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Great Guitars at Sun

Artist:     Various Artists

Album:     Great Guitars at Sun

Label:     MVD

Release Date:     04/07/2017


For me this record hits the spot–it has always been about the great guitar parts that make a great rock ‘n’ roll and blues songs.The first guitar player that comes to mind is Scotty Moore, who they feature on this album on “Mystery Train.” Scotty Moore was the guitar player on all of Elvis’ early work, which was his best. Scotty Moore influenced legions of guitar players from Keith Richards to Alvin Lee. I was lucky enough to meet Scotty and many of the guitar players on this album.

I always felt one of the most underrated guitars players of the period was Carl Perkins, and his “Match Box” is a classic, which is also featured. Earl Hooker has been possibly the most overlooked guitar player of that era—just listen to “Hucklebuck” and you will pick up on his greatness.

Little Milton  was always about the guitar, and has always been one my favorite blues guitar players; he is on fire on “Rode That Train.” When you think Johnny Cash, you don’t always think guitars, but just listen to his guitarist Luther Perkins  on “Folsom Prison Blues,” now, that man played with feeling.

This fine album is made of 28 classic tracks all with guitar masters –Pat Hare, Roland James, Willie Johnson, Ike Turner, Roy Orbison, Floyd Murphy and more. This album is a must have. Sam Phillips has done his job in saving American Music.

—Arnie Goodman

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