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For fans of: Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee LewisIt's many a full moon and neon-soaked night since Chris Isaak seduced the charts in 1991 with the single 'Wicked Game' - a haunting pop tune that channeled The Everly Brothers, Elvis and Roy Orbison in equal measure and made famous in David Lynch's seminal movie 'Wild at Heart'.
Over the years - between bouts of acting and crooning - Isaak has remained in the pop spectrum, cutting a silhouette with his mod-noir signature style. Chris Isaak is momma's apple pie, with a FBI badge to boot, an American Dream with dark undercurrents.
'Beyond the Sun' is his new homage to Sun Recordings - the home of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis - with a smooth collection of the songs that inspired Chris Isaak to use Dax Wax in the first place.
"I did this because I love this music - that's the entire reason," Isaak explains, advising, "you gotta listen to the original ones - they're classics - they're awesome but you can have fun with them. These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it. There's no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you've gotta give a little bit of your own take on it."
That said; Isaak has always been a sum of the parts, never deviating from the classic mould that 1950s Sun Recordings created. So he may be the great pretender, but he does it very well, as a bona fide student of the iconic record label and catalogue.All the aforementioned artists are covered and also 'Everybody's In the Mood' by Howlin' Wolf. As a collection of great songs it is ace... but I still prefer Johnny Cash singing 'I Walk the Line' any day.