Sun Records recordings on CDs re-released by Bear Family

Sun Records editions by Bear Family Records

Sam Phillips sensed that Memphis was a special place and he knew about the spiritual power of music. He rented an old building on Union Avenue that he turned into; "The Memphis Recording Service - We record anything – anywhere – anytime." His continuing experience as a producer combined with his instincts and vision. Ultimately created a legendary output and label: he literally changed the world! Bear Family offers many CDs by legendary Sun performers from Sonny Burgess to Bill Yates!

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips once told the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art that, in his view: "To write or sing songs and make music is probably our greatest amancipator of the spirit. Memphis was made up of a great cross section of black and white rural people from the likes of the Delta and hills and woods and farms of Alabama and Tennessee.

Memphis is a special place, the repository of many proud, humble, friendly determined people. After the Depression and the Mississippi floods of 1927, there were meagre earnings for both black people and poor white. Out of adversity came people with their songs and a chance to catch their elusive dreams. I recognized all this – and I 'dared to begin'. Where it would take us, I didn't know."

The Memphis Recording Service

Where it took Phillips was to an old building at 706 Union Avenue that in 1950 he turned into Memphis' first recording business – 'The Memphis Recording Service: We record anything – anywhere – anytime' – and soon to the top of the R&B charts with his 1951 recording of Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm.

Phillips gave up his day job recording big band radio broadcasts and instead he recorded B. B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Bobby Bland, Rosco Gordon, Rufus Thomas, and the Prisonaires vocal group. He recorded country singers Harmonica Frank, Slim Rhodes and Charlie Feathers. Then he recorded Elvis Presley, and the rest really, truly, was history.

But this was just the start. He discovered or recorded Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich - and many others then unknown but in whom Phillips heard that penchant and yearning to play, and to play a music that was 'different'. "Can you hear Johnny Cash with a steel guitar?" Phillips challenged, his withering look demanding a "no" in response.

if you're not doing something different, you're not doing anything

Sam Phillips liked to say to his artists, "if you're not doing something different, you're not doing anything." Phillips encouraged music that was individualistic but he also developed his own studio sound and style within which he framed their efforts.

He later explained: "Everything I recorded had to have a basic gut feeling to it, whether blues, gospel, country, rockabilly. I tried to help the artists where I could with a song structure or a lyric, but basically I tried to get them to record what they had, and to bring out of them what they were."

Sam Phillips' approach would have resonated with Mark Twain who unintentionally summarised Phillips' gift as a producer of records when he wrote – "all of us contain Music and Truth, but most of us can't get it out." Sam Phillips got it out. And he put it onto little yellow Sun records for the world to hear.  By Martin Hawkins

 

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Sun Records recordings on CDs re-released by Bear Family

Sun Records editions by Bear Family Records

Sam Phillips sensed that Memphis was a special place and he knew about the spiritual power of music. He rented an old building on Union Avenue that he turned into; "The Memphis Recording Service - We record anything – anywhere – anytime." His continuing experience as a producer combined with his instincts and vision. Ultimately created a legendary output and label: he literally changed the world! Bear Family offers many CDs by legendary Sun performers from Sonny Burgess to Bill Yates!

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips once told the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art that, in his view: "To write or sing songs and make music is probably our greatest amancipator of the spirit. Memphis was made up of a great cross section of black and white rural people from the likes of the Delta and hills and woods and farms of Alabama and Tennessee.

Memphis is a special place, the repository of many proud, humble, friendly determined people. After the Depression and the Mississippi floods of 1927, there were meagre earnings for both black people and poor white. Out of adversity came people with their songs and a chance to catch their elusive dreams. I recognized all this – and I 'dared to begin'. Where it would take us, I didn't know."

The Memphis Recording Service

Where it took Phillips was to an old building at 706 Union Avenue that in 1950 he turned into Memphis' first recording business – 'The Memphis Recording Service: We record anything – anywhere – anytime' – and soon to the top of the R&B charts with his 1951 recording of Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm.

Phillips gave up his day job recording big band radio broadcasts and instead he recorded B. B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Bobby Bland, Rosco Gordon, Rufus Thomas, and the Prisonaires vocal group. He recorded country singers Harmonica Frank, Slim Rhodes and Charlie Feathers. Then he recorded Elvis Presley, and the rest really, truly, was history.

But this was just the start. He discovered or recorded Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich - and many others then unknown but in whom Phillips heard that penchant and yearning to play, and to play a music that was 'different'. "Can you hear Johnny Cash with a steel guitar?" Phillips challenged, his withering look demanding a "no" in response.

if you're not doing something different, you're not doing anything

Sam Phillips liked to say to his artists, "if you're not doing something different, you're not doing anything." Phillips encouraged music that was individualistic but he also developed his own studio sound and style within which he framed their efforts.

