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    The SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group to Release the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Legendary 'Million Dollar Quartet' Session

    Featuring Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash

    NEW YORK, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 19, Sony BMG's Strategic Marketing Group will release the 50th Anniversary Edition of the famous Million Dollar Quartet session.

    For the first time ever, the session will be released in its entirety and in the sequence in which it was originally recorded.

    Detailed liner notes recount the history of this legendary recording session. In brief, on the afternoon of December 4, 1956, a coincidental gathering of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee, resulted in the world's first superstar jam session and the making of the one and only Million Dollar Quartet.

    This historic event, captured by the studio owner Sam Phillips, provides a refreshing 'fly-on-the-wall' glimpse of what music truly inspired some of the world's legendary artists.

    Details of the legendary session were documented the next day in the local newspaper but the recorded audio session wasn't released to the public until 1990. Now, for the first time, the entire session including never before released songs is available on the new 50th Anniversary Edition of the Million Dollar Quartet.

    It is hard to describe this miraculous recording without listening to it for oneself however perhaps Sam Philips described it best in a note that he attached to the newspaper article which he sent to local radio DJs; "We thought you might like to read first-hand about our little shindig -- it was a dilly!"

    Website: http://www.bmg.com/
    http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainm...3092006-1.html
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

    Loved the recent release of the uncut Live at Folsom Prison. Gotta get me this one now!
    -Tim

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      Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

      Just for accuracy sake....Johnny Cash was their in the studio...and for the picture but he didn't sing or perform at the session. Also the session occured right after Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis laid down tracks for themselves (Jerry Lee Lewis was the session pianist for Carl who recorded "Matchbox" among other tunes).

      I am really looking forward to getting my hands onthis collection and hearing the once-in-a-lifetime session in its entirety for the first time!
      Originally posted by aashee
      We are 100% grade A Disney Dorks.

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        Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

        Originally posted by BDBopper View Post
        Just for accuracy sake....Johnny Cash was their in the studio...and for the picture but he didn't sing or perform at the session. Also the session occured right after Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis laid down tracks for themselves (Jerry Lee Lewis was the session pianist for Carl who recorded "Matchbox" among other tunes).

        Cash is on the album... according to Cash:

        -Tim

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          Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

          Speaking of Jerry Lee Lewis he is about to release his first album in a decade...

          Jerry Lee Lewis Is 'Last Man Standing'
          By WOODY BAIRD
          Associated Press Writer

          September 14, 2006, 8:54 AM EDT

          MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jerry Lee Lewis' hardheaded life of
          self-destructive recklessness -- filled with drugs, booze, scandal
          and broken marriages -- didn't seem like it would be the formula for
          a long career. But "The Killer" is still rocking.

          Just shy of his 71st birthday, Lewis -- who had his first
          hell-raising hit 49 years ago with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" --
          is releasing his first studio album in more than a decade.

          "I just felt like I was ready to do it again," Lewis said with a smile.

          Its title? "Last Man Standing."

          As a pioneer rock 'n' roller for Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Records,
          Lewis was a member of the so-called "Million Dollar Quartet" with
          Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Together, the young Sun
          stars carved a special place in the history of American music for
          Phillips' label and influenced generations of future rock 'n' rollers.

          Of course, though they toured together in the early days, they never
          really performed together as a quartet -- even though a photo from
          Dec. 4, 1956, shows them gathered together at a Sun Studio piano,
          with Presley, not Lewis, at the keys.

          Now, Lewis is the only one left.

          Presley died in 1977, Perkins in 1998 and Cash and Phillips in 2003.

          "I AM the last man standing," Lewis said. "And the last one breathing."

          Though Lewis didn't have the popularity of the King of Rock 'n' Roll
          or the critical legacy of Cash, he is still one of more important
          figures in the history of rock 'n' roll. His rollicking piano licks,
          along with his own fiery voice, fueled a few of rock's most
          influential songs -- most notably, the ultimate classic, "Great Balls of Fire."

          But he set off one of the great rock 'n' roll scandals by marrying
          his 13-year-old cousin in 1957, while still married to someone else.
          His once-soaring career never quite recovered, though his image over
          the years has been sufficiently rehabilitated.

          He never stopped making music, however. His new album, scheduled for
          release Sept. 26, was five years in the making. It is being released
          on the Artists First label through Warner Music Group's Alternative
          Distribution Alliance (ADA).

          Lewis is joined on the 21-song album by 21 guests that include Mick
          Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, George Jones and Kid Rock. But
          the focus is clearly on Lewis.

          "I had an understanding on that on the front end," said Lewis, who's
          never been known for happily sharing the spotlight.

          The guests are big names, but they mostly sing harmony, backup or
          play instruments without singing.

