Various Sun Vinyl Reissues 2

Memphis Blues - Unissued Titles From The 1950s (KK 7427) Various Artists (1985)
Rockabilly Guy 1954 - 1962 (CR 30262) Hayden Thompson (1986)
The Sun Story (RNDA 71103) Various Artists (1986)
Sun Records - Rock Boppin' Baby - (BFX 151949) Ed Bruce (1986)
A Teen's Way (BFX 15242) Narvel Felts (1987)
The Rocking Man (CDX 17) Carl Mann (1987)
Real Memphis Rock And Roll (CDX 23) Warren Smith (1988)
Original Sun Recordings (BFX 15337) Dane Stinit (1988)
Problem Child (Z-2006) Roy Orbison (1988)
The Sound Of Sun (SAM 103) Various Artists (1988)
I Need A Man (BFX 15359) Barbara Pittman (1989)
Guitarville (BFX 15340) Roland Janes (1990)
Let's Bop (BFX 15273) Jack Earls (1990)
The Sun Records Story (LDS9670) Various Artists (2014)


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1985 Krazy Kat Records (LP) 33rpm Krazy Kat KK 7427 mono

This album contains 16 unissued titles from the best Memphis blues from the early 1950s. Some tracks have been transferred from worn acetates. The last two tracks on the album are extremely noisy but no further improvement was possible. However, the music is such as to merit release. This album is released by special arrangement with Charly International AMS.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - The Last Time (Sun/Checker Unissued) (Woodrow Adams)
1.2 - Cat Squirrel (Docor Ross)
1.3 - That's Alright (Doctor Ross)
1.4 - Black Snake Boogie (William Stewart)
1.5 - Outside Friends (Willie Carr)
1.6 - Sittin' On Top Of The World (Raymond Hill)
1.7 - High (Kenneth Banks)
Original Sun/Checker Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Peg Leg Baby (Johnny O'Neal)
2.2 - Oo-Wee Baby (Little Milton)
2.3 - Stay With Me Baby (Eddie Snow)
2.4 - I'm Off That Stuff (Rufus Thomas)
I'm All Alone (Eddie Snow)
2.5 - Blues Jumped A Rabbit (Sherman Blues Johnson)
2.6 - Hello Pretty Baby (Sherman Blues Johnson)
2.7 - Phineas' Boogie (Phineas Newborn Sr.)
2.8 - The Joint Is Jumping (Phineas Newborn Sr.)
Original Sun/Checker Recordings


1986 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30262 mono

18 tracks recorded for Sun, Phillips, Von and Arlen, including many unreleased tracks in tremendous quality! Liner nots by Adam Komorowski.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - I Feel The Blues Coming On
1.2 - Act Like You Love Me
1.3 - Rockabilly Gal
1.4 - Love My Baby
1.5 - One Broken Heart
1.6 - Fairlane Rock
1.7 - Blues, Blues, Blues
1.8 - You're My Sunshine
1.9 - Mama, Mama, Mama
1.1-1.2 Original Von Recordings
1.3-1.9 Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Call Me Shorty
2.2 - Brown Eyed Handsome Man
2.3 - Goin' Steady
2.4 - I'll Hold You In My Heart
2.5 - Kansas City Blues'
2.6 - It Won't Be Long Until The Summer
2.7 - Old Kris Kringle
2.8 - Pardon Me (Alternate Version)
2.9 - Queen Bee
2.1-2.7 Original Sunjay Recordings
2.8-2.9 Original Arlan Recordings


August 1986 Rhino Records (LP) 33rpm RNDA 71103 mono

2 LP Set. Summing up the history of one of America's most important record labels in 26 songs is a task that borders on the impossible, and The Sun Story is hardly the final or definitive word on the subject of Sam Phillips and the nearly seismic impact his label wrought on popular music.

While Sun Records is usually cited for (a) giving birth to rock and roll, (b) creating a home for rockabilly, or (c) bringing Elvis Presley into the recording studio for the first time, producer and label founder Sam Phillips had a broader vision than any of those descriptions would imply, embracing in one way or another the full range of the music of the American South, blues, rhythm and blues, hard country, gospel, and even a dash of pop.

Rhino Records' original two-LP vinyl edition of The Sun Story offered a solid introduction to the superb and eclectic roster of talent that recorded for Phillips' little label vitally important rhythm and blues recordings (Jackie Brenston, Roscoe Gordon, and the Prisonaires) in favor of the better-known rock and roll performers who followed them. But as a convenient and affordable collection of Sun's best-known hits and better-known also-rans, The Sun Story more than fills the bill, packed to the brim with great, groundbreaking music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Billy Lee Riley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and many others.

As is the norm with a collection from Rhino, the remastered audio is superb (something that hasn't always been the case with earlier Sun reissues), and the four-page booklet liner notes are informative, intelligent, and entertaining. The Sun Story is hardly the complete Sun story, but it's not bad as a starter, and if you're looking for a disc with some of the greatest and most satisfying American rock and roll ever committed to tape, this is just what you need.

