Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

CD(with Booklet)

$25.45 $28.99 Save 12% Current price is $25.45, Original price is $28.99. You Save 12%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Peter Guralnick, author of a definitive two-part biography on Elvis Presley, published the equally definitive The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll in 2015. At 784 pages, the book is appropriately weighty. This is a man who not only discovered Elvis Presley, but Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King, he deserves an epic but, as he was the quintessential recordman of the 20th century, he also deserves a soundtrack, so Guralnick gave him one, compiling a double-disc set to accompany the book. The recordings Phillips made at his Sun Studios are well-documented, so what gives The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll an edge is the curator's touch. Guralnick doesn't neglect Sun standards -- "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," "Moanin' at Midnight," "Rocket 88," "Mystery Train," "Sittin' and Thinkin'," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hey Porter," and "Rock & Roll Ruby" are all here, as they should be -- but he also doesn't rely on obscurities, either, choosing to balance cult favorites, left-field selections, and cuts from John Prine's 1979 album Pink Cadillac along with the big hits. He also bends unspoken rules of compilations, choosing to discard strict chronological flow and piling Walter Horton tunes upon each other, a move that winds up emphasizing the big picture, how Phillips tapped into the essence of American music in all its wild, untamed weirdness. Decades after its recording, this mid-century music is funny, ribald, passionate, and vital, whether it's electrified blues boogie, backwoods rockabilly, sophisticated country, or Prine's knowing look back at it all, and this compilation, more than most Sun collections, drives right to the heart of the matter.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2015
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457245327
catalogNumber: 2453
Rank: 57535

Album Credits

Technical Credits

James Cotton   Composer
Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Joe Hill Louis   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Warren Smith   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Jimmy DeBerry   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
B.B. King   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Frank Floyd   Composer
Murphy Maddux   Composer
Robert Riley   Composer
Jones Brothers   Composer
D.A. Hunt   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Sam C. Phillips   Composer
William Emerson   Composer
William Donald Nix   Composer
Nathan Golub   Art Direction
William Cantrell   Composer
Arthur Gunter   Composer

Customer Reviews