- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 92 KB
- Print Length: 17 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Vanguard Records (28 Sept. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005QFI8OY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I couldn't quite give it 5 stars because a lot of the information in it can be found elsewhere, in bits and pieces, either in interviews or in the booklet that comes with the CD. Still, there is some new material in it, plus this puts it all together, giving you a nice sense of the chronological evolution of the album, from it's roots in his childhood all the way through to the end product.
It's short, but he still manages to cover his childhood, his time in Japan, starting out in the music business, and the making of the album.
In Chris Isaak's case the big show is the October 2011 release of "Beyond the Sun," his recording of the Sun Sessions tunes, the great songs by the rockers the likes of which Rock `n' Roll hasn't heard from since.
As a kid growing up in the 60s in Stockton, Calif., Isaak listened to tunes on his parents' record player, a big box that looked like a suitcase. He trained his ear by listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis, as well as all those other performers who recorded for Sun Studios in Memphis.
He took to idolizing Sam Phillips, the legendary Sun Studios producer, who really got rock and roll rolling.
Isaak got his first guitar, a second-hand, pawn-shop Silvertone that he still owns and which gave him the name for his first band. He started wearing 50s "outfits" he put together from second-hand stores. He got himself some style, got noticed and made some sweet music. The rest of it you already know.
His story and the story of the making of the new recording read like the liner notes for the new album. Isaak seems to almost acknowledge as much. Talking about Phillips, Isaak says, "I can't explain all he did . . . it's too much for the notes from a singer on the back of a record."
The new recording is mainly a tribute collection of Sun Studio classics but it also contains tunes written by Isaak. Liner notes or not, Isaak's Kindle Short is a quick read that's a pleasant enough warm-up for the new CD.