The Sun Rock Box

The Sun Rock Box

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Sam Phillips loved the blues and he recorded plenty of country at Sun Studios -- these two genres are documented on the appropriately titled The Sun Blues Box and The Sun Country Box, respectively -- but rock & roll is what made his legend. He wanted to find a white vocalist who sang with a black feel, convinced that he could find his fortune there, and when he found Elvis Presley, he found an artist who exceeded all his wildest dreams. Phillips released five Elvis singles on Sun before selling Presley's contract to RCA, thereby earning money that he needed badly to keep Sun afloat. Not long afterward, Elvis had his first smash hit on RCA with "Heartbreak Hotel," thereby kickstarting the rock & roll revolution of which Sun was a commercial beneficiary as Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" went all the way to number two in 1956. The Sun Rock Box -- a greatly expanded eight-CD, 255-track version of the original Bear Family vinyl set of the same name that appeared in the mid-'80s -- documents the early years (aka the rise of Elvis) and all the rockabilly that came afterward, rounding up all the major movers and shakers and rockabilly cats Phillips recorded between 1954-1959. Those big names -- Presley and Perkins, along with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Rich (there are none of Johnny Cash's rockabilly records here) -- are sometimes represented by alternate takes and do not have all their Sun hits here. In some ways, their presence is even downplayed: a cult figure like Ray Smith winds up with ten songs, which is just as many as Carl Perkins and twice as many as the Killer, but that isn't a flaw of the box, it's an attribute. This, more than either its Blues or Country cousins, digs deep into the wild, forgotten corners of Sun, placing such widely heralded but still relatively unknown acts like Sonny Burgess, Billy Riley, Carl Mann, Gene Simmons, and Warren Smith on equal level to the titans, then spending even more time with lesser-known rockers as Harold Jenkins, Kenny Parchman, and Vernon Taylor. If there are some very clear reasons why these singers never had a hit -- perhaps the singers are a little too bug-eyed, perhaps the music is a little too raw, perhaps the songs are just three-chord raves -- when they're combined here with the mythic Sun rockers, along with pretty wild one-shots from everyone from Mack Self to Mickey Gilley and Charley Pride (here doing a cool laid-back stroll), it's hard to deny the deep power of this rock & roll explosion. By concentrating so much on the lesser-known rockers in the Sun stable, The Sun Rock Box recaptures the kinetic thrill of the birth of rock & roll, so this winds up as history that seems alive.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102173134
catalogNumber: 0217313
Rank: 111003


Disc 1

  1. That's All Right
  2. Good Rockin' Tonight
  3. Baby Let's Play House
  4. Mystery Train
  5. Carl Perkins In Memphis
  6. Blue Suede Shoes
  7. You Can't Make Love To Somebody
  8. Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby
  9. Dixie Fried
  10. Put Your Cat Clothes On, Pt.1
  11. Put Your Cat Clothes On, Pt.2
  12. That Don't Move Me
  13. Only You
  14. Pink Pedal Pushers
  15. That's Right
  16. Crawdad Hole
  17. If You Don't Mind
  18. Slow Down
  19. A Fool For Loving You
  20. Sign It On the Dotted Line
  21. Rock All Night
  22. I'll Be Around
  23. I'll Wait Forever
  24. Be Wise, Don't Cry
  25. Come On Little Mama, Pt. 1
  26. Where'd You Stay Last Night
  27. Come On Little Mama, Pt. 2
  28. Love Dumb Baby
  29. Greenback Dollar, Watch and Chain, Pt. 1
  30. Foolish Heart
  31. Lonely Wolf
  32. Greenback Dollar, Watch and Chain, Pt. 2

Disc 2

  1. Cotton Pickin 'Boogie
  2. Rockin' At the Woodchopper's Ball
  3. It Makes No Difference Now
  4. Bernero's Boogie
  5. I Don't Mind
  6. The Blond In Red Velvet
  7. You'll Always Belong To Me
  8. So Tired
  9. Sentimental Fool
  10. I Need a Man
  11. Voice of a Fool
  12. I'm Getting Better All the Time
  13. Everlasting Love
  14. Bop Bop Baby
  15. Don't Need Your Lovin', Pt. 1
  16. Don't Need Your Lovin', Pt. 2
  17. Wild Woman
  18. Cindy Lou
  19. Honey Love
  20. Fine Little Baby
  21. Move Baby Move
  22. Ooby Dooby
  23. Go! Go! Go!
  24. Rockhouse
  25. Domino
  26. Rock-a-Billy Gal
  27. Rakin' and Scapin'
  28. Long Time Gone
  29. That's the Way I Love
  30. Rock Baby, Rock It

