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The Complete Sun Singles

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Greatest Hits From Sun Records

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Movie Mag
  2. Turn Around
  3. Let The Jukebox Keep Playing
  4. Gone, Gone, Gone
  5. Blue Suede Shoes
  6. Honey Don't
  7. Sure To Fall
  8. Tennessee
  9. Boppin' The Blues
  10. All Mama's Children
  11. Dixie Fried
  12. I'm Sorry, I'm Not Sorry
  13. Your True Love
  14. Matchbox
  15. That's Right
  16. Forever Yours
  17. Lend Me Your Comb
  18. Glad All Over


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004TGT5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By collecting the A and B sides of Perkins' nine Sun singles, this release provides a slightly different view of his early years than other single-disc collections, such as "Original Sun Greatest Hits."

Many of his incendiary rockabilly numbers are here ("Gone, Gone, Gone", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Honey Don't", "Boppin' the Blues", "All Mama's Children", "Matchbox", "Glad All Over"), but they're preface with Perkins' early country sides. The whining fiddle and mournful vocals of "Turn Around" (the B-side of his debut, "Movie Mag") and "Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing" (his second A-side) suggest an early affinity for Hank Williams.

Noticeably missing (because they weren't singles, assumedly) are "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby" and "Put Your Cat Clothes On." In their place are the rockabilly-meets-talking-blues A-side "That's Right" (co-written with Johnny Cash) and its ballad flip, "Forever Yours," along with Perkins' ode to his home state, "Tennessee."

Newly penned liner notes and period photos and ephemera (posters, ads and such) complete a very sweet introduction to Perkins' seminal sides.
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Though another reviewer complained that "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" wasn't here (because Sun Records owner Sam C. Phillips only released it as an album cut, not on either side of a single), the five other Perkins songs the Beatles recorded ("Matchbox," "Honey, Don't," "Lend Me Your Comb," "Glad All Over" and "Sure to Fall") are all here. So is his mega-hit, "Blue Suede Shoes," identified these days with Elvis Presley even though Perkins wrote it AND his single outsold the King's. There's also a lot of Perkins the country singer here, including his first record, "Movie Magg" (I love this song and named my movie blog after it), "Turn Around," "Let the Jukebox Keep On Playing" and "Tennessee." This is on Varèse Sarabande, a label that started doing classical music, then branched out into film soundtracks and occasionally jazz, and unfortunately they did NOT include personnel lists for the song. You need to know that the killer piano on "Your True Love" and "Matchbox" is Jerry Lee Lewis's (these two tracks were recorded on the same day as the legendary "Million Dollar Quartet" session), and as good as the Beatles' "Matchbox" was the Perkins version (with Perkins instead of Ringo singing and Lewis instead of John Lennon on piano) is worlds better. If you haven't heard it, "All Mama's Children," "Boppin' the Blues," "Dixie Fried," "Gone, Gone, Gone" and "Glad All Over" (also included in the 1957 Warner Bros. film "Jamboree!"), you have some treats in store!
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This chronological collection of Carl Perkins' SUN singles is an outstanding presentation. It also includes his very first single, which was issued on Sam Phillips FLIP label.

BLUE SUEDE SHOES is still the masterpiece, but MATCHBOX and BOPPIN' THE BLUES are shadowy seconds. (Phillips himself said in a ROLLING STONE interview that BOPPIN' was his favorite "production", which makes it too bad that, as far as I know, there's only one alternate take.)

Why most of Carl's singles didn't sell well is a mystery. SHOES, BOPPIN', and YOUR TRUE LOVE were the only sides to crack the charts, but I don't think the latter two did very well.

The country sides are outstanding, and you have to wonder why Phillips didn't release #235: it would have been a real coup to have a chart-topper on all the charts and an authentic hillbilly hit in addition--which I'm sure SURE TO FALL would have been.

I do wonder about the sound on LEND ME YOUR COMB, the B-side of Carl's last release. It must be mutiple-tracking of some kind, but I didn't think that was possible in 1957-58.

An outstanding CD, the Perkins' SUN anthology to own.
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As a musician, my "oldies" rock band was asked to submit a few tunes for an up coming CD, to be produced for the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association. We did two of Carl's tunes..... "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Honey Don't". Carl was one of the true rockabilly pioneers and a legend of early rock music. I thouroughly enjoyed this CD.
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