Record 1 Side 1: Contains
1.1 - Good Rockin' Tonight (Elvis Presley)
1.2 - Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston)
1.3 - Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
1.4 - Mystery Train (Junior Parker)
1.5 - Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
1.6 - Sitting By My Window (Five Tinos)
1.7 - Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 1 Side 2: Contains
2.1 - Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)
2.2 - Devil Doll (Roy Orbison)
2.3 - Just Walking In The Rain (Prisonaires)
2.4 - Straight As In Love (Johnny Cash)
2.5 - Ubangi Stomp (Warren Smith)
2.6 - Bearcat (Rufus Thomas)
2.7 - That's All Right (Elvis Presley)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 2 Side 3: Contains
3.1 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
3.2 - Match Box (Carl Perkins)
3.3 - My Bucket Got A Hole In It (Sonny Burgess)
3.4 - Flyin' Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley)
3.5 - Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 2 Side 4: Contains
4.1 - Honey Don't (Carl Perkins)
4.2 - High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)
4.3 - Red Hot (Billy Riley)
4.4 - I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash)
4.5 - Who Will The Next Fool Be (Charlie Rich)
4.6 - Raunchy (Bill Justis)
4.7 - Breathless (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Original Sun Recordings


April 1986 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15194 mono

An impressive, state of the art LP of Ed Bruce comprising 14 tracks at Sun Records 1957/1959, including 10 unissued tracks plus two bonus RCA single sides (47-7842) from 1960. Also included a illustrated page with liner notes by Colin Escott and Hank Davis. Mastered by Sound Wizard Bob Jones at CTS Studio, Wembley. (with 'Rock Boppin' Bob' written in dead wax)

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Rock Boppin' Baby*
1.2 - More Than Yesterday*
1.3 - Eight Wheel Driver*
1.4 - Ballad Of Ringo*
1.5 - King Of Fools 1*
1.6 - Just Being With You*
1.7 - Alone With A Broken Heart*
1.8 - You Come To Me*

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Sweet Woman 1*
2.2 - Baby That's Good*
2.3 - Part Of My Life*
2.4 - Sweet Woman 2*
2.5 - Doll Baby*
2.6 - King Of Fools 2*
2.7 - Flight 303**
2.8 - Sun Gold**
*Original Sun Recordings
**Original RCA Recordings


1987 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15242 mono

This compilation includes recordings from 1957-1960, 9 of the tracks are unissued.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - I'm Headin' Home
1.2 - Foolish Thoughts
1.3 - Cry, Baby Cry
1.4 - Vada Lou
1.5 - Little Girl Step This Way
1.6 - Rocket Ride
1.7 - Why Don't You Love Me
1.8 - Remember Me
1.9 - Come Back Baby

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - A Fool In Paradise
2.2 - Lonely River
2.3 - Kiss A Me Baby
2.4 - Your Touch
2.5 - Your First Broken Heart
2.6 - A Teen's Way
2.7 - Dream World
2.8 - Lonesome Feeling
2.1-2.1- 2.3-2.6 Original Sun Recordings


1987 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CDX 17 mono

In 1959, just when all the original rock and roll sounds of Sam Phillips Sun Records were fading, Carl Mann came along to provide a new approach. Mann was a teenager from rural Tennessee with a background in country music and one raw rockabilly disc on an obscure label behind him. He had a distinctive voice, a rhythmic piano style, and a tight backing combo with memorable stylings by W.S. Holland on drums and Eddie Bush on guitar.

The first of seven Carl Mann 45s and one album appeared on Phillips International in 1959. The second was ''Mona Lisa'' It became a pop hit and helped carry the Sun/Phillips International legend into the 1960s.

''I was given the rockabilly tag, back then'', Carl told me. ''That was what the disc jockeys meant by hillbilly music with a rocking beat. But I like to think that we added a little to the normal rockabilly thing. We had our own style and our own sound''. That style and sound was forged in the Jackson area of Tennessee during the mid-1950s when Carl left his background in country music for a brief stay in the Jimmie Martin Combo and then went on to form a new band, the Kool Kats, with guitarist Eddie Bush. Finally, he teamed up with drummer W.S. Holland – a member of the successful Carl Perkins band on Sun who had now quit to return home. Holland's rhythmic drumming was the final piece in the jigsaw, complementing Mann's style and allowing Eddie Bush to take off on stratospheric guitar licks.

After Carl Mann and Eddie Bush had tried several times to audition at Sun, it was W.S. Holland influence that finally gained the ear of Sam Phillips at the tail end of 1958. Sam wrote on the first demo tape, ''W.S. Holland's group''. Phillips had reviewed the band with both Eddie Bush and Carl singing, but the thing that really caught his ear was a rocking version of the popular standard song ''Mona Lisa''.

Looking back on that first demo session, Sam Phillips is still of the same view:''As I recall, Carl Mann and Eddie Bush had worked up this version of ''Mona Lisa'' that took its basis in the sound that Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis had given me but which was more ''arranged''. What I mean is that Eddie had this real unusual way of styling on his guitar solo and, more importantly, on his fills. He had his own way of playing, though we recorded it with a lot of tremolo effect which was really an extension of what we had done with Roland Janes on records by Billy Riley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Apart from Eddie's guitar, the Carl Mann band had it worked so that W.S' drum rolls were quite well upfront too. Plus, Carl's singing and piano playing had a real ''swing'' to it. A rocking swing. Put that together with the appealing nature of the tune and ''Mona Lisa'' was always going to be a contender''.

