|Third Man Records Releases 3 New Sun Records Reissues|
Hot off the presses at United, Third Man Records’ next trio of Sun Records reissues is ready to make its way onto your turntable. This is the second installment of their ongoing partnership with Sun (the first (http://thirdmanrecords.com/
D.A. Hunt’s “Lonesome Old Jail” b/w “Greyhound Blues” TMR-224 (http://thirdmanstore.com/
Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7″ single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt’s material on a 7″ record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin’ Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.
Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings “Rockhouse” b/w “You’re My Baby” TMR-225(http://thirdmanstore.com/
Most likely recorded in June of 1956, “Rockhouse” is a prime example of quintessential, undiluted rockabilly. While Roy and the Teen Kings’ stint with Sun would be brief, the sheer power unleashed on these tracks is palpable. Most folks are only familiar with Orbison’s perfected pop orchestrations recorded for Monument Records in the ’60s, but his roots were firmly planted in the dusty West Texas sound, were influenced heavily by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and remain equally important as the work of both.
Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” b/w “You Win Again” TMR-226 (http://thirdmanstore.com/
Like the Golden Gate Bridge, hot dogs, Wrigley Field, Converse All-Stars, and Jack Daniels, “Great Balls of Fire” is of the uppermost echelon of cultural exports America has ever produced. If you don’t already know this, it’s okay…you can buy this single now and no one will be the wiser.The Killer at his finest.
Purchase all three as a bundle (http://thirdmanstore.com/
Learn more about the first installment of this series here: