CONTAINS

That'll Flat... Git It! - Volume 14
That'll Flat... Git It! - Volume 16
That'll Flat... Git It! - Volume 17
  
For Biographies of Artists see: > The Sun Biographies <
Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube < 
 
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© August 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16210 mono digital
THAT'LL FLAT... GIT IT! - VOLUME 14

Compact disc. An Bear Family Special Products. Black disc. Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. On the back cover Bear Family logo left at bottom. Catalog number in upper right. Sun recordings and demos many of them previously unissued complete with studio chatter. Also included in the box, 40-page booklet biography with liner notes by Colin Escott. Contain tracks from the guys who wanted to get a deal but couldn't get Sam Phillips' interested in their new stuff. In the chaos and confusion of Sun in the mid-1950s, their tapes were just marked and tossed into the back room. On this volume, features all great unknowns such as Ray Harris, Curley Money, Jesse Lee Turner, Roger Fakes, plus two completely unidentified artists.

Here's the other side of Sun; to pun Pink Floyd, the dark side of the Sun. These are the guys who wanted to get a deal but couldn't, or guys who once had a deal but couldn't get Sam Phillips interested in their new stuff. In the chaos and confusion of Sun in the mid-to-late fifties, their tapes were just marked (or sometimes not even marked) and tossed into the back room. In a sense, we're doing the job now that should have been done then: sifting through them, trying to figure out which ones were worth a shot.

Let's get our criteria straight. Not all of these are Sun recordings, although most are. We've broadened the scope to include a few demo's sent to Sun because that's the only way some of this music will ever see the light-of- day. At the same time, ,we've stayed away from artists like Billy Riley and Warren Smith who have been anthologized on Bear Family CDs, and we haven't included any records that appear in our definitive Sun Singles Collection series. The focus is squarely on worthy unknowns or little knowns. 

The key that unlocks nearly every recording here is Elvis. Everyone knows Elvis started on Sun, and several of these guys knew him, maybe shared a Coke with him after a gig. Elvis was desperately real to them. If they could get on Sun, they could stand where Elvis had stood. What happened to Elvis would surely happen to them. As absurd, even vain, as that sounds in hindsight, you have to remember that it was a different world when these guys parked outside Sun. Elvis's throne looked very attainable. Ray Harris remembers thinking to himself? "Hell, that boy ain't doing anything I can 't do'', and that was a common sentiment. In a sense, this set is a little walk down a boulevard of broken dreams. Very few of these artists managed to sustain any kind of career in music, but in the act of trying and failing they tell us more about grass roots fifties rock and roll than any formal history. 

Producers
Sam C. Phillips and Stan Kesler
Re-Issue Producers
Richard Weize
Compilation
Dave Booth
Tape Research
Colin Escott and Don Powell
Mastering
Bob Jones
Liner Notes
Colin Escott
Discographical Data
Colin Escott

Photos and Illustration
R.A. Andreas, Bo Berglind, Colin Escott, Michael Ochs Archives,
Willi Pittman, The Showtime Music Archive (Toronto),
Dave Travis, Hans-Peter Zdrenka
Artwork
Clive Blewchamp
Thanks to
Trevor Cajaio, Adam Komorowski, Robert Loers, and Wayne Russell 

