The Complete Sun Singles
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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.
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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This is where it all started. Elvis. Jerry Lee. Chuck. They all descended from Carl P. Look it up...Carl was the first "King".Published 18 months ago by golf guy
the rest is history. The first two are straight "country" or "hillbilly" including fiddle, which I personally find annoying to listen to. Read morePublished on September 20, 2005 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
I grew up on rock an roll music late 50's 60's an70's plus Elvis's music they are all great.know one can ever replace them know matter how hard they try. Read morePublished on June 13, 2001 by blhurley