Sun Records Compact Disc Reissues

Walter ''Mumbles'' Horton - Mouth Harp Maestro (CDCH 252) Walter Horton
Rare And Unissued Recordings 1954 - 1973 (ZCD 2011) Charlie Feathers
Mystery Train (CD SS 38) Junior Parker, James Cotton, Pat Hare
The Sun Masters (CD SS 35) Little Milton
You Drive Me Crazy (CLCD4412) Ray Scott
The Sun Records Collection (R271780) Various Artists
Love My Baby (270131) Hayden Thompson
The Very Best Of Frank Frost - Big Boss Man (COL CD 5921) Frank Frost
The Best Of The RPM Years (CDCHD 694) Rosco Gordon
The Very Best Of Bill Justis - Raunchy (COL-CD-6018) Bill Justis
The Original Memphis Blues Brothers (CDCHD 265) Various Artists
The Legendary Sun Records Story (PBX CD 336) Various Artists
Boogie In The Park (CDCHD 803) Joe Hill Louis
50 Golden Years 1952 - 2002 ( FBUBX002) Various Artists
The Modern Recordings 1950 - 1951 (CDCHM 835) B.B. King

The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions - Volume 3
Memphis On Down (CDCHD 1003) Various Artists

Memphis Beat - The Sun Recordings (CDWIKD 267) Randy & The Radiants
Mississippi Honky Tonk Rockabilly Man (STCD 24) Luke McDaniel
Cadillac Men The - Sun Masters (CDWIKD 282) The Jesters
Can't Hardly Stand It (ETCD 1020) Charlie Feathers
Gotta Rock Tonight (RDTCD 150) Mack Allen Smith
The Singles 1951 - 1960 (JASCD 564) Bobby Bland
That Kat Sure Could Play! - The Singles 1951 - 1957 (SECBX025) Ike Turner
From Memphis To Hollywood - Bootleg Volume 2 (88697 60051 2) Johnny Cash
The Memphis Cuts 1953 - 1956 (JSP4239) Doctor Ross
Sun's First Boogie-Woogie Country Man! (ETCD 1071) Smokey Joe Baugh
 For Biographies of Artists (See: The Sun Biographies)
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1988 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCH 252 mono digital

Long before he arrived in Chicago, Walter Horton was knocking 'em dead with his amplified harmonica wizardry in Memphis. Sam Phillips produced the classic sides that comprise much of this album in 1951, when Horton was billed as "Mumbles''. Sizzling backup by guitarists Joe Hill Louis and Calvin Newborn urged the introverted harp giant on to dazzling heights on his earliest sides as a leader. The 16 tracks from 1951 featured "Jumpin' Blues", "Black Gal" and "Hard Hearted Woman" and 6 alternate takes principally recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1951. Includes booklet with liner notes and discography by Ray Topping.

Jumpin' Blues
Black Gal
Hard Hearted Woman
Go Long Woman
What's the Matter With You (Take 2)
Cotton Patch Hot Foot
Little Boy Blue (Take 2)
Walter's Blues (Take 1)
Blues In The Morning
Now Tell Me Baby
Walter's Blues (Take 2)
What's The Matter With You (Take 1)
Little Boy Blue (Take 1)
Boogie Woogie Boogie (Jim Lockhart)
Sufficient Clothes (Alfred ''Blues King'' Harris)
Miss Darling (Alfred ''Blues King'' Harris)
Original Modern/RPM Recordings
1990 Zu-Zazz Records (CD) 500/200rpm ZCD 2011 mono digital
Compact disc. An Zu-Zazz Special Product. Silver label. Zu-Zazz logo from center. Catalog number right from center. On the back cover Zu-Zazz logo right at bottom, catalog number in upper right. The definitive Meteor and Sun recordings, previously unissued recordings with studio chatter. Also included in the box, 8-page booklet biography with liner notes by Peter Guralnick. The booklet also features previously unpublished photos.

Bottle To The Baby
So Ashamed
Honky Tonk Kind
Frankie And Johnny
Defrost Your Heart
Runnin' Around
I've Been Deceived
Corrine, Corrina
Wedding Gown Of White
Defrost Your Heart
Bottle To The Baby
I Can't Hardly Stand It
One Hand Lose
Everybody's Loving My Baby
Dinky John
South Of Chicago
I'm Walking The Dog
Today And Tomorrow
Wild, Wild Party
Where's She At Tonight
Don't You Know
Wild Side Of Life
Long Time Ago
Tongue-Tied Jill
Folsom Prison Blues
Gone! Gone! Gone!
1-14 Original Sun Recording
1990 Rounder Records (CD) 500/200rpm Rounder CD SS 38 mono digital
Compact disc. An Rounder Records Special Products. Silver disc. Design printed in greeb. The Rounder logo and catalog number below from the disc. Also included on the disc a inlay-page booklet biography with liner notes and session information by Colin Escott. On the back cover, Rounder logo right on bottom. Catalog number in upper right. Contains the issued, and the best unissued Sun masters, produced by Sam Phillips. Rounder Records is based in Boston since 1970, is a major independent distributor of American roots, blues, and folk music.

Mystery Train (Sun 192) (Junior Parker)
Love Me Baby (Sun 192)  (Junior Parker)
Feelin' Good (Sun 187)  (Junior Parker)
Fussin' And Fightin' (Blues) (Sun 187)  (Junior Parker)
Feelin' Bad  (Junior Parker)
Love My Baby (Alternate Take)  (Junior Parker)
Sittin' Drinkin' And Thinkin'  (Junior Parker)
Sittin' At The Bar  (Junior Parker)
Sittin' At My Window (Please Baby Blues)  (Junior Parker)
Cotton Crop Blues (Sun 206) (James Cotton)
Hold Me In Your Arms (Sun 206) (James Cotton)
My Baby (Sun 199) (James Cotton)
Bonus Pay (Pat Hare)
I'm Gonna Murder My Baby (Cheatin' And Lyin' Blues) (Pat Hare)
Original Sun Recordings
1990 Rounder Records (CD) 500/200rpm Rounder CD SS 35 mono digital
Compact disc. An Rounder Records Special Products. Silver disc. Design printed in purple. The Rounder logo and catalog number below from the disc. Also included on the disc a 6-page booklet biography with liner notes and session information by Colin Escott and David Booth. On the back cover, Rounder logo right on bottom. Catalog number in upper right. Contains the issued, and the best unissued Sun masters, produced by Sam Phillips. Rounder Records is based in Boston since 1970, is a major independent distributor of American roots, blues, and folk music.

Contains - The Issued Masters
Beggin' My Baby
Somebody Told Me
Lookin' For My Baby
Alone And Blue
If You Love Me Baby
Homesick For My Baby
The Best Of The Unissued Masters
Lookin' For My Baby (Take 2)
Running Wild Blues
I Love My Baby
If Crying Would Help Me
Oo Wee, Wee Baby
Homesick For My Baby
Original Sun Recording
1993 Collector Records (CD) 500/200rpm CLCD4412 mono digital

Early Memphis rock and roll singer Ray Scott is a figure of some interest to serious rockabilly collectors.  Apart from cutting a couple of rockabilly classics, the frequently anthologized "Bopping Wig Wam Willie"  and "You Drive Me Crazy", Scott recorded for Eddie Bond's Stomper Time label and wrote Billy Riley's  "Flying Saucers Rock And Roll''. You Drive Me Crazy collects all but two sides from Scott's late-1950s and  early-1960s singles, plus a number of previously unreleased recordings, most of which were made for Sun  Records in 1956 or as demos in the 1970s. The sound quality is spotty and the sequencing random, but the  booklet contains an informative, if brief, biography of Scott and reproductions of some rare photos and  memorabilia. Scott was a talented songwriter (his early 1960s single "I'll Never Be a Dreamer" is particularly  good) and was in the right place at the right time but never quite managed to break through as a recording  artist or songwriter.

Bopping Wig Wam Willie
I'll Never Be A Dreamer
Goodbye Little Girl
Boll Weevil Junction
You're The One That Done It
The Train's Done Gone
Just Behind Your Smile
You Drive Me Crazy
So Long, I'm Gone
High Heel Sneakers
One Of These Days
Folsom Prison Blues
Haunted House
Boy Meets Girl
Tonight Will Be The Last Time
I Just Don't Figure
Whispering Winds
San Antone
Loving Wanting You
Say Anything But Not Goodbye
High Heel Sneakers
Gone Gone Gone
Some Originally Sun Recording
May 1994 Rhino Records (CD) 500/200rpm R271780 mono digital
3 compact disc boxed set. Red Flip label, Yellow Sun label, Blue Phillips label separate on disc. On the front cover of the box set, Sun logo at center. Also included a booklet with introduction liner notes by James Austin. Liner notes in booklet by Jimmy Guterman. There have been a lot of Sun compilations over the years; this three-CD, 74-song compilation strikes the medium ground between abridged single-disc highlights and overkill ten-album box sets. What this means is that you get virtually all the key sides of this vastly influential blues, country, and rockabilly label, including the biggest Sun hits cut by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, and Roy Orbison. There's also a lot of the pioneering electric blues cut by label head Sam Phillips before he made rockabilly Sun's focus, including sides by Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Junior Parker, and James Cotton. Then there are the interesting small hits and flops by minor rockabilly figures like Warren Smith, Billy Lee Riley, Malcolm Yelvington, Onie Wheeler, and Carl Mann. There aren't any previously unreleased songs, so the Sun specialist most likely already has everything here; it's a better buy for the avid, knowledgeable fan who isn't a completist.

