Beyond the Sun

Beyond the Sun

by Chris Isaak
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Some albums are so obvious it's a wonder they didn't exist before, and so it is with Chris Isaak's Beyond the Sun, a salute to the classic rock & roll label Sun Records. Ever since his first album, Isaak has exhibited an enormous debt to the titans who recorded at Sun, particularly Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, whose work is showcased heavily here. Isaak doesn't stick strictly to songs released on Sun -- he covers "Can't Help Falling in Love," which Presley did not release during his time on Sun -- but he doesn't stick to the obvious, either, finding excellent songs from the likes of Warren Smith. Still, Elvis rules the roost, not only in terms of songs covered, but in approach. Isaak croons like the King, smoothing out the rough edges of Carl Perkins' "Dixie Fried" and Jerry Lee's "Great Balls of Fire," smoothing them out enough to push them to a smoky, late-night torch song. Beyond the Sun plays it cool and plays it authentic -- these aren't reinterpretations, but sincere homages -- and if this doesn't have much grit, it has plenty of style and heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2011
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707821124
catalogNumber: 78211

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Isaak   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jack Clement   Musician
Craig Copeland   Vocals
Kenney Dale Johnson   Drums,Vocals
Jon Joyce   Vocals
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Scott Plunkett   Organ,Piano
Rowland Salley   Bass,Vocals
Lee Thornburg   Musician
Richard Wells   Vocals
David Woodford   Musician
Waddy Wachtel   Musician
Hershel Yatovitz   Guitar,Vocals
Michelle Branch   Vocals
Ashley Monroe   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Chris Isaak   Composer,Producer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
Stan Kesler   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Mark Needham   Engineer,Additional Production
Doc Pomus   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Howard Kaufman   Management
Jimmy Wages   Composer
Borney Bergantine   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Betty Peterson   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Sheryl Louis   Management
Howard Griffin   Composer
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Eduardo di Capua   Composer

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