Sun Records Into the 60's (8 LP set)

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Annotation

This boxed set of eight albums contains some of the best music made in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1960s. It represents the very finest issued and unissued music recorded by Sun Records and associated labels during that period. It covers the full range of Memphis music from Rock and Roll and Country to Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Gospel. It also contains recordings made for the Nashville-based Sun International Corporation after 1968.
Following on from SUN BOX 106, The Rockin' Years, this box traces the Sun story through its unfashionable years. Nevertheless — and perhaps to the surprise of many — the quality of the music remains high.
There are 131 recordings in this box. Of these, there are:

  • 33 unissued recordings (never before issued in any form)
  • 10 unissued takes (alternative performances to those previously issued)
  • 5 unissued versions (performances from different sessions to previously issued versions)
  • 5 undubbed or remixed versions (recordings previously issued now presented in a different form)
  • 21 not originally issued (recordings released in the 1970s or '80s but not on the original Sun label)
  • 57 original issues (recordings exactly as issued on the original Sun, P.I., Sun Int., Midnight Sun or Plantation labels)

Album One: Feel So Good by Jerry Lee Lewis
An album of unissued Jerry Lee Lewis is always a cause for celebration, particularly when it is drawn from the Sun Records catalogue. This collection comprises some previously undiscovered tapes in conjunction with some remixed versions of some old favourites.
The two versions of My Blue Heaven, dating from June 14, 1961, eluded the compilers of the Sun Years box because the song had also been recorded back in 1959. It therefore showed up as a duplicate entry on the file cards. The original 4 track tapes had never been mixed down from the 1961 session. It seemed as though no-one was having anything to do with Jerry's reinterpretation of My Blue Heaven. The 1959 version was never issued, the 1961 version was never even mixed and a later version, recorded for Mercury in 1969, also sat in the can until resurrected in 1987.
The re-mixes are a different kettle of fish. From 1960 until he quit Sun in 1963 Jerry recorded in multi-track studios. Some of the multi-track tapes have survived and they allow us the liberty of rewriting history — to an extent. The problem is that Jerry was recorded on 4 track tape which meant that the choruses or strings were often on the same track as, say, the bass and drums. Eliminate the chorus and you eliminate the bass and drums. Also, the baffling in the old Sun studios was not very good so there is an element of bleed-through, which means that it is almost impossible to completely eliminate any part of the mix. If the choruses and strings had not been present on the session then it would have been simplicity itself to eliminate them (witness the ease and totality with which the chorus was removed from most of the Charlie Rich titles on the Zu-Zazz album, Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave).
So, we have included a couple of tentative re-mixes which give a better understanding of the recording process and show Jerry's vocal and piano in a slightly brighter light but are, nevertheless, far from perfect.
Finally, we have a selection from some newly-discovered tape boxes mostly dating from late 1959 or early 1960. Another tape in the same batch dates from 1962. The 1959/60 tapes represented Jerry's first venture into the new Sun studio on Madison Avenue. Sam Phillips was at the controls and he mixed down all the instruments to one track of his new four track tape, rewound the tape and then mixed another set of songs onto another track. The third track was left for overdubs and the fourth track was left empty. This splendidly defeated the purpose of multi-track tape but those tapes, sequestered away for over 25 years, allow us to catch the last gasp of the famous Jerry Lee Lewis recording combo comprising Roland Janes on guitar, J.M. Van Eaton on drums and possibly J.W. Brown on bass. More from these sessions can be heard on the Zu-Zazz albums, Keep Your Hands Off It and Don't Drop It!.
This is a pot-pourri for sure, but we get a few tasty additions to the Sun Years boxed set and another welcome glimpse of the genius of Jerry Lee Lewis at, or near, its peak.

Annotation last modified on 2019-01-14 17:35 UTC.

