Sun records is one of the worlds most iconic record labels. Elvis Presley, Jonny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins all recorded for the label at Sun Studios, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis Tennessee.
This October, during their extensive tour of the American south and Midwest, The Mersey Beatles will spend three days recording a new album, "Live at Sun Studios", at this iconic and historic recording studio.
In order to record the album the band will interrupt their "ABBEY ROAD AT 50" tour (the entire album played live in the first half of the show with a set of hits from the Beatle mania era in the second half).
Instead, they will spend two days (October 8th and 9th) rattling through some rock and roll classics culled from the Beatles own early live performances, before resuming their "ABBEY ROAD" tour on October 10th at The Orphium theatre, Memphis. "Just like it was in the old days" joked Brian Ambrose (Ringo).
"LIVE AT SUN STUDIOS" will be the third album recorded by The Mersey Beatles for their US record company, lightning productions.
For this album the band have decided to record songs which they believe The Beatles themselves might have chosen had they ever made an album there.
"Its nice to think they would have paid homage to their idols", says Steven Howard (Paul). "We have two days to record and one day to mix the album and we had to whittle the selections down from over 40 possible tracks".
Brian Ambrose (Ringo) explained, "We sat around a big table with Mark Minnick, our US manager, at his home in Indiana. We had a few beers and listened to "live at the BBC" and some early recordings from anthology 1 and so on. That was a good night".
Craig Mcgown (George) continued, "We decided early on that there would be no Beatles originals. It just seemed fitting to play the songs which they covered and loved in the early days of Liverpool and Hamburg and into their first album for EMI".
Mark Bloor (John) gave a glimpse of the possible track listing. "We started the list with two songs, "Memphis Tennessee" and "That's alright Mama", for obvious reasons. After that the list just wrote itself".
Steven added, "There will be a lot of rock and roll, a couple of our favourite ballads like "Anna (go to him) and the odd curve ball like "Young Blood" and "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues".
Speaking on the prospect of recording at Sun Studios, Mark Bloor said, "I can already feel the shivers running down my spine. To stand in the same room where those records were made is a thrill in itself but to record there and to make an album? It won't feel real until the engineer says, ""Memphis Tennessee, take one"".