2-CD-Album Cap-Box, CD-size with 68-page Booklet, 79 tracks. Playing time: 148:59.
Billy Riley is a classic figure from Sun's golden age. The set contains outtakes of every one of Riley's Sun singles. 78 tracks with studio chatter and previously unreleased recordings. It includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with previously unpublished photos, revised & expanded Sun discography and track-by-track commentaries, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at recording in the Sun studio during the 1950s. The most complete and detailed look at Billy Riley's Sun career is now available only on Bear Family.
Billy Riley is one of the unsung heroes of rockabilly. To many collectors, Billy Riley's six Sun singles, issued between 1956 and 1959, guarantee him charter membership in rockabilly heaven. Forget the fact that Billy Riley never had a national hit record. Songs like Red Hot and Flying Saucer Rock And Roll enshrine Billy Riley as one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll. That assessment is shared by record collectors, historians and Bob Dylan, who paid public tribute to Billy Riley and performed with him in 1992.
This unprecedented boxed set brings together virtually every Billy Riley outtake of the 12 sides originally released by the Sun label in the 1950s. It offers the deepest look yet at Billy Riley's recording activity in the historic Memphis studio. Taken together, this set and Bear Family's 2-CD release of 'Classic Billy Riley' offer the most complete look at Billy Riley at Sun Records ever to be released.
This boxed set also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet featuring never-before seen photos of Billy Riley at work in the studio and on tour with his backup group, the Little Green Men. It also includes a revised and expanded Sun discography, detailed track-by-track commentaries, and new interview material by Sun historian Hank Davis. Its 78 tracks include revealing studio chatter and offer a deep, behind-the- scenes look at life in the Sun studio. This is a set that no fan of Billy Riley or vintage Sun Records can be without.