1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 48-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns.
Twenty-nine rockin' songs from across Carl Perkins' career. Sun...of course, Decca, Columbia, and Mercury. The songs include Blue Suede Shoes...of course, and much MUCH more. Honey Don't,
Put Your Cat Clothes On, Big Bad Blues, Where The Rio De Rosa Flows, EP Express (Carl Perkins' tribute to Elvis), Restless, and so many more!
Carl Perkins was rockabilly music. In fact, there was a time in the early 1960s when the only rockabilly you could buy on microgroove was Carl Perkins’ Dance Album (oh yes, and a couple of Elvis LPs). The Beatles were not alone in being able to replicate every note on that LP, and they later recorded three of its twelve tracks, Honey Don’t, Matchbox, and Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby. Plus, of course, they performed Carl Perkins’ signature hit, Blue Suede Shoes, in concert.
Royalty income from the Beatles aside, Carl Perkins had just one really big hit, Blue Suede Shoes. Carl Perkins managed to hang a career on that one record, yet the flood of tributes that accompanied his passing in January 1998 would lead you to think that one of the era’s biggest hitmakers had died. But in a way, Carl Perkins was one of the era’s giants, if not in terms of charted records then certainly in other ways. Carl Perkins was one of the first to sing lead, write the songs, and play lead guitar. And he was one of the first to bring a hillbilly feel to R&B or an R&B feel to hillbilly, thereby creating rockabilly, and thereby creating rock ‘n’ roll.
Incredibly, this is the first full career retrospective of Carl Perkins. The very best of the groundbreaking Sun recordings, the best of the late ‘50s/ early ‘60s Columbia recordings, the cream of the ultra-rare Decca sides, and the later Columbia and Mercury recordings…plus two previously unissued tracks produced by Bill Lloyd (including Carl Perkins' version of John Hiatt’s Memphis In The Meantime).
Many Carl Perkins fans have decided that they must have it all, in which case we have our two boxed sets (‘Classic Carl Perkins’ [BCD 15494 EH] and ‘Back On Top’ [BCD 16422 DI]), plus a single CD of Dollie recordings, ‘Country Boy’s Dream’ [BCD 15593 AH] and a single CD of soundtrack recordings with Johnny Cash, ‘I Walk The Line’/’Little Fauss & Big Halsy’ [BCD 16130 AH]. Get all those, and you have everything that Carl Perkins recorded between 1954 and 1975. Get this CD and you have a stunning overview of one of the great careers in popular music, plus two recordings you won’t find anywhere else!