Tracklist

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12" Vinyl 1: Jerry Lee Lewis: Feel So Good
#TitleArtistRatingLength
A1As Long as I Live (unissued take)
cover recording of:
As Long as I Live (in 1960-01)
lyricist and composer:
Roy Acuff
Jerry Lee Lewis2:24
A2Bonnie B (unissued take)
producer:
Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records)
bass guitar:
Leo Lodner (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
drums (drum set):
Jimmy Van Eaton (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
guitar:
Roland Janes (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
piano:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”) (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
vocals:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”) (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
phonographic copyright (℗) by:
Sun Record Company (in 1989)
recording of:
Bonnie B (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
lyricist and composer:
Charles Underwood
Jerry Lee Lewis2:25
A3What'd I Say (unissued version)
cover recording of:
What’d I Say
lyricist and composer:
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter)
publisher:
Carlin Music Corporation, Mijac Music, MUAC Music, Progressive Music (publisher), Unichappell Music, Inc. and Warner–Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (publisher; do NOT use as release label)
Jerry Lee Lewis2:11
A4Don't Drop It (unissued)
bass guitar:
W.S. 'T-Willie' Stevenson (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
drums (drum set):
Jimmy Van Eaton
guitar:
Roland Janes
piano:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”)
vocals:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”)
edit of:
Don't Drop It (chat & take 1) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis1:51
A5Great Speckled Bird (unissued)
edit of:
Great Speckled Bird (4 false starts, chat & take 1) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis2:02
A6You Can't Help It (I Can't Help It) (unissued version)
producer:
Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records)
bass guitar:
Leo Lodner (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
drums (drum set):
Jimmy Van Eaton (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
guitar:
Roland Janes (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
piano:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”) (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
vocals:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”) (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
phonographic copyright (℗) by:
Sun Record Company (in 1989)
cover recording of:
I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You) (from 1960-01-21 until 1960-01-25)
lyricist and composer:
Hank Williams (country music legend)
publisher:
Chappell & Co. and Acuff-Rose Publications, Inc. (BMI) (on 1951-04-25)
Jerry Lee Lewis1:53
A7Old Black Joe (undubbed and unissued take)
edit of:
Old Black Joe (slate & undubbed master) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis2:03
A8Baby Baby Bye Bye (undubbed and unissued take)
edit of:
Baby Baby Bye Bye (slate & take 1) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis1:56
B1My Blue Heaven (unissued version)
producer:
Scotty Moore (American guitarist and recording engineer) and Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records)
bass guitar:
Jay W. Brown (on 1961-06-14)
drums (drum set):
Gene Chrisman (on 1961-06-14)
guitar:
Brad Suggs (on 1961-06-14)
piano:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”) (on 1961-06-14)
saxophone:
Johnny 'Ace' Cannon (on 1961-06-14)
vocals:
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock & Roll pianist, nicknamed “The Killer”) (on 1961-06-14)
phonographic copyright (℗) by:
Sun Record Company (in 1989)
remix of:
My Blue Heaven (take named (2.1) on BCD 17254 stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis
cover recording of:
My Blue Heaven (on 1961-06-14)
lyricist:
George A. Whiting (popular songwriter) (in 1924)
composer:
Walter Donaldson (in 1924)
publisher:
Leo Feist, Inc.
Jerry Lee Lewis1:56
B2My Blue Heaven (unissued version)
remix of:
My Blue Heaven (version 2 take 4 stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis
edit of:
My Blue Heaven (version 2: slate & take 4) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis2:36
B3I Feel So Good (I've Been Twisting) (unissued version of Sun 374)
remix of:
I've Been Twistin' (slate & take 4 stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis
edit of:
I've Been Twistin' (slate & take 4) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis3:15
B4Good Golly Miss Molly (unissued and undubbed take)
edit of:
Good Golly Miss Molly (chat & take 4) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis2:10
B5Waiting for a Train (unissued version)
Jerry Lee Lewis1:47
