A 1987 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Perkins began his recording career as part of a family band in the mid-'50s and later toured with Johnny Cash. This collection captures his early Sun Records sessions and includes his classic recording of "Blue Suede Shoes", which rose to #2 on the Pop charts - higher than Elvis' version!
2 LPs on 1 CD: BLUE SUEDE SHOES (1969)/ORIGINAL GOLDEN HITS (1970).
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Appearances to the contrary, these are not CD reissues of genuine '50s albums. In fact, these originally appeared, respectively, in 1969 and 1970, when the Sun catalogue began to be aggressively reissued for the first time, in response, one assumes, to the then-current "rock revival" (as it was so quaintly called). In any case, this is probably the most comprehensive one-CD Perkins-at-Sun-Records best-of around, with all the hits, including the anthemic "Blue Suede Shoes," plus the songs memorably covered by the Beatles ("Matchbox," "Honey Don't," "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby"). The rest, of course, including classics like "Dixie Fried," "Boppin' the Blues," and "Your True Love," is merely a rockabilly master class.