''However, Carl Mann had been around us for a little while, trying out different things. He was accomplished in several different styles and we had been undecided quite which song to go with. We knew Carl could make it, but we hadn't finalized the song for his first release. Then when Conway Twitty showed interest in ''Mona Lisa'' and we learned the he had cut if for MGM, we decided there was value in going with that song. We didn't see why we should work up a new sound just to have someone else use it. And we outsold MGM on that record''

''I was sorry that Carl didn't go to be a top seller in the long term. He had several things going for him – some good selling follow up discs like ''Pretend'' and ''I'm Coming Home''. I guess, looking at it now, we used the oldies theme a little too often but, then, in the 1960s the music scene was changing so there is no telling what would have happened anyway. We had a parting of the ways and Carl went into the forces, and that was that''.

''But I'm proud of the music we made with Carl Mann. He had a very clear voice that we recorded prominently and he had an edge – a ''bun'' to his voice that was recognizable. He was a very young man, 16 or so, and he achieved a hell of a deal before he was twenty. Hat's something to be proud of'''.

Looked a superficially from the distance of 25 years, it is easy to decide that Carl Mann's contribution to rock and roll was simply that of applying the Sun sound to a string of oldies. Don't make that mistake, Carl Mann and his band gave us a lot more that that. They were a band with an almost unique rhythm and a memorable lead guitar style. Carl's voice was both powerful and expressive. He could play rockabilly, blues or popular ballads equally well. His Phillips International recordings have an infectious rhythm and swing that make then some of the most original and enjoyable in rock and roll.

by Martin Hawkins

Recording Details
Recorded at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 1959.
Carl Mann (vocal and piano), Eddie Bush (guitar), Robert Oastvall (bass), and W.S. Holland (drums).

Recorded at 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 1960.
Carl Mann (vocal and piano), Eddie Bush (guitar), Robert Oastvall (bass), and W.S. Holland (drums)
Plus Charlie Rich (piano), Scotty Moore (guitar), R.W. Stevenson (bass), and Jimmy M. Van Eaton (drums) on some titles.

Recorded at 7th Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, 1961.
Carl Mann (vocal) Hargus Robbins (piano), Kelton Herston (guitar), Bob Moore (bass), and Murray Harmon (drums).

Recorded at 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 1962.
Carl Mann (vocal)Eddie Bush (guitar), R.W. Stevenson (bass), and Al Jackson (drums).

The original session information is no longer available for some of Carl Mann's Phillips International recordings. Where it is available, the position was complicated by the use of overdubs and by the re-recording of the same song on several different occasions. The complete story is still being pieced together with Carl Mann's assistants for inclusion in the revised Complete Session Discography, available from Redneck Music,18 Greystones Road, Bearstad, Maidstone, Kent.

Record 1 Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Mona Lisa
1.2 - Foolish One
1.3 - Pretend
1.4 - Rockin' Love
1.5 - Some Enchanted Evening
1.6 - I Can't Forget You
1.7 - South Of The Border
1.8 - I'm Coming Home
Original Sun Recordings

Record 1 Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Baby I Don't Care (Vocal Eddie Bush)
2.2 - Vanished (Vocal Eddie Bush)
2.3 - Wayward Wind
2.4 - Born To Be Bad
2.5 - I Ain't Got No Home
2.6 - If I Could Chance You
2.7 - Mountain Dew
2.8 - When I Grow Too Old To Dream
Original Sun Recordings

Record 2 Side 3 Contains
3.1 - Baby I Don't Care
3.2 - I'm Bluer Than Anyone Can Be
3.3 - Walkin' And Thinkin'
3.4 - It I Ever Needed Love
3.5 - Stop The World
3.6 - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
3.7 - Look At That Moon
Original Sun Recordings

Record 2 Side 4 Contains
4.1 - Too Young
4.2 - Because Of You
4.3 - Ain't You Got No Lovin' For Me
4.4 - Kansas City
4.5 - Blueberry Hill
4.6 - Walkin' The Dog
4.7 - Ubangi Stomp
4.8 - Mona Lisa (2)
Original Sun Recordings

Compiled and annotation by Martin Hawkins.
Designed by the Raven Design Group.
Tape compilation by Alan Combes.
Information courtesy of Carl Mann, Robbie Robison, Sam Phillips, and Colin Escott.
Photography courtesy Carl Mann, Dave Travis, Sun International Corporation, Colin Escott.
Licensed from Sun International Corporation, Nashville.
Original Sun Recordings.
Licensed from Charly Records International APS.
This compilation 1987 Charly Holdings Inc. 1987.
Charly Records Ltd. 1987.


1988 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm 2-LP Set CDX 23 mono

Compilation of 28 tracks of Warren Smith's five Sun singles, and other songs recorded for Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee.

Warren Smith came out of a pure country music background in Mississippi to record five legendary singles for Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s. The first album of this double set contains both sides of those singles together with interestingly different alternative versions of four of the songs. The second album contains at least one version of all the other songs Warren recorded for Sun, not issued originally.

