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March 8, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK mono digital
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 – 1958 

The greatest-ever blues box now significantly upgraded! During the 1950s Sun Records founder Sam Phillips captured many of the finest post-War blues artists of all time, including B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Little Milton, Rufus Thomas, Junior Parker, Rosco Gordon, Sleepy John Estes, Earl Hooker, Walter Horton, James Cotton, and Ike Turner. Among the noteworthy original recordings are Jackie Brenston-Ike Turner's ''Rocket 88'', Junior Parker original ''Mystery Train'', Rufus Thomas's ''Bear Cat'', B.B. King's ''She's Dynamite'', Walter Horton's ''Easy'', Howlin' Wolf's ''Moanin' At Midnight'', Rosco Gordon's ''Booted'', and Honeyboy Edwards' early Robert Johnson-styled recording of ''Sweet Home Chicago''. All of them are here in newly restored sound, together with many other rare and collectible songs by now-classic Fifties blues singers like Doctor Ross, Joe Hill Louis, Willie Nix, Billy Love, and Charlie Booker who brought the ageless soul of the Delta into modern times. As the electric guitar came to fore, it became the predominant sound of post-War blues, and Phillips knew how to record it like no other producer ever had. Here are blues guitar titans Pat Hare, Willie Johnson, and Floyd Murphy, and of course B.B. King, Little Milton, Earl Hooker and Ike Turner at the dawn of their careers.

Sam Phillips also recorded Southern gospel and vocal groups. In the 1950s, Memphis was home to many of the finest Southern gospel groups, including the Brewsteraires, the Southern Jubilee Singers, and the Jones Brothers. Their most enduring work is here. Among the vocal group classics is the Prisonaires' original recording of ''Just Walkin' In The Rain''.

Several significant caches of unissued recordings have come to light since the 1980s LP edition of this set. Among them are Sam Phillips' commercial for a cure-all patent medicine; a primitive John Lee Hookerstyles singer named J.C. Cole; and never-heard recordings by Walter Bradford, the Jones Brothers, Billy ''Red'' Love, and many more.

In all, there are 10 CDs featuring 306 recordings, 14 of them previously unissued. Additionally, renowned experts Steve LaVere, David Evans, and Jim O'Neal have made decades of research available, including biographical information and – above all – breathtaking photos from the golden era of Memphis blues. The essays and photos are housed in a 184-page, hardbound book authored by Hank Davis, Colin Escott, and Martin Hawkins.

