Boppin' & Rockin' - The Singles As & Bs 1955-1959 ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED
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The first Carl Perkins compilation to feature the A & B sides to all his singles from 1955 to 1959. Features such rockabilly classics as "Blue Suede Shoes", "Honey Don't", "Boppin' The Blues", "Dixie Fried" and "Glad All Over" plus rare early singles from his time with the Johnny Cash show. Carl was a huge influence over The Beatles especially George Harrison who regularly performed with him throughout his career.
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Don Law is a great man in his own right: after all, he recorded Robert Johnson, a blues singers for the ages. But he didn't know what to do with a great rockabilly like Carl. I'm guessing the uninspired piano player on the Columbia sides was added because of Jerry Lee Lewis' then overwhelming success, as well as the use of piano on Elvis' RCA sides.
Also Carl's astonishing guitar technique (part Merle Travis, part Arthur Smith [the picture on the cover is from the Arthur Smith TV show]) isn't used to advantage. It's as if Carl were trying to sound more like Chuck Berry than himself. The songs themselves are mostly trite, ONE TICKET TO LONELINESS being almost as bad as the unissued saccharine ballads Carl recorded for Sun (Y-O-U or LONELY STREET).
The Sun sides are unqualified classics. Sam Phillips said that BOPPIN' THE BLUES was one of his favorite "productions" and, risking heresy, I'd say it's superior to BLUE SUEDE SHOES: the rhythm is perfect and Carl's vocal is "downhome cat music" of the first order, while his guitar solo between verses shows how simplicity and taste are what made Sun rockabilly recordings the creme de la creme.
I don't think there was ever another rockabilly artist to equal Carl. Those who've seen the kinescopes of his appearances on "Hollywood Ranch Party", for which he did most of his Sun sides live, and are under 70 will have to use their imagination, but in my 70+ year old view he was the most exciting and creative artist in the genre, pace Elvis, Jerry Lee, Gene Vincent, Billy Riley, and dozens of others.