Monday, March 26, 2018

Good Rockin' Tonight, The Legacy of Sun Records...music by various artists

Good Rockin' Tonight',  The Legacy of Sun Records, is a musical celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sun Records. This London-Sire Records release features new renditions of the Sun classics.

Most of the artists on this tribute to Sam Phillips's legendary Memphis label have chosen to cover the rockabilly hits. It isn't until a genuine Sun rockabilly artist--the late Carl Perkins--makes an appearance, joining Van Morrison for Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' on Top of the World," that things briefly get bluesy. Instead, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Chrissie Hynde, Tom Petty, and Bryan Ferry all offer up loving, note-for-note recreations of early Elvis tunes, even if it was Jerry Lee Lewis, not Elvis, who recorded a cover of "Don't Be Cruel" (Ferry's tune) for Sun.

But Elton John and Mandy Barnett both do The Killer (Lewis) proud here, as Sheryl Crow later does for Charlie Rich, and Led Zep's Page & Plant do for Sonny Burgess. Especially marvelous is Bob Dylan's subtle and, at times, hilarious take on Warren Smith's "Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache." It's a career highlight and every bit as enchanting as Robert Gordon's '70s cover version. Like the label itself, there are more hits than misses here.

  1. That's All Right Mama - Paul McCartney
  2. Mystery Train - Jeff Beck and Chrissie Hynde
  3. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
  4. Blue Suede Shoes - Johnny Hallyday
  5. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Elton John
  6. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Tom Petty
  7. Sitting on Top of the World - Van Morrison and Carl Perkins
  8. Don't Be Cruel - Brian Ferry
  9. Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache - Bob Dylan
  10. Walkin' in the Rain - Eric Clapton
  11. Lonely Weekend - Matchbox 20
  12. Who Will the Next Fool Be? - Sheryl Crow
  13. It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You - Chris Isaak
  14. I Walk the Line - Live
  15. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - The Howling Diablos and Kid Rock
  16. You Win Again - Mandy Barnett with the Jordanaires