He later explained: "Everything I recorded had to have a basic gut feeling to it, whether blues, gospel, country, rockabilly. I tried to help the artists where I could with a song structure or a lyric, but basically I tried to get them to record what they had, and to bring out of them what they were."

Sam Phillips' approach would have resonated with Mark Twain who unintentionally summarised Phillips' gift as a producer of records when he wrote – "all of us contain Music and Truth, but most of us can't get it out." Sam Phillips got it out. And he put it onto little yellow Sun records for the world to hear.  By Martin Hawkins

 

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The Cat Called Domino (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd., 45rpm)
Roy Orbison: The Cat Called Domino (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.,... Art-Nr.: BAF14015

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1-LP 10-inch vinyl (45rpm) with 8-page booklet (8"x8"), 12 single tracks. Playing time approx. 27 min - plus bonus CD, 20 tracks, total playing time approx. 60 min. Limited 'Ooby Dooby' edition to celebrate the 85th birthday of Roy...
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Rocks (CD)
Sonny Burgess: Rocks (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17629

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1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. Albert Austin Burgess - in short 'Sonny' - was an icon and a crowd favorite for generations of Rockabilly fans worldwide. Active in the music scene for...
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See The Big Man Cry - The complete SUN and Wand recordings 1957 – 65, plus… (CD)
Ed Bruce: See The Big Man Cry - The complete SUN and Wand... Art-Nr.: BCD17616

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1-CD (Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. Bear Family presents ‘See The Big Man Cry – The complete SUN and Wand recordings from 1957 – 65, plus…', the first complete CD collection of Ed Bruce's...
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Sam Phillips - Der Mann, der den Rock'n'Roll erfand
Sam Phillips: Sam Phillips - Der Mann, der den Rock'n'Roll... Art-Nr.: 0017012

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(Cosoc Grand Palace) german, hardcover, 636 pages, Peter Guralnick, translation of the English original: Michael Wideman. Sam 'The Man Who Invented Rock n' Roll' Phillips, was born on 5th January 1923 in Florence, Alabama, the youngest...
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The Ballads Of Jerry Lee Lewis (CD)
Jerry Lee Lewis: The Ballads Of Jerry Lee Lewis (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17544

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1-CD (Digipak) with 24-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time approx. 72 minutes. With 'Ballads' Bear Family presents the soulful and sentimental side of the Killer. 27 beautiful Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country ballads recorded between...
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Sun Ballads 1953-1962 (3-CD)
Various - SUN Records: Sun Ballads 1953-1962 (3-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17213

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3-CD-Album DigiPac (8-plated) with 90-page booklet, 78 tracks. Playing time approx. 137 minutes. - Special Blow OutSale - while stocks last! - deleted now The first-ever in-depth look at the ballad side of the Sun Records legacy. Surveys...
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Slow Down, The Sun Years, Plus (2-CD)
Jack Earls & The Jimbos: Slow Down, The Sun Years, Plus (2-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16935

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2-CD-Album Digipack with 48-page booklet, 41 tracks, playing time 122:24 minutes. Two CDs of music spanning 40 years, plus an in-depth interview. Hear Jack Earls tell about his wild life in Memphis, during the rockin' fifties! The...
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Billy Lee Riley Rocks (CD)
Billy Lee Riley: Billy Lee Riley Rocks (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17597

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1-CD Digipac with 40-page booklet, 35 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Does the CD include recordings from the original masters? A: Yes, the original masters were used except on the Darron Lee...
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Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing The Songs Of...  (CD)
Various Artists: Sun Shines On Hank Williams - Sun Artists Sing... Art-Nr.: BCD17504

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 58 minutes. Questions about 'Hank Williams On Sun' Q: Why should I buy this SUN Records compilation? A: This is a one of a kind theme compilation featuring Rockabilly &...
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Narvel Felts Rocks (CD)
Narvel Felts: Narvel Felts Rocks (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17594

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1-CD Digipak with 40-page booklet, 35 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 mns. • Another great rocker in our highly acclaimed and constantly expanding ROCKS! series! • Wild-and-woolly rockabilly – his early sides including 1956 live...
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Up Through The Years 1954-1957 (CD)
Carl Perkins: Up Through The Years 1954-1957 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15246

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1-CD Album with 8-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 mns. Carl Perkins, later called 'The King of Rockabilly', made his initial recordings for Sam Phillips' Memphis-based Sun Records in late 1954. His original version of...
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Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius Of Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips: Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius... Art-Nr.: 0017009

