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  • Personnel includes: Ray Smith (vocals); Stanley Walker, Dean Perkins, Brad Suggs, Billy Riley, Hank Garland, Grady Martin, Chet Atkins (guitar); Stan Kesler (steel guitar, bass); Boots Randolph (tenor saxophone); Bill Justis (trumpet); Charlie Rich, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Floyd Cramer, Ray Stevens (piano); James Webb, Cliff Acred, Lightnin' Chance (bass); Gary Diamond, Jimmy Van Eaton, Buddy Harman (drums); Jordanaires, Anita Kerr Singers, Bud Logan, Confederates (background vocals).
  • Recorded at 706 Union, Memphis, Tennessee between 1958 and 1959; RCA Studio, Nashville, Tennessee between 1959 and 1960; Owen Bradley Studio, Nashville, Tennessee in 1961 and 1963; Sun Studio, Nashville, Tennessee in 1961. Includes liner notes by Adam Komorowski.
  • Digitally remastered by Peter Rynston at Charly Studios, London, England.
  • Shake Around collects 21 of Smith's Sun recordings and two sides of a single on Veejay. His hit "Rockin' Little Angel" on Judd, a label run by Sam Phillips' brother, isn't included, but several revered rockabilly tracks are present ("Shake Around," "Willing and Ready"). Smith vacillated between teen-oriented pop and Elvis-influenced rock & roll and was sometimes artistically successful with both. Many Charlie Rich compositions are featured, as are a handful of recordings by Ray Rockin' Smyth & the Rockin' Rockers, who may or may not be Ray Smith. Anyone hungry for vintage Sun recordings will enjoy at least some of this package, as will rockabilly collectors. ~ Greg Adams
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