The Million Dollar Quartet
50th Anniversary Special Edition

50th Anniversary Special Edition




'The friendly face-off between the King and the killer is still phenomenal. It’s like eavesdropping on the jam session of the Gods - Perkins’ guitar-picking is divine, while Elvis and Jerry Lee bust a lung trying to out-earnest one another on the mostly gospel repertoire.' RECORD COLLECTOR

Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash’s legendary session at the Sun Studios. This 2CD set also features solo highlights from all four members.

2006 marked the 50th Anniversary of a one-off meeting of rock’n’roll giants at Sun Studios on December 4th 1956. Consequently the recordings made on that day by the so-called Million Dollar Quartet really do have legendary status.

Carl Perkins was completing a recording session on which Jerry Lee Lewis had been playing piano when Elvis Presley dropped by to visit his old friends at Sun, where he had made his first seminal recordings a couple of years earlier.  The scene was set for an extraordinary impromptu jam session which was fortunately recorded for posterity by Sam Phillips’ engineer Jack Clement.

Supported by Carl Perkins’ band, Elvis, Carl and Jerry spontaneously run through a mixture of popular songs of the day, country favourites as well as the old country-gospel tunes which had so influenced the trio.

Johnny Cash’s actual involvement in the surviving tracks has for many years been a matter of conjecture. Although his voice does not seem to appear on any of the surviving tracks, several reliable authorities, including Cash himself in his autobiography, have stated that he was definitely present and performed on several songs.

The music we hear is a mixture of snippets of songs, passages of dialogue as well as several complete or near-complete songs. In one particularly fascinating segment, Elvis talks about and sings three of his own then-current releases, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Paralysed’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’.

Disc One of this special anniversary set includes all the performances by the Quartet which have been found to date.  Although other songs are known to have been performed on the day, they have not been found and are now presumably lost forever.

Disc Two features eight especially chosen solo titles from each of the Quartet members.

Disc One

  1. You Belong To My Heart
  2. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
  3. Just A Little Talk With Jesus
  4. Walk That Lonesome Valley
  5. I Shall Not Be Moved
  6. (There’ll Be) peace In The Valley (For Me)
  7. Down By The Riverside
  8. I’m In The Crowd But Oh So Alone
  9. Farther Along
  10. Blessed Jesus, Hold My Hand
  11. As We Travel Along On The Jericho Road
  12. I Just Can’t Make It By Myself
  13. Little Cabin On The Hill
  14. Summertime Has passed And Gone
  15. I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling
  16. Sweetheart, You Done Me Wrong
  17. Keeper Of The Key
  18. Crazy Arms
  19. Don’t Forbid Me
  20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  21. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
  22. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  23. Don’t Be Cruel
  24. Don’t Be Cruel
  25. paralysed
  26. Don’t Be Cruel
  27. There’s No place Like Home
  28. When The Saints Go Marching In
  29. Softly And Tenderly
  30. Is It So Strange
  31. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
  32. Reconsider Baby
  33. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  34. Rip It up
  35. I’m Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye
  36. Crazy Arms
  37. That’s My Desire
  38. At The End Of The Road
  39. Jerry’s Boogie
  40. You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
  41. Elvis Farewell

Disc Two

  1. (EP) That’s All Right
  2. (CP) Movie Magg
  3. (EP) You’re A Heartbreaker
  4. (JC) My Treasure
  5. (EP) I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine
  6. (JC) You’re My Baby
  7. (EP) I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone
  8. (JC) New Mexico
  9. (EP) I Forgot To Remember To Forget
  10. (JLL) That Lucky Old Sun
  11. (CP) Turn Around
  12. (JLL) Dixie
  13. (CP) Honky Tonk Gal
  14. (EP) Milkcow Blues Boogie
  15. (JC) Belshazar
  16. (JLL) Marines’ Hymn (Halls Of Montezema)
  17. (CP) Sure To Fall
  18. (JC) Train Of Love
  19. (JLL) Will The Circle Be unbroken
  20. (CP) Keeper Of The Key
  21. (JC) I Was There When It Happened
  22. (JLL) Old Time Religion
  23. (CP) Be Honest With Me
  24. (JLL) Silver Threads Among The Gold
  25. (EP) Mystery Train
  26. (CP) Lonely Street
  27. (JC) Goodnight Irene
  28. (JLL) Great Speckled Bird
  29. (CP) Forever Yours
  30. (JC) Leave That Junk Alone
  31. (JLL) Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
  32. (EP) Baby, Let’s play House



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