Sun Records recordings on CDs re-released by Bear Family

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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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Roy Orbison - Roy Rocks Roy Orbison: Roy Orbison - Roy Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD15916

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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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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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Vol.17 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun Records (CD) Various - That'll Flat Git It!: Vol.17 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun... Art-Nr.: BCD16405

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Sun Blues Box 1950-1958 (10-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: Sun Blues Box 1950-1958 (10-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD17310

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Rock-A-Billy Gal - The Sun Years, Plus Hayden Thompson: Rock-A-Billy Gal - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16131

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Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus Gene Simmons: Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16758

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The Sun Era Outtakes (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Carl Perkins: The Sun Era Outtakes (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD17240

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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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Gee... I Wish - The Sun Years, Plus Billy 'red' Love: Gee... I Wish - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD17149

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 48-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 minutes. A landmark first CD reissue of one of the best... but least known... R&B singer-pianists from Memphis! Twenty six high class boogie, blues and R&B...
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The Outtakes (2-CD Deluxe Box Set) Billy Riley: The Outtakes (2-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD17122

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2-CD-Album Cap-Box, CD-size with 68-page Booklet, 79 tracks. Playing time: 148:59. Billy Riley is a classic figure from Sun's golden age. The set contains outtakes of every one of Riley's Sun singles. 78 tracks with studio chatter and...
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The Ballads of Conway Twitty Conway Twitty: The Ballads of Conway Twitty Art-Nr.: BCD15982

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 36-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns. They called him 'The Best Friend A Song Ever Had.' Here are 33 reasons why. An exclusive compilation drawn from Conway's early years, before his...
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Let's Get Wild (CD) Rudy Grayzell: Let's Get Wild (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16837

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.... we just have received the sad news from our friend and musician Nate Gibson that Rudy Grayzell died! Our condolences go to his family - may he rest in peace!, December 2019 1-CD digipack with 52-page booklet, 32 tracks. The first...
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The Ballads Of Charlie Rich Charlie Rich: The Ballads Of Charlie Rich Art-Nr.: BCD16516

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 40-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 86 minutes. A deep look at Charlie Rich's Sun, RCA and Smash ballads, beginning nearly twenty years before the 'Silver Fox' era q The only collection focusing...
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Charlie Rich - Charlie Rocks Charlie Rich: Charlie Rich - Charlie Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD16513

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1-CD-Album, Digipak, 40 pages Booklet, 31 tracks, playing time 74:51 mns. A deep look at Charlie Rich 's Sun, RCA and Smash rockers, beginning nearly twenty years before the 'Silver Fox' era. The only collection focusing entirely on...
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Red Hot - The Sun Years, Plus Billy 'the Kid' Emerson: Red Hot - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16937

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1-CD-Album Digipak, 44 pages booklet, 20 tracks (1954-60), playing time 87:33. All the 1950s recordings from Vee-Jay, Chess and MAD Records. All the original Sun singles. All the original Vee-Jay singles. All the original Chess singles....
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The Sun Years, Plus Ray Smith: The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16936

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with booklet, 34 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 minutes. In this CD, you get to hear all the original Sun and Judd 45s (that's 18 tracks). All the LP tracks issued on Judd (that's another 5). Plus unissued...
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The Sun Years, plus Rufus Thomas: The Sun Years, plus Art-Nr.: BCD16695

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CD digipac with 68-page booklet, 29 tracks, playing time 85 mns. 29 tracks including all known surviving recordings from 1949 ' 1956, plus 2 recently discovered sides from his first recording session for Star Talent. All 8 original 78...
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Sleepy LaBeef - Sleepy Rocks Sleepy Labeef: Sleepy LaBeef - Sleepy Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD15981

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1-CD Album Digipak (6-plated) with 40-page booklet, 35 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. Sleepy LaBeef rocks - yes, he really rocks on these 35 classic recordings. We're talking raw and authentic 1950s rockabilly here. And some 1960s...
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Rock-A-Billy Gal - The Sun Years, Plus Hayden Thompson: Rock-A-Billy Gal - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16131

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1-CD with 48-page booklet, 35 tracks. Playing time approx. 82 mns. A ten-year retrospective of one of the unsung Sun Records heroes! Previously unissued Sun recordings! He was there at the beginning... watching Elvis in Mississippi in...
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Easy To Love, The Sun Years, Plus Mack Self: Easy To Love, The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16519

