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Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 2

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Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 2 Review

by Cub Koda

Volume two of this series runs the label's output, both A- and B-sides, from Sun 229 ("Daydreams Come True" by Maggie Sue Wimberly) to 278 (Tommy Blake's rockabilly howler "Lordy Hoody"). At our starting point with this box, Elvis had moved on to RCA Victor and worldwide stardom, and the first million-seller for the label -- Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" -- was looming on the horizon. By the end of it, we're in the midst of the original rockabilly revolution. This is truly Sun's golden age.

Volume one in the series showed how Sun evolved from a blues label to the first recordings by Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, which firmly moved it into country territory, for this is how all three artists were originally marketed. Disc One picks up the thread nicely with the Carl Perkins spin of "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Honey Don't." Disc two hits paydirt in a big way with Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" and "Get Rhythm," Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby," "Go! Go! Go!," "Rockhouse," and "You're My Baby" (featuring Roy at his rockabilly guitar-picking best), Carl Perkins' "Boppin' the Blues," "Dixie Fried," and "All Mama's Children," Billy Riley's debut disc "Trouble Bound" and "Rock With Me Baby," and the twin-spin coolness of Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp" and "Black Jack David," two of the best sides ever cut at 706 Union Avenue. More Johnny Cash is aboard Disc Three, with "Train of Love" and "There You Go," and right after that is the debut disc from the Ferriday Fireball himself, Jerry Lee Lewis, with "Crazy Arms" and "End of the Road" both amply demostrating how fully formed his style was when he entered Sam's studio. Right after that is one of the best Sun records ever, Billy Riley's "Flying Saucer Rock & Roll," featuring the Killer on backup piano and guitarist Roland Janes whipping the tremolo bar on his Strat into a frenzy on the intro. Our final disc keeps the rockin' banner flying high with Jerry Lee's epochal "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" and its flip, "It'll Be Me," a number taken at a wild-ass breakneck tempo with a piano solo that ranks as one of his best. Special mention should also be made about the massive bound booklet that comes with this four-disc set; it is the epitome of cool, featuring photos that'll make your eyes get as big as 78s, while Hank Davis' notes are as spot on the money as anybody could ask for. Not just throwing together some photos you've seen a zillion times together with a scant recycled text, this book actually enhances the Sun Records experience.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Maggie Sue Wimberly 02:57 Amazon
2
Maggie Sue Wimberly 02:50 Amazon
3
Miller Sisters 02:24 Amazon
4
Miller Sisters 02:41 Amazon
5 Charlie Feathers 02:33 Amazon
6 Charlie Feathers 03:09 Amazon
7 Johnny Cash / Tennessee Riders 02:51 Amazon
8 Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two 02:39 Amazon
9 Billy "The Kid" Emerson 02:37 Amazon
10 Billy "The Kid" Emerson 02:50 Amazon
11 Carl Perkins 02:17 Amazon
12 Carl Perkins 02:53 Amazon
13 Carl Perkins 02:34 Amazon
14 Carl Perkins 03:07 Amazon
15 Jimmy Haggett 02:27 Amazon
16 Jimmy Haggett 02:16 Amazon
17 Rosco Gordon 02:51 Amazon
18 Rosco Gordon 03:03 Amazon
19 Slim Rhodes 02:22 Amazon
20 Slim Rhodes 02:29 Amazon
21 Warren Smith 02:54 Amazon
22 Warren Smith 03:00 Amazon
23 Jack Earls / The Jimbos 02:22 Amazon
24 Jack Earls / The Jimbos 02:44 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny Cash / Tennessee Riders 02:15 Amazon
2 Johnny Cash / Tennessee Riders 02:46 Amazon
3 The Teen Kings / Roy Orbison 02:12 Amazon
4 The Teen Kings / Roy Orbison 02:11 Amazon
5 Carl Perkins 02:51 Amazon
6 Carl Perkins 02:09 Amazon
7 Jean Chapel 01:54 Amazon
8 Jean Chapel 02:11 Amazon
9 Billy Lee Riley 02:45 Amazon
10 Billy Lee Riley 02:12 Amazon
11 Malcolm Yelvington 02:20 Amazon
12 Malcolm Yelvington 02:30 Amazon
13 Sonny Burgess 02:10 Amazon
14 Sonny Burgess 02:27 Amazon
15 Rhythm Rockers 02:27 Amazon
16 Rhythm Rockers 02:17 Amazon
17 Carl Perkins 02:29 Amazon
18 Carl Perkins 02:28 Amazon
19 Warren Smith 03:12 Amazon
20 Warren Smith 02:01 Amazon
21 The Teen Kings / Roy Orbison 02:08 Amazon
22 Roy Orbison 02:07 Amazon
23
Kenny Parchman 02:06 Amazon
24 Kenny Parchman 02:34 Amazon
25 02:56 Amazon
26 Barbara Pittman 03:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ray Harris 02:19 Amazon
2 Ray Harris 02:14 Amazon
3 Miller Sisters 02:20 Amazon
4 Miller Sisters 02:58 Amazon
5 Slim Rhodes 02:23 Amazon
6 Slim Rhodes 02:33 Amazon
7 Rosco Gordon 02:57 Amazon
8 Rosco Gordon 02:50 Amazon
9 Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two 02:18 Amazon
10 Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two 02:25 Amazon
11 Jerry Lee Lewis 02:48 Amazon
12 Jerry Lee Lewis 01:49 Amazon
13 Billy Lee Riley 02:05 Amazon
14 Billy Lee Riley 01:57 Amazon
15 Carl Perkins 02:10 Amazon
16 Carl Perkins 02:48 Amazon
17 Ernie Chaffin 02:37 Amazon
18 Ernie Chaffin 02:09 Amazon
19 Sonny Burgess 02:40 Amazon
20 Sonny Burgess 02:09 Amazon
21 Glenn Honeycutt 02:49 Amazon
22 Glenn Honeycutt 02:39 Amazon
23 Roy Orbison 02:13 Amazon
24 Roy Orbison / The Roses 02:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Johnny Cash / Tennessee Riders 02:29 Amazon
2 Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two 02:49 Amazon
3 Jerry Lee Lewis 02:47 Amazon
4 Jerry Lee Lewis 02:55 Amazon
5 Warren Smith 02:12 Amazon
6 Warren Smith 02:27 Amazon
7 Wade Moore / Dick Penner 02:11 Amazon
8 Wade Moore / Dick Penner 02:46 Amazon
9
Jim Williams 02:42 Amazon
10 Jimmy Williams 02:25 Amazon
11 02:40 Amazon
12 02:51 Amazon
13 Ray Harris 02:57 Amazon
14 Ray Harris 02:13 Amazon
15 Mack Self 02:47 Amazon
16 Mack Self 02:12 Amazon
17 Carl Perkins 02:37 Amazon
18 Carl Perkins 02:52 Amazon
19 Ernie Chaffin 02:46 Amazon
20 Ernie Chaffin 02:09 Amazon
21 Edwin Bruce 02:37 Amazon
22 Edwin Bruce 02:19 Amazon
23 Billy Lee Riley 02:33 Amazon
24 Billy Lee Riley 02:38 Amazon
25 Tommy Blake 02:03 Amazon
26 Tommy Blake / Rhythm Rebels 02:26 Amazon
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