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Rufus Thomas - The Sun Years, plus…His R&B recordings 1949 – 1956 (CD)€20,00
”29 tracks including all known surviving recordings from 1949 – 1956
___ 2 recently discovered sides from his first recording session for Star Talent
___all 8 original 78 rpm discs for Star Talent, Bullet, Chess, Sun, and Meteor. Some of these now for the
first time ever from the first generation-tape
___ 3 recordings from the Memphis Recording Service, not originally issued
___2 original versions of songs Rufus covered (1 by Joe Hill Louis, 1 by Rosco Gordon; previously
___the original version of Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton
___2 bonus recordings by Rufus’s fellow DJ, Moohah Williams
___ 2 extracts from Rufus on radio WDIA in the 1950s
a rare radio interview with Daddy Cool
___mastered as only Bear Family can do it! A newly researched 68-page booklet by Martin Hawkins largely based on interviews by himself and Dave Booth, plus
rare photos and adverts.
Rufus Thomas was a one-off: a larger than life character who made as great a contribution to the performance and style
of American music as he did to the recording of it. He saw it all from black vaudeville to rap… and played a major role in
the evolution of African American music.
His earlier R&B recordings have been unjustly obscured by his later role in the development of Stax Records and his
string of soul hits.
But Rufus was – though he always played it down – a damn fine blues and R&B singer in the 1950s. And this is one of
the best cross-sections of African American music you’ll hear from the period. Rufus sings with the Lionel Hampton
band, several Memphis R&B dance bands, and with Sun studio session groups. And, in case we forget, he gave Sun
Records its first hit, Bear Cat.”