          "Jerry Lee's talent had to be front and center," said Jimmy Rip, one
          of the album's producers. "His voice and his piano are the loudest
          things in every mix on every song, and we think that's the way it should be."

          And he's still plenty loud, even though he may not pump the piano as
          easily as he once could.

          "He's 70 years old, you know. That's just a fact," said his daughter
          Phoebe Lewis, who handles her father's personal affairs. "But he's
          always able to come through with what he's got to do. He just does it."

          At a Memphis radio station to record promotional spots for "Last Man
          Standing," Lewis shuffled out of a sound booth wearing flip-flops, an
          open-collar gray shirt and black sweat pants dotted with drawings of
          small red chili peppers.

          Led by his daughter, he plopped in a chair to rest before the drive
          home to Nesbit, Miss., just south of Memphis. "I'm pretty tired," he
          said with a sigh, but he was happy to talk about the new album.

          "I'm definitely satisfied with it," he said. "I think it's the best
          album we've done in 20 years."

          Rip said he asked longtime friend Mick Jagger to take part on "Last
          Man Standing," and other artists began signing up as the project grew.

          "We never really planned this as being a duet record. It just sort of
          turned out that way," Rip said by phone from Los Angeles. "People
          actually started to ask me, 'How come I'm not on the record.'"

          Lewis said he had doubts about having so much company.

          "I didn't know how they were going to get all those people together,"
          he said. "But it went smooth as silk."

          Most of Lewis' work was done in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording
          Service, a studio run by Phillips' sons; some vocals were recorded at
          the old Sun Studio, now a tourist attraction.

          But many of his guests recorded their contributions elsewhere, with
          the final product mixed by Rip, who refused to say which artists were
          in the studio with Lewis.

          "Some were and some weren't," he said. "I'll never tell who was there
          and who wasn't because, to me, that kind of ruins the illusion."

          Rip said he had to explain to Lewis that with modern technology
          recordings can be made just about anywhere.

          "He asked, 'Can we do them in bed?' And I said, 'Well, we can do the
          ballads in bed, but you've got to sit up for the rock 'n' roll,'" Rip said.

          For the work at Sun, "it was just the two of us with a pair of
          headphones and a computer," Rip said, "and, man, he just sang. In
          some of those vocals, he sounds like he's 20 again."

          The album includes "Pink Cadillac" with Springsteen, "Traveling Band"
          with John Fogerty, "That Kind of Fool" with Keith Richards, "Trouble
          in Mind" with Eric Clapton," "You Don't Have to Go," with Neil Young
          and "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age" with George Jones.

          >From the beginning, back when Lewis was a teenager kicked out of
          preacher's school in Waxahatchie, Texas, for playing "the devil's
          music," his personal life has been a mess. He's wrecked cars, been
          hauled in drunk by the police, played around with guns, once shooting
          a band member in the chest and nearly killing him.

          Lewis, who nearly died from bleeding ulcers in 1981, has stumbled
          through six marriages, two of which ended with the deaths of his wives.

          His fourth wife drowned in a swimming pool while divorcing him in
          1982, and just a little over a year later, the next Mrs. Lewis, 23
          years his junior, died of a drug overdose. He divorced his sixth wife
          last year.

          He's buried two children who died in accidents and fought the IRS
          over unpaid taxes, with tax agents even showing up at concerts to
          seize his pay, which he preferred in cash.

          But nowadays, according to daughter Phoebe, Lewis spends his free
          time entertaining friends with lemonade and stories of the old days
          and with leisurely drives around rural Mississippi in his red
          Cadillac convertible.

          Lewis wraps up the new album with Kris Kristofferson and "The
          Pilgrim: Chapter 33," a song about a life of wrong turns spent
          reaching for the stars. The album ends with Lewis speaking one of
          song's main lines -- that "the goin' up was worth the comin' down."

          "I don't know if I agree with that line or not," Lewis said, "not all the way."
          Originally posted by aashee
          We are 100% grade A Disney Dorks.

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            Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

            Wow... another one I'll need to get.

            I don't think I've heard anything new of his since he recorded a couple of tracks for Dick Tracy. (Heard in the greenhouse -- "It Was the Whiskey Talking, Not Me." Also had a rock version on the soundtrack.)
            -Tim

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            • #7
              Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

              This is your chance to hear all of the full-length tracks from the album. Listen now!
              http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/lewis_...e/artist.jhtml
              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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                Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

                2 must buys for my music collection.
                Micechatter #5053 Looking for our new home in the WDW area! We need to get closer to our "Laughing Place"!
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                • #9
                  Re: 50th anniversary CD with Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee & Johnny

                  I found it on Amazon for $15.98 and sent for it right away. There are 41 tracks on the first disc alone. This sounds like a great CD.
                  Peter Pan Forever!!! I Will Never Grow Up.

                  Thank You Poisonedapples

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