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(Country Music Foundation Press) Softcover, 64 pages, 25x25cm, english, fully illustrated in b&w and color. One of the most innovative and inspiring figures in the history of American music, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips introduced...
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I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
Jerry Lee Lewis: I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl) Art-Nr.: BAF18027

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ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS - FIRST TIME ON VINYL 1-LP, 180 gram Vinyl-LP, 14 tracks, Total playing time approx. 32:25 minutes. NEW to LP – never released before 12'' vinyl albums! For the first time in more than a generation: two entirely new...
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In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
Jerry Lee Lewis: In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl) Art-Nr.: BAF18025

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ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS - FIRST TIME ON VINYL& , 1-LP, 180 gram& ,Vinyl-LP, 14 tracks, Total playing time approx. 33:10 minutes. NEW to LP – never released before 12'' vinyl albums! For the first time in more than a generation: two...
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The Sun Years 1956-58 (CD)
Roy Orbison: The Sun Years 1956-58 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15461

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 60 mns. Here's the definitive edition of Roy's rock 'n' roll years with Sun 1956-1958. The 28 songs include Ooby Dooby, Rockhouse, You're My Baby, Chickhearted, Go Go Go, Domino,...
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Orbison 1955-1965 (7-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Roy Orbison: Orbison 1955-1965 (7-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16423

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7-CD box set (LP-size) with 104-page hardcover book, 189 tracks. Playing time approx. 482 mns. The ultimate Roy Orbison ! Between 1955 and 1965 Roy Orbison revolutionised popular music and these are the recordings that did it! This album...
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Roy Orbison - Roy Rocks
Roy Orbison: Roy Orbison - Roy Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD15916

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1-CD-album Digipak (6-plated) with 40-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns. Bear Family has put together a special compilation of all of Roy Orbison's rockin' material - the first of its kind - from his days at Sun all...
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Man In Black 1954-58 Vol.1 (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Johnny Cash: Man In Black 1954-58 Vol.1 (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15517

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 36-page book, 138 tracks. Playing time approx. 330 mns. It has been the most remarkable career in modern country music. 'Nobody But Nobody More Original Than Johnny Cash ' was the slogan they coined in the...
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Who Was That Masked Man? (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
ORION: Who Was That Masked Man? (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16330

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4-CD boxset (LP-Size) with 24-page book 108 tracks. Playing time approx. 284 mns. It was Orion Eckley Darnell, keeping the flame of rootsy Southern music alive in the Seventies, and doing it by sounding remarkably like Elvis Presley....
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Sun Rock Box 1950-1959 (8-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Various - SUN Records: Sun Rock Box 1950-1959 (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD17313

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8-CD Box (LP-format) with 224-page hardcover book, 255 tracks. Total playing approx. 620 mns. Sun Records at 60, Bear Family at 38 Between 1950 and 1960, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips discovered and produced B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf,...
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Great Guitars At Sun - Featuring Scotty Moore, Roland Janes, Eddie Bush, Pat Hare, Roy Orbison
Various - SUN Records: Great Guitars At Sun - Featuring Scotty Moore,... Art-Nr.: BCD16148

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Great Guitars At SUN Records Featuring Scotty Moore, Roland Janes, Eddie Bush, Pat Hare, Roy Orbison 1-CD Digipak (6-sided) with 60-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 70:19 & , •& ,& , & ,Compilation...
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Did You Tell Me (CD)
Narvel Felts: Did You Tell Me (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16220

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 34 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. Narvel Felts started his professional career in 1956, making his first studio recordings in 1957 at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee for Sun with Jack Clement...
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Great Drums At Sun - Featuring J. M. Van Eaton, WS Holland, Billy Weir, Houston Stokes & Johnny Bernero (CD)
Various - SUN Records: Great Drums At Sun - Featuring J. M. Van Eaton,... Art-Nr.: BCD16273

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1-CD Digipak (6-sided) with 60-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 64:48 & ,Compilation presenting the most exciting drumming on SUN • & , & ,Putting the musicians at the center of attention.& , •& ,& ,...
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Some Think He Might Be King Elvis (CD)
ORION: Some Think He Might Be King Elvis (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15548

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 72 mns. Was Elvis forsaking Vegas to return to his roots singing small group rock 'n' roll or was this a brilliantly orchestrated scam? You decide, and meanwhile enjoy some of the...
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Jerry Lee Lewis At Sun Records The Collected Works (18-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis At Sun Records The Collected... Art-Nr.: BCD17254

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18-CD boxed set (28 x 28 x 7 cms ) with 2 hardcover clothbound books (300 total pages) in a clothbound slipcase, 623 tracks, total playing time: approx. 23 hours and 30 minutes.& , -- This is it! ...... No, really, THIS IS IT!& ,...
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