THE CHARLY SUN CD COLLECTION
Black Music Originals
Rock And Roll Originals
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For over many decades, Sun has been the ultimate record collectors label. Original 78s, 45s, EPs, LPs and countless reissues abound, some serving the mass market and other
known to Sun collectors only.
It is therefore entirely appropriate that the Sun label should attract the ultimate tribute in the newest sound reproduction format. All
the original singles that were issued between 1952 and 1968 on Sun and its sister labels Phillips International and Flip, are being reissued in this series of 26 compact discs, with the exception of the five Elvis Presley singles which passed into the ownership
of RCA Records.
We now have two unique opportunities. One is to listen to all our favourite singles in the ''state of the art'' format of CD - those old Sun 45s are great
to have but they never were the greatest pressings in the world. Some of the older tracks have been had to be dubbed from acetate or disc where no master tape exists, but the vast majority of songs are taken directly from masters.
The other very interesting opportunity is that of fellowing the development of recorded popular music in Memphis through the output of the Sun studios. Blues gave way to country and to Elvis Presley. Rockabilly
developed and then merged into other forms of rock music. Then a variety of styles mingled with one another into the 1960s as Sun came to terms with soul and other musical developments.
It is probably true that there are enough Sun collectors to justify issuing every record in numerical order irrespective of style. However, we felt that most people would rather follow the three separate strands of Sun music in separate sub-series:
Black music 1952-1956; Country music 1953-1967; and the mainstream series taking in Rock and Roll and associated styles.
The essence of much of Sun's music was the integration
of differing musical influences. This naturally makes it sometimes hard to define what is country and what is rock, what is blues and what is not. It is certainly arguable that some of the discs in our country series could have been in the rock series and
vice-versa. The advantages of using the three series within a series, however, seemed to make the occasional difficult stylistic judgement worthwhile.
Each of the three
series is organised according to the date of issue of each record and not the recording date. Issues on Sun, Flip and Phillips International have been intermingled in exactly the way they were first released, thus reflecting exactly Sun's part in forming and
reacting to trends in issued Memphis popular music.
Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records, always strove to capture feeling in his music, and the worst 45 pressings
always conveyed that. But first of all Sam was a recording engineer and this series gives us a clarity of sound as Sam first heard it.
Included in each boxes, 8-page booklet with session information
of each track and liner notes by Martin Hawkins.
The discs in this unique collection each contain both sides of ten to thirteen original 78s or 45s issued between 1950
and 1968 on the Phillips, Sun, Flip or Phillips International labels.