Disc 3

  1. Tennessee Zip
  2. I Feel Like Rockin'
  3. Love Crazy Baby
  4. Treat Me Right
  5. Get It Off Your Mind
  6. What's the Reason
  7. You Call Everybody Darlin'
  8. Two Timin' Baby
  9. Go Ahead Baby
  10. Huh Babe
  11. High High High
  12. My Baby Don't Rock
  13. That's What I Tell My Heart
  14. Rockhouse
  15. Crazy Dreams
  16. Give Me Some Love
  17. I Need Your Lovin' Kiss
  18. Born To Sing the Blues
  19. Goin' Crazy
  20. Mad At You
  21. Good Lookin' Woman
  22. Rock-a-Bye Baby
  23. Rocking Mama Sweet
  24. Sonny Boy
  25. Fire Engine Red
  26. Tomorrow
  27. Please Do Not Cry Over Me
  28. That Depends On You
  29. All I Want is You
  30. My One Desire

Disc 4

  1. Down On the Border
  2. Don't Let Me Down
  3. Shake Rattle and Roll
  4. It's Me Baby
  5. Rockin' With My Baby
  6. Trumpet
  7. Ten Cats Down
  8. The Fools Hall of Fame
  9. Cheese and Crackers
  10. Sally Jo
  11. We Wanna Boogie
  12. Red Headed Woman
  13. Life's Too Short To Live
  14. Ain't Got a Thing
  15. Feelin 'Good
  16. Truckin' Down the Avenue
  17. Restless
  18. Find My Baby For Me
  19. Sadie Brown
  20. Thunderbird
  21. Rock 'N' Roll Ruby
  22. Stop the World
  23. Uranium Rock
  24. Dear John
  25. Trouble Bound
  26. Rock With Me Baby
  27. Flyin' Saucer Rock and Roll
  28. I Want You Baby
  29. Red Hot
  30. No Name Girl
  31. One More Time
  32. Got Your Water Boiling

Disc 5

  1. Blues At Midnight
  2. Pop and Mama
  3. The Chains of Love
  4. Juicy Fruit
  5. Drinkin' Wine
  6. I Done Told You
  7. Crazy Woman
  8. I Don't Love You Baby
  9. Money Money Money
  10. If I'm Not Wanted
  11. Love My Baby, Pt. 1
  12. One Broken Heart
  13. Fairlane Rock
  14. Blues Blues Blues
  15. Love My Baby, Pt. 2
  16. Mad Man, Pt. 1
  17. Heartbreakin' Love
  18. Miss Pearl
  19. Take Me From This Garden of Evil
  20. Mad Man, Pt. 2
  21. Miracle of You
  22. It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)
  23. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On
  24. You Win Again
  25. High School Confidential
  26. Crazy Heart
  27. Breakup
  28. Put Me Down
  29. Whirlwind
  30. Charlie's Boogie
  31. Blue Suede Shoes
  32. My Baby Done Left Me
  33. Rebound
  34. Lonely Weekends

Disc 6

  1. Stairway To Nowhere
  2. She's Gone Away
  3. (Did You Tell Me) You Don't Care
  4. Cry Baby Cry
  5. I Wanta Rock
  6. Ooh That's Good
  7. Someone To Love
  8. Memories of You
  9. Judy
  10. Drive-In
  11. Have You Ever Been Lonely
  12. Fool Proof
  13. Tough Tough Tough
  14. Sorry I Lied
  15. To Tell the Truth
  16. Flat Foot Sam
  17. Lordy Hoody
  18. I Dig You Baby, Pt. 1
  19. You Better Believe It, Pt. 1
  20. Sweetie Pie
  21. I Dig You Baby, Pt. 2
  22. Shake Around
  23. You Better Believe It, Pt. 2
  24. Rock Boppin' Baby
  25. Eight Wheel Driver
  26. Sweet Woman
  27. Baby That's Good
  28. King of Fools
  29. Memories Never Grow Old
  30. Good Lovin'
  31. Fool Fool Fool
  32. Dreamy Nights
  33. Hey Heart