CD 1 Contains
Cool Down Mamma (Lost John Hunter)
Schoolboy (Lost John Hunter)
Y-M And V Blues Lost John Hunter)
Boogie For Me Baby (Lost John Hunter)
Shorty The Barber (Charlie Burse)
Boogie In The Park (Joe Hill Louis)
Gotta Let You Go (Joe Hill Louis)
Registration Day Blues (Sleepy John Estes)
Policy Man (Sleepy John Estes)
Rats In My Kitchen (Sleepy John Estes)
Runnin' Around (Sleepy John Estes)
Doctor Ross Boogie (Doctor Ross)
Country Clown (Doctor Ross)
Cat Squirrel (Doctor Ross)
Little Soldier Boy (Doctor Ross)
Shake 'Em On Down (Doctor Ross)
Down South Blues (Doctor Ross)
Texas Hop (Doctor Ross)
Can't Love Me And My Money Too (L.B. Lawson & James Scott)
Flypaper Boogie (L.B. Lawson & James Scott)
Got My Call Card (L.B. Lawson & James Scott)
Scott's Boogie (L.B. Lawson & James Scott)
They Call Me (William Stewart)
County Farm Blues (William Stewart)
Forty-Four Blues (William Stewart)
Rattlesnakin' Mama (William Stewart)
Pretty Baby Blues (Woodrow Adams)
She's Done Come And Gone (Woodrow Adams)
If You Don't Want Me (Woodrow Adams)
Last Time (Woodrow Adams)
Train Time (Woodrow Adams)
Train Is Comin' (Woodrow Adams)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 2 Contains
Moanin' At Midnight (Howlin' Wolf)
How Many More Years (Howlin' Wolf)
Mr. Highway Man (Howlin' Wolf)
My Troubles And Me (Howlin' Wolf)
Getting Old And Grey (Howlin' Wolf)
My Baby Walked Off(Howlin' Wolf)
Everybody's In The Mood (Howlin' Wolf)
Decoration Day Blues (Howlin' Wolf)
Bluebird Blues (Howlin' Wolf)
Well That's Alright (Howlin' Wolf)
Come Back Home (Howlin' Wolf)
Little Walter's Instrumental (Walter Horton)
In The Mood (Walter Horton)
We All Gotta Go Sometime (Walter Horton)
West Winds Are Blowing (Walter Horton)
Little Walter's Boogie (Walter Horton)
Off The Wall (Walter Horton)
Party Line Blues (Jimmy DeBerry)
Midnight Showers Of Rain (Willie Nix)
Prison Bound Blues (Willie Nix)
Ridin' In The Moonlight (Willie Nix)
Take A Little Walk With Me (Willie Nix)
That Ain't Right (Henry Hill & Doctor Ross)
Deep Down In The Ground (Doctor Ross)
Ain't Gonna Tell You No Lie (James Banister)
Love You, Love You Baby (Dennis Binder)
Baby Child (Elven Parr & His In The Groove)
I'm A Good Man (Elven Parr & His In The Groove)
In The Groove Rumba (Elven Parr & His In The Groove)
Skin And Bones Woman (Elven Parr & His In The Groove)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 3 Contains
Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
I'm Lonesome Baby (Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm)
Heartbroken And Worried (Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm)
B. B. Blues (B.B. King)
She's Dynamite (B.B. King)
Independent Woman (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
Ridin' The Boogie (Lou Sargent)
My Real Gone Rocket (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
Tuckered Out (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
Juiced (Billy Love)
Booted (Rosco Gordon)
Sam's Drag (L.J Thomas & His Louisiana Playboys)
Baby Take A Chance With Me (L.J Thomas & His Louisiana Playboys)
Drop Top (Billy Love)
It Ain't No More (Billy Love)
T Model Boogie (Rosco Gordon)
Wade Through Muddy Water (Rosco Gordon)
Decorate The Counter (Rosco Gordon)
Decorate The Counter (Rufus Thomas)
Married Woman (Rufus Thomas)
You'll Be Sorry Someday (Houston Stokes)
We're All Gonna Do Some Wrong (Houston Stokes)
Hi-Tone Mama (Walter ''Tang'' Smith)
Every Monday Morning Blues (Walter ''Tang'' Smith)
Early In The Morning (Billy Love)
Early In The Morning, Baby (Tiny Kennedy)
Strange Kind Of Feeling (Tiny Kennedy)
Blues Disease (Tiny Kennedy)
Don't Lay This Job On Me (Tiny Kennedy)
Hot Fish (Sherman Johnson & His Clouds Of Joys)
Pretty Baby Blues (Sherman Johnson & His Clouds Of Joys)
Got Me A Horse And Wagon (Unknown Artist)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 4 Contains
Selling My Whiskey (Incomplete) Jackie Boy & Little Walter
Drivin' Slow (Johnny London)
Flat Tire (Johnny London)
Untitled Blues (Incomplete) Walter Bradford)
Got My Application Baby (Handy Jackson)
Trouble (Will Bring You Down) (Handy Jackson)
We All Gotta Go Sometime (Joe Hill Louis)
She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometime) (Joe Hill Louis)
Seems Like A Million Years (Willie Nix)
Baker Shop Boogie (Willie Nix)
Easy (Jimmy DeBerry & Walter Horton)
Before Long (Jimmy DeBerry)
Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog) (Rufus Thomas Jr.)
Walkin' In The Rain (Rufus Thomas Jr.)
Greyhound Blues (D.A. Hunt)
Lonesome Old Jail (D.A. Hunt)
Call Me Anything (But Call Me) (Big Memphis Ma Rainey)
Baby, No No! (Big Memphis Ma Rainey)
Take A Little Chance (Jimmy DeBerry)
Time Has Made A Change (Jimmy DeBerry)
Baby Please (The Prisonaires)
Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
Feelin' Good (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Fussin' And Fightin' Blues (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Save That Money (Rufus Thomas Jr.)
Tiger Man (King of the Jungle) (Rufus Thomas Jr.)
Mystery Train (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Love My Baby (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Come Back Baby (Doctor Ross)
Chicago Breakdown (Doctor Ross)
Wolf Call Boogie (Coy Hot Shot Love)
Harmonica Jam (Coy Hot Shot Love)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 5 Contains
Reward For My Baby (Walter Bradford)
Love For My Baby (Walter Bradford)
Too Blue To Cry (Walter Bradford)
Lucy Done Moved (Walter Bradford)
Sweet Home Chicago (Honeyboy Edwards)
Rumble Chillen (Albert Williams)
Hoo Doo Man (Albert Williams)
When I Am Gone (She Treats Me Mean And Evil) (Joe Hill Louis)
Dorothy Mae (Joe Hill Louis)
Keep Your Arms Around Me (Joe Hill Louis)
I'm A Poor Boy(Joe Hill Louis)
She May Be Yours (Sweetest Gal In Town) (Joe Hill Louis)
Hydramatic Woman (Joe Hill Louis)
Tiger Man (Joe Hill Louis)
Shine Boy (Joe Hill Louis)
Mistreatin' Boogie (Mose Vinson)
Worry You Off My Mind (Mose Vinson)
Reap What You Sow (Mose Vinson)
44 Blues (Mose Vinson)
Come See Me (aka My Love Has Gone) (Mose Vinson)
