- Assembled from the best available tape sources and digitally mastered by Little Walter DeVenne.
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Some of the greatest artists in the history of music got their starts at Sun Records. Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison are just some of the many who helped create the rock and rockabilly sounds Sun was renowned for. On these two discs you'll get fifty of the greatest Sun sessions that helped lay down the early roots of rock and roll - some of the masterworks included are "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins, "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash, and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Jerry Lee Lewis. As a bonus, the 200-page book, "Sun Records, An Oral History", with a foreword by rock critic Dave Marsh is included FREE in this wooden box set.
Includes 192 page book with forward by Dave Marsh.
Includes liner notes by Al Fichera.
Digitally remastered by Little Walter Devenne.
While there's a ton of great stuff here by some of the most legendary artists of the 20th century -- and Johnny Cash continued into the 21st century, as well -- there are far too few "hits" here for this double-disc collection to be definitive. There were jukebox hits, like those for Howlin' Wolf, there were regional and national smashes, too, but not one tune from Elvis Presley's Sun sessions is here, despite the fact that all the producers needed to do was license the material from an all too willing Sony/BMG. That said, there is a great wealth of actual Sun material here that is not often heard, with tracks by Bill Justis, Rufus Thomas, Charlie Rich and Charlie Feathers, and many others. If you are looking for some tremendous American roots music recorded by Sun in Memphis, this is a terrific collection to own, but it is far from being the only one that matters. ~ Thom Jurek