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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 35-page book, 104 tracks. Playing time approx. 283 mns. In 1968,...more

Carl Perkins: Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 35-page book, 104 tracks. Playing time approx. 283 mns.


In 1968, Carl Perkins re-signed with Columbia Records, and immediately released one of the best records of his career, Restless. Already a star of theJohnny Cash Show,Carl Perkinswas now back in the charts, and his career was once again on the upturn. The 4 CDs in this box cover all of his recordings from his second tenure with Columbia (1968 to 1972) and all of the Mercury recordings (1973 to 1975). There are his regular session recordings, 20 of which are previously unissued. These include the complete recordings with NRBQ and the complete 'My Kind Of Country' sessions (generally hailed as his finest LP).

The set also includes Carl Perkins' much-lauded tribute to Elvis, The EP Express, as well as his hit for Johnny Cash, Daddy Sang Bass

There is also a bonus CD of demos, featuring some of Carl Perkins' best recordings of all time! These include his original demos of So Wrong (a hit for Patsy Cline) and A Man On His Own(a hit for George Strait), as well as some of the tightest, rockin'est recordings from the Sixties and Seventies. All previously unreleased, these demos show the true musical soul of Carl Perkins, the 'King of the Shakin' Music.'

The titles includeCotton Top,Restless, Take Me Back To Memphis, Sing My Song, andBig Bad Blues.

This set also includes a 36-page book, including a newly researched biography by Colin Escott, and a complete discography, as well as many previously unpublished photographs.

