Put Your Cat Clothes On


2012 release. Carl Perkins was the first artist to score a Top 10 rockabilly hit in the States. The first artist to chart in the pop, R&B, and country charts with the same record -- Blue Suede Shoes (1956). Major pioneer of rockabilly and rock n' roll whose guitar playing was an integral part of his success and who inspired George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, and countless other aspiring guitarists. A car crash on the way to New York to appear on the Perry Como Show, robbed Carl of national exposure and laid him up in hospital with multiple injuries when he should have been cashing in on the success of "Blue Suede Shoes". A successful song writer (he penned eight of the tracks on this release), he also wrote hits for the likes of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and The Judds. This release contains a previously unissued version of "Sweethearts Or Strangers". "Matchbox" is one of several of Carl's songs covered by the Beatles. "Put Your Cat Clothes On", a classic Perkins track that wasn't released until the 1970s, was covered by Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats. These sides, all recorded in 1957, highlight Carl at his finest, be it on country numbers like "Your True Love" or downhome rockers like "Dixie Fried" and "That's Right". Carl subsequently moved to Columbia Records but never quite recaptured the magic of his timeless Sun recordings. Put Your Cat Clothes On was compiled by France's leading deejay in the early '80s, Ding Dong (real name Alain Pourquier).

On the Ding Dong series: For the series, he made visits to the hallowed Sun vaults in Memphis, Tennessee, where he listened to countless tapes, working his way through 1,228 outtake tape boxes and in the process selecting the best quality masters he could find. After listening to more than 11,000 tracks during February and March of 1983 and identifying a whole stack of unissued sides, he brought the master tapes back to England, where he embarked upon an amazing one-man re-issue program. Not only did he master all the recordings, he designed the sleeve artwork and wrote the sleeve notes. Now lovingly restored, selected titles are being presented in their full original glory for today's vinyl buyers. Remastered from the original tapes; 180 gram vinyl; old style tip-on cover.