Feelin' Bad (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
My Baby (James Cotton)
Straighten Up Baby (James Cotton)
Cotton Crop Blues (James Cotton)
Hold Me In Your Arms(James Cotton)
Cheating And Lying Blues (aka I'm Gonna Murder My Baby) (Pat Hare)
Bonus Pay (Pat Hare)
Harpin' On It (Coy Hot Shot Love)
Blue And Lonesome (Houston Stokes)
Baby's Gone And Left Me (Houston Stokes)
High (Kenneth Banks)
Blue Man (Kenneth Banks)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 6 Contains
Long Gone (Raymond Hill)
My Baby Left Me (Raymond Hill)
I'm Back Pretty Baby (Raymond Hill)
Somebody's Been Carryin' Your Rollin' On (Raymond Hill)
Love Is A Gamble (Bonnie Turner)
Old Brother Jack (Bonnie Turner)
Blues Train (Tot Randolph)
Ugly Woman (Peg Leg Baby) (Johnny O'Neal)
Dead Letter Blues (Johnny O'Neal)
Johnny's Dream (Johnny O'Neal)
Beggin' My Baby (Little Milton)
Somebody Told Me (Little Milton)
I Love My Baby (Little Milton)
Carry My Business On (Houston Boines)
Standing In The Courthouse Crying (Houston Boines)
If You Love Me (Little Milton)
Alone And Blue (Little Milton)
She's My Queen (Little Milton)
Re-Beep (Previously issued as Re-Beat) (Little Milton)
Lookin' For My Baby (Little Milton)
Rode That Train (Lookin' For My Baby) (Little Milton)
Homesick For My Baby (Little Milton)
Steel Guitar Rag (Earl Hooker)
Blue Guitar (Earl Hooker)
The Drive (Earl Hooker)
Move On Down The Line (Earl Hooker)
The Hucklebuck (Earl Hooker)
Believe I'll Settle Down (Boyd Gilmore)
Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (Pinetop Perkins)
Gonna Leave You Baby (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
I Feel So Worried -1 (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
I Feel So Worried -2 (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
So Long Baby Goodbye (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 7 Contains
Gee I Wish (Billy Love)
The News Is All Around Town (Billy Love)
Hey Now (Billy Love)
Way After Midnight (Billy Love)
Hart's Bread Boogie (Billy Love)
Sittin' At The Bar (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Sittin' At The Window (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Sittin' Drinkin' And Thinkin' (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
The Snuggle (Raymond Hill)
Bourbon Street Jump (Raymond Hill)
Shim Sham Shimmy (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
When It Rains It Pours (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
Move Baby Move (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
Red Hot (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
Satisfied (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
Something For Nothing (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
Little Fine Healthy Thing (Billy 'The Kid' Emerson)
Baby I'm Coming Home (Charlie Booker)
Walked All Night (Charlie Booker)
Don't Dog Me Around (Eddie Snow)
Mean Mean Woman (Eddie Snow)
Stay With Me Baby (Eddie Snow)
Who's Been Drinking My Wine (Eddie Snow)
Sorry Little Baby (Eddie Snow)
Got To Put You Down (Eddie Snow)
Bring Your Love Back Home (Eddie Snow)
Ain't That Right (Eddie Snow)
That's What You Do To Me (Rosco Gordon)
I Found A New Love (Rosco Gordon)
I'm Gonna Shake It (Rosco Gordon)
Let's Get High(Rosco Gordon)
Go Ahead On (Guitar Red)
Baby Please Don't Go (Guitar Red)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 8 Contains
Just Walking In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
A Prisoner's Prayer (The Prisonaires)
Don't Say Tomorrow (The Prisonaires)
There Is Love In You (The Prisonaires)
Gonna Have To Let You Be (The Five Tinos)
Don't Do That (The Five Tinos)
Sitting By My Window(The Five Tinos)
New Orleans (Rosco Gordon)
Shoobie Oobie (Rosco Gordon)
Mean Old Gin (Ed Kirby)
Blue Nights (Ed Kirby)
Gonna Break That Lock (Big Lucky Carter)
I Want My Baby Back (Hunky Dory)
Baby Don't Leave Me (Hunky Dory)
I Wonder Why (Hunky Dory)
This Misery (Hunky Dory)
Where Shall I Be (When That First Trumpet Soul (The Brewsteraires)
(The Lord Gave Me) Wings For My Soul (The Brewsteraires)
There's A Man In (The Jerusalem Southern Jubilees)
Forgive Me Lord (The Jerusalem Southern Jubilees)
He Never Left Me Alone (The Jerusalem Southern Jubilees)
Blessed Be The Name (The Jerusalem Southern Jubilees)
Softly And Tenderly (The Prisonaires)
My God Is Real (The Prisonaires)
Amazing Grace (The Jones Brothers)
Gospel Train (The Jones Brothers)
Look To Jesus (The Jones Brothers)
Every Night (The Jones Brothers)
I'm Sealed (Brother Russell)
Every Night (The Jones Brothers)
A Lady Called Mother (Hunky Dory)
Workin' On A Building (Hunky Dory)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 9 Contains
(Have You Ever Had) Trouble -2 J(Handy Jackson)
You're Gonna Cry (Billy Love)
Runnin' Around -2 (Sleepy John Estes)
Skin And Bones Woman -2 (Elven Parr's In The Groove Boys)
Little Walter's Boogie -2 (Walter Horton)
That Ain't Right -2 Henry Hill & Doctor Ross)
She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Some Time) (Joe Hill Louis)
Sweet Home Chicago -2 (Honeyboy Edwards)
Off The Wall -2 (Little Walker)
Believe I'll Settle Down -2 (Boyd Gilmore)
Ugly Woman -2 (Johnny O'Neal)
Dead Letter Blues -2 (Johnny O'Neal)
Johnny's Dream -2 (Johnny O'Neal)
Wolf Call Boogie -2 (Hot Shot Love)
Way After Midnight -2 (Billy Love)
Gee I Wish -2 (Billy Love)
The News Is All Around Town -2 (Billy Love)
Rode That Train/Lookin' For My Baby -3 (Little Milton)
I Feel So Worried -3 (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
So Long Baby Goodbye -2 (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
Left Job Boogie (Doctor Ross)
Walked All Night -2 (Charlie Booker)
Baby I'm Coming Home -2 (Charlie Booker)
(I Know) You Don't Love Me (Ike Turner & Tommy Hodge)
Down & Out (aka How Long Will It Last) (Ike Turner & Tommy Hodge)
You Ain't The One (Ike Turner & Tommy Hodge)
Matchbox (aka I'm Gonna Forget About You) (Ike Turner & Tommy Hodge)
Cheating And Lying Blues (aka I'm Gonna Murder (Pat Hare)
Original Sun Recordings