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  • Interpret: Carl Perkins

  • Album titlle: Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127164223

  • weight in Kg 1.1
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01ConstantlyCarl Perkins
02RestlessCarl Perkins
031143Carl Perkins
04Little Cowboy SuitCarl Perkins
05Blue Suede ShoesCarl Perkins
06Match BoxCarl Perkins
07Honey Don'tCarl Perkins
08Turn AroundCarl Perkins
09Daddy Sang BassCarl Perkins
10That's RightCarl Perkins
11Boppin' The BluesCarl Perkins
12Your True LoveCarl Perkins
13Folsom Prison BluesCarl Perkins
14Mean Woman BluesCarl Perkins
15Take It Or Leave ItCarl Perkins
16Walk With Your NeighborCarl Perkins
17For Your LoveCarl Perkins
18Four Letter WordCarl Perkins
19Soul BeatCarl Perkins
20Baby, What You Want Me To Do?Carl Perkins
21SuperfoolCarl Perkins
22Champion, IllinoisCarl Perkins
23Riverboat AnnieCarl Perkins
24A Lion In The JungleCarl Perkins
25Power Of My SoulCarl Perkins
26Brown Eyed Handsome ManCarl Perkins
27C.C. RiderCarl Perkins
28I'm Gonna Set My Foot DownCarl Perkins
29Boppin' The Blues (& NRBQ)Carl Perkins
30Sorry Charlie (& NRBQ)Carl Perkins
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01Allergic To Love (& NRBQ)Carl Perkins
02Turn Around (& NRBQ)Carl Perkins
03All Mama's Children (& NRBQ)Carl Perkins
04Step Aside (& NRBQ)Carl Perkins
05Just Coastin'Carl Perkins
06My Son, My SunCarl Perkins
07State Of ConfusionCarl Perkins
08The Big City SleepsCarl Perkins
09True Love Is Greater Than FriendshipCarl Perkins
10What Every Little Boy Ought To KnowCarl Perkins
11Just As LongCarl Perkins
12I'll Fly AwayCarl Perkins
13Me Without YouCarl Perkins
14Always Be MineCarl Perkins
15Red Headed WomanCarl Perkins
16Take Me Back To MemphisCarl Perkins
17About All I Can Give Is My LoveCarl Perkins
18You Won't Have To Say You Love MeCarl Perkins
19Cotton TopCarl Perkins
20High On LoveCarl Perkins
21Always Be MineCarl Perkins
22Let Me Be The One You LoveCarl Perkins
23Baby's GoneCarl Perkins
24So WarmCarl Perkins
25The TripCarl Perkins
26I Still Miss SomeoneCarl Perkins
27The Last LetterCarl Perkins
28SomedayCarl Perkins
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01Help Me DreamCarl Perkins
02Bless The ChildrenCarl Perkins
03You Tore My Heaven All To HellCarl Perkins
04One More Loser Going HomeCarl Perkins
05Goin' To MemphisCarl Perkins
06Lord I Sinned Again Last NightCarl Perkins
07Just As LongCarl Perkins
08DixiefriedCarl Perkins
09Honky Tonk SongCarl Perkins
10Love Sweet LoveCarl Perkins
11Ruby Don't Take Your Love To TownCarl Perkins
12Never Look BackCarl Perkins
13Sunday DinnerCarl Perkins
14Sing My SongCarl Perkins
15I Want To Be Your ManCarl Perkins
16You'll Always Be A Lady To MeCarl Perkins
17Rise And ShineCarl Perkins
18Mean, Mean MarthaCarl Perkins
19Low ClassCarl Perkins
20I Ain't MadCarl Perkins
21The E.P. ExpressCarl Perkins
22Big Bad BluesCarl Perkins
23RestlessCarl Perkins
24Honey Don'tCarl Perkins
25Turn AroundCarl Perkins
26That's RightCarl Perkins
27Walk With Your NeighborCarl Perkins
28For Your LoveCarl Perkins
29Four Letter WordCarl Perkins
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01Cotton TopCarl Perkins
02Good Times Are Just Around The CornerCarl Perkins
03Born EqualCarl Perkins
04Step It Up And GoCarl Perkins
05The Big City SleepsCarl Perkins
06Bottoms UpCarl Perkins
07Poor Boy BluesCarl Perkins
08When You're A Man On Your OwnCarl Perkins
09Take A Good Look At MeCarl Perkins
10RestlessCarl Perkins
11The Bottom Of The BottleCarl Perkins
12Sorry CharlieCarl Perkins
13Rise And ShineCarl Perkins
14Wild CardCarl Perkins
15So WrongCarl Perkins
16The Lord's Fishing HoleCarl Perkins
17Goin' To MemphisCarl Perkins
Carl Perkins When Carl Perkins walked into 706 Union Avenue in the Fall of 1954, he was as... more
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Carl Perkins

When Carl Perkins walked into 706 Union Avenue in the Fall of 1954, he was as country as a haystack. Carl had been hearing Elvis Presley's music on the radio for the past month or so and he knew that Sam Phillips' fledgling Sun label was the source of those sounds.

Carl figured that he and his brothers had been making the same kind of hillbilly bop music in the bars back in Jackson, Tennessee for close to a year now. If Presley could record and become famous, why couldn't he? Carl was right about one thing. The roots of the rockabilly revolution that had only recently begun were smouldering beneath the surface in Carl's guitar playing and songwriting. But he was very wrong if he thought his lanky and angular country boy appearance could bring teenage girls all over America to a swoon. Presley was beautiful and sexy and vaguely dangerous looking. Carl was a married man with a balding pate and the start of a serious drinking problem. The latter was fixable, but the first two weren't.

 

Sun records owner Sam Phillips remembers exactly what he thought the first time he met Carl Perkins. "I looked at him and said to myself, 'There's one of the greatest plowhands in the world.'" Phillips meant it, at least partly, as a compliment. What he saw was a mile-wide expanse of country soul. He hoped that someday he could coax that soul out of Carl in the studio. It took a while, but he was not to be disappointed.

For his part, Carl was proud of the fact that he was independently moving in the same direction as Presley. In fact, Blue Moon Of Kentucky had been part of Carl's repertoire in the Jackson honkytonks well before Sun 209 was released. If nothing else, it meant that Sam would not have to invent rock 'n' roll a second time with Carl Perkins. The man was well on his way to a private musical revolution.