Disc 1: Contains
Gotta Let You Go (Joe Hill Louis)
Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston)
B.B. Blues (B.B. King)
Swamp Root (Harmonica Frank Floyd)
Monin' At Midnight (Howlin' Wolf)
How Many More Years (Howlin' Wolf)
There's A Man In Jerusalem (The Southern Jubilees)
Rats In My Kitchen (Sleepy John Estes)
She May Be Yours (Joe Hill Louis)
Baker Shop Boogie (Willie Nix)
Easy (Jimmy & Walter)
Bear Cat (Rufus Thomas)
Take A Little Change (Jimmy DeBerry)
Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
Make Room In The Lifeboat For Me (Howard Seratt)
Feelin' Good (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Tiger Man (Rufus Thomas)
Mystery Train (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Come Back Baby (Doctor Ross)
Gospel Train (The Jones Brothers)
My Kind Of Carryin' On (Doug Poindexter & The Starlite Wranglers)
I'm Gonna Murder My Baby (Pat Hare)
Cotton Crop Blues (James Cotton)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 2: Contains
That's All Right
Good Rockin' Tonight (Elvis Presley)
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Malcolm Yelvington)
Turn Around (Carl Perkins)
Baby, Let's Play House (Elvis Presley)
Someday You Will Pay (The Miller Sisters)
Red Hot (Billy The Kid Emerson
Lookin' For My Baby (Little Milton)
Cry! Cry! Cry! (Johnny Cash)
Sitting By My Window (Five Tinos)
Mystery Train (Elvis Presley)
Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing (Carl Perkins)
Defrost Your Heart (Charlie Feathers)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
Honey, Don't! (Carl Perkins)
Let's Get High (Rosco Gordon)
Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins)
Rock And Roll Ruby (Warren Smith)
I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash)
Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)
Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison)
Red Headed Woman (Sonny Burgess)
Dixie Fried (Carl Perkins)
Ubangi Stomp (Warren Smith)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 3: Contains
Crazy Arms (Jerry Lee Lewis)
End Of The Road (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Flying Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley)
Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
Down By The Riverside (The Million Dollar Quartet)
Devil Doll (Roy Orbison)
Whole Lotta Of Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
So Long I'm Gone (Warren Smith)
Red Hot (Billy Riley)
Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Warren Smith)
Raunchy (Bill Justis)
You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Claudette (Roy Orbison)
Breathless (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Guess Things Happen That Way (Johnny Cash)
High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Right Behind You Baby (Ray Smith)
Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox (Onnie Wheeler)
Lovin' Up A Storm (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Mona Lisa (Carl Mann)
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich)
Who Will The Next Fool Be (Charlie Rich)
Jack's Jump (The Night Hawks)
Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave (Charlie Rich)
Cadillac Man (The Jesters)
Original Sun Recording
1997 Gee Dee Music (CD) 500/200rpm 270131-2 mono digital
An Gee Dee Music Special Production. Black label with some distortions. Gee Dee logo on bottom of the disc. The fine print photo on the bottom of the disc. On the front cover of the inlay showing a photo of Hayden Thompson performing at Memphis. Contains 1-7, 29-33 original Sun recordings. Tracks 8-28 licensed from Davis Travis, representing Hayden Thompson.  Also included in the compact disc, an inlay booklet with introduction notes by himself, and session notes by Randy McNutt.

Fairlane Rock
Love My Baby
Blues Blues Blues
Don't You Worry
One Broken Heart
Mama, Mama, Mama
Rockabilly Gal
Call Me Shorty
Kansas City Blues
I Feel The Blues Coming On
I Love Country Music
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
It Won't Be Long Until The Summer
Act Like You Love Me
Frankie And Johnny
Goin' Steady
Pardon Me (1)
Old Kris Kringle
That's All Right Mama
I'll Hold You In My Heard
Queen Bee
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Funny How Time Slips Away
The Keys To My Kingdom
Good Rockin' Tonight
Pardon Me (2)
Guess I'd Better Be Moving Along
Love Me Baby
One Broken Heart
You Are My Sunshine
Blues Blues Blues
Congratulations To You Joe
1-7 & 29-33 Original Sun Recordings
8-28 Licenced from Dave Travis
1998 Collectables Records (CD) 500/200rpm COL CD 5921 mono digital

An Sun Entertainment Corporation production. Distributed by Collectables Records. Frank Frost began his career when he learned to play the harmonica from the great Sonny Boy Williamson.  Later he developed into a multi-instrumentalist, playing not only the harp but also the guitar and piano.

Delta harmonica man Frank Frost hooked up with longtime friend and drummer Sam Carr (the son of blues  legend Robert Nighthawk) and guitarist Big Jack Johnson in 1962 to form a stripped-down blues trio that  came to be known as the Nighthawks. Sam Phillips of Sun Records almost immediately whisked them into  the recording studio, and the result was a single and an album, ''Hey Boss Man''!, released on the newly  created Phillips International imprint. The recordings collected here are those sessions, and they feature a  lean, ragged blues approach that adapts the Chicago sound back into a Delta format. The easy, natural roll of  songs like "Big Boss Man'', "Jelly Roll King" (essentially "Big Boss Man" in new clothes), "Pocket Full Of  Shells'', and the classic, delightful instrumental "Jack's Jump" form the swampy template that the group  would follow in their later incarnation as the Jelly Roll Kings. Liner notes for this album written by Mark  Marymont. This compact disc contains several Phillips International recordings from his album (PILP 1975)  originally released in June 1962.

Big Boss Mann
Jelly Roll King
What You Gonna Do
You're So Kind
Pocket Full Of Shells
Lucky To Be Living
Now Twist
Crawl Back
So Tired Of Living By Myself
Gonna Make You Mine
Jack's Jump (Tape Stretch on Master)
Original Phillips International Recording
November 24, 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694 mono digital

24 tracks from the early 1950s, including ''No More Doggin'', ''Booted''', ''Saddled The Cow'' and ''Dime A  Dozen''. Gordon was one of rhythm and blues' brightest young stars in the early 1950s.  Digitally mastered from primary sources, BOOTIN' contains the cream of Rosco's RPM sides, including one  previously unissued title, and represents the distinctive young Gordon at his creative peak.

Rosco Gordon began his career in Memphis alongside Johnny Ace, B.B. King and Bobby Bland as part of  the Beale Street group in the late 1940s. Ike Turner (then a local talent scout) first recorded him for Modern  Records in 1951. He next recorded for Sam Phillips who sold a master of ''Bootin''' (Gordon's own  composition) to two competing labels, Chess and RPM, a mix-up which did not prevent the song making  number 1 on the Rhythm & Blues chart in 1952. The follow-up, ''No More Doggin''', another hit, was a  hugely influential record, which pre-dated and influenced Jamaican ska.

Following a pattern set by ''Bootin''', it featured a loping shuffle rhythm with a strong accent on the off-beat  that depended on monotony for its excitement. It also gave the impression of being inexpertly recorded (it  was, in fact, produced in someone's living room) and this slightly shambolic feel was later reflected in much  of early Ska. Gordon developed the style which came to be known as 'Rosco's Rhythm', on follow-ups such  as New Orleans Wimmen and Lucille.

Johnny Ace, Floyd Dixon, Shirley & Lee, Fats Domino and T-Bone Walker have been cited as seminal  influences in the development of post-war Jamaican music but it wasn't until 1959 that the local scene  coalesced into a recognisable movement when aspiring musos were galvanised into action by Gordon's ''No  More Doggin''' (not available in Jamaica until the end of the decade). No greater authority than former Island  Records supremo Chris Blackwell underlined Gordon's importance in the scheme of things in an interview  he gave in 1964 - around the time Ska or 'Bluebeat' was experiencing a growth in popularity among white  British teenagers.

"Towards the end of the 50s," he explained, "Jamaicans got keen on rhythm and blues, particularly a record  called ''No More Doggin''' sung by Rosco Gordon. They got hold of this beat, cheered it up a bit, added some  cute lyrics and called it Ska - an onomatopoeic word for the sound the guitar made. From 1959 onwards this  was all the rage." 

No More Doggin'
Rosco's Boogie
City Woman
Ouch! Pretty Baby
Saddled The Cow (And Milked The  Horse)
Dime A Dozen
A New Remedy For Love
Cold Cold Wimmen
New Orleans  Wimmen
I Remember Your Kisses
Two Kinds Of Women
What You Got On Your Mind
Dream Baby  (Dream On Baby)
Lucille (Looking For My Baby)
Lucille (Looking For My Baby)
Blues  For My Baby
Just In From Texas
I'm In Love
Tomorrow May Be Too Late
We're All Loaded (Whiskey Made Me Drunk)
Why Do I Love You Baby?
Throwin' My Money Away
Original RPM Recording
January 26, 1999 Collectables (CD) 500/200rpm COL CD 6018 mono
Bill Justis' "Raunchy," with its string-bending guitar riff and honking sax, is one of the classic rock and roll instrumentals. It was also one of the most successful, topping the Cash Box pop charts and the Billboard Rhythm And Blues charts in 1957. Raunchy: The Very Best of Bill Justis rounds up all of Justis' singles for the Sun Records subsidiary Phillips International and then some, clocking in with 19 tracks of rock instrumentals, easy listening sax solos with and without a vocal chorus, and a couple of actual vocal songs. The minor hit "College Man" has a brief vocal at the end, but "Midnight Man" and the calypso-flavored "Faraway" are sung start to finish by Justis himself. There are enough rockers here to satisfy "Raunchy" fans, but there are also some surprisingly diverse sounds in between.

Summer Holiday
Cloud Nine
The Stranger
Flea Circus
The Snuggle
Midnight Man
College Man
Bop Train
String Of Pearls Cha Cha
Wild Rice
The Stinger
Flip Flop and Bop
Original Sun Recording
2000 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 265 mono digital

The Original Memphis Blues Brothers is an expanded version of the 1989 Ace album (Ace CHAD 265)  compiled by Ray Topping. The new version has been compiled by John Broven, with liner notes Chris  Bentley. This CD is a wonderful snapshot of the vibrant early 1950s blues/rhythm and blues scene in  Memphis, and contains much material not on the vinyl release, as well as hitherto unissued sides. New and  fresh information on the artists and music has been gleaned from a specially conducted interview in March  2000 with Joe Bihari, one of three brothers for whose Modern/RPM/Meteor labels this music was originally  recorded.

Artists featured on the CD include B.B. King, with alternate takes of his first two 78rpm releases for RPM  Records, these tracks represent early output from the Memphis Recording Service owned and operated by  Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, and later to be the home of the legendary Sun label. Also to be  heard are artists still working as active musicians to this day, but thrusting and ambitious back in 1951/1952,  men such as Rosco Gordon (no duplication with Bootin - The Best Of The RPM Years - Ace CDCHD 694),  Ike Turner and the young Bobby Bland, whose vocal style so affected women at Bobby's gigs such as to keep  lingerie manufacturers gainfully employed for many years!