There are 28 tracks in all, 22 different songs. They make as good a collection of classic Memphis rockabilly and hillbilly music as you hope to find.
- Martin Hawkins

Warren Smith was probably the best pure singer I've ever heard. He had a pure country voice and an innate feel for a country song. Plus, he was versatile and we used him in the rock and roll marked. He was just about as good as anybody I've heard before or since and I mean that.
- Sam Phillips

''How did Warren Smith feel, with his pure country music background standing up on stage and singing music that he knew to be black music''?
- Jim Dickinson

''I was born in an out-of-the-way part of Mississippi and I had always lived in the country until I came to Memphis in 1955. I real soon found out that Memphis was jumping to a new beat, and I wanted to be part of that rock and roll action''.
- Warren Smith

Record 1
The Original Sun Singles
Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Rock And Roll Ruby (Sun 239)
1.2 - I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry (Sun 239)
1.3 - Rock And Roll Ruby (Version 2)
1.4 - Black Jack David (Sun 250)
1.5 - Ubangi Stomp (Sun 250)
1.6 - So Long I'm Gone (Sun 268)
1.7 - Miss Froggie (Sun 268)

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - So Long I'm Gone (version 2)
2.2 - Got Love If You Want It (Sun 286)
2.3 - I Fell In Love (Sun 286)
2.4 - Goodbye Mr Love ((Sun 314)
2.5 - Sweet Sweet Girl (Sun 314)
2.6 - Goodbye Mr Love (Version 2)
2.7 - Sweet Sweet Girl (Version 2)

Record 2
The Country And Rockabilly Sessions
Side 3 Contains
3.1 - Tell Me Who
3.2 - Tonight Will Be The Last Night
3.3 - The Darkest Cloud
3.4 - Who Took My Baby
3.5 - Hank Snow Medley
3.6 - I Couldn't Take The Chance
3.7 - Dear John (Version 1)

Side 4 Contains
4.1 - Red Cadillac And A Black Mustache (Version 1)
4.2 - Stop The World
4.3 - Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Version 2)
4.4 - Do I Love You
4.5 - Uranium Rock
4.6 - Dear John (Version 2)
4.7 - I Like Your Kinda Love
Original Sun Recordings


1988 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15337 mono

Dane Stinit recorded 15 tracks for the legendary 'Sun label in January and November 1966. 4 cuts were issued on Sun 402 and Sun 405 and the remaining 10 tracks were all previously unissued until 1988.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Don't Knock What You Don't Understand (Take 11)
1.2 - Always On The Go
1.3 - Don't Knock What You Don't Understand (Take 7)
1.4 - Kilgore Jail
1.5 - Mean Eyed Cat (1)
1.6 - The Ghost Of Mary Lou
1.7 - Flip Top Flipper

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Sweet Country Girl
2.2 - Muddy Ole River (Near Memphis, Tennessee)
2.3 - Heartache Catches Up With Me (Take 10)
2.4 - Windy City
2.5 - Heartache Catches Up With Me (Take 15)
2.6 - Shot Out of the Saddle
2.7 - I'm a Rounder
2.8 - Mean Eyed Cat (2)
Original Sun Recordings


1988 Zu-Zazz Records (LP) 33rpm Z-2006 mono

Import issue record. This is a collection of Roy Orbison's sessions from 1956-1958 and featured undubbed, unissued and unbelievable tracks from his early Sun days. On the back cover biography and liner notes by Colin Escott.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Problem Child (1) (Undubbed, Unissued)
1.2 - This Kind Of Love (1) Undubbed
1.3 - I Never Know (Undubbed)
1.4 - It's Too Late (1) Undubbed
1.5 - You're Gonna Cry (Undubbed)
1.6 - Chicken Hearted (Instrumental)
(Previously Unreleased)

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Trying To Get To You (2) (Undubbed)
2.2 - Problem Child (2) (Unedited, Undubbed)
2.3 - It's Too Late (2) Previously Unissued)
2.4 - Mean Little Mama Undubbed)
2.5 - This Kind Of Love (2) (Previously Unissued)
2.6 - Claudette (Alternate Version) (Previously Unissued)
Original Sun Recordings


1988 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm SAM 103 mono

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Bear Cat (Rufus Thomas)
1.2 - Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
1.3 - Feelin' Good (Little Junior Blue Flames)
1.4 - Tiger Man (Rufus Thomas)
1.5 - Mystery Train (Little Junior Blue Flames)
1.6 - Drinkin' Wine Spodee-O-Dee (Malcolm Yelvington)
1.7 - The Boogie Disease (Doctor Ross)
1.8 - Red Hot (Billy Emerson)
1.9 - Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
1.10 - Rock And Roll Ruby (Warren Smith)

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash)
2.2 - Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison)
2.3 - Bobbin' The Blues (Carl Perkins)
2.4 - Red Headed Woman (Sonny Burgess)
2.5 - Come On Little Mama (Ray Harris)
2.6 - Flying Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley)
2.7 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
2.8 - Raunchy (Bill Justis)
2.9 - Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
2.10 - Right Behind Your Baby (Ray Smith)
2.11 - Pretend (Carl Mann)
2.12 - Lonely Weekend (Charlie Rich)
Original Sun Recordings


1989 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15359 mono

An impressive, state of the art LP of Barbara Pittman comprising 19 tracks, including some previously unreleased sides. Also included a illustrated page with liner notes by Hank Davis. Barbara Pittman's claim to fame is that she was the only female artist signed to Sam Phillips' Sun Records, other women recorded for the label, but only Pittman was given a contract. That alone would secure her place as a footnote in music history, but Pittman also cut one exalted rockabilly classic during her Sun years: "I Need a Man''.

