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Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.Linhough Sam Phillips' Sun Records is generally remembered as the rockabilly label that launched the recording career of one Elvis Presley, as well as the careers of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, there is a whole lot more to the story than that. Phillips recorded a good deal of straight blues in his studio, and that patented slap-back, room echo feel that permeates his more rockabilly fare is well in evidence on the blues tracks that are collected here in this three-disc, 75-track set. This is exciting stuff, with an intangible freshness to the sound that is still very much in evidence all these years later. Among the many highlights are Rufus Thomas' answer to Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," the derivative but oh so infectious "Bear Cat," Frank Frost's classic "Jelly Roll King," a marvellous version of "Sweet Home Chicago" by Honeyboy Edwards, as well as several sides from one-man bands Joe Hill Louis ("Keep Your Arms Around Me,""She May Be Yours (But She Comes to See Me Sometime)") and Doctor Ross ("Come Back Baby,""Chicago Breakdown,""Juke Box Boogie"). A delight from start to finish, this decently priced collection is a must for serious modern blues fans as well as essential listening for anyone interested in one of the key labels in the history of American pop music.~ Steve Leggett
  • Genre: Blues Music
  • Sun Records: Ultimate Blues Collection - Sun Records: Ultimate Blues Collection [CD]
Album: Sun Records: Ultimate Blues Collection [Box]
# Song Title   Time
1)    We All Gotta Go Sometime - Joe Hill Louis
2)    Baker Shop Boogie - Willie Nix
3)    Easy - Big Walter Horton
4)    Bear Cat (The Answer to Hound Dog) - Rufus Thomas
5)    Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames
6)    Tiger Man (King of the Jungle) - Rufus Thomas
7)    Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Perkins
8)    Hydramatic Woman - Joe Hill Louis
9)    Hucklebuck, The - Earl Hooker
10)    Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
11)    Love Me Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames
12)    Come Back Baby - Doctor Ross
13)    Somebody Told Me - Little Milton
14)    Straighten Up Baby - James Cotton
15)    I'm Gonna Murder My Baby - Pat Hare
16)    Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
17)    Boogie Disease, The - Doctor Ross
18)    When It Rains It Really Pours - Billy "The Kid" Emerson (The Kid)
19)    I Feel So Worried - Sammy Lewis/Willie Johnson
20)    Red Hot - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
21)    Lookin' for My Baby - Little Milton
22)    Ain't That Right - Eddie Snow
23)    Go Ahead On - Guitar Red
24)    Chicken, The (Dance with You) - Rosco Gordon
25)    Jelly Roll King - Frank Frost
1)    She May Be Yours (But She Comes to See Me Sometime) - Joe Hill Louis
2)    Seems Like a Million Years - Willie Nix
3)    Walked All Night - Charley Booker
4)    Baby's Gone and Left Me - Houston Stokes
5)    Walking in the Rain - Houston Stokes
6)    (Talkin') Off the Wall - Big Walter Horton
7)    Fussin' and Fightin' Blues - Little Junior One Hand
8)    Save That Money - Rufus Thomas
9)    Razorback - Earl Hooker
10)    Believe I'll Settle Down - Boyd Gilmore
11)    My Love Has Gone - Mose Vinson
12)    Chicago Breakdown - Doctor Ross
13)    Sittin' at the Bar - Little Junior One Hand
14)    High - Kenneth Banks
15)    Harmonica Jam - Coy "Hot Shot" Love
16)    My Baby - James Cotton
17)    Gee I Wish - Billy "Red" Love
18)    Satisfied - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
19)    Hold Me in Your Arms - James Cotton
20)    Juke Box Boogie - Doctor Ross
21)    Move Baby Move - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
22)    So Long Baby, Goodbye - Sammy Lewis/Willie Johnson
23)    Bring Your Love Back Home - Eddie Snow
24)    Trouble Down the Road - Frank Ballard
25)    Everything's Alright - Frank Frost
1)    Keep Your Arms Around Me - Joe Hill Louis
2)    Married Woman - Rufus Thomas
3)    I'm a Good Man - Elven Parr & His in the Groove Boys/Eddie Snow
4)    Policy Man Blues - Sleepy John Estes
5)    Last Time, The - Woodrow Wilson Adams
6)    Prison Bound Blues - Willie Nix
7)    I'm Back Pretty Baby - Raymond Hill
8)    In the Mood - Big Walter Horton
9)    Before Long - Jimmy & Walter
10)    We're All Gonna Do Some Wrong - Houston Stokes
11)    Blue Guitar - Earl Hooker
12)    Rhumba Chillen - Albert Williams
13)    Sweet Home Chicago - David "Honeyboy" Edwards
14)    Sittin' Drinkin' and Thinkin' - Little Junior One Hand
15)    Move on Down the Line - Earl Hooker
16)    44 Blues - Mose Vinson
17)    Carry My Business On - Houston Boines
18)    Feelin' Bad - Little Junior One Hand
19)    Wolf Call Boogie - Coy "Hot Shot" Love
20)    Lookin' for My Baby - Little Milton
21)    Hart's Bread Boogie - Billy "Red" Love
22)    Bonus Pay - Pat Hare
23)    Little Fine Healthy Thing - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
24)    Hey Hey Girl - Rosco Gordon
25)    Just Come on Home - Frank Frost
 
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Performer Notes
  • Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
  • Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
  • Although Sam Phillips' Sun Records is generally remembered as the rockabilly label that launched the recording career of one Elvis Presley, as well as the careers of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, there is a whole lot more to the story than that. Phillips recorded a good deal of straight blues in his studio, and that patented slap-back, room echo feel that permeates his more rockabilly fare is well in evidence on the blues tracks that are collected here in this three-disc, 75-track set. This is exciting stuff, with an intangible freshness to the sound that is still very much in evidence all these years later. Among the many highlights are Rufus Thomas' answer to Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," the derivative but oh so infectious "Bear Cat," Frank Frost's classic "Jelly Roll King," a marvelous version of "Sweet Home Chicago" by Honeyboy Edwards, as well as several sides from one-man bands Joe Hill Louis ("Keep Your Arms Around Me," "She May Be Yours (But She Comes to See Me Sometime)") and Doctor Ross ("Come Back Baby," "Chicago Breakdown," "Juke Box Boogie"). A delight from start to finish, this decently priced collection is a must for serious modern blues fans as well as essential listening for anyone interested in one of the key labels in the history of American pop music. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (11/03, p.90) - "...It takes in some of the rawest, weirdest, and most ethereal blues songs that he ever captured on tape....Phillips made it no secret that the blues was his first and deepest love..."
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