Bland went on to fashion a lengthy recording career during the 1950s and 1960s with Duke Records in  Houston, in common with another artist who followed the same trail from Tennessee to Texas, Junior Parker.  Junior only had one release for Modern Records, but he is accompanied by Matt ''Guitar'' Murphy, later to  appear in "The Blues Brothers" movie, life-imitating art! Two other Memphis musicians recorded by the  Bihari brothers, but spirited away by arch hustler Don Robey of Duke Records were Johnny Ace and Earl  Forest. Ace was to blow his brains out backstage at the Houston City Auditorium on Christmas Day 1954,  but thankfully Earl Forest is still with us and has recently been rediscovered and interviewed.

All these artists, most of them now household names of the blues world, made their seminal recordings for  the Bihari brothers, and if there is not actually a blood relationship between these giants of the post-war  black music scene, there is certainly an affinity of filial proportions. Ace is proud to collect this music  together on a CD of tough rockin' blues and rhythm and blues from the city on the Mississippi.

Good Lovin' (Bobby Bland)
rifting From Town To Town (Bobby Bland)
Dry Up Baby (Bobby Bland)
Crying All Night Long (Bobby Bland)
Love Me Baby (Bobby Bland)
Bad Women, Bad Whiskey (Little  Junior Parker)
You're My Angel (Little Junior Parker)
She Calls Me Daddy (aka Whole Heap Of Mama)  (Earl Forest)
I Wronged A Woman (Earl Forest)
Can't Forgive You (Earl Forest)
Sad And Lonely (Earl  Forest)
Rumpus Romp (Instrumental) (Earl Forest)
Trouble And Me (Earl Forest)
I Cried (Johnny Ace)
Midnight Hours Journey (Johnny Ace)
B. B. Boogie (B.B. King)
Mistreated Woman (B.B. King)
The  Other Night Blues (B.B. King)
Walkin' And Cryin' (B.B. King)
You're Driving Me Insane (Ike Turner)
Trouble And Heartaches (Ike Turner)
That Gal Of Mine (Rosco Gordon)
So Tired (Rosco Gordon)
Run To  Me Baby (Rosco Gordon)
She Rocks Me (Rosco Gordon)
Don't Have To Worry 'Bout You No More (Rosco  Gordon)
Original Modern/RPM/Meteor Recording
2000 Pulse Records (CD) 500/200rpm PBX CD 336 mono digital
United Kingdom box-set presents a comprehensive overview of one of the world's best-known independent record labels. This 3 CD set includes many of Sun's sought after blues recordings as well as waxings by its country, hillbilly and pop artists, included 60 tracks and housed in a slipcase.

Disc 1 Contains
Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
Breathless (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Mystery Train (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Gimme Some Love (Harold Jenkins)
Right Behind You Baby (Ray Smith)
My Babe (Narvel Felts)
Flying Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley)
Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
Everlasting Love (Barbara Pittman)
Rockhouse (Roy Orbison)
When It Rains It Pours (Billy Emerson)
Red Headed Woman (Sonny Burgess)
Lend Me Your Comb (Carl Perkins)
Take A Little Chance (Jimmy De Berry)
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Somebody Told Me (Little Milton)
Love My Baby (Hayden Thompson)
Got Love If You Want It (Warren Smith)
Home Of The Blues (Johnny Cash)
Mona Lisa (Carl Mann)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 2 Contains
Rockin' With My Baby (Malcolm Yelvington)
Rebound (Charlie Rich)
Raunchy (Bill Justis)
Mean Little Mama (Roy Orbison)
Ten Cats Down (The Miller Sisters)
Rockin' Daddy (Eddie Bond)
What I'd Say (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Bear Cat (Rufus Thomas)
Shake Around (Ray Smith)
I Done Told You (Gene Simmons)
Put Your Cat Clothes On (Carl Perkins)
Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox (Onie Wheeler)
Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Warren Smith)
Come Back Baby (Doctor Ross)
Nothin' Shakin' (Linda Gail Lewis)
Your Lovin' Man (Vernon Taylor)
Domino (Roy Orbison)
Itchy (Sonny Burgess)
Red Hot (Billy Emerson)
I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 3 Contains
Feeling Good (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich)
Welcome To The Club (Jean Chapel)
High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Break Up Ray Smith)
Easy (Jimmy & Walter)
Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
Flatfoot Sam (Tommy Blake)
Rock Baby Rock It (Johnny Carroll)
Baby Please Don't Go (Billy Riley)
Tough Tough Tough (Andy Andersen)
Rock 'n' Roll Ruby (Warren Smith)
Rabbit Action (Jimmy Haggett)
Pretend (Carl Mann)
I'm Getting Better All The Time (Barbara Pittman)
Slow Down (Jack Earls)
So Long Baby (Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson)
We Wanna Boogie (Sonny Burgess)
Wild One (Real Wild Child) (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Fairlane Rock (Hayden Thompson)
Original Sun Recording
2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono digital
Compact disc. An Ace Special Product. Red label. The letters Modern Records pressed in silvere on top of the label. On the back cover of the box, Modern and Ace logo at bottom, catalog number in upper right. The Important blues recordings of Memphis one-man-band Joe Hill Louis cut for Modern and Meteor between 1950 and 1953. Many of the recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, later of Sun Records. Also included in the box, 15-page booklet biography, with liner notes by John Broven, Peter Gibbon and Dave Sax. The booklet also features rare and previously unpublished photos and a detailed session file information by Bruce Bromberg and Frank Scott.

Heartache Baby
I Feel Like A Million
Cold Chills
Boogie In The Park
Walkin' Talkin' Blues
Come Back Baby (Great Big House)
Mistreat Me Woman
Big Legged Woman
Going Down Slow
Train Ticket (Key To The Highway)
Broke And Hungry (Blue In The Morning)
Highway 99
Gotta Go Baby
Street Walkin' Woman
Early In The Morning (Near About The Break Of Day)
Joe Hill Boogie (Boogie Woogie All Night)
The Way You Treat Me
Eyesight To The Blind
Peace Of Mind
Chocolate Blonde
Twisting And Turning (On The Floor)
Western Union Man
I Love My Baby
Keep Away From My Baby
At The Woodchopper's Ball (Jack Pot)
She Broke Up My Life (She Got Me Walkin')
Good Morning Little Angel
Backslide Boogie
Original Sun Recordings
Owned by Ace Records Ltd
2002 Sanctuary Records (CD) 500/200rpm FBUBX002-8 mono digital
50 GOLDEN YEARS 1952 - 2002
8 Compact disc boxed set. 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.  Also included in the boxed set, an 72-page booklet with foreword and introduction notes with session information by Stuart Colman. Over the course of the past couple of decades, Colman have enjoyed the good fortune of speaking with a great individuals who were involved in the making of the Sun Record label. Some of the dialogue gathered dates back to the 1990s, whilst other probings have conducted after 2000. Many of the interviews declared their gratitude with regard to the way in which Sam Phillips and his hometown recording set-up furnished young hopefuls with a helping hand into the music business.

