Carl Perkins

Blue Suede Shoes

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Although it's one of those tunes that seems like it's been around forever, there was a time in pop music history when a "Blue Suede Shoes" didn't exist. As a rock & roll call to arms, a defiant cry of '50s teenage youthfulness, it's the ultimate sign pointer. As a song that was the first to top all three charts (pop, country, and R&B), it's the first great crossover tune of rock & roll. Through the original by its composer, Carl Perkins, and its subsequent covers -- most notably the 1956 cover by Elvis Presley -- it has become one of the national anthems of '50s rock & roll and certainly the most famous rockabilly record of all time. The original boasts several unique qualities, none of which are bettered in Elvis' version or anyone else's, for that matter. For openers, you'll seldom hear a combo with just one electric guitar, an acoustic rhythm, a string bass, and set of drums sound so amazingly full like they do on this track. This is largely due to Sam Phillips' ingenious miking system at the sparse but right on Sun studios, but also because the Perkins band (made up of Carl, his two brothers, and a close friend) plays the track so in the pocket; the record simply swings like mad. The most important ingredient is Carl himself. His guitar breaks brought the electric guitar right out front with two hot solos that truly defined early rock & roll guitar playing while his vocal is another defining moment, full of yelps, bends, and the sheer joy of letting loose on a Saturday night. Elvis eventually went Hollywood, but Carl Perkins could never shake the country boy out of his nature, and that hillbilly charm is what makes "Blue Suede Shoes" such a great record and its simplistic message so irresistible and transmutable to further generations down the road as an early signpost to rock & roll's beginnings.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dance Album 1957 Varèse Sarabande 2:16
The Dance Album of Carl Perkins 1959 Hallmark / Hallmark Music & Entertainment / Hallmark Recordings / Pickwick 2:29
No Image 1970
Rockin' Guitar Man 1975 Charly Records
No Image 1976 Charly Records
No Image 1977 2:13
Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On 1978 Deluxe 2:15
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:13
21 Legendary Superstars Oldies but Goodies 1983
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:12
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Pickwick
Porky's Revenge! 1985
Original Soundtrack
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:23
No Image 1986 Charly Records
Cruisin' 1956 1986
Various Artists
Increase Records 3:25
La Bamba '87 1987 Original Sound Entertainment 2:13
Rockin' Fifties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:14
No Image 1988 Original Sound Entertainment 0:00
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1956 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
The Classic 1990 Bear Family Records 2:18
Oldies but Goodies, Vol. 4 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:13
Rock This Town: Rockabilly Hits, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
Sun's Greatest Hits [RCA] 1992
Various Artists
RCA 2:14
Classic Country [Intersound] 1992
Various Artists
Intersound 2:13
No Image 1993 Charly Records
The Best of Carl Perkins [Curb] 1993 Curb 2:14
Hits of the 50's: 68 Hot Hits from the Fabulous Fifties, Vols. 1-4 1993
Various Artists
Fat Boy
All-Time Greatest Hits of Rock & Roll, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Curb 2:18
Good Old Rock & Roll: 28 Great Hits 1994
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:16
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:16
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:15
The Sun Records Collection [Rhino] 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:14
Matchbox 1995 Pazzazz 2:16
Only Rock 'N Roll 1955-1959: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:17
Rockabilly Riot [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:12
Greatest Hits: Finest Performances 1995 Sun Record Company 2:17
Through the Years '50s 1995
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese
Country Classics [Sun] 1995
Various Artists
Sun Record Company 2:12
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Ranwood Records 2:13
No Image 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:12
Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:17
Rock & Roll [Richmond] 1996
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Richmond 2:16
The Man & The Legend 1996 Magnum America 2:17
World of Rock N Roll 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:16
The Hit Box 1 1996
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United Multi Consign 2:15
American Jukebox Country Classics, Vol. 2: Rockabilly 1996
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Sterling Gold 2:11
Rockabilly: Life, Times & Music 1996
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Life Times & Music 2:14
Happy Days Jukebox 1996
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Nick At Nite / Sony Music Distribution 2:14
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '50s 1996
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Priority Records 2:18
History of Rock: The 50s, Pt. 2 1996
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Collectables 2:16
Rockfile, Vol. 7 1997
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Rockfile 2:13
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 1 1997
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Great Hits 2:15
Forefathers of Rock 1997
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K-Tel Distribution 2:12
The Best of & the Rest of Carl Perkins 1997 Action Replay 2:28
Remember the 50's [Intercontinental] 1997
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Intercontinental Records 2:15
Golden Rock & Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 1997
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Galaxy Music 2:15
Whole Lotta Rock: 1956 1997
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Eclipse Music Group 2:17
High School Dance Classics [Crown Collection] 1997
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Crown 2:14
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
50's Flashback 1998
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Double Play Records 2:16
Super Hits: Great Balls of Fire 1998
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Sony Music Distribution 2:16
The King's Record Collection, Vol. 1 1998
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Hip-O
