discography penned by reknowned expert Colin Escott accompanies this flawless 3-CD survey of the most important record company in the history of recorded music.
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