CD 10 Contains
John The Revelator (Unknown Gospel Group)
Tree Of Life (Advertising Spot) (Sam Phillips)
I Am Bound For Canaan Land (Unknown Gospel Group)
Play The Game Baby (Lost John Hunter)
Ida Mae (J.C. Cole)
South Side Blues (J.C. Cole)
Move Me No More (J.C. Cole)
No Right Blues (Deep Blue Sea Blues) (J.C. Cole)
Outside Friend (Willie Carr)
Beale St. Shuffle (The Four Cruisers)
On Account Of You (Joseph Dobbin & The Four Cruisers)
Juicehead (Unknown Artist)
V O Baby (Unknown Artist)
Detroit Arrow Blues (Shy Guy Douglas)
Work With Her Boy (Shy Guy Douglas)
Hip Shakin' Mama (Shy Guy's Back In Town) (Shy Guy Douglas)
Oh Baby (Unknown Vocal Group)
Lord Stop The War (Evangelist Gospel Singers Of Alabama)
Leaning On The Lord (Evangelist Gospel Singers Of Alabama)
Walk In The Light (Evangelist Gospel Singers Of Alabama)
Never Grow Old (Evangelist Gospel Singers Of Alabama)
I'll Search Heaven (Spiritual Stars)
Good Religion (Spiritual Stars)
Original Sun Recordings

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