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The Classic Carl Perkins  (5-CD) Carl Perkins: The Classic Carl Perkins (5-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15494

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Memphis Days Vol.1 (CD) Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15460

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Sleepy LaBeef - Sleepy Rocks Sleepy Labeef: Sleepy LaBeef - Sleepy Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD15981

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Vol.14 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun Records (CD) Various - That'll Flat Git It!: Vol.14 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun... Art-Nr.: BCD16210

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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

 

All SUN CDs -  All SUN Rock'n'Roll CDs - All SUN Boxsets - All SUN Country CDs - All SUN Blues CDs - All SUN R&B CDs

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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

 

All SUN CDs -  All SUN Rock'n'Roll CDs - All SUN Boxsets - All SUN Country CDs - All SUN Blues CDs - All SUN R&B CDs

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Collector Card Vol.3 - Roy Orbison Go, Go, Go Roy Orbison: Collector Card Vol.3 - Roy Orbison Go, Go, Go Art-Nr.: BFCC003

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Collector Card - Sheet Metal 18x18 cm, 98 gram with drillholes perfect for your wall. Bear Family collector's cards are tin signs in postcard or single envelope format with cultural nostalgia motifs from the good old days. These cards...
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Rockin' Daddy (2-CD) Eddie Bond: Rockin' Daddy (2-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15708

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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 51 tracks. Playing time approx. 118 mns. There are several Eddie Bond records with Rockin' Daddy, Slip Slidin' In, Flip Flop Mama and Boppin' Bonnie on them, but they're either bootlegs or re-makes. Only Bear...
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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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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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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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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) Johnny Cash: Man In Black 1954-58 Vol.1 (5-CD) 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) ORION: Who Was That Masked Man? (4-CD) 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 Aaron...
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Sun Rock Box 1950-1959 (8-CD) Various - SUN Records: Sun Rock Box 1950-1959 (8-CD) 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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Rock Baby, Rock It (1955-1960) Johnny Carroll: Rock Baby, Rock It (1955-1960) Art-Nr.: BCD15928

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 75 mns. Back in the 1950s, Johnny Carroll was one of the wildest of them all. For fans of explosive, no-holds-barred rockabilly, this is a dream collection. It includes all of...
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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 & 2 Books) 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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Carl Mann - Carl Rocks Carl Mann: Carl Mann - Carl Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD16684

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1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 46-page booklet, 35 tracks. Playing time approx. 78 mns. • Contains the best of Carl Mann 's rockin' Sun sides and more, replacing the out-of-print box set formerly issued by Bear Family! • Contains...
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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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Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus Billy Adams: Rock Me Baby, The Sun Years Plus Art-Nr.: BCD17116

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 48-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. -- A wondrous CD reissue containing all the fabulous rocking R&B music Billy Adams made for Sun Records - and all the little-known sides he made for...
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Juke Box Boogie , The Sun Years, Plus Doctor Ross: Juke Box Boogie , The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16939

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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 44-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 88 mns. High quality sides by one of the iconic singers and musicians of Memphis blues and boogie ,- Doctor Ross, recorded when he was part of the small...
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Blues Like Midnight - The Sun Years, Plus Bill Yates: Blues Like Midnight - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD17277

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 48-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 87 mns. Contains all the singles made by Bill Yates in Memphis at the turn of the 1960's and an astonishing collection of unknown and unissued sides! Includes...
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Sun Blues Box 1950-1958 (10-CD Box) Various - SUN Records: Sun Blues Box 1950-1958 (10-CD Box) Art-Nr.: BCD17310

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10-CD box set with 184-page hardcover book, 307 tracks. Total playing time approx. 13 hours and 50 minutes. The 'Sun Blues Box'. Finally, the last word on the Sun and pre-Sun blues recordings! Nearly 30 years after the original Sun Blues...
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Sun Country Box 1950-1959 (6-CD Box) Various - SUN Records: Sun Country Box 1950-1959 (6-CD Box) Art-Nr.: BCD17311

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6-CD Box (LP format) with 148-page hardcover book, 208 tracks, total playing time approx. 8 hours 50 minutes. Sun Records at 60 , Bear Family at 38 Between 1950 and 1960, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips discovered and produced B.B....
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The Sun Era Outtakes (5-CD) Carl Perkins: The Sun Era Outtakes (5-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17240

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5-CD Mini-Box (CD-format) with 132-page booklet, 152 tracks. Playing time approx. 360 mns. 152 tracks and 45 separate songs. Outtakes from all of Carl Perkins ' Sun era recordings in one place! Everything from Carl Perkins' earliest...
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Only Believe...Unissued And Rare Nashville.. The Prisonaires & The Marigolds: Only Believe...Unissued And Rare Nashville.. Art-Nr.: BCD16893

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1-CD-Album Digipac (4-plated) with comprehensive booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 69 mns. his exciting CD-Album reveals a completely unknown chapter in the already implausible - though true - story of the Prisonaires, the prison...
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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. The first-ever in-depth look at the ballad side of the Sun Records legacy. Surveys a 10-year period from the earliest blues and hillbilly...
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