Rockabilly from the vaults of Sun Records

Contains
1 - Rock All Night (Glenn Honeycutt) (1985) 2:02
2 - Move Baby, Move (Dick Penner) (1976) 1:59
3 - Pop And Mama (Gene Simmons) (1985) 1:41
4 - Rock Me Baby (Jimmy Haggett) (1985) 1:49
5 - Take Me (Garden Of Evil) (Jimmy Wages) (1985) 2:25
6 - Hula Bop (Smokey Joe) (1985) 2:52
7 - Drive-In (Mack Vickery) (1985) 2:12
8 - Somehow We'll Find A Way (Roger Fakes) (1986) 2:27
9 - Treat Me Right (Kenny Parchman) (1985) 2:12
10 - Christine (Roy Hall) (1985) 2:24
11 - Problem Child (Ken Cook) (1976) 1:58
12 - Chain Gang Charlie (Curley Money) (1995) 1:29
13 - My One Desire (Jimmy Williams) (1985) 1:51
14 - Touch, Touch, Touch (Andy Anderson) (1985) 2:34
15 - Gonna Give A Party (James Wood) (1997) 2:24
16 - Wampus Cat (Howard Chandler) (1995) 2:06
17 - Take Me To That Place (Jack Earls) (1996) 2:18
18 - That's The Way I Feel (Jimmy Pritchet) (1985) 2:17
19 - Apron Strings (Curtis Hoback) (1979) 2:38
20 - Miss Pearl (Jimmy Wages) (1978) 2:34
21 - Lonely Wolf (Ray Harris) (1976) 2:52
22 - Me And My Rhythm Guitar (Johnny Powers) (1985) 2:37
23 - Don't You Worry (Hayden Thompson) (1985) 2:09
24 - Got Me A Trumpet (Malcolm Yelvington) (1985) 1:24
25 - She's Gonna Away (Ernie Barton) (1985) 2:35
26 - Peroxied Blonde And A Hopped Up Model Ford (Gene Simmons) (1976) 1:37
27 - Uh Huh, Oh Yeah (Tracy Perndarvis) (1985) 1:53
28 - Put Me Down (Jesse Lee Turner) (1995) 1:59
29 - What A Beat (Unknown Artist) (1997) 2:02
30 - Red Hen Hop (Unknown Artist) (1995) 2:25
31 - Rakin' And Scrapin' (Dean Beard) (1985) 1:57
Original Sun Recordings

 © Original Sun Recordings, licensed from Sun Entertainment, Inc.

For Biographies of Artists see: > The Sun Biographies <
Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on  > YouTube <
 
 

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© 1999 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16311 mono digital
THAT'LL FLAT... GIT IT! - VOLUME 16

Compact disc. An Bear Family Special Products. Black disc. Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. On the back cover Bear Family logo left at bottom. Catalog number in upper right. Sun recordings and demos many of them previously unissued complete with studio chatter. Also included in the box, 28-page booklet biography with liner notes by Colin Escott. Contain tracks from the guys who wanted to get a deal but couldn't get Sam Phillips' interested in their new stuff. In the chaos and confusion of Sun in the mid-1950s, their tapes were just marked and tossed into the back room. On this volume great unknown artists , plus hidden gems by better-known artists such as Billy Riley, Warren Smith, Sonny Burgess, Narvel Felts, and Conway Twitty.

We're back at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. ''That'll Flat Git It!'' is about rockabilly, and 706 Union is where, to all intents and purposes, rockabilly came into being. It's now almost 30 years (1999) since the first Sun rockabilly reissue hit the streets. In that time, the Sun vault has been excavated like an Egyptian sarcophagus, but just when you thought every last bauble had been retrieved, an unmarked tape box yields something that cries out to be released, It's not hard to understand why these songs weren't issued at the time. The performers were too rural, too raw, too unpolished to stand a chance. Without exception, though, they all imagined that they were as up-to-date as the morning paper.

This is our second volume of Sun rockabilly. Unlike the previous volume, it includes a few recordings by better- known artists such as Billy Riley, Warren Smith, Sonny Burgess, Narvel Felts, and Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins) , all of whom are the subject of exhaustive Bear Family retrospectives. The focus is still squarely on the great unknowns, though. These were the guys who came to Sun hoping to stand where Elvis stood, hoping that what happened to him would happen to them. Several indeed went on to greater things, but not singing the type of music you hear on this collection. This is unvarnished first generation rockabilly from the gravitational centre of early rock and roll, Sun Records. 

Producers
Various
Re-Issue Producer
Stefan Kohne
Tape Research and Tape Comparison
Stefan Kohne
Mastering
Duncan Powell
Liner Notes
Colin Escott
Discographical Data
Stefan Kohne

Photos and Illustration
R.A. Andreas, Bo Berglind, Howard Cockburn, Colin Escott,
Steve Kelemen, Klaus Kettner, Michael Ochs Archives,
The Showtime Music Archive (Toronto), Davis Travis,
Martin Willis, Hans-Peter Zdrenka
Artwork
Clive Blewchamp
Thanks to
David Booth, Trevor Cajiao, Wayne Russell 