Disc 7

  1. Right Behind You Baby
  2. So Young
  3. Why Why Why
  4. You Made a Hit
  5. Sail Away
  6. Rockin' Bandit
  7. Willing and Ready
  8. Forever Yours
  9. Shake Around
  10. Breakup
  11. Sandy Lee
  12. Mean Woman Blues
  13. Kansas City
  14. Young Dreams
  15. Mona Lisa
  16. Rockin' Love
  17. Pretend
  18. Too Young
  19. A Thousand Guitars
  20. Is It Too Late?
  21. Is It Me?
  22. Southbound Line
  23. Beat It
  24. Your Lovin' Man
  25. Today is Blue Day
  26. Breeze
  27. Hey Little Girl
  28. Mystery Train, Pt. 1
  29. This Kinda Love
  30. Sweet and Easy To Love
  31. Mystery Train, Pt. 2

Disc 8

  1. Thinkin' of Me
  2. Have a Little Party (C'mon Baby)
  3. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On
  4. I'll Change My Ways
  5. This Old Heart of Mine
  6. Love is My Business
  7. What Are You Gonna Do Now?
  8. I Lost My Baby
  9. Christene
  10. Apron Strings
  11. (There's My Baby) Walkin' (The Stroll)
  12. With Your Love, With Your Kiss
  13. No More Crying the Blues
  14. Raunchy
  15. The Midnight Man
  16. Somehow We'll Find a Way
  17. Wild Rice
  18. College Man
  19. Scroungie
  20. After the Hop
  21. Sally's Got a Sister
  22. Bop Train
  23. Flip Flop and Bop
  24. Rolando
  25. Little Bitty Pretty Girl
  26. Hey Good Lookin'
  27. Sugarfoot Rag
  28. Hey Bo Diddley
  29. That's the Way I Feel
  30. Tuff (Cattywampus)
  31. That's Just Too Bad
  32. 706 Union

