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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Rock-A-Billy, Definitive Collection 1954-1973 Charlie Feathers: Rock-A-Billy, Definitive Collection 1954-1973 Art-Nr.: BCD16309

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 69:28 mns. First released by Zu-Zazz Records in 1990, 'Rock-a-Billy' is the definitive collection of Charlie Feathers at his greatest. Here are recordings from the legendary Sun...
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The Sun Years, 1958-62 (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Charlie Rich: The Sun Years, 1958-62 (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16152

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 95 tracks. Playing time approx. 216 mns. The deepest and most complete look yet at Charlie Rich 's earliest recordings for the legendary Sun label reveals a startling talent only hinted in his...
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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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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 68 mns. Rockabilly from the vaults of Sun Records ! Here’s the other side of Sun; to pun Pink Floyd, the dark side of the Sun. These are the guys who wanted to get a deal but...
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The Rock'n'Roll Years (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Conway Twitty: The Rock'n'Roll Years (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16112

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8 CD album box set (LP format) with 62-page book, 202 single tracks. Playing time approx. 477 minutes. This CD album Boxset tells Conway Twitty's entire rock'n' roll story from that time before he switched to country music. After joining...
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Larger Than Life (6-CD Deluxe Box Set) Sleepy Labeef: Larger Than Life (6-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15662

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 28-page book, 159 tracks. Playing time approx. 407 mns. Generally acknowledged was one of the greatest live performers in rock 'n' roll, Sleepy LaBeef has never received his due as a recording artist. It's...
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The Sun Singles Vol.5 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.5 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15805

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 72-page book, 100 tracks. Playing time approx. 242 mns. The fifth volume of 'The Complete Sun Singles' chronicles two landmarks: the last releases on Sun Records and the first on Phillips International. The Sun...
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The Sun Singles Vol.1 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.1 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15801

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 72-page book, 114 tracks. Playing time approx. 309 mns. Sun was the ultimate singles label. The original album catalogue was small, and mostly given over to Johnny Cash. Now here is the way Sun should have been...
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The Sun Singles Vol.6 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.6 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15806

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 80-page book, 96 tracks. Playing time approx. 231 mns. The sixth and final volume of 'The Complete Sun Singles' chronicles Phillips International Records from 1959 to 1963, including all singles released from...
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The Sun Singles Vol.4 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.4 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15804

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4-CD boxset (LP-size) with 72-page book, 100 tracks. Playing time approx. 239 mns. Sun was ultimate singles label, and this is the fourth boxed set in a six-volume collection of every Sun and Phillips International single. This set...
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The Sun Singles Vol.2 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.2 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15802

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 76-page book, 100 tracks. Playing time approx. 253 mns. Critics and fans were unanimous: Volume One of this series (BCD 15801) was an eye-opener and a revelation in the way it told the Sun Records story...
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The Sun Singles Vol.3 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Various - SUN Records: The Sun Singles Vol.3 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15803

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 72-page book, 101 tracks. Playing time approx. 238 mns. One of the most highly acclaimed series we've ever done, 'The Sun Singles Collection' shows that someone is finally doing the right thing by the legendary...
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Memphis Days Vol.1 (CD) Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15460

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 mns. Hailed by fans and critics as one of the greatest blues CDs ever issued, this set is the first installment of Wolf's incredible Chess and Memphis Recording Service sides...
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Classic Recordings Warren Smith: Classic Recordings Art-Nr.: BCD15514

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1-CD with 32-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 76 mns. Classic indeed! Here are all of Warren Smith's Sun recordings. Some of the best country music and stompin'est rockabilly from the Fifties. You want classics Check out...
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The Classic Carl Perkins (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Carl Perkins: The Classic Carl Perkins (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15494

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Other companies have Carl Perkins sets, but no one else has all the Sun recordings (complete - with some previously unissued) as well as his Columbia recordings from 1958-1962, and everything he cut for Decca between 1963 and 1965. We...
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Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD) Sonny Burgess: Classic Recordings 1956-59 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15525

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There's nothing wilder in Fifties music than Sonny Burgess's Sun recordings. The complete story is here in 54 incredible rafter shakin', barn burnin' cuts. Several of the original singles have been transferred from newly discovered...
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Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD) Billy Lee Riley: Classic Recordings 1956-1960 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15444

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2-CD with 38-page booklet, 49 tracks. Playing time approx. 110 mns. Classic... and then some! When people talk about rockabilly, Billy Lee Riley is usually in the 'A' list, even tho' he never had a hit. His spectacularly untamed vocals,...
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Just Walkin' In The Rain (CD) PRISONAIRES: Just Walkin' In The Rain (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15523

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 67 mns. The only major Sun vocal group was a good one. The Prisonaires were five inmates of Tennessee State Penitentiary led by the incredible tenor of Johnny Bragg. This is the...
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Memphis Days Vol.2 (CD) Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15500

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 19 tracks. Playing time approx. 51 mns. A companion to Volume 1, this includes all the released Chess masters from Memphis together with out-takes of both the issued and unissued recordings. A total of 19 songs...
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The Be-Bop Boy with Walter Horton and Mose Vinson (CD) Joe Hill Louis: The Be-Bop Boy with Walter Horton and Mose... Art-Nr.: BCD15524

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns. Joe Hill Louis must have been Sun president Sam Phillips' favorite bluesman. He recorded him for The Phillips, Chess, and Sun. The Sun tapes (1952-'53) are here,...
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Up Through The Years, 1956-1963 Jerry Lee Lewis: Up Through The Years, 1956-1963 Art-Nr.: BCD15408

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 58 mns. You like Jerry Lee Lewis, but not enough to take a chance on our monumental boxed sets This is just what you need: a collection of Jerry Lee's classic Sun singles from...
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Onie's Bop Onie Wheeler: Onie's Bop Art-Nr.: BCD15542

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 76 mns. Another of the hidden gems of the Bear Family catalogue! Onie sounded like no one. He played harmonica and sang some of the most moving, gutwrenching country music you'll...
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Up Through The Years, 1955-57 Johnny Cash: Up Through The Years, 1955-57 Art-Nr.: BCD15247

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1-CD Album with 8-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 58 mns. In 1954 Johnny Cash moved to Memphis, where he took a radio announcing course. During the evenings, he played country music in a trio that also consisted of...
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