Carl Perkins

The Sun Era Outtakes

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Carl Perkins was a good guitar player, although he never flaunted it, and he was a good country and rockabilly singer too, although he never flaunted that either, and he was a darn good (and innovative) songwriter at a time when the roots of rock & roll and modern country were just coming together -- he not only wrote "Blue Suede Shoes," but he also wrote "Daddy Sang Bass" for Johnny Cash, "I Was So Wrong" for Patsy Cline, and "Let Me Tell You About Love" for the Judds, for instance, and Perkins sides like "Matchbox," "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby," "Dixie Fried," and "Boppin' the Blues" have influenced countless guitar players and singers, from George Harrison to Brian Setzer. This five-disc set collects unissued sides and studio outtakes from Perkins' classic sessions at Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in the mid- to late '50s when he was turning out these songs, and adds home recordings from the same era, all of which makes this an extremely valuable historical and archival collection, the closest thing to being a fly on the wall during one of the most important stretches in rock & roll history. Perkins didn't exactly become super famous, but there's no denying his songs did. Here's how they were put together.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:54 Amazon
2 02:18 Amazon
3 02:13 Amazon
4 02:24 Amazon
5 01:59 Amazon
6 02:33 Amazon
7 03:19 Amazon
8 00:53 Amazon
9 02:08 Amazon
10 02:37 Amazon
11 02:43 Amazon
12 02:37 Amazon
13 02:19 Amazon
14 02:26 Amazon
15 02:57 Amazon
16 02:22 Amazon
17 02:35 Amazon
18 02:54 Amazon
19 02:53 Amazon
20 02:53 Amazon
21 01:58 Amazon
22 01:59 Amazon
23 02:00 Amazon
24 00:35 Amazon
25 02:32 Amazon
26 02:37 Amazon
27 02:38 Amazon
28 02:03 Amazon
29 02:18 Amazon
30 02:12 Amazon
31 02:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 00:20 Amazon
2 00:31 Amazon
3 02:35 Amazon
4 02:21 Amazon
5 02:12 Amazon
6 02:24 Amazon
7 00:19 Amazon
8 02:31 Amazon
9 02:52 Amazon
10 02:19 Amazon
11 00:08 Amazon
12 01:02 Amazon
13 02:17 Amazon
14 00:19 Amazon
15 00:12 Amazon
16 02:14 Amazon
17 02:21 Amazon
18 02:21 Amazon
19 01:59 Amazon
20 00:59 Amazon
21 02:44 Amazon
22 02:21 Amazon
23 03:31 Amazon
24 02:32 Amazon
25 02:29 Amazon
26 02:36 Amazon
27 00:28 Amazon
28 00:14 Amazon
29 02:37 Amazon
30 03:37 Amazon
31 02:35 Amazon
32 04:46 Amazon
33 02:06 Amazon
34 02:02 Amazon
35 02:45 Amazon
36 02:22 Amazon
37 02:15 Amazon
38 02:30 Amazon
39 02:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:49 Amazon
2 02:54 Amazon
3 02:45 Amazon
4 02:50 Amazon
5 02:52 Amazon
6 02:51 Amazon
7 02:46 Amazon
8 02:43 Amazon
9 02:45 Amazon
10 02:49 Amazon
11 02:36 Amazon
12 02:59 Amazon
13 03:09 Amazon
14 02:52 Amazon
15 02:49 Amazon
16 02:50 Amazon
17 03:17 Amazon
18 02:53 Amazon
19 02:30 Amazon
20 01:43 Amazon
21 02:38 Amazon
22 02:46 Amazon
23 02:55 Amazon
24 02:21 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 00:28 Amazon
2 02:58 Amazon
3 03:00 Amazon
4 00:21 Amazon
5 03:04 Amazon
6 03:05 Amazon
7 03:04 Amazon
8 01:59 Amazon
9 02:00 Amazon
10 01:59 Amazon
11 00:16 Amazon
12 01:58 Amazon
13 02:14 Amazon
14 02:05 Amazon
15 02:34 Amazon
16 02:27 Amazon
17 02:25 Amazon
18 02:23 Amazon
19 02:39 Amazon
20 02:30 Amazon
21 02:36 Amazon
22 02:49 Amazon
23 02:42 Amazon
24 02:46 Amazon
25 02:43 Amazon
26 02:28 Amazon
27 03:33 Amazon
28 02:41 Amazon
29 03:21 Amazon
30 00:18 Amazon
31 01:58 Amazon
32 01:58 Amazon
33 01:56 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:00 Amazon
2 02:23 Amazon
3 02:18 Amazon
4 02:39 Amazon
5 02:30 Amazon
6 02:28 Amazon
7 02:30 Amazon
8 02:39 Amazon
9 01:37 Amazon
10 03:25 Amazon
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12 03:05 Amazon
13 01:30 Amazon
14 01:43 Amazon
15 02:53 Amazon
16 01:49 Amazon
17 02:54 Amazon
18 03:39 Amazon
19 01:35 Amazon
20 04:22 Amazon
21 02:43 Amazon
22 02:43 Amazon
23 02:45 Amazon
24 02:52 Amazon
25 03:37 Amazon
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