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Various Artists: Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll [Digipak]

Track List

>Hello, Hello Baby - Jerry Lee Lewis
>Moanin' at Midnight - Howlin' Wolf
>Just Walkin' in the Rain - The Prisonaires
>How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
>Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
>Gotta Let You Go - Joe Hill Louis
>Every Night - The Jones Brothers
>Troublesome Waters - Howard Seratt
>Easy - Jimmy & Walter
>Before Long - Jimmy & Walter
>Lonesome Bedroom - Willie Nix
>Big River - Johnny Cash
>Boppin' the Blues - Carl Perkins
>Boogie Disease, The - Doctor Ross
>Baby, Let's Play House - Elvis Presley
>Ooby Dooby - Roy Orbison
>Love My Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames
>Matchbox - Carl Perkins
>Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis
>Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll - Billy Lee Riley
>She's Dynamite - B.B. King
>Mr. Highway Man (Cadillac Daddy) [Alternate Take] - Howlin' Wolf (alternate take)
>Tiger Man - Rufus Thomas
>Red-Headed Woman - Sonny Burgess
>End of the Road - Jerry Lee Lewis
>Who Will the Next Fool Be? - Charlie Rich
>Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
>How Lucky - John Prine
>Feelin' Good - Little Junior's Blue Flames
>You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven - Jerry Lee Lewis
>Turn Around - Carl Perkins
>Time Has Made a Change - Jimmy DeBerry
>Miss Froggie - Warren Smith
>Seems Like a Million Years - Willie Nix
>When It Rains It Pours - Billy Lee Riley
>That's All Right - Elvis Presley
>You Win Again - Jerry Lee Lewis
>I've Been Deceived - Charlie Feathers
>Rats in My Kitchen - Sleepy John Estes
>Lonesome Ol' Jail - D.A. Hunt
>Feelin' Low - Ernie Chaffin
>Sittin' and Thinkin' - Charlie Rich
>Hey Porter - Johnny Cash
>Movie Magg - Carl Perkins
>Rockin' Chair Daddy - Harmonica Frank
>Booted - Roscoe Gordon
>Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
>Dorothy Mae - Joe Hill Louis
>Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
>Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
>Rock and Roll Ruby - Warren Smith
>Go Go Go - Roy Orbison
>Settin' the Woods on Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
>I Shall Not Be Moved - The Million Dollar Quartet
>Tryin' to Get to You - Elvis Presley

Album Notes

Tributee: Sam Phillips .

Liner Note Author: Peter Guralnick.

Peter Guralnick, author of a definitive two-part biography on Elvis Presley, published the equally definitive The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll in 2015. At 784 pages, the book is appropriately weighty. This is a man who not only discovered Elvis Presley, but Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King, he deserves an epic but, as he was the quintessential recordman of the 20th century, he also deserves a soundtrack, so Guralnick gave him one, compiling a double-disc set to accompany the book. The recordings Phillips made at his Sun Studios are well-documented, so what gives The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll an edge is the curator's touch. Guralnick doesn't neglect Sun standards -- "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Moanin' at Midnight," "Rocket 88," "Mystery Train," "Sittin' and Thinkin'," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hey Porter," and "Rock & Roll Ruby" are all here, as they should be -- but he also doesn't rely on obscurities, either, choosing to balance cult favorites, left-field selections, and cuts from John Prine's 1979 album Pink Cadillac along with the big hits. He also bends unspoken rules of compilations, choosing to discard strict chronological flow and piling Walter Horton tunes upon each other, a move that winds up emphasizing the big picture, how Phillips tapped into the essence of American music in all its wild, untamed weirdness. Decades after its recording, this mid-century music is funny, ribald, passionate, and vital, whether it's electrified blues boogie, backwoods rockabilly, sophisticated country, or Prine's knowing look back at it all, and this compilation, more than most Sun collections, drives right to the heart of the matter. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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