Disc 2 Contains - Sun Rise - In The Beginning
Selling My Whiskey (Jackie & Walter)
We All Gotta Go Sometime (Joe Hill Louis)
Bear Cat (Rufus Thomas)
Baby Please (The Prisonaires)
Feelin' Good (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Silver Bell (The Ripley Cotton Choppers)
Beggin' My Baby (Little Milton)
Wolf Call Boogie (Coy "Hot Shot" Love)
Boogie Blues (Earl Peterson)
No Teasin' Around (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
My Kind Of Carryin' On (Doug Pointdexter & The Starlight Wranglers)
The Great Medical Menagerist (Harmonica Frank)
Right Or Wrong (Buddy Cunningham)
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Malcolm Yelvington)
Movie Magg (Carl Perkins)
Peepin' Eyes (Charlie Feathers)
Uncertain Love (Slim Rhodes)
Someday You Will Pay (The Miller Sisters)
Cry! Cry! Cry! (Johnny Cash)
The Signifying Monkey (Smokey Joe With The Clyde Leoppard Band)
The Chicken (Dance With You) (Rosco Gordon)
Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison)
Welcome To The Club (Jean Chapel)
Rock With Me Baby (Billy Riley)
Juke Box, Help Me Find My Baby (The Rhythm Rockers)
Crazy Arms (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 2 Contains - Sun Stars - The Principals
Mystery Train (Little Junior's Blue Flames)
Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires)
Red Hot (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two)
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Paralyzed (The Million Dollar Quartet)
Rock 'N Roll Ruby (Warren Smith)
Go! Go! Go! (Roy Orbison)
We Wanna Boogie (Sonny Burgess)
Raunchy (Bill Justis & His Orchestra)
Drinkin' Wine (Gene Simmons)
Flyin' Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley)
Dreamy Nights (Dickey Lee & The Collegiates)
A Thousand Guitars (Tracy Pendarvis)
Tootsie (Carl McVoy)
That's The Way I Love (Johnny Carroll)
Walkin' Shoes (Onie Wheeler)
Shake Around (Ray Smith)
Pretend (Carl Mann)
Greenback Dollar, Watch And Chain (Ray Harris)
Rebound (Charlie Rich)
The Hucklebuck (Earl Hooker)
Tragedy (Thomas Wayne)
I Need a Man (Barbara Pittman)
After The Hop (Bill Pinky & The Turks)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 3 Contains - Sun Cream - The Key Components
Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Ain't Got A Thing (Sonny Burgess)
Tiger man (King Of The Jungle) (Rufus Thomas)
Guess Things Happen That Way (Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two)
I Shall Not Be Moved (The Million Dollar Quartet)
Right String But The Wrong Yo Yo (Carl Perkins)
No More Cryin' The Blues (Alton & Jimmy)
Pearly Lee (Billy Riley)
It's Me Baby (Malcolm Yelvington)
Love Is A Gamble (Ike & Bonnie Turner)
Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache (Warren Smith)
Flea Circus (Bill Justis)
I Won't Be Rockin' Tonight (Jean Chapel)
Claudette (Roy Orbison)
You Made A Hit (Ray Smith)
Listen To Me Baby (Smokey Joe Bauch)
Little Fine Healthy Thing (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
Vibrate (Mack Self)
Rock Boppin' Baby (Edwin Bruce)
Broke My Guitar (Eddie Bond)
My Babe (Narvel Felts)
In The Mood (The Hawk)
Ain't Go No Home (Carl Mann)
Sally Jo (Rosco Gordon)
Take And Give (Slim Rhodes)
Popcorn Polly (Charlie Rich)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 4 Contains - Sun Shades - Rockabilly Central
Put Your Cat Clothes On (Carl Perkins)
Johnny Valentine (Andy Anderson)
Rainin' The Blues (Ernie Barton)
Cotton Pickin' Boogie (Johnny Bernero)
You Better Believe It (Tommy Blake & The Rhythm Rebels)
Love Is My Business (Cliff Gleaves)
What'cha Ginna Do (Sonny Burgess)
Take Me To That Place (Jack Earls & The Jimbos)
Love My Baby (Hayden Thompson)
The Cause Of It All (Roy Orbison)
Don't Be Runnin' Wild (Ken Cook)
Rock Me Baby (Jimmy Haggett)
Ten Cats Down (The Miller Sisters)
Bop, Bop Baby (Wade & Dick & The College Kids)
Lovestruck (Jerry McGill & The Topcats)
Ooh, That's Good (Patsy Holcomb)
Come On Little Mama (Ray Harris)
Did You Tell Me (Narvel Felts)
Rock All Night (Glenn Honeycut)
Fine Little Baby (Dick Penner)
Everlasting Love (Barbara Pittman)
Me And My Rhythm Guitar (Johnny Powers)
Fire Engine Red (Jim Williams)
 Rock Baby, Rock It (Johnny Carroll)
Baby Doll (The Four Dukes)
Baby Please Don't Go (Billy Riley)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 5 Contains - Sun Styles - Rockabilly Crucial
I've Got Love If You Want It (Warren Smith)
Ubangi Stomp (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Sweet Woman (Edwin Bruce)
Let's Bop (Jack Earls & The Jimbos)
Me And My Blues (Teddy Reidel)
Drive In (Mack Vickery)
Jumpin' Jack (Cliff & Barbara Thomas)
Domino (Roy Orbison)
Yakety Yak (Malcolm Yelvington)
Sweetie Pie (Tommy Blake)
Lonely Wolf (Ray Harris)
Look At That Moon (Carl Perkins)
Red Velvet (The Kirby Sisters)
Don't You Worry (Hayden Thompson)
Mad At You (Mack Self)
I'm Gonna Rock (Louie Robertson)
Baby I Don't Care (Carl Mann)
Beat It (Tracy Pendarvis)
Bop Pills (Macy Skipper)
I Feel Like Rockin' (Kenny Parchman)
She's Gone Away (Ernie Barton)
Life's Too Short To Live (Joe Lewis)
That's The Way I Feel (Jimmy Pritchett)
Judy (Rudy Grayzell)
Miss Pearl (Jimmy Wages)
Right Behind You Baby (Ray Smith)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 6 Contains - Sun Streams - Blues & Country
Move, Baby Move (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)
My Baby (James Cotton)
In The Dark (Earl Peterson Michigan Singing Cowboy)
Fools Hall Of Fame (Rudi Richardson)
Tennessee (Carl Perkins)
The Boogie Disease (Doctor Ross)
Split Personality (Bill Taylor & Smokey Joe)
Look To Jesus (The Jones Brothers)
Feelin' Low (Ernie Chaffin)
Baker Shop Boogie (Willie Nix)
Hula Bop (Smokey Joe Baugh)
Ain't That Right (Eddie Snow)
Tell 'Em Off (Onie Wheeler)
I Feel So Worried (Sammy Lewis With Willie Johnson)
Please Convince Me (Buddy Blake)
Feelin' Bad (Junior Parker's Blue Flames)
Ten Years (Jack Clement)
Time Has Made A Chance (Jimmy DeBerry)
Call Of The Wild (Texas Bill Strenght)
Don't Do That (The Five Tinos)
Sherry's Lips (David Houston)
Cheese And Crackers (Rosco Gordon)
Gone And Left Me Blues (Jimmy Louis)
Jelly Roll King (Frank Frost)
Don't Knock What You Don't Understand (Dane Stinit)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 7 Contains - Sun Set - Still Flying The Flag
706 Union (Brad Suggs)
Walkin' And Talkin' (Mack Owen)
Reconsider Baby (Billy Adams)
The Return Of Jerry Lee (George Klein & Louis)
Hey Baby Doll (Eddie Bush)
Sweet And Easy To Love (Vernon Taylor)
Snow Job (The Memphis Belles Featuring Shirley)
You Better Dig It (Bill Johnson)
I'll Wait Forever (Anita Wood)
I've Got It Made (Thomas Wayne)
Alice Blue Gown (Ray B. Anthony)
Rolando (Roland Janes)
Apron Strings (Curtis Hoback)
Honey Bee (Don Hinton)
Uncle Jonah's Place (Harold Dorman)
You Don't Love Me Anymore (Ira Jay Lichterman)
Somewhere Along The Line (Danny Stewart)
Groovy Train (Wade Cagle & Escorts)
I Betcha' Gonna Like It (Jeb Stuart)
Everybody's Searching (Bobby Wood)
Sittin' And Thinkin' (Charlie Rich)
Times Sho' Gettin' Ruff ( The Quintones)
 Peek-A-Boo (Randy & The Radiants)
Night Train From Chicago (The Jesters)
 Breaking Up Again (The Climates)
Back In My Arms Again (Load Of Mischief)
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 8 Contains - Sun Days - From The Source
Red Headed Woman (Sonny Burgess) (Interview Sonny Burgess)
The Black Haired Man (Jack Clement) (Interview Jack Clement)
Trouble Bound (Billy Riley) (Interview Billy Riley)
Rockin' With My Baby (Malcolm Yelvington) (Interview Malcolm Yelvington)
Save That Money (Rufus Thomas) (Interview Rufus Thomas)
Little Queenie (Jerry Lee Lewis) (Interview Jerry Lee Lewis)
I Done Told You (Gene Simmons) (Interview Gene Simmons)
Lend Me Your Comb (Carl Perkins) (Interview Carl Perkins)
Two Young Fools In Love (Barbara Pittman) (Interview Barbara Pittman)
Good Lovin' (Dickey Lee & The Collegiates) (Interview Dickey Lee)
Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich) (Interview Cecil Scaife)
When It Rains It Pours (Billy "The Kid" Emerson) (Interview Billy Emerson)
Mona Lisa (Carl Mann) (Interview Carl Mann)
Hillbilly Fever (Jerry Lee Lewis) (Interview J.M. Van Eaton)
Be Mine, All Mine (Johnny Powers) (Interview Johnny Powers)
Cadillac Man (The Jesters) (Interview Jerry Phillips)
Original Sun Recording
2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835 mono digital

2 Compact disc boxed set. An Ace Records Special Products. Yellow label. Ace logo and catalogue number  left from the center. 33-track set, which includes 8 previously unreleased sides. Each disc contains  comprehensive, track-by-track liner notes. On the front cover Ace logo left at bottom. On the back cover,  Modern, Ace and catalog number left on bottom. Also included in the boxed set, an 12-page booklet with  introduction, liner and session notes by Peter Gibbon, Bill Dahl and Roger Armstrong, plus biographical  information on B.B. King, and a detailed host of photographs and memorabilia.

When B.B. King went into Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Services sometime in July of 1950, he was  another relatively unknown blues singer and guitarist. He had already cut two 78s for Bullet Records that did  not register. So maybe it was not surprising that the name on the label of the first acetate was Bee Bee King.  Almost a year later he cut for the last time at Memphis Recording Service, as the Bihari brothers went into  dispute with Phillips. The final session of 1951 was cut (on new fangled tape) at the YMCA in Memphis, and  ironically produced his first hit record, ''3 O'Clock Blues''. That is just an outline of what is on this double  CD. It documents the early years of what was to become the longest running career in the blues. With the  distinct advantage of having the original acetates we have been able to piece together the original sessions. A  vast amount of research has been carried out to produce the nearest thing to a definitive understanding of  these sessions and this is very much part of the package.

But it is the audio that is the big surprise. Going back to the original 16 acetates where possible, our  engineers at SML have pulled out a sound that has probably never been heard before. Sure at times you have  to put up with some swish and some crackle, but the reward is that you are sucked into the original room in  which the recordings were made. The sheer openness and presence of the sound is remarkable, and detail and  even instrumentation can be heard with a clarity unmatched in previous issues. Of the Phillips' recordings all  but five sides are drawn from the original discs.

There are eight takes that have never been issued before in any form and many that haven't seen the light of  day since they came out in the 1970s. Finally the band is hot and the young Blues Boy is in top form, starting  were he continued with a broad understanding of the blues and all of its vagaries. An education for the mind  and body.

Disc 1 Contains
Mistreated Woman-1
Mistreated Woman-2
B.B. Boogie-1
B.B. Boogie-2
The Other Night Blues-1
The Other Night Blues-2
The Other Night Blues-3
Walkin' And Cryin'-1
Walkin' And Cryin'-2
Walkin' And Cryin'-3
My Baby's Gone
Don't You Want A Man Like Me-1
Don't You Want A Man Like Me-2
Questionaire Blues
B.B. Blues-1
B.B. Blues-2
B.B. Blues-3
Original Sun Recordings

Disc 2 Contains
A New Way Of Driving
Fine Lookin' Woman-1
Fine Lookin' Woman-2
Fine Lookin' Woman-3
Shake It Up And Go
She's Dynamite
She's A Mean Woman-1
She's A Mean Woman-2
Hard Workin' Woman-1
Hard Workin' Woman-2
Pray For You-1
Pray For You-2
3 O'Clock Blues
That Ain't The Way To Do It-1
That Ain't The Way To Do It-2
She Don't Move Me No More
Original Sun Recordings

All tracks recorded at The Memphis Recording Service
2004 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 1003 mono digital

Ace Records' third volume of The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions lives up to the standards set by its  predecessors. This volume starts off in Memphis, with recordings that Sam Phillips shopped to Modern/RPM  in 1950/1951. Phillips and the Biharis fell out when Chess was sent and had a hit with Jackie Brenston's  ''Rocket 88'', but before that Modern acquired some classics from Phillips. Memphis On Down begins with  Willie Nix (was there ever a greater singing drummer?) accompanied by Willie Johnson's slash-and-burn  guitar. There's more Johnson on Howling Wolf's ''Riding In The Moonlight'' and ''Crying At Daybreak'' (aka  ''Smokestack Lightning''), in the versions issued on 78rpm.