Pittman was one of 12 children born to a family in Memphis, Tennessee in 1943. Her mother was acquainted with Gladys Presley, and Pittman attended the same school as Elvis. Pittman harbored musical ambitions from an early age, and approached Sun Records before she was even a teenager. When she was turned away because of her age, the dauntless Pittman found work with a local band (thanks to a recommendation by Elvis, Pittman says) before touring with western star Lash Larou in 1955.

Returning to Memphis in 1956, Pittman began singing with Clyde Leoppard's Snearly Ranch Boys and found work as a demo singer for Stan Kesler, who hoped that her acquaintance with Elvis Presley would give a boost to a song he had earmarked for the popular rock and roller. The resulting demo of "Playing For Keeps" convinced Presley to record the song and brought Pittman to the attention of Sam Phillips. She cut the classic "I Need A Man" backed by members of Leoppard's band. The record was unsuccessful, but Pittman appeared on Sun package tours and continued to make recordings for Sun, many of which were not released.

When other labels expressed an interest in Pittman in 1957, Phillips retaliated by offering her a contract, making her the only female artist to be honored thusly. Phillips let her choose whether she wanted to record for Sun or his new Phillips International subsidiary, and Pittman selected the latter because she thought it had a more attractive label design. She recorded several sessions with Sun players like Billy Lee Riley and Bill Justis, but her recordings ranged from teen-oriented pop to bluesy balladry, with little of the rockabilly and rock and roll for which she later would be celebrated. A one-off single with the vocal group the Sunrays also failed, and Pittman released her final Phillips single in 1960. Several radio stations deemed the flip-side, "Eleventh Commandment'', blasphemous and banned it from airplay, further crippling an already doomed record. Pittman left Phillips International for Del-Fi, but no recordings were issued.

Throughout the 1960s she performed on cruise ships and military bases, and sang on the soundtracks of motorcycle movies such as Wild Wheels and Wild Angels. In the 1970s she married, and with the rockabilly revival her reputation grew as her Sun recordings were reissued on compilation albums. In 1983 she formed a band in Houston, Texas, and played at European rockabilly festivals. Pittman's legacy is built upon three or four essential tracks, but the squandered opportunities surrounding this husky-voiced singer are nearly as fascinating as the records she made. Liner notes biography Greg Adams.

Side 1: Contains
1.1 - I Need A Man
1.2 - No Matter Who's To Blame
1.3 - I'm Getting Better All The Time
1.4 - Two Young Fools In Love
1.5 - Everlasting Love
1.6 - Cold Cold Heart
1.7 - Handsome Man
1.8 - The Eleventh Commandment
1.9 - Just One Day
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2: Contains
2.1 - Sentimental Fool
2.2 - Voice Of A Fool
2.3 - I'm Getting Better All The Time (Version 2)
2.4 - Sentimental Fool (Version 2)
2.5 - Love Is A Stranger (The Sunrays 2)
2.6 - Take My Sympathy
2.7 - I'm Getting Better All The Time (Version 3)
2.8 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget
2.9 - Sentimental Fool (Version 3)
2.10 - I'll Never Let You Go (Demo)
Original Sun Recordings


1990 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15340 mono

Produced by Roland Janes
Re-Issue Produced by Colin Escott
Digital Transfer by Colin Escott
Mastered by Bob Jones and Jorg Siemer
Photos: Roland Janes and Henk van Raay
Color Tinting by Luxa-Color
Licensed from Roland Janes

Roland Janes has been a shadowy figure, not least because his gifts as a producer, engineer and supremely adaptable studio musician outrank his gift for self promotion. Virtually anyone who knows anything about 1950s rock music knows the solo that Roland conceived, executed and forgot in less than a minute on ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On''. Almost as many know the delightful little solo he took in the middle of ''Raunchy'' and the interplay with Jerry Lee Lewis on ''High School Confidential''. And then there was his pre-psychedelic intro to Billy Riley's ''Flying Saucer Rock And Roll'' which a multitude of garage bands have sought to emulate.

Roland also played on Harold Dorman's 1960 smash ''Mountain Of Love'', recorded for a label that he co-owned. As a producer, Roland was responsible for Travis Wammack's ''Scratchy'', Matt Lucas's ''I'm Moving On'' and Jerry Jaye's ''Hello Josephine'', which were among the best records to emerge from Memphis in the transitional period of the early 1960s.

Roland was born on August 20, 1933, the second youngest in a family of seven. His family lived in north east Arkansas where his father was a lumberman whose work kept the family on the move during the Depression. When Roland was ten, his parents divorced and his mother moved to St. Louis, eventually bringing her children with her. Roland's father was an amateur picker and his cousins, Lloyd and Lonnie Snider, worked in a semi-pro band in Corning, Arkansas. Roland's rust instrument was the mandolin although he had taken up the guitar by the time he enlisted in the Marines in 1953. He had also moved to Memphis shortly before he entered the service and he returned there after his discharge in 1956. He went to school under the GI Bill and worked briefly as a laundryman and even more briefly in a paint factory before finding his niche in music.

