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Gene Simmons: Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus

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 who grew up in Elvis’ home town!
• Bonus: Gene’s very first recordings from another legendary Memphis studio for the Checker label, one side unissued until now!


To most pop music fans and historians, Gene Simmons was a One-Hit Wonder. We know better. For nearly a decade before he hit the best-seller charts in 1964 with Haunted House, Gene Simmons had been writing songs, performing in scruffy beer joints, and laying down tracks at Sun's tiny studio on Union Avenue. Only one record was ever released on the original Sun label, but many of Gene Simmons's other Sun titles and alternate takes have appeared in haphazard fashion over the years as part of the never-ending cycle of Sun archaeology.

Finally, this collection brings together all the essentials of Gene Simmons's recording career at Sun Records. Every title he cut at 706 Union Avenue is here, many in multiple takes. From his earliest Tupelo demos to more polished studio work, these tapes reveal as never before the heavy influence of southern blues on Gene Simmons' music. They also showcase the distinctive lead guitar work provided by Gene's brother, Carl. New interview material by Sun historian Hank Davis helps to round out the fullest picture yet of this underrated artist. As a bonus, we also present the first three recordings Gene Simmons made across Memphis at the Hi Records Studio in 1959, two of which appeared on the Checker label.#


All in all, this is the most comprehensive look yet at one of Sun’s most enthusiastic rockabilly performers.
He made just one record for Sun... and it came out years after it was recorded, but that one record only scratches the surface of his long involvement with the label that stretched back to the days when Elvis was there. It's all here! The rare single, 'Drinkin' Wine'/'I Done Told You', plus the unissued songs, out-takes, and the ultra-rare Hi recording of 'Goin Back To Memphis', issued on Chess!

Article properties:Gene Simmons: Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus

  • Interpret: Gene Simmons

  • Album titlle: Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127167583

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Simmons, Gene - Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus CD 1
01I Don't Love You BabyGene Simmons
02I Done Told You (alt)Gene Simmons
03Drinkin' Wine (alt)Gene Simmons
04Juicy Fruit (alt-2)Gene Simmons
05If I'm Not Wanted (alt-2)Gene Simmons
06Peroxide Blond And Hopped Up Model FordGene Simmons
07Mom And Pop (alt-1)Gene Simmons
08Blues At MidnightGene Simmons
09Down On The Border (alt-1)Gene Simmons
10Crazy Woman (alt-1)Gene Simmons
11Chains Of LoveGene Simmons
12Shake, Rattle And RollGene Simmons
13Drinkin' Wine (Sun 299)Gene Simmons
14Money, Money, Money (alt-1)Gene Simmons
15I Done Told You (Sun 299)Gene Simmons
16Juicy Fruit (alt-1)Gene Simmons
17If I'm Not Wanted (alt-1)Gene Simmons
18Guitar BoogieGene Simmons
19Mom And Pop (alt-2)Gene Simmons
20Drinkin' ScotchGene Simmons
21I Done Told You (false start)Gene Simmons
22Money, Money, Money (alt-2)Gene Simmons
23Down On The Border (alt-2)Gene Simmons
24Crazy Woman (alt-2)Gene Simmons
25Juicy Fruit (alt-3)Gene Simmons
26The Shape You Left Me InGene Simmons
27Bad Boy WillieGene Simmons
28Going Back To MemphisGene Simmons
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Gene Simmons

A small crowd gathered around one of the tables at a recent Record Collector convention. A fan approached the bored looking dealer and asked, "Do you have anything by Gene Simmons?"

 

The dealer reached into a stack of garage-sale looking LPs and produced two albums by Kiss. The buyer looked at them blankly and said, "Not this Gene Simmons. I'm looking for the realone."

Now it was the dealer's turn to look blank. A few other collectors drew closer to hear the conversation. "You know,"  the buyer persisted, "the guy who used to record for Sun."

"And Hi",somebody added. "Don't forget 'Haunted House.'"

"And Chess,"someone else said. "I've got some singles on Checker and Argo."

"Yeah, but he cut those at Hi," somebody corrected.

The dealer, whose musical knowledge apparently trailed off south of 1975, looked shell-shocked. "There was another Gene Simmons?!"  he asked meekly.

Yes, there certainly was. In fact, if you count the 1940s actress Jean Simmons, there were at least two of them. Here, we're going to confine our attention to the Gene Simmons who came to Sun records sometime around 1955, hung around the studio for about three years, and then wandered across town to the Hi studio, just when that other Memphis label was beginning to get its act together. In the process he recorded a lot of primitive sounding, bluesy and very collectable sides.

The realGene Simmons, as our collector friend so eloquently put it, was no stranger to microphones. He sang into them at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, and on lots of stages at local clubs and in makeshift studios at radio stations. During the early years, if a friend had a halfway decent home tape recorder, Gene sang into that as well. When they were kids during the late 1940s and early '50s, Gene and his older brother Leon entertained strangers in the town courtyard for spare change. Even though they were more involved in agricultural work than the music business, Gene and his brothers (by now Carl had joined them) did their share of singing into make-believe microphones that were crafted out of tree branches, picked up in the fields they were plowing. Singing into tree-branch microphones was an image Gene shared with more than one interviewer long after his recording of Haunted Househit the pop charts in 1964.

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Tracklist
Simmons, Gene - Drinkin' Wine - The Sun Years, Plus CD 1
01 I Don't Love You Baby
02 I Done Told You (alt)
03 Drinkin' Wine (alt)
04 Juicy Fruit (alt-2)
05 If I'm Not Wanted (alt-2)
06 Peroxide Blond And Hopped Up Model Ford
07 Mom And Pop (alt-1)
08 Blues At Midnight
09 Down On The Border (alt-1)
10 Crazy Woman (alt-1)
11 Chains Of Love
12 Shake, Rattle And Roll
13 Drinkin' Wine (Sun 299)
14 Money, Money, Money (alt-1)
15 I Done Told You (Sun 299)
16 Juicy Fruit (alt-1)
17 If I'm Not Wanted (alt-1)
18 Guitar Boogie
19 Mom And Pop (alt-2)
20 Drinkin' Scotch
21 I Done Told You (false start)
22 Money, Money, Money (alt-2)
23 Down On The Border (alt-2)
24 Crazy Woman (alt-2)
25 Juicy Fruit (alt-3)
26 The Shape You Left Me In
27 Bad Boy Willie
28 Going Back To Memphis