B6I Can't Trust Me (unissued and undubbed take)Jerry Lee Lewis2:01
B7I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye (undubbed remix)
edit of:
I Can’t Seem to Say Goodbye (take named (2) on BCD 17254) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis2:25
B8Carry Me Back to Old Virginia (undubbed remix)
remix of:
Carry Me Back to Old Virginia (extended master stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis2:30
12" Vinyl 2: The Jackson Connection
#TitleArtistRatingLength
A1Even Tho'
Carl Mann2:38
A2Canadian Sunset
Carl Mann2:20
A3Chinatown My Chinatown
Carl Mann1:58
A4Because of You
Carl Mann2:07
A5Baby I Don't Care
Eddie Bush1:47
A6Eddie's Blues
Eddie Bush1:57
A7Blue Suede Shoes
Tony Austin2:48
B1Hambone
Rayburn Anthony2:24
B2Girls Like You
Rayburn Anthony2:19
B3Alice Blue Gown
Rayburn Anthony1:57
B4St. Louis Blues
Rayburn Anthony2:17
B5There's No Tomorrow
Rayburn Anthony1:47
B6Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet
Rayburn Anthony3:11
B7Big Dream
Rayburn Anthony2:13
B8How Well I Know
Rayburn Anthony2:08
12" Vinyl 3: Keepers of the Flame
#TitleArtistRatingLength
A1Travelin' Salesman
Ray Smith3:02
A2I Won't Miss You
Ray Smith2:05
A3Candy Doll
Ray Smith2:26
A4Hey Bossman
Ray Smith1:56
A5Raining the Blues
Ernie Barton2:42
A6Open the Door Richard
producer:
Ernie Barton
bass and background vocals:
Billy Lee Riley (on 1959-02-25)
drums (drum set):
James Van Eaton (on 1959-02-25)
guitar:
Roland Janes (on 1959-02-25)
piano:
Charlie Rich (on 1959-02-25)
saxophone:
Martin Willis (american saxophonist) (on 1959-02-25)
vocals:
Ernie Barton (on 1959-02-25)
recorded at:
Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, United States (on 1959-02-25)
cover recording of:
Open the Door, Richard (1946 song) (on 1959-02-25)
lyricist:
Dan Howell and John Mason ("Spider Bruce", vaudeville comedian)
composer:
Jack McVea
Ernie Barton2:19
A7Shut Your Mouth
Ernie Barton1:43
A8Herd of Turtles
Ernie Barton2:34
B1Little by Little
recording of:
Little by Little
lyricist and composer:
Charlie Rich
Charlie Rich2:02
B2Time and AgainCharlie Rich3:07
B3Midnight Blues
remix of:
Midnite Blues (Sun, mono) by Charlie Rich
recording of:
Midnite Blues
lyricist and composer:
Charlie Rich
Charlie Rich2:53
B4I Wanna Make Sweet Love
Jerry McGill2:19
B5Honey Bee
Don Hinton1:49
B6Me and My Blues
Teddy Reddell1:50
B7Belle of the Suwanee
recording of:
Belle of the Suwannee
lyricist and composer:
Tracy Pendarvis
Tracy Pendarvis2:29
B8Wait Til Saturday Night
Harold Dorman2:15
B9Tragedy
Thomas Wayne2:08
12" Vinyl 4: One More Memory
#TitleArtistRatingLength
A1Satisfied
Eddie Bond1:38
A2Rockin' Daddy
Eddie Bond1:57
A3Double Duty Lovin'
Eddie Bond1:38
A4Back Street Affair
Eddie Bond2:45
A5I Can't Quit
Eddie Bond1:43
A6You Nearly Lose Your Mind
Eddie Bond1:50
A7One More Memory
Eddie Bond2:00
A8They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
Eddie Bond2:54
A9My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
Eddie Bond1:46
B1Guess I'd Better Go
Texas Bill Strength2:09
B2Call of the Wild
Texas Bill Strength2:11
B3Drunken Gambler
Don Scaife2:05
B4Gone and Left Me Blues
Jimmy Louis2:23
B5I'll Wait Forever
Anita Wood3:00
B6Shot Out of the Saddle
Dane Stinit2:02
B7Don't Knock What You Don't Understand
Dane Stinit2:16
B8Muddy Old River
Dane Stinit1:57
12" Vinyl 5: Betcha Gonna Like It
#TitleArtistRatingLength
A1Bobaloo
recording of:
Bobaloo
lyricist and composer:
Johnny Lee Hamilton
Bill Johnson1:54
A2You Better Dig It
Bill Johnson2:07
A3Shake 'em Up Baby
Frank Ballard2:17
A4No-One to Call Your Own
Frank Ballard3:18
A5Move on Down the Line
Frank Ballard2:32
A6If That's the Way It Is (You Better Move on)
Frank Ballard2:48
A7I See Trouble Down the Road
Frank Ballard2:38
A8I Just Can't Help It
Frank Ballard2:35
B1Just Walkin' In the Rain
Jeb Stuart2:38
B2Coming Down With the Blues
Jeb Stuart2:06
B3I Betcha Gonna Like ItJeb Stuart2:35
B4I'm in Love Again
Jeb Stuart2:42
B5I Ain't Never
Jeb Stuart1:54
B6Will I Ever Be Free
Jeb Stuart2:29
B7All My Weakness
The Climates2:58
B8No You for Me
The Climates2:21
B9Breakin' Up Again
The Climates2:35
12" Vinyl 6: Cadillac Man
#TitleArtistRatingLength
A1Stop, Wait and Listen
Bill Yates2:42
A2Don't Step on My Dog
Bill Yates2:13
A3Poison Ivy
Billy Adams2:12
A4Too Late to Right My Wrong
Bill Yates2:38
A5Trouble in Mind
Billy Adams2:37
A6Reconsider Baby
Billy Adams2:53
A7Big Big World
Bill Yates3:08
A8Rock Me Baby
Billy Adams2:42
B1Cadillac Man (1)
The Jesters2:37
B2My Babe
The Jesters2:26
B3Night Train From Chicago
The Jesters2:11
B4Jim Dandy and Sweet 16
The Jesters2:29
B5Heartbreak Hotel
The Jesters1:46
B6Boppin' the Blues
The Jesters1:54
B7What's So Good About Goodbye
cover recording of:
What's So Good About Goodbye
lyricist and composer:
Smokey Robinson
publisher:
Jobete Music Co., Inc.
Jimmie Day & The Jesters2:28
B8Cadillac Man (2)
The Jesters2:43
12" Vinyl 7: Frank, This Is It
12" Vinyl 8: Sun International