Also from Sam Phillips came a track a piece by Bobby Bland, with wonderful Matt Murphy guitar, and by  mouth harp genius Walter Horton ''Now Tell Me Baby'' also in its 78rpm version. One man band Joe Hill  Louis has four tracks, in both his ''be-bop boy'' and his down and dirty modes. Joe's friend Jim Lockhart also  offers contrasts, with the jiving ''Boogie Woogie Boogie'' and the droning, introverted ''Empty House Blues'',  a wonderful performance captured on a cleaned-up noisy acetate. Alfred "Blues King" Harris was an  associate of Walter Horton's. His two previously unreleased songs are believed to have come from Sam  Phillips but Modern probably thought they were too old-fashioned for release quite apart from the guitarist,  moved by Harris's lack of ''Sufficient Clothes'', wailing "Aw, shit, man!" on the track.

The Memphis recordings are followed by more of Joe Bihari and Ike Turner's field recordings. In Helena,  Arkansas in January 1952 they'd hoped to record Sonny Boy Williamson, but he would only play as an  accompanist, presumably out of loyalty to Lillian McMurry's Trumpet label. Nothing from this session was
issued on 78rpm, and as Jim O'Neal points out, the tracks do have their shortcomings: the sound balance is  off, guitarist W.C. Clay is a bit jazzy for this company, and the interplay between Sonny Boy and the other  harp player is sometimes raggedy. The second harmonica probably wasn't played by Drifting Slim,  incidentally. Still, these are important recordings by a version of the King Biscuit Entertainers, and the songs,  sung by veteran pianist "Dudlow" Taylor and drummer "Peck" Curtis, are a fine mix of tradition and  originals like Curtis's enigmatic ''Jerusalem Blues''.

The CD concludes a long way from the Mississippi River, in space if not in spirit. The Dixie Blues Boys  were recorded in Los Angeles in 1955, and researchers have had years of fun speculating about where in the  South they came from, and especially about who the two contrasting harmonica players were. Well, we know  their names at last, thanks to John Broven digging out the original contract, and Bob Eagle's research in the  census and Social Security records has produced some dates of birth and death.

Try Me One More Time (Willie Nix)
Lonesome Bedroom Blues (Willie Nix)
Riding In The Moonlight  (Howling Wolf)
Crying At Daybreak (aka Smokestack Lightning) (Howling Wolf)
Drifting From Town To  Town (Bobby Bland & Little Junior Parker)
Joe Hill Boogie (Joe Hill Louis)
Street Walkin' Woman (Joe  Hill Louis)
Heartache Baby (Joe Hill Louis)
Joe Hill Boogie (Take 2 Slow Version) (Joe Hill Louis)
Now  Tell Me Baby (Walter "Mumbles" Horton)
Boogie Woogie Baby (Boogie Woogie Boogie) (Jim Lockhart)
Empty House Blues (Jim Lockhart)
Sufficient Clothes (Alfred "Blues King" Harris)
Miss Darlene (Alfred  "Blues King" Harris)
Lonesome (Robert "Dudlow" Taylor)
Old Helena Blues (Robert "Dudlow" Taylor)
Bus Fare (James "Peck" Curtis)
44 Blues (James "Peck" Curtis)
Porkina Blues  (aka Dudlow's Blues) (Robert  "Dudlow" Taylor)
I Know (Robert "Dudlow" Taylor)
Jerusalem Blues (James "Peck" Curtis)
Dixie Blues  Boy Boogie (Dixie Blues Boys)
Monte Carlo Blues (Previously Unissued) (Dixie Blues Boys)
Let Me Go  Home Whiskey (Dixie Blues Boys)
My Baby Left Town (Dixie Blues Boys)
Monte Carlo Blues (Dixie  Blues Boys)
Original Modern/RPM Recording
2007 Big Beat Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDWIKD 267 mono digital

In 1964, when the British Invasion reared its ugly, to the established American record biz - head, Memphis’  original pathfinding rock and roll imprint, Sun Records, was in its twilight years. Sam Phillips was never a  follower of trends, but when his son Knox presented a fine example of the local grass roots reaction to the  British in the shape of the Radiants, Phillips acknowledged their talent, and signed the enthusiastic  youngsters to Sun. Their two singles on the iconic yellow label now count as the highlights of its latterday  catalogue.

True to the diffuse nature of its musical heritage, Memphis had an interesting and unpredictable take on  what the Beatles and their ilk inspired. Randy & The Radiants are an excellent example of this, and most  likely the earliest: slightly derivative perhaps, but certainly inspired in content. Though the garage rock  crowd know the band’s name for the crunchy chording of ''My Way Of Thinking'', the considerable cache of  Sun sessions from 1964 and 1966, the best of which are included upon ''Memphis Beat'', reveal the  Radiants as several fret-notches above the average teenage combo of the time.

There is the expected quotient of frat-band raunch and Anglicised rockabilly, while it is fascinating to hear  the band cover older Sun copyrights such as ''Boppin' The Blues'', but the true gems in the Radiants canon  are guitarist Bob Simon's contemplative originals, with their own mature blend of harmony and soul, akin  to that of the best British beat like the Searchers. The searing, irresistible ''Truth From My Eyes'' would  have made a great mid-period Hollies single, and tunes like ''To Seek And Then Find'', ''Nobody Walks Out  On Me'' or ''I Won’t Ask Why'' are so effortlessly Mersey in execution, it’s easy to forget the grandaddy of  rockabilly is behind the mixing desk. Add the warm, authoritative rasp of Randy Haspel, Memphis' answer  to Allan Clarke, and one can understand Sun's excitement in having found a local and commercially-potent  interpretation of the British beat.

As Haspel relates in a fascinating memoir included in the booklet to ''Memphis Beat'', the tremendous  promise of the Radiants was cut short just as they were hitting their stride, largely due to events beyond  their control. But any group should be proud of what Randy & The Radiants accomplished in what was a  relatively brief time together. That Knox and Sam Phillips helped them to their moment in the sun (pun  intended) is the icing on the cake. 

by Alec Palao

My Way Of Thinking (Sun 398)
Nobody Walks Out On My (Version 2)
Be Good While I'm Gone
Truth  From My Eyes (Sun 398)
You Are The One
Peek-A-Boo (Sun 395)
Boppin' The Blues
To Seek And  Then Find
Grow Up Little Girl
I Won't Ask Why (Version 1)
True And Sweet
Glad All Over
Hope We Meet Next Summer
Money (That's What I Want)
Blue Suede Shoes
The Mountain's High (Sun  395)
You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover
Dedicated To The One I Love
Walk Softly
Nobody Walks  Out On Me (Version 1)
I Won't Ask Why (Version 2)
A Love Of The Past
Turn On Your Lovelight
Original Sun Recording
February 2008 Stomper Time Records (CD) 500/200rpm STCD 24 mono digital
Compact disc. An Stomper Time Product. Yellow label. Stomper Time logo pressed in black on top of the disc. Catalog number left from the center. On the back cover Stomper Time logo at left at top. 

CD contains eight original Sun recordings from September 4, 5, 1956;  four original Trumpet recordings, three from June 1952 session at the WFOR studio, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and one track from January 13, 1953 session at the WLAU studio in Laurel, Mississippi;  and twelve original King recordings from 1953-1954.  Also included in the box, 11-page booklet with rare and unissued photos of Luke McDaniel with liner notes and session information of each track by Dave Travis. 

Swichblade Sam
Go Ahead Baby
Foxy Dan
Huh Babe
Hey Woman
Whoa Boy
My Baby Don't Rock
The Automobile Song
Money Bag Woman
Uh Huh Huh
I Can't Go'
High High High
Go Ahead Baby (2)
One More Heart
Huh Baby (2)
Foxy Dan (2)
Hard Luck
(That's) What I Tell My Heart
She Told Me Goodbye, Bad Times
Let Me Be A Souvenir
Just Call Me A Loser
Huh Baby (3)
Crying My Heart Out For You
Lovebird Fly My Way
Just For Old Times Sake
Drive In
You Can't Stop My Love
Hurts Me So
Honey Won't You Please Dome Home
I'm Tired Of These Country Ways
Bye Bye Daddy
Bottoms Up
You're Still On My Mind

3, 5, 8, 13, 14, 16, 19, 23 Original Sun Recordings
2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 21, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30
Licensed by the Estate of Luke McDaniel
November 24, 2008 Big Beat Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDWIKD 282 mono digital

It’s remarkable to ponder the fact that, as thoroughly as the vaults of the legendary Sun Records have been  mined over the forty years since Sam Phillips shut up shop in 1967, some of the best rock and roll the label  produced has remained hidden until now. I speak of course of the incredible Jesters, and the small but  incendiary collection of recordings they made at Sun in 1965. True, a few bits and pieces have snuck out  over the years, but always with the implication that, aside from their well regarded 1966 single ''Cadillac  Man'', the rest of the band's material was substandard British Invasion-influenced fare.  A quick listen to the hair-raising contents of ''Cadillac Men'' will show just how blindingly wrong that idea  is. This is some of the most cathartic and crazed 60s rock I have ever come across, comparable to Dean  Carter or the Sonics in its sheer power and fury. As the Sun historians know, playing guitar for the Jesters  was Sam's son Jerry, along with a quixotic individual by the name of Teddy Paige, whose leads are the  proverbial headless chicken of rockabilly yore, hot-rodded with a corrosive blues edge. Add to that a  pumping rhythm section and the soulful bawling of lead singer Tommy Minga, and there can be no doubt  that the Jesters stand up there with Billy Lee Riley or Sonny Burgess as great Sun rockers; the true garage  analogue to the wildmen of Sun Records’ 50s heyday.

''Cadillac Man'' contains everything the Jesters recorded for Sun, produced by Knox Phillips, with Sam no  doubt smiling approvingly over his son’s shoulder. We have also added four essential tracks by Minga’s  subsequent combo the Escapades. ''I Tell No Lies'' and ''Mad Mad Mad'' are acknowledged Memphis garage  classics, and are presented here for the first time legitimately licensed and in great sound quality.

And if the sounds weren’t enough, the combo’s brief history, as revealed in the lengthy liners, is even  stranger than fiction, encompassing as it does Memphis maverick Jim Dickinson, a future medieval knight,  and The World’s Most Perfectly Formed Midget Wrestler. It’s been mentioned to me on more than one  occasion that with a story like the Jesters’, you don’t actually need any music to be entertained, but believe  me, you’ll be as excited as I was upon discovering the incandescent magic of this amazing combo.