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 1: Rock's Pioneers 1998
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K-Tel Distribution 2:17
The King of Rockabilly: Greatest Hits 1998 Beacon Records 2:14
Rockabilly Essentials 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:15
Definitive Collection 1998 Charly Records 2:16
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Vintage Hits 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:15
Blue Suede Shoes and Other Hits 1998 Rhino Flashback 2:17
Blue Suede Shoes: The Very Best of Carl Perkins 1999 Collectables 2:13
This Is Sun Rockabilly 1999
Various Artists
Music Club Records 2:19
The Essential Sun Collection 1999 Recall (UK) 2:16
Hard Rock Cafe: Great Balls of Fire 1999
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Rhino 2:17
Rock N Roll Essentials 1999
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Charly Records 2:16
Sun Records: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Varese 2:17
Blue Suede Shoes/Original Golden Hits 1999 Collectables 2:17
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
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Dressed To Kill 4:32
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Starday Records / King 2:16
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Greatest Hits 1999
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Time / Life Music 2:15
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 4:32
Country Hits [Madacy] 2000
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Madacy 3:26
Sun Records: The Definitive Hits 2000
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Collectables 2:15
Grand Ole Country Collection 2000
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Legacy 2:15
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 4 & 5 2000
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Original Sound Entertainment 2:13
The Complete Sun Singles 2000 Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:17
New Millennium 50's Party 2000
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Rhino 2:16
The Best of Sun, Vol. 1 2000
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Original Sun Recordings (Italy) 2:18
Back on Top 2000 Bear Family Records 2:21
The Sun Years, Vol. 1 [Original Sun Recordings] 2000 Original Sun Recordings (Italy) 2:18
Best of the Sun Sessions [Music Club International] 2000 Music Club International Records 3:01
No Image 2000 Federal Records 2:16
As Good as It Gets: Rockabilly 2000
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Disky 2:17
Be-Bop-A-Lula 2000 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:18
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
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Top Sail Productions 2:16
Music Men 2000
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WEA
50s Party Pack 2nd Edition 2000
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Legacy 2:19
The Story 2000 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:15
The King's Country 2001
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Sony Music Distribution 2:22
The Sun Records Story 2001
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Sun Record Company 2:16
Sun Records: The Definitive Hits, Vol. 2 2001
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Collectables 2:15
Forever Gold: Roots of Rock 'N' Roll 2001
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St. Clair 0:00
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 50's 2001
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Top Sail Productions 2:16
Drive Time Rock: Hot Trax 2001
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Direct Source 2:15
Mega 60's 2001
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Wagram Records 2:13
American Bandstand 2001
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Band Stand 2:15
Juke Box Jive [Dressed to Kill] 2001
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Dressed To Kill 2:14
That's Rock and Roll 2001
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Golden Stars 2:14
Best of Sun Records: 50th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 1 2001
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Direct Source / Sun Records 2:16
Grease and Other Golden Oldies 2001
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Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:17
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '50s, Vols. 4 & 5 2001
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Collectables 2:48
Memphis 2002 Park South Records / Town Sound 2:15
Happy Days 50's & 60's 2002
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Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:15
The Legendary Story of Sun Records [Metro] 2002
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Metro 2:15
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
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Collectables 2:15
The Legends Collection: Rock 'n' Roll Teenagers 2002
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Dressed To Kill / Legends Collection 2:14
Blue Suede Shoes: Best of Carl Perkins [Prestige] 2002 Prestige 2:17
Golden Treasure: Country Legends 2002
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Park South Records / Orpheus Records 2:14
Sun Records 50th Anniversary Collection 2002
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Buddha Records 2:16
Sun Records 50th Anniversary Box 2002
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Varèse Sarabande 2:17
Golden Oldies, Vol. 8 [Original Sound 2002] 2002
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Original Sound Entertainment 2:11
Rock 'N' Roll Legends [Direct Source] 2003
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Direct Source 2:14
Blue Suede Shoes [Planet Media] 2003 Planet 2:13
Top Hits of 1956 2003
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Collectables 2:15
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 2 2003
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United Multi License 2:17
Rockabilly Riot [Sanctuary] 2003
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Sanctuary 2:16
The Songs That Made Them Famous [K-Tel] [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:16
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:14
Best of the Sun Years 2003 Repertoire 2:15
Rockin' 50's [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:21
Gold Collection: Party Rock 'N' Roll Hits 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:14
Rock & Roll: 50th Anniversary Collection 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:16
