4-CD boxset (LP-Size) with 24-page book 108 tracks. Playing time approx. 284 mns.
It was Orion Eckley Darnell, keeping the flame of rootsy Southern music alive in the Seventies, and doing it by sounding remarkably like Elvis Aaron Presley. This boxed set documents Orion's career on the legendary Sun Records label. It begins with the 1972 single on which Orion, then simply Jimmy Ellis, recorded That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky. It was issued on Sun without an artist name, and created a furor because Jimmy Ellis bore such an uncanny vocal resemblance to Elvis.
Then, shortly after Elvis's death, legendary producer Shelby Singleton reconnected with Jimmy Ellis, signing him to Sun, and creating the myth of Orion, the hero of a book, in which a famous star fakes his own death, and takes himself and his music back the roots. Shelby Singleton duly took Orion back to Elvis's roots in rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, country, blues, and gospel. He began by overdubbing him onto recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich, and then recording solo albums which many fans thought were better than many of Elvis's later LPs. The association ended in 1982, and this boxed set includes the very best of the recordings that Jimmy Ellis made for Sun. Among the titles are Such A Night, Honey, Patches, Ebony Eyes, Rocky, and Release Me; the complete overdubs with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, and Carl Perkins, plus many previously unissued titles.