Liner notes by Alec Palao

The Big Hurt
Stompity Stomp
Get Gone Baby
Cadillac Man
What's The Matter Baby
Strange As It Seems
Jim Dandy And Sweet Sixteen
Heartbreak Hotel
My Babe
Boppin' The Blues
Night Train From Chicago
Cadillac Man (Alternate)
Strange As It Seems (Alternate) (The Jesters)
What's So Good About Goodbye (Jimmy Day & The Knights, The Jesters)
Original Sun Recordings
I Tell No Lies (The Escapades)
She's The Kind (The Escapades)
Mad Mad Mad(The Escapades)
What You Know About Love (The Escapades
Original Arbet, Verve, XL Recordings
2009 El Toro Records (CD) 500/200rpm ETCD 1020 mono digital
2 Compact disc. An El Toro Record Special Product. Photo Charlie Feathers and band pressed on disc. Catalog number on disc left from center. On the back cover El Toro logo left on bottom. This two CD collection that contains the complete 1950s recordings from Charlie Feathers for Sun, Meteor, King, his known demos, alternative takes and even the tracks which feature Charlie as a session musician on guitar and spoons. Also included in the box, 8-page booklet with biography and some session information with liner notes by Dave Penny.

It's always thrilling to follow the steps of a comparatively new artist who is well on his way to achieving the goals already attained by many star personalities who have tread the same path. Charlie Feathers certainly is now in the process of gaining the success he well deserves for his untiring efforts in the field of country music. On every rendition that Charlie does, whether its a tear-jerker or a bouncy rhythm and blues, he pours his heart out on each note; for his great love for music stems from the heart. It's a great thing to hear him, as well as to see him perform. Charlie is now recording with Meteor Records; his latest release being ''Tongue-Tied Jill'' backed with ''Get With It''. Many of the critics predict this to be the ''one'' for Charlie, and we're hoping it is; for it couldn't happen to a more wonderful person. - Hillbilly Harmony (1956 article).

Disc 1 Contains
Peepin' Eyes
Defrost Your Heart
Wedding Gown Of White
Tongue-Tied Jill
Get With It
Everybody's Lovin' My Baby
Can't Hardly Stand It
One Hand Loose
Bottle To The Baby
When You Decide
Nobody's Woman
Too Much Alike
When You Come Around
Why Don't You
Jungle Fever
One Hand Loose (Alternate Take)
Can't Hardly Stand It (Alternate Take)
Bottle To The Baby (Alternate Take)
Bottle To The Baby (Alternate Take)
Everybody's Lovin' My Baby (Alternate Take)
Too Much Alike (Alternate Take)
My My (Jody Chastain)
Jody's Beat (Jody Chastain)

Disc 2 Contains
I've Been Deceived (Demo Version)
Runnin' Around (Demo Version)
Defrost Your Heart (Demo Version)
Runnin' Around
I've Been Deceived (Alternate Take)
Someday You Will Pay(with The Miller Sisters, Charlie Feathers on Spoon)
Defrost Your Heart (Alternate Take)
Wedding Gown Of White (Alternate Take)
We're Getting Closewr To Being Apart
Bottle To The Baby (Sun Demo Vers
Bottle To Baby (Sun Demo Version 2)
Frankie And Johnny (Take 2)
Frankie And Johnny (Take 5)
Bottle To The Baby (Sun Take 1)
Bottle To The Baby (Sun Take 2)
Honky Tonk Kind (Take 3)
Honky Tonk Kind (Take 4)
So Ashamed (Take 1)
So Ashamed (Take 2)
Corrine Corrina
The Man In Love
This Lonesome Feeling
Johnny Come Listen
Original Sun, Meteor, King Recordings
2010 Redita Records (CD) 500/200rom RDTCD 150 mono digital
Compact disc. An Redita Special Products. Photo of Mack Allen Smith pressed on disc. It include the five unreleased 1959 Sun recordings and 28 other vintage recordings from Hi, Fame, Statue, Lyn-Lou, and Ace Records. So, there's a lot more to the Mack Allen Smith story than these recordings, but it's these records that are his legacy to music fans. Music reviewer Alan Cackett once wrote of Mack Allen that, ''He turns the clock back with his band and he comes on strongly with some of the best country rock singing I've heard. His voice has mobility, emotion, and above all, which most others lack''. You'll hear all of those qualities in this CD.  Also included a 16-page booklet  features unpublished photos and detailed discography and session file information by Martin Hawkins.

Mean Woman Blues
Sandy Lee
Kansas City
Young Dreams
I Got A Fever
Skeleton Fight
Mean Old Frisco
Gotta Rock Tonight (Red Rooster Blues)
Boogie Children
Free, Single And Disengaged
Rag Mama Rag
Blow Your Horn
Carroll County Blues
I Got My Mojo Working
Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)
I'm A Lover
Hobo Man
Lonely Weekend
It's Only Make Believe
Don't Be Cruel
King Of Rock And Roll
Shake Your Money Maker
You Got Me Runnin'
Sick And Tired
You Better Move Me
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Who The Heck Is Bob Wills
Lonely Street
Mama Luci
Treat Me Nice
Don't Leave Me Now
Shake-Eyed Woman
I'm Not Drunk, I'm Just Drinkin'
1-5 Original Sun Recordings
6-33 Redita Records
2011 Jasmine Records (CD) 500/200rpm JASCD 564 mono digital
2 compact disc boxed set. A Jasmine Special product. Photo of Bobby Bland pressed on disc. 

Despite his stature as one of America's premier vocalists, Bobby ''Blue'' Bland has never really enjoyed widespread popular fame on a domestic level let alone internationally. His failure to cross-over to the pop market in any meaningful way throughout his 60 year old recording career is baffling. Although his earliest recordings were cut in Memphis surrounded by that city's young and aspiring blues talent he never became popular with the international blues circles when blues became an international phenomenon in the early 1960s, probably because he never required discovering. Unlike B.B. King, Muddy Waters and scores of other blues stars of the 1950s, rock and roll never dented Bland's popularity with his core black audience. This was because unlike his contemporaries he quickly embraced his gospel background and can now be see alongside Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and James Brown as one of the pioneers of what would be known by the early 1960s as soul music. The few pop chart hits he did have in the 1960s though never gained him the kind of acceptance enjoyed by the other soul stars.

His appeal in black America was almost entirely to women and his. Fame rested solely on his incredible voice which glided from croon to scream in seconds. In the pantheon of top stars on Billboard Magazine's chart for rhythm and blues he remains to this day in the top ten with over 60 charted records a tally that began in 1957 with ''Farther On Up The Road''. His failure to gain huge acceptance in Europe had a lot to do with the fact that unlike most blues legends he not only did not play a guitar but his stage act could hardly be described as dynamic. Without taking this note into a sociological study it is worth noting that his popularity in England in the early 1960s rested mostly within the mod culture and his appeal was almost entirely male orientated, girls just didn't get him. The closest he ever came to a British hit was in 1974 when the single ''Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City'' received extensive UK radio play and was championed by British disc jockey Tony Blackburn. Although it failed to chart it did increase his profile and resulted in a revival of the song from rock vocalist David Coverdale and his band Whitesnake in 1980. Nevertheless these disadvantages have not prevented him from gaining a serious fan following and he can count, as he approaches his 1980th year, on the endorsement of such famous fans Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall who promote his achievements in a way no one did in the 1950s or 1960s.

These 46 recordings represent the development of one of the most compelling and distinctive artists of the past 60 years and are presented for the first time in chronological order of release.  Included a booklet biography, with liner notes by Bob Fisher and in the booklet features unpublished detailed session file information. Tracks 1 to 11 recorded at the Memphis Recording Service on 706 Union Avenue in Memphis for Chess, Modern and Duke Records.

Disc 1 Contains
Love You Till The Day I Die
Crying All Night Long
Dry Up Baby
Love My Baby
Drifting From Town To Town
Good Lovin'
I.O.U. Blues
Lovin' Blues
No Blow No Show
Army Blues
Lost Lover Blues
Honey Bee
It's My Life Baby
Time Out
You Or None
I Woke Up Screaming
A Million Miles From Nowhere
You've Got Bad Intentions
I Can't Put You Down
1-11 Original Sun Recordings
12-20 Original Duke Recordings

Disc 2 Contains
I Don't Believe
I Learned My Lesson
I Smell Trouble
Don't Want No Woman
Sometime Tomorrow
Further On Up The Road
Bobby's Blues
Teach Me How To Love You
Loan A Helping Hand
You Got Me (Where You Want Me)
Last Night
Little Boy Blue
You Did Me Wrong
I Lost Sight Of The World
I'm Not Ashamed
Wishing Well
Is It Real
That's Why
I'll Take Care Of You
Hold Me Tenderly
Lead Me On
Cry Cry Cry
I've Been Wrong For So Long
I Pity The Fool
Close To You
Original Duke Recording
January 10, 2011 Secret Records (CD) 500/200rpm SECBX025-4 mono digital

Ike Turner with Houston Boines, Charley Booker, Drifting Slim, Johnny Ace, The Prisonaires, Little Milton,  Raymond Hill, Baby Face Turner, The Flairs, Johnny Wright, Billy Gayles, The Rockers, The Kings Of  Rhythm, The Delta Cats, Ike Turner Orchestra and more. In the fifties Ike Turner was a mighty busy man. As  well as running his full time blues band The Kings Of Rhythm and making hit records with them on Chess,  he was working as a session musician for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis as well as working as an  A&R man discovering talented blues musicians and recording them for Joe Bihari's Modern Records of Los  Angeles. On top of all that, he was cross-crossing the south on scouting expeditions and making recordings  in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Ohio setting up his equipment in everything from state of  the art studios and YMCA gyms to radio stations, black clubs, private houses and even a disused Greyhound  Bus Station in Clarksdale where in March 1954 he produced some terrific blues blasters from Clayton Love,  Dennis Binder and Lonnie The Cat!