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:16
The Core of Rockabilly 2004
Various Artists
Red X 2:17
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:17
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 17 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:15
Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 2:16
Essential Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:15
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Collectables
The Best of Rockabilly 2004
Various Artists
Scena Records 2:53
Sun Records: 25 Rock 'N' Roll Classics 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:17
Orby Records Spotlights Carl Perkins 2004 Orbison Records 2:16
The Rock 'n' Roll Collection [Cadiz] 2004
Various Artists
Pazzazz / Cadiz 2:16
Rock Around the Clock [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:14
Ultimate Collection 2004 Prism Leisure 2:17
Ultimate Decades [Box] 2004
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:14
Cruisin' Hits 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:14
Happy Days 2005
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Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:14
Sun Records Collection [Pazzazz] 2005
Various Artists
Pazzazz 2:15
More Happy Days '50s and '60s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:16
No Image 2005 Legacy 2:14
Jukebox Goodies 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:14
Best of Sun Records, Vol. 1 [Pazzazz] 2005
Various Artists
Pazzazz 2:15
Carl Rocks 2005 Bear Family Records 2:16
Classic Jukebox Rock 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:18
Blue Suede Shoes [Pazzazz] 2005 Pazzazz 2:16
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:17
Let It Rock: At the Crossroads of Rock and Roll 2005
Various Artists
Eagle Vision
Simply Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:17
Solid Gold 50's 2005
Various Artists
Solid Gold Records 2:16
Golden Oldies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
The Essential Sun Records Collection 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 2:15
Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session 2006 Snapper 3:11
Classic Rockabilly 2007
Various Artists
Proper Box 2:15
No Image 2008
Various Artists
World Picture Records / ZYX / ZYX Music 2:15
Top Hits of the 50s: Fabulous Hits 2008
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Collectables
Rolling Stone: The Pioneers of Rock 'N' Roll 2008
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Universal 2:15
Rock Around the Clock [Union Square] 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:16
Roots of Nick Cave 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:17
50s Jukebox Hits 2009
Various Artists
TIP Records / Dance Street 2:15
The Roots of John Lennon 2009
Various Artists
Red Snapper Records / Snapper 2:16
Sixteen Timeless Classic Hits 2009
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Sun Record Company 2:16
Jukebox Hits 2009
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Luxury Multimedia 2:14
Rock 'n' Roll & the City 2009
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MyMusic 2:17
Greatest Ever! Rock 'N' Roll Legends: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:16
Lipstick on Your Collar: 62 Vintage Jukebox Classics 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:13
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 2:16
Red Blue Jeans & Checkerboard Socks 2010
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Ace / Ace UK 2:16
Sun Records' Greatest Hits 2010
Various Artists
Curb 2:17
Bob Dylan Cover to Cover: The Originals 2010
Various Artists
Mischief / Music Melon 2:17
Then: 1956 2010
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 2:17
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
My Kind of Music: The Fabulous 50s! 2011
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:16
The Golden Age of Country [Time-Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:17
Massive Hits: Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
4 Gold / EMI / EMI Gold 2:19
The Pop Years: The 50s 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:15
Juke Box Jive: Essential Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
Metro Select 2:17
My Kind of Music: The Rock 'n' Roll Years! 2011
Various Artists
Union Square Music / USM Media 2:16
The Cruisin' Story 1955-1960 2011
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:17
The First Rock and Roll Record 2011
Various Artists
Famous Flames 2:17
Âge Tendre et Têtes de Bois 2012
Various Artists
Smart / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:17
Sun 60th Anniversary 2012
Various Artists
Curb 2:15
Playlist: The Very Best of Carl Perkins Sun Sessions 2013 Legacy 2:16
Britain's Greatest Hits 1956 2013
Various Artists
Fabulous 2:15
Sweethearts and Stolen Kisses: From the Movies 2014
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:17
The Greatest Ever Rock 'N' Roll 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:18
The Complete Singles & Albums 1955-62 2015 Acrobat Music 2:17
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll 2015
Various Artists
Yep Roc 2:16
Greatest and Original Hits 2017 10Ten Media
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:16
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:16
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Various Artists
Gralin Music
Absolute Hits of the 50's
Various Artists
Eva
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Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 2:16
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 7: 1956
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Acrobat Music 2:14
Beatles Beginnings, Vol. 8: The Quarrymen Repertoire
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues 2:18
Big "D" Jamboree
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:15
Blue Suede Shoes [Madfish] Madfish 3:11
No Image Charly Records
No Image
Various Artists
Satellite Sounds
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Various Artists
BMG Ariola
Decade of Hits: The 50's
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Dynamic Nostalgia 0:00
Ding Dong Presents, Vol. 1: Rabbit Action & Rock-a-Billy Blues
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Charly Records / Snapper / Snapper UK 2:16
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10Ten Media / Zebralution
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Dynamic 2:23
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ZYX / ZYX Music 2:13
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