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Million Dollar Quartet: the session plus alternative takes - The Audiophile Man
Title: The Complete Session In Its Original Sequence Label: Waxtime A million dollars? These days, for that amount of money, it is possibly to get yourself a ham sandwich and a frothy cappuccino at a local coffee shop. Back in the Sun Studio on 4 December 1956, it meant much more. In fact, even more than the value, it was the grouping of four legendary singers, performing and recording in a small space that really hit the headlines and caught the imagination. The actual session belonged to Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis had decided to sit in to tinker the ivories. Then Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash just stopped by to see what was happening. Well, ever alert to a possibly fruitful photo opportunity, label-owner Sam Phillips called in a local news photographer who happily snapped away. It was in the following day’s Memphis Press-Scimitar that the headline talked about The Million Dollar Quartet. But back in the studio, the photo opportunity actually transformed itself into a jam session. The news reporter left but the four musicians did not. It was quite a session too, 40 songs worth in fact and a fair span of genres were tackled too …