Rockabilly from the vaults of Sun Records

Contains
1 - My Baby Don't Rock (Luke McDaniel) (1985) 1:57
2 - You Better Believe It (Tommy Blake) (1975) 2:40
3 - What's The Reason (Kenny Parchman) (1987) 2:20
4 - I Need Your Loven' Kiss (Harold Jenkins) (1987) 1:58
5 - Drinkin' Scotch (Gene Simmons) (1985) 3:02
6 - Between Here And There (Unknown Artist) (1999) 2:05
7 - Sentimental Fool (Barbara Pittman) (1989) 2:30
8 - Slewfoot Sue (Unknown Artist) (1999) 2:14
9 - Cry Baby Cry (Narvel Felts) (1995) 1:52
10 - Rabbit Action (Jimmy Haggett) (1985) 1:39
11 - Rockin' With My Baby (Malcolm Yelvington) (1985) 2"29
12 - Come On Little Mama (Alternate Take ) (Ray Harris) (1999) 2:19
13 - Waiting For You (Alternate take) (Johnny Powers) (1992) 1:25
14 - Tennessee Zip (Kenneth Parchman) (1992) 2:21
15 - Everybody's Trying To Kiss My Baby (Gene Ross) (1995) 2:12
16 - I'll Be Rock (Unknown Artist) (1999) 2:14
17 - Got Rockin' On My Mind (Curley Griffin) (1955) 2:28
18 - My Gal Mary-Ann (Jack Earls) (1985) 2:10
19 - Go Ahead Baby (Luke McDaniel) (1984) 2:08
20 - I Fell In Love (Ken Cook) (1975) 2:02
21 - How Come You De Me Like You Do (Jimmy Haggett) (1977) 2:06
22 - Prisoner Of The Blues (Tommy Ruick) (1985) 1:39
23 - Bop Pills (Macy Skipper) (1985) 2:24
24 - Stop The World (Warren Smith) (1985) 1:56
25 - Love Crazy Baby (Kenneth Parchman) (1987) 2:09
26 - Ain't Gonna Do It (Sonny Burgess) (1985) 2:31
27 - Mad Man (Jimmy Wages) (1987) 2:06
28 - Me And My Blues (Teddy Reidel) (1978) 1:51
29 - I Vibrate (Mack Self) (1977) 1:59
30 - Two Timin' Baby (Unknown Artist) (1999) 1:54
31 - Rock-A-Bye Baby (Jimmy Williams) (1987) 2:03
Original Sun Recordings

 © Original Sun Recordings, licensed from Sun Entertainment, Inc.

For Biographies of Artists see: > The Sun Biographies <
Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on  > YouTube <
 
 

© - 706 UNION AVENUE SESSIONS - ©

© August 2000 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16405 mono digital
THAT'LL FLAT... GIT IT! - VOLUME 17

Compact disc. An Bear Family Special Products. Black disc. Yellow label. Have circle of musical notes and staff around the entire label, with excepted of the bar wherein "Memphis, Tennessee" appear. The letters SUN with sun rays pressed in light brown at the top of the label. On the back cover Bear Family logo left at bottom. Catalog number in upper right. Sun recordings and demos many of them previously unissued complete with studio chatter. Also included in the box, 34-page booklet biography with liner notes by Colin Escott. Contain tracks from the guys who wanted to get a deal but couldn't get Sam Phillips' interested in their new stuff. In the chaos and confusion of Sun in the mid-1950s, their tapes were just marked and tossed into the back room. On this volume, great unknown artists like Fred Prentiss, Alan Wingate, Ray Scott, and John Tolleson, alongside classic Sun rockabilly from the likes of Slim Rhodes, Jimmy Wages, Carl McVoy, Charlie Rich, and Sonny Burgess.

This is Bear Family?s third trip through the Sun rockabilly vaults (see also Volumes 14 and 16 of 'That'll Flat Gitlt'), Once again, we are emphasizing the lesser known artists and tracks. 'In fact, despite the ever-growing number of Sun collections out there, we are pleased to point out that approximately two thirds of the tracks included on this set are being released for the first time anywhere. The remaining selections represent some of the best alternate takes and rarities that have not been reissued to death in the ever-widening scope of Sun archeology.

As we noted on Volume 14, it is again worth pointing out that not everything here was recorded at 706 Union Avenue, although it is fair to say that everything here was inspired directly by the music that was. About half the tracks we've selected qualify as demos - music made by southern boys who spent much of their spare time singing in the shower and looking in the mirror, convincing themselves that a little of that Sun magic was all they needed to become household names. After all, What did that boy from Tupelo have that they couldn't equal? 

