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Great Drums at Sun

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A fresh look at a familiar catalog, Bear Family's 2017 compilation Great Drums at Sun presents 28 tracks cut at Sam Phillips' famed studio. The concentration isn't on songs but rather on fevered drummers -- drummers who could bash, bang, and groove. Some of these cuts have been anthologized heavily -- Billy Riley's "Red Hot," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" and "Crazy Arms," Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp," Elvis Presley's "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" are all here -- but the collection overall emphasizes the byroads of Sun. There are some unfamiliar names here -- Vernon Taylor, Ray Harris, and Jimmy Williams -- but there are also deep cuts and alternate takes, all emphasizing what a hotbed of talent Sun was in the '50s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:52
2 2:29
3 1:54
4 2:49
5 2:06
6 2:31
7 2:16
8 2:45
9 2:00
10 2:41
11 1:48
12 2:03
13 1:56
14 2:56
15 2:24
16 2:15
17 2:07
18 2:33
19 2:10
20 2:54
21 2:25
22 2:33
23 1:59
24 2:04
25 1:55
26 2:12
27 2:44
28 2:14
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