The 118 tracks cover just seven hectic years in his life as a band leader and session man and producer on  some of the most loved records in blues history. It's amazing to think that Ike was involved in sessions that  produced Jackie Brenston's ''Rocket 88'', Howlin' Wolf's ''How Many More Years'' and ''Riding In The  Moonlight'', Boyd Gilmore's ''All In My Dreams'' and ''Ramblin' On My Mind'', Elmore James' ''Please Find  My Baby'' and ''Hand In Hand'', Billy Emerson's ''If Lovin' Is Believing'', BB King's ''3 O'Clock Blues'',  Bobby Bland's ''Drifting From Town To Town'' and Roscoe Gordon's ''No More Doggin'''! It's a selection of  some truly marvellous blues music from all across the board from the raw rural blues of Charley Booker, the  uptown boogie of Jackie Brenston to the big beating rhythm and blues of Clayton Love and the pioneering  guitar wrangling of Boyd Gilmore - and Ike Turner's stamp is all over them. This man is pure blues royalty!  Wonderful music on four CDs with two booklets - one a full discography of the singles and the other eight  pages of copious notes by Fred Rothwell.

Disc 1 Contains
Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
Come Back Where You Belong (Brenston, Jackie & His  Delta Cats)
I'm Lonesome Baby (Turner, Ike & His Kings of Rhythm)
Heartbroken And Worried (Ike  Turner & His Kings of Rhythm)
My Real Gone Rocket (Brenston, Jackie & His Delta Cats)
Independent  Woman (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
How Many More Years (Howlin' Wolf)
Riding In the  Moonlight (Howlin' Wolf)
Dry Up Baby (Bobby Bland)
Crying All Night Long (Bobby Bland)
Three  O'Clock Blues (B.B. King)
Boogie Woogie Woman (B.B. King)
Ramblin' On My Mind (Boyd Gilmore)
Going Home (Houston Boines)
Relation Blues (Houston Boines)
Whole Heap Of Mama (Brother Bell)
If  You Feel Froggish (Brother Bell)
Rabbit Blues (Charley Booker)
No Ridin' Blues (Charley Booker)
No  More Doggin' (Rosco Gordon)
Maria (Rosco Gordon)
Good Morning Baby (Driftin' Slim)
My Sweet Baby  (Driftin' Slim)
Step Back Baby (Sunny Blair)
Bad Woman, Bad Whiskey (Junior Parker)
You're My Angel  (Junior Parker)
Good Lovin' (Bobby Bland)
Drifting From Town To Town (Bobby Bland)
You're Driving  Me Insane (Featuring Ben Burton & His Orchestra)

Disc 2 Contains
Trouble And Heartaches (Boyd Gilmore)
All In My Dreams (Boyd Gilmore)
Take A Little Walk With Me  (Boyd Gilmore)
Charley's Boogie Woogie (Charlie Booker)
My Heart Belongs To You (Bonnie Turner)
Looking For My Baby (Bonnie Turner)
You Didn't Want Me (B.B. King)
You Know I Love You (B.B.  King)
Midnight Hour Journey (Earl Forest)
Trouble And Me (Earl Forest)
Everybody's Talking (Mary  Sue)
Love Is A Gamble (Mary Sue)
Blue Serenade (Baby Face Turner)
Gonna Let You Go (Baby Face  Turner)
Please Find My Baby (Elmore James)
Softly And Tenderly (The Prisonaires)
A Prisoner's Prayer  (The Prisonaires)
Beggin' My Baby (Little Milton)
Somebody Told Me (Little Milton)
No Teasing Around  (Billy Emerson)
If Lovin' is Believing (Billy Emerson)
If You Love Me Baby (Little Milton)
Alone and  Blue (Little Milton)
I'm Not Going Home (Billy Emerson)
The Woodchuck (Billy Emerson)
Bourbon Street  Jump (Raymond Hill)
The Snuggle (Raymond Hill)
Hand In Hand (Elmore James)

Disc 3 Contains
Stay At Home (Eugene Fox)
Sinners Dream (Eugene Fox)
Nothing But Money (Jesse Knight)
The Dream  (Part 1 & 2) (Eugene Fox)
Love Is Scarce (Lover Boy)
The Way You Used To Treat Me (Lover Boy)
Ain't Drunk (Lonnie The Cat)
The Road I Travel (Lonnie The Cat)
Suffocate (Johnny Wright)
Why Don't  You Believe In Me (Clayton Love)
Wicked Little Baby (Clayton Love)
I Miss You So (Dennis Farnon &  His Orchestra)
Early Times (Dennis Farnon & His Orchestra)
 Bye Bye Baby (Clayton Love Orchestra)
Mary Lou (Clayton Love Orchestra)
Baby Please (Matt Cockrell)
Gypsy Blues (Matt Cockrell)
Night  Howler (Billy Gayles)
My Heart Is In Your Hands (Billy Gayles)
Sho Nuff I Do (Elmore James & His  Broomdusters)
1839 Blues (Elmore James & His Broomdusters)
Loosely (The Wild One) (Ike Turner &  His Orchestra)
Cubano Jump (Ike Turner & His Orchestra)
Cuban Get Away (Bayou Rock) (Ike Turner &  His Orchestra)
Baby Wants (Flairs)
You Were Untrue (Flairs)
Rock My Baby Right (Elmore James & His  Broomdusters)
Hoo-Doo Say (The Sly Fox)
I'm Tired Of Beggin' (The Sly Fox)

Disc 4 Contains
My Four Women (The Sly Fox)
Looking For My Baby (Little Milton)
Homesick For My Baby (Little Milton)
Go To It (Ike Turner & His Orchestra)
The World Is Yours (Johnny Wright)
As Long As I Have You  (Trojans)
I Wanna Make Love To You (Trojans)
Peg Leg Woman (Willie King)
Mistreating Me (Willie  King)
I'm Tore Up (Billy Gayles)
If I Had Never Known You (Billy Gayles)
What Am I To Do (Rockers)
Let's Call It A Day (Billy Gayles)
Take Your Fine Frame Home (Billy Gayles)
Why Don't You Believe  (Rockers)
Down In The Bottom (Rockers)
No Coming Back (Billy Gayles)
Do Right Baby (Billy Gayles)
What Can It Be (Jackie Brenston)
Gonna Wait For My Chance (Jackie Brenston)
Flaming Love  (Gardenias)
My Baby's Tops (Gardenias)
Ain't Got No Home (Starrs)
Crying Over You (Starrs)
Sad As A  Man Can Be (Billy Gayles)
Just One More Time (Billy Gayles)
Much Later (Jackie Brenston)
The  Mistreater (Jackie Brenston)
Do You Mean It (Ike Turner & His Orchestra)
She Made My Blood Run Cold  (Ike Turner & His Orchestra)
The Big Question (Ike Turner & His Orchestra)
Trail Blazer (Ike Turner &  His Orchestra
February 21, 2011 Columbia Records (CD) 500/200rpm 88697 60051 2 mono digital

The musical treasures left behind by Johnny Cash at the House Of Cash estate in Hendersonville, Tennessee,  continue to provide insight into his character as an American music icon, perhaps the American music icon.  The rich backwoods archive first bore fruit on Columbia Legacy nearly five years ago, with the release of  Personal File aka Bootleg Volume 1, a fascinating double-CD collection of 49 privately recorded, intimate  solo performances dating from 1973 to 1982.

From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Volume 2 continues the series, as compilation producer Gregg Geller  focuses on the dawning of Johnny Cash’s recording career at Sun Records in Memphis from late 1954 to late  1957 on CD 1, into his first decade at Columbia Records in Nashville, from 1958 to 1969 on CD 2. Bootleg  Volume 2 will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting February 22, 2011, through  Columbia Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Putting the Bootleg Volume 2 collection in historical perspective is a carefully detailed essay written by  Ashley Kahn, author of Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece (DaCapo Press, 2000),  and other titles. Kahn also contributes to National Public Radio.

The trove of archival material on Bootleg Volume 2 begins with a 15-minute live radio broadcast from  KWEM in Memphis, hosted by Johnny Cash, who worked for Home Equipment Company, the show’s  sponsor right across the street from the radio station. The date was Saturday, May 21, 1955, in the same  month that Cash recorded his first Sun single, ''Cry! Cry! Cry!'' b/w ''Hey Porter''. In addition to his lively  palaver, Cash and the Tennessee Two, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant, performed a  handful of tunes, including the honky tonk ''Wide Open Road'', a cover of ''One More Ride'' (from the Sons  Of the Pioneers), the gospel ''Belshazzar'', and the guitar showpiece, ''Luther's Boogie''. The broadcast is  followed by a one minute spot advertising an upcoming show at the Overton Park Shell, starring Webb  Pierce, Red Sovine, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other country acts.

CD 1 continues with a dozen historically-significant, pre-Sun demos by Cash, 11 of them previously  unreleased. These rare home-recorded demos served as blueprints to such enduring Cash originals as ''I Walk  The Line'', ''Get Rhythm'' and ''Country Boy'', and provide new insight into Cash’s songwriting. Two of these  demos would soon turn into rockabilly hits for Roy Orbison (''You’re My Baby'') and Warren Smith (''Rock  And Roll Ruby'').

Under the heading Sun rarities are seven outtakes produced between late 1954 and late 1957 by Sam Phillips  and Jack Clement. In addition to familiar Cash titles (''Big River'', ''Wide Open Road''), there are covers of  tunes by Jimmy Rodgers (''Brakeman's Blues''), Marty Robbins (''I Couldn't Keep From Crying''), and Lead  Belly (''Goodnight Irene''), an indication of Cash’s abiding interest and love for the burgeoning folk music  movement, whose embrace of him was a hallmark of his career. CD One concludes with two final demos,  ''Restless Kid'' (later recorded by Ricky Nelson), and ''It’s All Over''.

The 25 tracks on CD 2 span Cash's first 11 years at Columbia Records; he was ultimately with the label for  28 years, through 1986. This disc presents a fresh gathering of Columbia non-album singles, outtakes, and Bsides  being released digitally for the first time in the United States, 11 of them previously unreleased in the  U.S.

