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Sunrise [CASSETTE]


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  • Audio Cassette (9 Feb 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bmg/RCA
  • ASIN: B00000I7TK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. That's All Right
2. Blue Moon of Kentucky
3. Good Rockin' Tonight
4. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
5. Milk Cow Blues Boogie
6. You're a Heartbreaker
7. Baby Let's Play House
8. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
9. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
10. Mystery Train
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Disc: 2
1. My Happiness [Acetate]
2. That's When Your Heartaches Begin [Acetate]
3. I'll Never Stand in Your Way [Acetate]
4. It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You [Acetate][#]
5. I Love You Because [Alternate Take]
6. That's All Right [Alternate Take]
7. Blue Moon of Kentucky [Alternate Take]
8. Blue Moon [Alternate Take][#]
9. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') [Alternate Take]
10. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine [Alternate Take]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Conrob on 25 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
Elvis had bigger hits and sang other great songs, but as a group these recordings cannot be matched for their vitality, freshness and the beauty of the singing and instrumentation. Almost never again would Elvis' voice sound so young and fleet, dancing from to tenor to falsetto to the trembling baritone so overused later in his career.
The underrated Scotty Moore plays what is still some of the best and most tasteful lead guitar in pop (and was a big influence on George Harrison, perhaps the ultimate tasteful player). Moore delivered some pioneering rock solos on later cuts like Hound Dog, but after the Sun recordings he was was seldom as elegant or considered (partly of course because the arrangements at RCA often did not allow his guitar to be such an organic part of the song).
The liveliness and consistency of the ensemble playing and arrangements would rarely be equalled and never surpassed in any later work. In truth, although these are often seen as seminal rock and roll recordings, this music has an atmosphere all its own and sounds unlike almost anything else. It's rhythm and blues, country, gospel, ballads and show tunes (Blue Moon). It's also acoustic AND electric, and presents the 'live' intimacy of a small combo at the same time as using the famous Sun echo to make records that were artefacts in their own right rather than merely transcriptions of a live performance.
Most of these songs are great, but the buoyant That's Alright, the stuttering Baby Let's Play House and the joyful but impatient Mystery Train all stand out. On the ballad side, the eerie falsetto Blue Moon and the delicate Tomorrow Night are two of Elvis' most affecting (yet unaffected) romantic performances.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
What can I say about arguably the greatest music ever made.
Elvis Sun recordings are the essence of Rock n Roll. Listen to the likes of Mystery Train and That' Alright and what we have is the blending of blues, country and gospel......the origins of rock music.
Without a doubt, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, Bill Haley etc were doing similar things at the same time. But what these three could do individually, Elvis combined.
There has never been before or since anything quite like this.
Elvis was a gospel and blues singer at heart. What he had, being a mississippi/Memphis kid, was the blues in his blood......the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and Arthur Cruddup were all around him. When he sings, the feeling that these guys had is there, the raw emotion and gutsy vocal are there, yet amazingly he adds more. He brings country and his real love, gospel into the mix.
Like Peter Guralnick says, if he never done another thing after his years at Sun this music would still be birth of rock n roll and perhaps even more legendary as it is now
So good is this music that many dismiss his post-Sun work......foolishly though, as Elvis excelled from the day he walked down Union Avenue into Sun studios, till the day walked off stage for the last time in June of 1977.
This is the only music that makes Sgt Pepper obsolete.....this is the greatest music ever made.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Skade VINE VOICE on 2 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
One double cd for which five stars seem insufficient. The second of these two cds is pure history - to be listened to alongside Peter Guralnick's wonderful biography: from the 'My Happiness' recorded at Elvis' own expense through early tentative take of 'I Love You Because' to crackly sounding live tracks such as the superb 'Tweedle Dee'.
But it is the first cd that you will listen to again and again with unalloyed pleasure. Those great singles in which Elvis (with Scotty, Bill and the great Sam Phillips) can be heard inventing rock'n'roll are all present and correct from 'That's All Right' to the supernaturally brilliant 'Mystery Train'. The none-single tracks are equally thrilling especially the ghostly 'Blue Moon' and the soulful 'Trying To Get To You'.
This music is the result of incredibly patient and persistent work over a long period and yet sounds as easy as breathing.This is pure joy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
In the inner notes, Peter Geralnick writes that "if Elvis had never made another record after his last Sun session in the fall of 1955, there seems little question that his music would have acheived the same mythic status as Robert Johnson's blues." That, is no haphazard comparison. Here is proof that it already, didn't matter who wrote the song- the singer was the captain of the ship here. The influences are transparent as apparent-the Inkspots and the Prisionaires(whose works are worth checking out) and raw blues. What S. Philips heard when through the half open door of the recording booth he heard Elvis and the rest of the band fooling about on That's Alright Mama was not mere chance-it was so bold a plan that again proves P. Geralnick right. The songs sound starkingly fresh and to any first time listener, Elvis all over. Sunrise- These recordings can't be described in any better term.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 31 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Sun sessions are the birth of Rock N' Roll; the 1st recordings in the genre and arguably still the greatest. There has been cries of Rock Around The Clock (released the summer Elvis 1st entered the studio) and Rocket 88, those 2 recordings were the first Rock N' Roll singles but all the groundwork, passion, excitement was started by Elvis Presley; he laid the groundwork. Bill Haley has about as much in common with what Elvis was doing musically as Ringo does with Dylan. If it wasn't for Presley, rock would have been just a passing fad like The Twist and Skiffle.

Elvis' voice is roar and uncontrollable: in one second baritone the next a high shriek, this is best displayed on Milk Cow Blues. Elvis was the 1st singer we didn't quite understand and it didn't matter.

The basis of the Sun sessions is complete musical freedom; Elvis had a great memory for obscure songs. Also growing up in black communities meant he bypassed the music racial divide. What Elvis does is combine Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Country and performs it in a completely different way. Country songs would become blues songs, blues songs rockers, the lines would be blurred.

A huge mention should go out to Scotty Moore (guitar), Bill Black (bass) and Sam Phillips (producer). Elvis, Scotty and Bill communicate in complete musical harmony. During Lets Play House the music halts and Elvis snears....

''Come on back and meet a-little girl so we can play some house''

Bill bass crawls along those lines eventually bringing Scotty back in.
Scotty Moore's guitar playing is vital; the music accompaniment to Elvis' voice. He crossed RaB and country to change guitar.
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