1-CD with 36-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time approx. 84 mns. --
• An underrated Sun legend finally gets his due!
• Rare Sun classics in pristine, digitally restored sound! Many unissued.
• Rockabilly at its very finest from a guy who grew up in Elvis’ home town!
• Bonus: Gene’s very first recordings from another legendary Memphis studio for the Checker label, one side unissued until now!
To most pop music fans and historians, Gene Simmons was a One-Hit Wonder. We know better. For nearly a decade before he hit the best-seller charts in 1964 with Haunted House, Gene Simmons had been writing songs, performing in scruffy beer joints, and laying down tracks at Sun's tiny studio on Union Avenue. Only one record was ever released on the original Sun label, but many of Gene Simmons's other Sun titles and alternate takes have appeared in haphazard fashion over the years as part of the never-ending cycle of Sun archaeology.
Finally, this collection brings together all the essentials of Gene Simmons's recording career at Sun Records. Every title he cut at 706 Union Avenue is here, many in multiple takes. From his earliest Tupelo demos to more polished studio work, these tapes reveal as never before the heavy influence of southern blues on Gene Simmons' music. They also showcase the distinctive lead guitar work provided by Gene's brother, Carl. New interview material by Sun historian Hank Davis helps to round out the fullest picture yet of this underrated artist. As a bonus, we also present the first three recordings Gene Simmons made across Memphis at the Hi Records Studio in 1959, two of which appeared on the Checker label.#
All in all, this is the most comprehensive look yet at one of Sun’s most enthusiastic rockabilly performers.
He made just one record for Sun... and it came out years after it was recorded, but that one record only scratches the surface of his long involvement with the label that stretched back to the days when Elvis was there. It's all here! The rare single, 'Drinkin' Wine'/'I Done Told You', plus the unissued songs, out-takes, and the ultra-rare Hi recording of 'Goin Back To Memphis', issued on Chess!