The move to Columbia also meant a move to Los Angeles for Cash and his family as he developed a taste for  film and television work, both as a songwriter and as an actor. In the Golden Age of TV westerns and  movies, Cash was a natural. His larger-than-life presence boosted the popularity of the gunfighter ballads and  Americana tales that became a pop music genre at the end of the 1950s and into the 1960s, exemplified by  such titles as ''Restless Kid'', ''Johnny Yuma Theme'', and ''Hardin Wouldn't Run''. Another example is  ''Shifting, Whispering Sands'', a spoken-sung collaboration with Lorne Greene, better known as Bonanza TV  patriarch Ben Cartwright.  The musical passions of Johnny Cash, from traditional gospel and folk, to Tin Pan Alley and Music Row,  among many other sources, were given full rein in 1969, when The Johnny Cash Show became a weekly  event on ABC-TV. It is at that point, with the evocative theme of the show’s central feature, ''Come Along  And Ride This Train'', that Bootleg Volume 2 concludes.

''To know the tree'', Kahn sums up, ''one should begin at the root, so goes an old saying. Yet one is well  advised to take in all the branches as well. From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Volume 2 offers the  opportunity to hear Johnny Cash’s earliest performances plus a wealth of unreleased and unfairly forgotten  recordings, to grasp his commanding, old-growth legend in full''.

CD 1 Contains The 1950s
A - On The Air
KWEM Announcements and Advertisements
Johnny Cash Show Intro and Theme
Wide Open Road
Home Equipment Company Advertisement
One More Ride
Home Equipment Company Advertisement/Luther Perkins Intro
Luther’s Boogie
Belshazzar Intro
Closing Comments and Theme
Overton Park Shell, Country Music Jamboree'' Advertisement by 
Texas Bill Strength,  broadcast August 4, 1955.
Tracks 1-10 recorded May 21, 1955 in West Memphis, Arkansas
Tracks 1-11 Previously released as bonus CD in limited edition of The Legend boxed set, 2005.

B - Early Demos
I Walk The Line
Get Rhythm
Train Of Love
Country Boy
My Treasure
He’ll Be A Friend
When I Think Of You
I Just Don’t Care Enough (To Carry On)
I’ll Cry For You
You’re My Baby
Rock And Roll Ruby
Recorded probably late 1955, West Memphis, Arkansas,
courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation.
Tracks previously unreleased, recording dates and locations unknown.

C - Sun Rarities
Wide Open Road (Recorded late 1954
Produced by Sam Phillips

Leave That Junk Alone (Recorded August 4, 1957
Produced by Jack Clement

Brakeman’s Blues (Incomplete) (Recorded April 2, 1956
Produced by Sam Phillips

Big River (Recorded November 12, 1957
Produced by Jack Clement

I Couldn’t Keep From Crying (Recorded probably 1955
Produced by Sam Phillips

New Mexico (Recorded probably 1955
Produced by Sam Phillips)

Goodnight Irene (Recorded November 12, 1957
Produced by Jack Clement)
Tracks recorded in Memphis, courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation.

D - More Demos
Restless Kid
It’s All Over
Tracks previously unreleased, recording dates and locations unknown.

CD 2 Contains The 1960s
All Over Again
You Dreamer You
I’ll Remember You
Johnny Yuma Theme
Five Minutes To Live
The Losing Kind
Locomotive Man
Girl In Saskatoon
There’s A Mother Always Waiting
Johnny Reb
Shifting, Whispering Sands (with Lorne Greene)
Send A Picture Of Mother
Hardin Wouldn’t Run
One Too Many Mornings
The Frozen Logger
Foolish Questions
Bottom Of The Mountain
Put The Sugar To Bed
You Beat All I Ever Saw
On The Line
Roll Call
The Folk Singer
Six White Horses
Come Along And Ride This Train
Tracks 1-6 recorded in Nashville, Produced by Don Law.
Tracks 7-12, 14-21 recorded in Nashville, Produced by Don Law and Frank Jones.
Tracks 22-23 recorded in Nashville, produced by Bob Johnson.
November 3, 2013 JSP Records (CD) 500/200rpm JSP4239 mono digital

Doctor Ross CDs are like the proverbial buses - you wait ages for one to come out that features his raucous  Sun sides of the 1950s and then two come at the same time. Prior to this fine collection arriving, Bear Family  had only a matter of a month before put out their own perfectly splendid version of much the same material  (see BCD 16939AH Juke Juke Box Boogie - The Sun Years, Plus).

Whichever set you go for, you really owe it to yourself to get one. Housed within both are loads of great  sides from Isaiah Ross, born on a farm in Tunica, Mississippi to parents of native American origin and who  became one of the best recorded practitioners of what we now refer to as a ''one-man band''. His ability to  sound like a whole rockin' rhythm and blues band must have been unsettling, playing guitar and harmonica  on a rack and adding a chunk of a drum set to his body without adversely affecting the ability to play the  other instruments, sing and stay upright at the same time. If this sounds like the kind of behaviour of a nut  job, you just might be right in respect of Doctor Ross. Neil Slaven's enjoyable sleeve notes to this set quotes  the English blues critic Derrick Stewart-Baxter as saying of Doctor Ross that ''he was a nice guy but a  strange guy, a bit of a space cadet but a good musician''.

And being a good musician is right on the money and, on this set, you get the very best of him. 55 tracks  across 2 CDs featuring just about everything he cut for Sun, both as a solo musician and as part of Doctor  Ross And His Jump And Jive Boys (the unit he put together as and when he didn't want or need to play all  instruments himself).  This set collects tracks recorded for Sam Phillips' Sun Records between the years 1951 and 1956. But we  don't understand where the years listed on the box came from. According to the enclosed discography all the  tracks were recorded between the years 1951 and 1954. And not all of them were recorded in Memphis.  Included are several sides Ross recorded in 1951 after he came back from the Korean War. He then began  recording for Sun in earnest in 1953, releasing several singles like "Chicago Breakdown", "Come Back  Baby", and the still popular "Boogie Disease" (seven takes). Several of these tracks in various takes, have  never been issued, and aren't just filler - they add more depth to Ross' style and discography. But the tracks  recorded in 1954 are from Flint, Michigan, where Ross lived and worked for a time. Plus, the tracks aren't in  order of when they were recorded they're spread across the two discs. The recording years are spread across  (which added to my confusion) both discs. Why not list the tracks, beginning with Disc A, in order by the  year they were recorded, and continue onto Disc B? So either I'm massively confused, or JSP/Slaven made a  slight error in their dates. But it's the music that's important here, and on that point this set delivers.

Disc 1 Contains
Come Back Baby
Feel So Sad (Take 1)
Feel So Sad (Take 1)
Down Town Boogie (Take 1)
Shake 'Em On Down (Take 1)
Tailor Made (Deep Down In the Ground) (Take 1)
Boogie Disease (Take 1)
Boogie Disease (Take 2)
Jukebox Boogie (Take 1)
Cat Squirrel (Mississippi Blues)
Little Soldier Boy (Take 1)
Doctor Ross Boogie
That's Alright
Industrial Boogie
Texas Hop (Take 2)
That Ain't Right (Take 1)
That Ain't Right (Take 2)
Country Clown (Take 2)
Boogie Disease (Take 3)
Shake 'Em On Down (Take 3)
My Be Bop Gal
Going To the River
Feel So Sad (Incomplete)
Chicago Breakdown (Take 2)
That Ain't Right (Take 3)
That Ain't Right (Take 4)
Shake A My Hand
Jukebox Boogie (Take 3)
Turkey Leg Woman

Disc 2 Contains
Boogie Disease (Take 4)
Country Clown (Take 1)
Feel So Sad (Take 2)
Little Soldier Boy (Take 2)
Industrial Boogie (Take 1)
Tailor Made (Deep Down In the Ground) (Take 2)
Texas Hop (Take 1)
That Ain't Right (Take 5)
That Ain't Right (Take 6)
Dr Ross Boogie
Boogie Disease (Take 5)
Chicago Breakdown (Take 3)
Polly Put The Kettle On
Left Job Boogie
1953 Jump
Industrial Boogie (Take 2)
Down South Blues
That Ain't Right (Take 7)
That Ain't Right (Take 8)
Good Thing Blues
Shake 'Em On Down (Take 2)
Jukebox Boogie (Take 2)
Chicago Breakdown (Take 1)
Boogie Disease (Take 6)
Boogie Disease (Take 7)
Down Town Boogie (Take 2)
Feel So Sad
Original Sun, Chess and Michigan Recordings
2014 El Toro Records (CD) 500/200rpm ETCD 1071 mono digital

Much is made of the arrival of Jerry Lee Lewis at the Sun Studio in Memphis in late 1956. Of how, suddenly  in the middle of the first wave of guitar-swinging Elvis wannabes, this piano-playing hillbilly singer was told  to go away and learn some rock and roll, thus creating a seemingly unique monster. But it is largely forgotten  these days that The Killer was actually not the first rockin', rollin', pill-poppin', booze-drinkin', pianopoundin'  boogie woogie country man on the Sun label – that honour went to Smokey Joe Baugh...!

Start All Over Again** (Smokey Joe)
Perfect Girl** (Smokey Joe)
Hula Bop* (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
She's A Woman* (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
The Signifying Monkey* (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
Listen To Me Baby* (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere* (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
Hula Bop* (Alternate Take) (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
She's A Woman* (Alternate Take) (Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
Split Personality* (Bill Taylor and Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leopard Band)
Lonesome Sweetheart* (Bill Taylor with the Clyde Leopard Band)
I'd Rather Be Safe* Than Sorry (Warren Smith)
Rock 'N' Roll Ruby* (Warren Smith)
Chilly Willy**** (Mary Edwards with The Saxons)
No Matter Who's To Blame* (Barbara Pittman)
Charcoal Suit**** (Brad Suggs with The Swingsters)
Patience Baby**** (Eddie Collins)
I Need A Man* (Barbara Pittman)
Ubangi Stomp* (Warren Smith)
Nothing On My Mind*** (Jimmy Pritchett)
Voice Of A Fool* (Barbara Pittman)
Bob, Baby ,Bop**** (Brad Suggs with The Swingsters)
Sentimental Fool* (Barbara Pittman)
Oh! Oh! Mama ****(Mary Edwards with The Saxons)
Rock 'N' Roll Ruby* (Alternate Take) (Warren Smith)
That's The Way I Feel*** (Jimmy Pritchett)
Tell 'Em Off* (Onie Wheeler)
Who Took My Baby* (Warren Smith)
I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry* (Alternate Take) (Warren Smith)
Jump Right Out This Jukebox* (Onie Wheeler)
* Original Sun Recordings
** Original Fonofox Recordings
*** Original Crystal Recordings
**** Original Meteor Recording