Shortly after returning to Memphis, Roland saw a want ad placed in the local paper by Doc McQueen, a pianist who ran a small demo studio from his home. He was looking for a picker. Through McQueen, Roland met steel guitarist, Kenneth Herman who in turn introduced him to Jack Clement. At that time, Clement and a local truck-driver, Slim Wallace, were on the point of launching the Fernwood studio and label from Wallace's garage. Their first artist was to be Billy Riley, also from north east Arkansas, who was working up ''Trouble Bound'' and ''Think Before You Go'' for the debut Fernwood single. Clement took the two cuts to Sam Phillips at Sun for mastering. Phillips liked what he heard and Riley's first efforts were parlayed into an engineering job at Sun for Clement, a contract for Riley and steady work for his backing group as session-men.

Riley's group soon became one of the hottest working bands in the mid-South. In late 1956 they were looking for material for their second Sun single and Roland remembered some demos he had heard by a local musician, Ray Scott. One of them was a novelty number called ''Flying Saucer Rock And Roll''. Phillips thought it might click and the group worked up an arrangement featuring Roland's piercing intro, Riley's rasping vocal and a thunderous rhythm track led by Jerry Lee Lewis. It stands as a working definition of rockabilly music; much emulated - rarely bettered. The song also gave Phillips the impetus to name Riley's group the Little Green Men.

Roland and the Green Men's underage drummer, Jimmy M. Van Eaton, played on Jerry Lee Lewis's first sessions. In 1957 Roland quit Riley to work on the road with Lewis. A subsequent dispute with Lewis led to a short spell with Bill Justis, riding the crest of the wave that began and ended with ''Raunchy''. Roland then returned to work with Lewis shortly before the singer embarked on his ill-fated tour of England in May 1958. They continued to work together until 1959 when Roland returned to Riley's group. By that point he had begun to question whether he wanted to spend thereat of his days playing on the road and in the studio. He and Riley came up with an idea that would enable them to move into production.

"When Sam (Phillips) put in the new studio on Madison Avenue'', recalled Roland, "Bill and I went to Sam and asked him to let us retain the old studio and record there with the product going to Sun. However, we never actually resolved the question and just drifted into doing our own thing''.

By that point Roland and Riley had already made one or two gestures in that direction. They leased an instrumental version of ''Fireball Mail'' to Jarofrop Rank via Bill Justis. it had been recorded under the pseudonym of the Spitfires to sidestep Riley's contractual obligation to Sun. Before that, Roland had cut an instrumental single that coupled ''Patriotic Guitar'' with the menacing ''Guitarville''. The single was originally conceived at Sun during the time that Roland was working for Jerry Lee Lewis. By this point, Jud Phillips had resurfaced to take over Lewis's management after the fiasco in England and he went on to form his own Judd label after a falling-out with Sam. There was some ill feeling between Sam and Roland over the single because it had originally been cut at Sun and Sam had refused to free up the tape. However, the record was not successful enough to cause lasting friction. It showed up on some local charts and bubbled under the Hot 100 but failed to break through. The remainder or the tapes from 1959 catch the group in a forceful groove. ''Rolando'' was laid down in three takes. The faster first version and the bluesier second version have included here. ''Patriotic Guitar'' was edited and overdubbed for release. We have included the version that was edited down for single release but we have omitted the flutes that were later overdubbed. We have also
included an earlier version in which the first theme (From The Halls Of Montezuma) is restated at the outro. ''Guitarville'' is also featured in two versions; the unissued take features Marty Willis's sax more prominently in the arrangement.

After failing to strike deal with Sam Phillips, Roland and Billy Riley went on to form Rita Records in partnership with an accountant, Ira Lyn Vaughn, in 1959. They saw their first and last hit in the new year when ''Mountain Of Love'' crashed into the fifteen records. Of the fifteen records on Rita only two were by Riley (See Billy Riley & The Little Green Men'' BFX 15272) and one by was Roland (Down Yonder/Beautiful Dreamer Rita 1007). ''Down Yonder'' was cut at the same time that Johnny & The Hurricanes had a hit with the song. Both songs were listed in Billboard Honor of Rock And Hits but there was little question which was the better seller. However, neither side of the single featured Roland's guitar in anything other than rhythm role so we have omitted them here. However, we have included a version of ''Red Sails In The Sunset'' arranged in Johnny & The Hurricanes style but featuring a beautifully executed solo from Roland that redeems the cut

''I leased the building, had it partially completed and then ran out of funds. It just sad there a good while before I got together enough money put in the the rest of the equipment. I Looked at some other studios and saw they were supposed look like and how the technical end was handled. We had a big room, 30 x 60 feet, with a soft metal ceiling and we hung burlap bugs there to trap the bass sound. We got a good clear sound out of that studio some experimentation''. Roland gradually evolved his production philosophy based partly on what he had learned from Sam Phillips. "Sam taught me not to hold back. Just do it and have a good time doing it. Don't get hung up on little minor mistakes. If it feels good that with come through on the tape''.

Roland insists that owning his studio was a backward step in terms of recording himself. "Every musician wants his own studio and it is the worst thing that can happen to you. You think you can finally please yourself but you end up trying to release everyone else just to keep the place of-load. We also thought of ourselves as background musicians and never thought a lot about being featured artists. Even so, we always intended to record more but always put it off''. As a result, very little was heard from Roland during the 1960s. Most of his tapes were unissued and experimental in nature. This album collects together some of the recordings he made with the bands he assembled and tries to show the different facets of his personality.

