Jack White‘s Third Man Records have joined forces with the Sun Records label for a series of releases.
Third Man will be reissuing a number of songs from Sun’s iconic back catalogue on 7″ black vinyl, including Johnny Cash‘s 1956 single ‘Get Rhythm’, which was originally backed with ‘I Walk The Line’. The initial three 45rpm releases will include Rufus Thomas’ ‘Bear Cat’ and The Prisonaires’ ‘Just Walking In The Rain’ – both originally released in 1953 – alongside the Johnny Cash reissue. All three will be released on May 21. A limited 150 copies will be released on yellow and black splatter vinyl that Third Man have dubbed “sun-ray vinyl”.
The Third Man blog says: “This will be an ongoing partnership between Sun and Third Man and future releases are already in the works.”
They add: “Each release remains faithful to its original issue on Sun, replicating the classic logo and label design coupled with a striking Sun company sleeve that dutifully employs the rooster Sam Philips lamented losing as labels switched from 78’s to 45’s.”
Third Man Records recently released versions of the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby on gold and platinum vinyl. The vinyl used on Third Man’s deluxe edition of the soundtrack is described as “blindingly reflective metalized discs”, and is the first-ever commercially available records produced in the style. Both the standard and deluxe editions of the vinyl release are packaged in a “laser-cut wooden LP jacket riveted to aluminum spines” complete with the “Art Deco-meets-modern” style of the Baz Luhrmann movie.
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