Sun Singles 3 / Various (Box)

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Review Text The third entry into this six-volume series chronicling the entire Sun singles catalog begins in the fall of 1957. The tiny label -- which had been essentially a two-person operation in the beginning and through its early gestation -- was now a major independent with national hits in (pop, country, and rhythm & blues. Sun was not only the little label that could, but also a major force in shaping rock'n'roll and the boundaries of pop music overall. Sun was no longer a regional label making strange, quirky music for a small chunk of the Southern demographic, but a part of the national marketplace. As this installment in the series clearly illustrates by its chronological end in the summer of 1959, Sun wanted to be a part of that marketplace and would change their trademark sound accordingly. Backup singers, tenor sax solos, overdubs, a taming of the raw excitement -- these were all stylistic notions unthinkable of a Sun record only a couple of years back. But for every pop teen idol experiment gone awry, for every slick(er) concession to the marketplace, Sun Records still rocked harder than any label on the planet and made much original music in the bargain. In the A- and B-sides of these 50 singles, we hear the changes in Sun and, indeed, rock'n'roll itself. Disc one features one of the most cathartic moments in Sun history: Jerry Lee Lewis' two-sided classic, "Great Balls of Fire" and "You Win Again." Both sides of the Johnny Cash coin (the cool and the cloying) are well represented; Roy Orbison was being moved into similarly commercial fish-out-of-water territory, and Carl Perkins' last single for the label also appears. Disc Two features sides from the man responsible for much of the new bent toward mainstream commercialism -- producer/songwriter/musician Jack Clement, who wrote pop fluff like "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," played the acoustic guitar riff on "Big River," and produced sessions for Phillips. The third disc has numerous highlights from the first track to the last; the final disc takes us up to the summer of 1959, a fallow time for rock'n'roll, although there's still much great music to be heard. However, even the gradual taming of rockabilly and the sweetening of the hillbilly sounds the label was noted for couldn't possibly prepare the listener for eleven-year-old chalk-on-a-blackboard moppet Sherry Crane; "Winnie the Parakeet" and its flip side "Willie Willie" is simply the worst Sun record of all time, no contest.Along with these 101 sides (including a Jerry Lee interview track) is a sumptuous, bound 68-page booklet, chock full of label photos, excellent track-by-track text from Hank Davis, and rare photos of everybody from Johnny Cash to the sickly sweet Sherry Crane. ~ Cub Koda

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Home of the Blues - 3:40
  2. 2. Give My Love to Rose - 3:46
  3. 3. Good Lovin' - 3:55
  4. 4. Memories Never Grow Old - 2:20
  5. 5. Great Balls of Fire - 2:53
  6. 6. You Win Again - 3:58
  7. 7. Cindy Lou - 2:20
  8. 8. Your Honey Love - 2:14
  9. 9. Ballad of a Teenage Queen - 2:12
  10. 10. Big River - 3:33
  11. 11. Chicken Hearted - 2:17
  12. 12. I Like Love - 3:34
  13. 13. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - 2:19
  14. 14. Sweet Misery - 2:11
  15. 15. I've Got Love If You Want It - 2:11
  16. 16. I Fell in Love - 3:42
  17. 17. Lend Me Your Comb - 2:58
  18. 18. Glad All Over - 2:43
  19. 19. Breathless - 3:44
  20. 20. Down the Line - 2:15
  21. 21. Baby Please Don't Go - 2:08
  22. 22. Wouldn't You Know - 3:50
  23. 23. Judy - 2:05
  24. 24. I Think of You - 3:30

CD: 2

  1. 25. Ten Years - 2:18
  2. 26. Your Lover Boy - 2:18
  3. 27. Sweet Woman - 3:45
  4. 28. Part of My Life - 2:16
  5. 29. Love Is a Stranger - 3:01
  6. 30. Lonely Hours - 3:55
  7. 31. I Feel So Blue - 3:34
  8. 32. Memories of You - 3:37
  9. 33. Guess Things Happen That Way - 2:52
  10. 34. Come in Stranger - 2:45
  11. 35. High School Confidential - 3:31
  12. 36. Fools Like Me - 3:53
  13. 37. Dreamy Nights - 3:32
  14. 38. Fool, Fool, Fool - 3:33
  15. 39. Right Behind You Baby - 2:26
  16. 40. So Young - 2:27
  17. 41. Drinkin' Wine - 3:42
  18. 42. I Done Told You - 2:22
  19. 43. I Dig You Baby - 2:14
  20. 44. Sweetie Pie - 2:06
  21. 45. Return of Jerry Lee - 3:33
  22. 46. Lewis Boogie - 2:02
  23. 47. Ways of a Woman in Love - 2:17
  24. 48. You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven - 3:41
  25. 49. Break Up - 3:40
  26. 50. I'll Make It All Up to You - 3:06
  27. 51. Jerry Lee Lewis Talks About High School Confidential - 2:18

CD: 3

  1. 52. Itchy - 2:19
  2. 53. Thunderbird - 2:21
  3. 54. Sally Jo - 2:06
  4. 55. Torro - 3:46
  5. 56. Diamond Ring - 2:19
  6. 57. I've Been Waitin' - 2:01
  7. 58. Born to Lose - 3:59
  8. 59. My Love for You - 2:26
  9. 60. You Made a Hit - 2:24
  10. 61. Why Why Why - 2:21
  11. 62. It's Just About Time - 2:09
  12. 63. I Just Thought You'd Like to Know - 2:25
  13. 64. Breeze - 2:08
  14. 65. Today Is a Blue Day - 2:04
  15. 66. Black Haired Man - 2:00
  16. 67. Wrong - 2:58
  17. 68. I'll Sail My Ship Alone - 2:10
  18. 69. It Hurt Me So - 3:41
  19. 70. Down by the Riverside - 2:17
  20. 71. No Name Girl - 2:55
  21. 72. Sweet, Sweet Girl - 2:23
  22. 73. Goodbye Mr. Love - 3:41
  23. 74. Jump Right Out of This Jukebox - 2:22
  24. 75. Tell 'Em Off - 2:59
  25. 76. Thanks a Lot - 3:38
  26. 77. Luther Played the Boogie - 2:02

CD: 4

  1. 78. Lovin' Up a Storm - 2:53
  2. 79. Big Blon' Baby - 2:42
  3. 80. Without a Love - 2:03
  4. 81. Time Will Tell - 2:23
  5. 82. Rockin' Bandit - 2:12
  6. 83. Sail Away - 3:30
  7. 84. Don't Ever Leave Me - 2:22
  8. 85. Miracle of You - 2:21
  9. 86. Katy Too - 2:57
  10. 87. I Forgot to Remember to Forget - 2:54
  11. 88. Got the Water Boiling - 2:11
  12. 89. One More Time - 2:16
  13. 90. No More Crying the Blues - 2:03
  14. 91. Have Faith in My Love - 2:25
  15. 92. Let's Talk About Us - 2:10
  16. 93. Ballad of Billy Joe - 3:59
  17. 94. Mystery Train - 3:32
  18. 95. Sweet and Easy to Love - 3:31
  19. 96. Lovestruck - 2:06
  20. 97. I Wanna Make Sweet Love - 2:23
  21. 98. With Your Love, With Your Kiss - 3:40
  22. 99. Be Mine, All Mine - 2:25
  23. 100. Winnie the Parakeet - 2:24
  24. 101. Willie Willie - 2:57

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