''It's No Sin'', for example, shows Roland's debt to Les Paul with its multi-layered approach and delicate turn of phrase. Unfortunately, multiple overdubs in the days before multi-track meant over-powering tape hiss but we felt that this was such a beautiful performance that it warranted inclusion. ''Sincerely Yours''and ''My Kind Of People'' also show Roland's lyrical side and the virtues of simple, clean picking that Roland learned from Grady Martin and Les Paul. Finally, ''Don't Push Me Around'' and ''The Story Of My Downfall'' show Roland in the unusual role of vocalist, Unfortunately, we could not trace Roland's original demo of ''Put Me Down'' that he wrote for Jerry Lee Lewis.

Little has been heard from the period of Memphis music covered in this album. Roland feels that "We were in a transition period. We were coming out of the rockabilly thing into something with a heavier beat and in some ways more The music we cut was real transition music. It had a little rockabilly, a little soul and so on''. Roland epitomised the changing musical values in his adopted hometown. He also epitomised the flair for experimentation that made Memphis music such vital force for so many years. This album gives us a chance to take a closer look at Roland Janes, a man who has always worked behind the scenes. It allows us to see the ways in which he and the musicians he gathered around him responded to the changing times.

- Colin Escott, Toronto, May 1988

Side 1 Contains

1 - Guitarville (1959) Judd 1012
2 - Patriotic Guitar (1959) Judd 1012
3 - Rolando (2) (1988) (Previously Unissued)
4 - Roland's Groove (1988) Previously Unissued
5 - Guitarville (1988) (Previously Unissued)
6 - Patriotic Guitar (1988) (Previously Unissued)
7 - Rolando (1) (1987) Sunbox 106
8 - Red Sails In The Sunset (1988) Previously Unissued

1-7 Recorded February/March 1959 at Sun Recording Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Roland Janes (guitar), Brad Suggs (guitar), Billy Riley or Pat O'Neil (bass), Jimmy M. Van Eaton or
Billy Weis (drums), Jimmy Wilson or Tommy Bennett (piano), Martin Willis (saxophone)

8 - Recorded Probably 1959/1960 at Hi/Royal Studio, Memphis, Tennessee

Side 2 Contains

1 - Impact (1988) Previously Unissued
2 - Sincerely Yours (1988) Previously Unissued
3 - Roland Slidin' Hone (1988) Previously Unissued
4 - My Kind Of People (1988) Previously Unissued
5 - The Story Of My Downfall (1988) Previously Unissued
6 - Don't Push Me Around (1988) Previously Unissued
7 - It's No Sin (1988) Previously Unissued

1, 3, 4, 5, 7 - Recorded 1960s at Sonic Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
2 - Recorded 1961 at Fernwood Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
6 - Recorded 1965/1966 at at Sonic Studio, Memphis, Tennessee


1990 Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15273 mono

An impressive, state of the art LP of Jack Earls comprising 14 tracks at Sun Records, included a illustrated back cover with liner notes by Colin Escott and Hank Davis. Produced by Sam Phillips. Re-issue produced by Colin Escott and Hank Davis. Licensed from Bellaphon Records Gmbh.℗ © 1990 Bear Family Records. Made in West Germany

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Let's Bop
1.2 - Slow Down
1.3 - My Gal Maryann
1.4 - Sing On The Dotted Line
1.5 - Crawdad Hole (1)
1.6 - They Can't Keep Me From You (1)
1.7 - Hey Slim
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Take Me To That Place
2.2 - A Fool For Loving You
2.3 - Hey Jim
2.4 - When I Dream
2.5 - Crawdad Hole (2)
2.6 - If You Don't Mind
2.7 - They Can't Keep Me From You (2)
Original Sun Recordings


2014 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CLYCAR 7138 mono

The ultimate compilation of the most important tracks as rescued from the Sun Records archives! This is where everyone from B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash made their first musical steps - impressively shown on 94 songs across 6 LPs. Everyone who's ever meant anything in the grand Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, from Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison to Carl Perkins and Charlie Feathers, is on board for this ride. Deluxe cardboard box with three double albums entitled Roots, Good Rockin' Daddies and Hits & Then some pressed on 180g vinyl with gatefold covers and extensive liner notes. Analogue remastered tracks guarantee an authentic sound and the best possible quality!