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mickey Gilley   Piano,Vocals
George Jones   Drums
Charley Pride   Vocals
Charlie Rich   Piano,Vocals
Sonny Burgess   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Earls   Guitar,Vocals
Rosco Gordon   Piano,Vocals
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano,Vocals
Roy Orbison   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carl Perkins   Guitar,Vocals
Elvis Presley   Vocals
Warren Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Spinners   Choir, Chorus
Bill Black   Bass
Eddie Bond   Vocals
Ace Cannon   Saxophone
Johnny Carroll   Guitar,Vocals
Roy Hall   Vocals
Bill Justis   Horn,Saxophone
Carl Mann   Piano,Vocals
Scotty Moore   Bass,Guitar
Mack Allen Smith   Vocals
Rudy Grayzell   Vocals
Narvel Felts   Guitar,Vocals
Cliff Acred   Bass
Joe Baugh   Piano
Johnny Bernero   Drums
Bill Bowen   Vocals
Eddie Bush   Guitar
Bill Cantrell   Fiddle
Don Carter   Choir, Chorus
Jack Clement   Bass,Guitar
Wayne Cogswell   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
John Franklin   Choir, Chorus
Ray Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Herman Hawkins   Bass
Buddy Holobaugh   Guitar
Roland Janes   Guitar
Jack Kennelly   Bass
Stan Kesler   Bass,Guitar,Steel Guitar
Joe Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Gordon Mashburn   Guitar
James Morrow   Mandolin
Jack Nance   Trumpet
Pat O'Neill   Bass
Richard Page   Guitar
Allen Reynolds   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Dusty Rhodes   Vocal Harmony
Mack Self   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Smith   Vocals
Brad Suggs   Bass,Guitar
Jerry Tuttle   Steel Guitar,Saxophone
Marcus Van Story   Bass
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
Phillip Walker   Guitar
James Webb   Bass
Johnny Wilson   Guitar
Malcolm Yelvington   Guitar,Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
Carl Adams   Guitar
Hopson   Guitar
Johnny Ray Hubbard   Bass
Jan Ledbetter   Bass
Sid Manker   Bass,Guitar
Elsie Joe Miller   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Roy Miller   Vocals
Robert Oatsvall   Bass
Marvin Pepper   Bass
Jake Ryles   Bass
Mildred Wages   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Asa Wilkerson   Choir, Chorus
Hayden Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Vernon Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Jackie Thomas   Trombone
Harold Jenkins   Guitar,Vocals
Otis Jett   Drums
Bill Pinkney   Vocals
Billy Weir   Drums
Martin Willis   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Willie Stephenson   Bass
Jesse Lee Turner   Vocals
Mack Vickery   Vocals
Jimmy Watson   Piano
Tommy Blake   Guitar,Vocals
Lee Holt   Choir, Chorus
Billy Riley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Vocals
Jimmy Wilson   Piano
Bill Riley   Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Cash   Vocals
J.C. Caughron   Guitar
Sid Lapworth   Bass
Barbara Pittman   Vocals
Thomas E. Cisco   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Wages   Vocals
Dickey Lee Lipscomb   Guitar,Vocals
Ernie Barton   Guitar,Vocals
Dean Beard   Piano,Vocals
Luke McDaniel   Guitar,Vocals
Carl Simmons   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Danny Stewart   Vocals
Cliff Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Roger Fakes   Vocals
Talmadge Tubb   Choir, Chorus
Barbara Thomas   Vocals
Bill Hennen   Piano
Billy Buntin   Bass
Billy Herbert   Guitar
Kenny Parchman   Guitar,Vocals
Slim Rhodes   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Honeycutt   Guitar,Vocals
Onzie Horne   Vibes
Andy Anderson   Vocals
Tracy Pendarvis   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Piano
Jay Salem   Guitar
Dick Penner   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Harris   Bass
Eddie Hall   Bass
Charlotte Smith   Vocals
Gene Simmons   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Evans   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Wade Moore   Vocals
Ed Thomas   Piano
James Buck Perkins   Rhythm Guitar
Lloyd Clayton Perkins   Bass
Jimmy Williams   Vocals
Russell Smith   Drums
Bette Kirby   Vocals
Magel Priesman   Vocals
Jesse Carter   Bass
Singing Sons   Choir, Chorus
Edwin Bruce   Guitar,Vocals
James Curry   Choir, Chorus
Lionel Prevost   Saxophone
Rhythm Rebels   Guitar,Vocals
Cliff Gleaves   Vocals
Johnny Gibson   Guitar
Dick Ketner   Bass
Gary Diamond   Drums
Dean Perkins   Guitar
Stanley Walker   Guitar,Vocals
Rudi Richardson   Vocals
Curtis Hobock   Vocals
Ronald "Slim" Wallace   Bass
Billy Ellis   Drums
Jimmy Pritchett   Vocals
Bobby Cash   Drums
Bobby Crawford   Drums
Leon Barnett   Guitar
Jimmie Lott   Drums
Johnny Black   Bass
Tiny Dixon   Steel Guitar
Lucky Yarborough   Guitar
Warren Gregory   Guitar
Danny Wahlquist   Drums
Kern Kennedy   Piano
Jimmy Ray Paulman   Guitar
David Glenn   Choir, Chorus
Bob Taylor   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Jerry Smith   Piano
Alton Lott   Guitar,Vocals
Roy Estes   Piano
Speck Rhodes   Bass
James Steward   Guitar
Miller Sisters   Choir, Chorus
Johnny Cannon   Saxophone
Thurman Enlow   Piano,Vocals
Frank Tolley   Piano
Reece Fleming   Piano
Patsy Halcomb   Vocals
Andre Mitchell   Choir, Chorus
Frank Stella   Drums
Gerald Hendrix   Choir, Chorus