Somewhat against his better judgement, Sam invited Carl and his brothers Clayton and Jay, along with drummer W. S. Holland, into his tiny studio for an audition. He later recalled thinking that he feared breaking the heart of that big old country boy by rejecting him without a hearing. Carl paced nervously as Holland unpacked his drum kit. Phillips did what he could to keep the singer calm, although experience had proven that some tension could be an asset in the studio.

Carl began by running through the band's repertoire which, not surprisingly, consisted of just about everything on the country charts. Bands in the local honkytonks were expected to be human jukeboxes. The audiences knew the tunes and it provided some novelty to hear them live rather than blaring through the smoke and noise on a jukebox. Mostly it was Carl who handled the vocal chores, although his older brother Jay occasionally took over the microphone. It was the band's job to play what local hard working drinkers wanted to hear in 1953 and early '54 – which was just about anything by Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Webb Pierce.

As Carl eagerly ran through his song list, Sam Phillips, one of the world's earliest and most canny record producers, encouraged him to keep going. He knew what he wanted to hear and it wasn't a cover version of a Nashville hit. He couldn't tell Carl exactly what he had in mind, but he knew this wasn't it. Given the budget at the Memphis Recording Service, Phillips sure wasn't going to waste valuable tape on Lovesick Blues or Always Late. The only thing Sam Phillips heard that intrigued him that first day was a song called Turn Around. Phillips liked two things about it. It provided a showcase for Carl's soulful voice, and – more importantly – it was an original. Because Carl had written it, Phillips could publish it. That meant retaining a few all-important extra pennies on the sale of every record. Original compositions were not only a way to avoid paying money out, they were also an investment in the future. If any of these songs actually became a hit, Phillips (and Carl) would make some money on airplays. And, better yet, maybe somebody else would have to pay Sam for the right to make his own record of Carl's song.

The audition went well enough for Sam Phillips to invite the band back,

a gesture that meant the world to Carl, and fired his enthusiasm. "Keep writing," he told Carl. "There's no sense recording other folks' music. Let's hear what you can do. Bring me some more songs you've written." It didn't take much prodding to engage the songwriter in Carl. The honkytonks gave him no real incentive to create his own music. Dancers and revellers simply wanted to hear what they knew. They tolerated rather than encouraged Carl's originality. Now, Carl was faced with a famous record producer – the man who had discovered Elvis Presley – asking him to write his own music so that just maybe it might appear on one of those yellow Sun records.

 Sam Phillips decided to place Carl with his two resident country producers: Quinton Claunch and Bill Cantrell. This freed Phillips up to get on with other business in his hectic life and assured that someone would be responsible for shepherding this raw young singer into a level of competence that might be worth recording. It also indicated that, at this point, Phillips saw Carl Perkins primarily as a country artist. Presley notwithstanding, Sun was still a country label. Phillips was weaning himself away from the blues artists he had begun with in favor of the hillbillies. Nobody could be sure that this Presley thing would last, or that there were more Presleys out there. And so Carl Perkins went to work on his first single record.

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The group practiced throughout the Fall and on into the early winter of 1954, Carl eagerly making the drive west from Jackson to Memphis, hoping each time that they'd finally nail a usable take. On January 22, 1955 they hit paydirt. The 'hillbilly weeper' Turn Around was committed to tape along with a usable version of another song Carl had written called Movie Magg. The pairing of a dirge with an uptempo rhythm number was a good way for Phillips to hedge his bets. Movie Magg was a clever song. Its title was a pun on a very popular form of mass market entertainment – a movie magazine – that housewives and teenage girls gobbled up each month to read about their favorite stars and heartthrobs. The 'Magg' in Perkins' song was short for Maggie – a girl he could only see on Saturday night when he took her to the movies or, in Carl's very rural lyric, a 'picture show.' The song talked about "Breaking new ground the whole week long" and "polishing up his old horse Beck." They were wonderful images, but they made it clear that Carl was singing to a very different audience than Chuck Berry was setting his sights on. The entire proceedings were certifiably country, although on Movie Magg there are rudimentary indications that Carl was capable of taking the whole thing up to another level. Sam Phillips heard it too but, for now, he was willing to watch and wait.