Record 1 Side 1 ''Roots'' Contains
1.1 - Cool Down Mama (Lost John Hunter)
1.2 - Boogie In The Park (Joe Hill Louis)
1.3 - Howling Tom Cat (Harmonica Frank)
1.4 - Highway Man (Howlin' Wolf)
1.5 - Juiced (Billy Love)
1.6 - T. Model Boogie (Rosco Gordon)
1.7 - Tiger Man (Rufus Thomas)
1.8 - Love My Baby (Junior Parker Blue Flames)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 1 Side 2 ''Roots'' Contains
2.1 - Come Back Baby (Doctor Ross)
2.2 - Cotton Crop Blues (James Cotton)
2.3 - I'm Gonna Murder My Baby (Pate Hare)
2.4. - Time Has Made A Change (Jimmy DeBerry)
2..5 - Red Hot (Billy The Kid Emerson)
2.6 - Look To Jesus (The Jones Brothers)
2.7 - Dark Muddy Bottom (Billy Riley)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 2 Side 3 ''Roots'' Contains
3.1 - Hello, Hello Baby (Jerry Lee Lewis)
3.2 - Listen To Me, Baby (Smokey Joe Baugh)
3.3 - Boogie Blues (Earl Peterson)
3.4 - Troublesome Waters (Howard Serratt)
3.5 - Gonna Dance All Night (Hardrock Gunter)
3.6 - Don't Believe (Slim Rhodes)
3.7 Defrost Your Heart (Charlie Feathers)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 2 Side 4 ''Roots'' Contains
4.1 - Sure To Fall (Carl Perkins)
4.2 - Fool Proof (Mack Vickery)
4.3 - Now She Cares No More For Me (Doug Poindexter)
4.4 - Jump Right Out Of The Jukebox (Onie Wheeler)
4.5 - You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven (Jerry Lee Lewis)
4.6 - A Fool For Loving You (Jack Earls)
4.7 - I'd Rather Be Safe Then Sorry (Warren Smith)
4.8 - Come In Stranger (Johnny Cash)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 3 Side 5 ''Good Rockin' Daddies'' Contains
5.1 - Rockin´ Daddy (Eddie Bond)
5.2 - Crazy Arms (Jerry Lee Lewis)
5.3 - Mean Little Mama (Roy Orbison)
5.4 - Got Love If You Want It (Warren Smith)
5.5 - Crawdad Song (Jerry Lee Lewis)
5.6 - Her Love Rubbed Off (Carl Perkins)
5.7 - Mad Man (Jimmy Wages)
5.8 - Love My Baby (Hayden Thompson)
5.9 - Miss Froggie (Warren Smith)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 3 Side 6 ''Good Rockin' Daddies'' Contains
6.1 - Pearly Lee (Billy Riley)
6.2 - Deep Elm Blues (Jerry Lee Lewis)
6.3 - That Don´t Move Me (Carl Perkins)
6.4 - All Night Rock (Glenn Honeycutt)
6.5 - Come On Little Mama (Ray Harris)
6.6 - Rock With Me Baby (Billy Riley)
6.7 - Fine Little Baby (Dick Penner)
6.8 - Rockin´ With Me Baby (Malcolm Yelvington)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 4 Side 7 ''Good Rockin' Daddies'' Contains
7.1 - Baby That´s Good (Edwin Bruce)
7.2 - My Baby Don´t Rock (Luke McDaniel)
7.3 - Miss Pearls (Jimmy Wages)
7.4 - That´s Right (Carl Perkins)
7.5 - So Glad You´re Mine (Sonny Burgess)
7.6 - Willing And Ready (Ray Smith)
7.7 - Shake Around (Tommy Blake)
7.8 - Crazy Woman (Gene Simmons)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 4 Side 8 ''Good Rockin' Daddies'' Contains
8.1 - Judy (Rudy Grayzell)
8.2 - Good Rockin´ Tonight (Jerry Lee Lewis)
8.3 - A Womens Love (Thrill Of Your Love) (Carl McVoy)
8.4 - Tough, Tough, Tough (Andy Anderson)
8.5 - (Take Me From This) Garden Of Evil (Jimmy Wages)
8.6 - Have Faith In My Love (Alton & Jimmy)
8.7 - Walk The Lonesome Valley (Million Dollar Quartet)
8.8 - Search For Me (Glenn Honeycutt)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 5 Side 9 ''Hits & Then Some'' Contains
9.1 - Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston)
9.2 - Bear Cat (Rufus Thomas)
9.3 - Just Walkin In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
9.4 - Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
9.5 - When It Rains It Pours (Billy The Kid Emerson)
9.6 - Mystery Train (Junior Parker Blue Flames)
9.7 - Boppin The Blues (Carl Perkins)
Original Sun Recordings

Record 5 Side 10 ''Hits & Then Some'' Contains
10.1 - Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
10.2 - Flyin Saucer Rock Roll (Billy Riley)
10.3 - I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash)
10.4 - Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison)
10.5 - We Wanna Boogie (Sonny Burgess)
10.6 - Dixie Fried (Carl Perkins)
10.7 - Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
10.8 - Red Hot Billy Riley
Original Sun Recordings

Record 6 Side 11 ''Hits & Then Some'' Contains
11.1 - Big River (Johnny Cash)
11.2 - Rock 'N' Roll Ruby (Warren Smith)
11.3 - Breathless (Jerry Lee Lewis)
11.4 - Honey Don't (Carl Perkins)
11.5 - Red Headed Woman (Sonny Burgess)
11.6 - 11.6 - Ballad Of A Teenage Queen (Johnny Cash)
11.7 - High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)
11.8 - Matchbox (Carl Perkins Original Sun Recordings
Original Sun Recordings

Record 6 Side 12 ''Hits & Then Some'' Contains
12.1 - Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich)
12.2 - I'm Coming Home (Carl Mann)
12.3 - Who Will The Next Fool Be? (Charlie Rich)
12.4 - What'd I Say (Jerry Lee Lewis)
12.5 - Guess Things Happen That Way (Johnny Cash)
12.6 - Raunchy (Bill Justis)
12.7 - Mona Lisa (Carl Mann)
12.8 - Whirlwind (Charlie Rich)
Original Sun Recordings


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