Sun Records recordings on CDs re-released by Bear Family

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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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Sun Rock Box 1950-1959 (8-CD) Various - SUN Records: Sun Rock Box 1950-1959 (8-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17313

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

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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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The Sun Singles Vol.5 (4-CD & Buch) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.5 (4-CD & Buch) Art-Nr.: BCD15805

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The Sun Years, 1958-62   (3-CD) Charlie Rich: The Sun Years, 1958-62 (3-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16152

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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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Vol.16 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun Records (CD) Various - That'll Flat Git It!: Vol.16 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun... Art-Nr.: BCD16311

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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

 

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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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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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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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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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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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