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1-CD Album with 32-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 71 mns. Country artist Mack Self came from Arkansas to record one single for Sun and another for Phillips International, but that doesn't begin to tell the story. It's all...
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Southern Swagger Jerry Lee Lewis: Southern Swagger Art-Nr.: BCD16865

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1-CD-Album with 28-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns. A unique collection of Jerry Lee Lewis ' most confident/sexually aggressive performances. Because sexual energy fuelled Jerry Lee Lewis' best music, 'Southern...
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Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus Tommy Blake: Koolit - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16797

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1-CD-Album with 36-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns. Tommy Blake 's rare original Sun singles plus his equally rare recordings for Buddy, RCA, Recco, and unissued Sun recordings. Plus, Tommy Blake's ultra rare demos...
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Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus Gene Simmons: Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus Art-Nr.: BCD16758

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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 84 mns. -- • An underrated Sun legend finally gets his due! • Rare Sun classics in pristine, digitally restored sound! Many unissued. • Rockabilly at its very finest from a guy...
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It's Me Baby - The Sun Years, plus Malcolm Yelvington: It's Me Baby - The Sun Years, plus Art-Nr.: BCD16757

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1-CD-Album with 32-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 66 mns. Sun 209 and 210 were by Elvis Presley . Sun 211 was by Malcolm Yelvington . That says it all. He was present at the creation. He only recorded two Sun singles, and...
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Laughin' & Jokin' The Sun Years Ernie Chaffin: Laughin' & Jokin' The Sun Years Art-Nr.: BCD16780

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1-CD-Album with 44-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 72 minutes. One of the most distinctive and unusual Sun artists, Ernie Chaffin was unabashedly country at the height of the rock & roll era. Produced by the great Pee Wee...
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Travelling Cash - An Imaginary Journey Johnny Cash: Travelling Cash - An Imaginary Journey Art-Nr.: BCD16820

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1-CD with 15-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 46 mns. An imaginary journey through Johnny Cash 's life from a script written by Hank Davis, based on 20 songs Cash recorded for SUN. And where could it start other than in...
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Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Rocks (CD) Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Rocks (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16396

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1-CD Digipak (6-plated) with 40-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. Inevitably, our top-selling ROCKS! series now turns to the man who literally epitomizes ROCK: Jerry Lee Lewis! There have been plenty of Jerry Lee...
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Carl Perkins - Carl Rocks Carl Perkins: Carl Perkins - Carl Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD16752

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1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 48-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns. Twenty-nine rockin' songs from across Carl Perkins ' career. Sun...of course, Decca, Columbia, and Mercury. The songs include Blue Suede Shoes...
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Conway Twitty - Conway Rocks Conway Twitty: Conway Twitty - Conway Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD16670

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1-CD DigiPac (6-plated) with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time 68:38 minutes. Conway Twitty was one of the most successful country stars of all time. No one ever scored more No.1 country hits. But before he was a country star, he...
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Memphis Belles - The Women Of Sun Records (6-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: Memphis Belles - The Women Of Sun Records (6-CD... Art-Nr.: BCD16609

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Memphis Belles - The Women Of Sun Records (6-CD) 6-CD box (LP-size) with 120-page book, 161 tracks. Playing time approx. 394 mns. Forget all the testosterone swirling around Sun Records. Sure, the label is famous for discovering Elvis ,...
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Vol.17 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun Records (CD) Various - That'll Flat Git It!: Vol.17 - Rockabilly From The Vaults Of Sun... Art-Nr.: BCD16405

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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 34 tracks. Playing time approx. 70 minutes. Even more Rockabilly from the vaults of Sun Records! This is Bear Family's third trip through the Sun rockabilly vaults (see also Volumes 14 and 16 of 'That'll Flat...
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Sun Gospel (CD) Various - SUN Records: Sun Gospel (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16387

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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. Without Sun Records, the face of popular music, indeed popular culture, would be markedly different. Record collectors know Sun Records as the birthplace of rockabilly,...
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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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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 62 mns. More Rockabilly from the vaults of Sun Records ! We're back at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. 'That'll Flat Git It!' is about rockabilly, and 706 Union is where, to all...
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