Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Digitally remastered pressing of this album that reunited four Rock 'N' Roll superstars who had originally recorded for the legendary Sun Records label: Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Originally recorded in 1985, the line-up was similar to the original 'million dollar quartet' recordings from three decades earlier, with Orbison replacing Elvis. Other famous names helped out in the studio including John Fogerty, June Carter Cash, Ace Cannon, The Judds, Dave Edmunds and others. 10 tracks including 'Sixteen Candles', 'Keep My Motor Running' and 'Birth Of Rock 'N' Roll'. Spectrum.
Class of '55: Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar); Jerry Lee Lewis (vocals, keyboards); Roy Orbison (vocals).
Additional personnel: Jack Clement, Marty Stuart (guitar, background vocals); Reggie Young, Bob Wooten, Kenneth Lovelace, J.R. Cobb (guitar); Memphis Strings (strings); Ace Cannon, Wayne Jackson, Bob Lewin, Jack Hale, Jr. (horns); Bobby Emmons (keyboards, Synclavier); Bobby Wood (keyboards, background vocals); Mike Leech, Bob Moore (bass); Gene Chrisman, W.S. Holland, Buddy Harmon (drums); Toni Wine, Paul Davis, Dan Penn, June Carter Cash, Rebecca Evans, Chips Moman, Sam Phillips, John Fogerty, Dave Edmunds (background vocals); The Judds, Rick Nelson.
Recorded at Sun Recording Studio, American Studio, Memphis, Tennessee in September, 1985. Includes liner notes by Joe Sasfy.
Class of '55: Memphis Rock 'n' Roll Homecoming brings Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins -- all members of the Sun Records stable during its heyday -- together for an all-star recording session, which finds the quartet tackling a mixture of oldies and new material. Highlights include renditions of Perkins' "Birth of Rock and Roll," "Sixteen Candles," Waylon Jennings' "Waymore's Blues," Cash's "I Will Rock and Roll With You," and John Fogerty's "Big Train (From Memphis)." ~ Steve Huey