 

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Customer evaluation for "Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)"
12 Oct 2019

Excellent box set of Carl's hard to find later Columbia recordings

Usual excellent Bear Family production - especially audio quality - of Carl Perkins latter period recordings. The set including accompanying booklet complements brilliantly the earlier Perkins Sun Classic 5 CD box set & Dollie Masters CD

2 Jan 2019

Outstanding

Absolutely indispensable for Perkins fans.

This deluxe boxed set represents Carl's 1968-1975 studio output PLUS demo recordings (!), digitally remastered from the original tapes. Accompanying the CDs is a handsome, very informative 32-page LP-sized booklet by Colin Escott about the recordings, featuring a complete discography and full-color promotional photography of Carl Perkins from the period.

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Tracklist
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Constantly
02 Restless
03 1143
04 Little Cowboy Suit
05 Blue Suede Shoes
06 Match Box
07 Honey Don't
08 Turn Around
09 Daddy Sang Bass
10 That's Right
11 Boppin' The Blues
12 Your True Love
13 Folsom Prison Blues
14 Mean Woman Blues
15 Take It Or Leave It
16 Walk With Your Neighbor
17 For Your Love
18 Four Letter Word
19 Soul Beat
20 Baby, What You Want Me To Do?
21 Superfool
22 Champion, Illinois
23 Riverboat Annie
24 A Lion In The Jungle
25 Power Of My Soul
26 Brown Eyed Handsome Man
27 C.C. Rider
28 I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down
29 Boppin' The Blues (& NRBQ)
30 Sorry Charlie (& NRBQ)
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Allergic To Love (& NRBQ)
02 Turn Around (& NRBQ)
03 All Mama's Children (& NRBQ)
04 Step Aside (& NRBQ)
05 Just Coastin'
06 My Son, My Sun
07 State Of Confusion
08 The Big City Sleeps
09 True Love Is Greater Than Friendship
10 What Every Little Boy Ought To Know
11 Just As Long
12 I'll Fly Away
13 Me Without You
14 Always Be Mine
15 Red Headed Woman
16 Take Me Back To Memphis
17 About All I Can Give Is My Love
18 You Won't Have To Say You Love Me
19 Cotton Top
20 High On Love
21 Always Be Mine
22 Let Me Be The One You Love
23 Baby's Gone
24 So Warm
25 The Trip
26 I Still Miss Someone
27 The Last Letter
28 Someday
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Help Me Dream
02 Bless The Children
03 You Tore My Heaven All To Hell
04 One More Loser Going Home
05 Goin' To Memphis
06 Lord I Sinned Again Last Night
07 Just As Long
08 Dixiefried
09 Honky Tonk Song
10 Love Sweet Love
11 Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town
12 Never Look Back
13 Sunday Dinner
14 Sing My Song
15 I Want To Be Your Man
16 You'll Always Be A Lady To Me
17 Rise And Shine
18 Mean, Mean Martha
19 Low Class
20 I Ain't Mad
21 The E.P. Express
22 Big Bad Blues
23 Restless
24 Honey Don't
25 Turn Around
26 That's Right
27 Walk With Your Neighbor
28 For Your Love
29 Four Letter Word
Perkins, Carl - Back On Top (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Cotton Top
02 Good Times Are Just Around The Corner
03 Born Equal
04 Step It Up And Go
05 The Big City Sleeps
06 Bottoms Up
07 Poor Boy Blues
08 When You're A Man On Your Own
09 Take A Good Look At Me
10 Restless
11 The Bottom Of The Bottle
12 Sorry Charlie
13 Rise And Shine
14 Wild Card
15 So Wrong
16 The Lord's Fishing Hole
17 Goin' To Memphis