Memphis Rocks: Rockabilly in Memphis: 1954-1968

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Memphis Rocks: Rockabilly in Memphis: 1954-1968 Review

by Cub Koda

Here's the Smithsonian Institution's take on rockabilly; subtitled Rockabilly In Memphis, 1954-1968, this is a very fine collection of some of that city's best -- and more obscure -- practitioners. Although there's a fair smattering of Sun hits aboard -- "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Mona Lisa," "High School Confidential," "I Walk the Line" -- there's also a number of rare tracks on here to highly recommend it. Almost everything on here emanates from the Sun label, with the exception of Carl McVoy's "You Are My Sunshine" and Charlie Feathers' "Stuttering Cindy," the only track to be recorded past the 1950s in this set. If you collect enough Sun packages, you might get all the tracks that are on this collection, but any compilation that has Ray Harris' "Come On Little Mama" as its leadoff track has a wild rockin' agenda of its own that sets its apart from the others.

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