Freddie Ravares   Guitar
Hank Bowers   Trumpet
Harold Aldridge   Guitar
Herb Holland   Steel Guitar
Hayden Thomas   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Hugh Jeffreys   Steel Guitar
Jamieson Bryant   Saxophone
J.L. Jerden   Choir, Chorus
Hannah Faye Harger   Vocals
Eddie Weill   Choir, Chorus
Durwood Herbert   Drums
Don Gililland   Bass
David Lee Cox   Piano
Cuz Covington   Bass
Carl Holland   Bass
Bob Izer   Guitar
Bill Tarrance   Bass
Bill Fairbank   Drums
Mary Kirby   Vocals
Lee Cornello   Drums
Kern Kelley   Piano
Keith Worell   Guitar
Keith Vann   Drums
Joland Janes   Guitar
Johnny Pryor   Choir, Chorus
John Pavlick   Guitar,Vocals
Joey Reisenberg   Drums
Joe Tubb   Guitar
David Moore   Choir, Chorus
Elijan Franklin   Choir, Chorus
Dick Horton   Saxophone
Bobby Lyons   Drums
L.W. Canty   Bass
John Green   Fiddle
Joe Payne   Drums
Jimmy Harrell   Guitar,Vocals
James Terry   Piano
James Jones   Saxophone
J.W. Bruner   Bass
J.W. Grubbs   Bass
Thurlow Brown   Guitar
Thomas Enlow   Piano,Vocals
Thomas Abston   Choir, Chorus
Talmadge Hester   Guitar
Ronnie Parchman   Drums
Richard Mateller   Trumpet
Red Hensley   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Red McGregor   Guitar
Nelson Grilli   Horn,Saxophone
Merrill Williams   Drums
Willie Peppers   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Jones   Guitar
Wilbur Steinberg   Choir, Chorus
Vernon Drane   Horn,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Ed Bruce   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Floyd Cramer   Composer
Hank Garland   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Tex Ritter   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Sonny Burgess   Composer
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison
Jack Earls   Composer
Rosco Gordon   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Eddie Bond   Composer
Johnny Carroll   Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter   Composer
Roy Hall   Composer
Bill Justis   Composer,Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Carl Mann   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Rudy Grayzell   Composer
Narvel Felts   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Bill Bowen   Composer
Bill Cantrell   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Wayne Cogswell   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Lew Douglas   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison,Introduction
Ray Evans   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Ray Harris   Composer
Roland Janes   Composer
Ross Johnson   Liner Notes
Stan Kesler   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Bob Neal   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Billy Lee Riley   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Mack Self   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Malcolm Yelvington   Composer
Billy Pat Ellis   Composer
Hopson   Composer,Liner Notes
Sid Manker   Composer
Hayden Thompson   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Harold Jenkins   Composer
Bill Pinkney   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
Tony Wilkinson   Liner Notes
Tommy Blake   Composer
Cliff Parman   Composer
Ray Scott   Composer
Martin Hawkins   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison,Introduction,Interviewer
Bill Millar   Liner Notes
Billy Riley   Composer
Dave Booth   Liner Notes
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
James Paulman   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Bo Berglind   Liner Notes
Jimmy Wages   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Frank LaVere   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Ernie Barton   Producer
Murphy Maddux   Composer
Luke McDaniel   Composer
Danny Stewart   Composer
Henry Roeland Byrd   Composer
Clara Wills   Composer
Kenny Parchman   Composer
Glenn Honeycutt   Composer
Andy Anderson   Composer
Ted Jarrett   Composer
Tracy Pendarvis   Composer
Ron Hargrave   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Christian Zwarg   Metal Transfers
Gene Simmons   Composer
Martin Kalmanoff   Composer
Aaron Cornelius   Composer
Maurice Murray   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Klaus Kettner   Liner Notes
Ande Rand   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
Art Adams   Composer
Ed Thomas   Composer
Howard Griffin   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
Magel Priesman   Composer
Danny Wolf   Composer
Edwin Bruce   Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Jesmet   Composer
William Emerson   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Charles Calhoun   Composer
Allen Wingate   Composer
Ronald Wallace   Composer
Sam Malbuch   Photo Restoration
Louis Moore   Composer
Johnny Cannon   Composer
Jo Ann Wingate   Composer
Luther Bradley "Pee Wee" Suggs   Composer
Reece Fleming   Composer
Ira Lichterman   Composer
Patsy Halcomb   Composer
Aubry Gass   Composer
Craig Maki   Liner Notes
Colin Davies   Liner Notes
John Pavlick   Composer
David Kelly   Composer
L.V. Bryant   Composer
Roy Hobock   Liner Notes
Mitt Addington   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer

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