These demos provide a glimpse of the thousands of recordings that flooded into Sun during the mid- to late-'50s. In some cases, these demos reveal the original version of a song later recorded by another artist. In other cases, we car appreciate the demo as a showcase for one of the Elvis or Jerry Lee wannabees who hoped to interest Sam Phillips in their performing or songwriting talents. 

When listening to these demos, all of which still reside in the Sun tape vaults, it is worth remembering that in just about every case, these same artists went on to record for other companies. It is probably fair to say that having their names on those other labels was quite an accomplishment in their young lives (and is probably still something they talk about.) But how much sweeter it should have all been to see their name on one of those yellow 45s from Memphis. 

Producer
Various
Re-Issue Producer
Hank Davis and Scott Parker
Tape Research and Tape Comparison
Hank Davis and Don Powell
Mastering
Duncan Powell
Liner Notes
Hank Davis
Discographical Data
Hank Davis

Photos and Illustration
R.A. Andreas, Bo Berglind, Colin Escott, Paul Harris,
Steve Lester, Dave Travis, H.P. Zdrenka
Artwork
Wolfgang Taubenauer
Thanks to
Tapio Vaisanen, Dave Sax, Johan Lofstedt,
Malcolm Chapman, Stefan Kohne

Rockabilly from the vaults of Sun Records

Contains
1 - Jungle Queen (Fred Prentiss) (2000) 2:37
2 - All I Want (Jimmy Williams) (1985) 2:06
3 - Little Woman Fried Of Mine (Chatter) (Charlie Rich) (1985) 2:30
4 - Greenback Dollar (Alternate Take ) (Ray Harris) (1985) 2:38
5 - What Else Could I Do? (Alan Wingate) (2000) 2:55
6 - Searchin' For My Baby (John Tolleson) (2000) 1:27
7 - Do What I Do (Alternate Take) (Slim Rhodes Band) (2000) 2:39
8 - If You Need Me (Unknown Artist) (2000) 1:51
9 - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Ray Scott) (2000) 1:18
10 - Chains Of Love (Gene Simmons) (1985) 2:36
11 - Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Warren Smith) (1985) 2:14
12 - Snake Dance (Unknown Artist) (2000) 2:07
13 - Little Girl (Alternate Take) (Ray Smith) (2000) 2:25
14 - It Makes No Different Now (Alternate take) (Johnny Bernero) (2000) 2:08
15 - Hickory Nut Mountain (John Tolleson) (2000) 1:23
16 - No More Crying The Blues (Alternate Take) (Alton & Jimmy) (2000) 2:00
17 - Should Be You (Alan Wingate) (2000) 1:43
18 - I'll Satisfied (Carl McVoy) (1999) 1:43
19 - Take And Give (Alternate take) (Slim Rhodes Band) (2000) 2:16
20 - Goodbye Mary Ann (Chatter) (Alternate Take) (Charlie Rich) (1998) 3:15
21 - Little Boy Blue (Jerry Arnold) (1958) 2:39
22 - That's All (Onie Wheeler) (1985) 1:59
23 - Tonight Will Be The Last Night (Ray Scott) (2000) 1:28
24 - Red Hot (Alternate take) (Billy Riley) (1987) 2:29
25 - Rocky Road Blues (John Tolleson) (2000) 1:48
26 - Find My Baby For Me (Sonny Burgess) (1985) 2:09
27 - Big River (Alternate Take) (Johnny Cash) (1990) 3:41
28 - Lazy River (Fred Prentiss) (2000) 1:31
29 - Rainin' The Blues (Alan Wingate) (2000) 1:41
30 - Life's Too Short To Live (Joe Lewis) (1985) 1:49
31 - High Class Baby (Jerry Arnold) (1958) 2:29
32 - Driving Home (Unknown Artist) (2000) 1:22
33 - Don't Sweetheart Me (John Tolleson) (2000) 1"21
34 - Unknown Tapes Fragment (Jimmy Wages) (2000) 0:30
Original Sun Recordings

 © Original Sun Recordings, licensed from Sun Entertainment, Inc.

For Biographies of Artists see: > The Sun Biographies <
Sun recordings can be heard on the playlists from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on  > YouTube <
 

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