1-CD Album with 32-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 71 mns.
Country artist Mack Self came from Arkansas to record one single for Sun and another for Phillips International, but that doesn't begin to tell the story. It's all here in 30 songs, featuring his complete recordings and a bonus interview in which Mack Self tells his own story in his own words! Rare photos round out the set!
Sam Phillips had a chance to work with two natives of Helena, Arkansas: Conway Twitty (a/k/a Harold Jenkins) and Mack Self. Sam Phillips chose Mack Self. Although his choice was never rewarded financially with a hit record, this collection of Mack Self's early work shows that Sam Phillips' judgement was as sound as ever. Half of the titles Mack Self recorded at Sun were released on two 45s during the 1950s. The remaining material had to wait almost 30 years for Sun archaeologists to discover. It was worth the wait.
Tracks like Going Crazy and Lovin' Memories revealed that Mack Self could turn his hand to rockabilly with the best of them. But back then, Sam Phillips was more interested in Mack Self's pure country soul. It was a brave decision that went against Sun's growing reputation for unleashing the music of southern wild men. At the least, Mack Self's two releases on Sun and Phillips International reveal how deeply
Sam Phillips was impressed by the charms of Mack Self's pure country style.
Easy To Love remains one of the most beautiful country songs of its era, and here we present it in three versions, showing that it didn't always sound like the version on Sun 273. Everyday and Mad At You (also presented in previously unreleased alternate versions) retain their power as well. These are timeless recordings, beautifully written and cleanly performed. Mack Self worked with the best of Sun sidemen like Stan Kesler, Bill Cantrell, Billy Riley, Johnny Bernero, Roland Janes, Jimmy Van Eaton, W. S. Holland and Martin Willis. Their contributions are all on record here.
This collection brings together every title recorded by Mack Self at 706 Union Avenue between 1955 – 1959. Along with previously unissued alternate takes and false starts, we now have the fullest picture yet of Mack Self's days at Sun. Previously unpublished photos and new interview material by Sun historian Hank Davis offer further depth to our coverage. In addition, we include eight post-Sun tracks recorded by Mack Self in Memphis between 1960 – 1972. The collection concludes with a few reminiscences about these historic times spoken in Mack Self's own words.
Finally there is a priceless moment here available nowhere else: an impromptu acoustic performance of Mack Self's musicaltribute to his days at the Sun label during its Golden Era.