Carl Rocks

Carl Rocks

by Carl PerkinsCarl Perkins


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Carl Perkins was one of rock & roll's first bona fide guitar heroes, a fine songwriter and an engaging and heartfelt singer, and if he didn't have quite the same magnetism of his one-time labelmates Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, that doesn't change the fact that he made a handful of great records and was still picking strong up until his passing in 1998. However, there have been precious few career-inclusive compilations exploring Perkins -- most folks don't seem interested in much beyond his early sides for Sun (admittedly they do represent his greatest work), with his later material recorded for a number of labels usually getting short shrift. Leave it to the folks at the German Bear Family label to finally fill this void -- Carl Rocks is an excellent 31-track collection that begins with one of Perkins' first sessions for Sun in 1955 and closes with a terrific cover of John Hiatt's "Memphis in the Meantime" cut for Mercury in 1990. Carl Rocks is anchored by Perkins' Sun masters, and when you have songs like "Honey Don't," "Dixie Fried," "Matchbox," and "Put Your Cat Clothes On" in your catalog, it's no wonder you'd want to lead with them, but the lesser-known cuts such as "Rockin' Record Hop," "Jive After Five," and "Sittin' on Top of the World" prove that Perkins didn't need Sam Phillips to make a good record. And this collection lives up to its name -- Carl hits a solid rockin' groove throughout this compilation, and if you're looking for a Perkins set to get a party started, this will do the trick. Along with classic tunes and great audio remastering, Carl Rocks features an outstanding package with plenty of rare photos and superb liner notes from Hank Davis and Colin Escott -- this is as strong a single-disc Carl Perkins set you can buy, and along with offering a more complete view of his history than most packages available, it's lots of fun and a potent reminder of just how strong he was at the top of his game.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127167521
catalogNumber: 16752
Rank: 64438

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Perkins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Lap Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Bill Lloyd   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals
Jordanaires   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Quinton Claunch   Electric Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Buddy Harman   Drums
Barry Jenkins   Drums
Ray Phillips   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Pete Shannon   Bass
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
W.S. Holland   Drums
Herman Wade   Guitar
Andrew L. Goodrich   Saxophone
Charles McCoy   Harmonica
Jerry Glenn Kennedy   Guitar,Leader
Marvin H. Hughes   Piano
Pete Finney   Pedal Steel Guitar
Carl Garvin   Trumpet
Stan Perkins   Drums,Vocals
Thomas E. Cisco   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Smith   Piano
Gregg Perkins   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
John L. Allen   Guitar
John Hawkens   Piano
James Buck Perkins   Rhythm Guitar
Lloyd Clayton Perkins   Bass
Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge   Guitar

Technical Credits

Little Walter   Composer
Bill Lloyd   Producer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Biographical Notes
John Hiatt   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer,Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Jimmie Logsdon   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Mike Smith   Producer
Mitchell Torok   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Lonnie Carter   Composer
Ramona Redd   Composer
Bill Denny   Producer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration,Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Buck Peddy   Composer
Howard Griffin   Composer
Trevor Cajioa   Reissue Producer

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