RCA/Legacy Go to the Vaults Again For "Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo - The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings"

by VVN Music

Since his death in 1977, RCA has repackaged and mined the vaults for the music of Elvis Presley in every conceivable combination.

On July 28, they will head back again for A Boy From Tupelo - The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings which is being billed as the "most comprehensive collection of early Elvis recordings ever assembled".

Included is every known Elvis Presley Sun Records master and outtake, plus the Memphis Recording Service Acetates (My Happiness/That's When Your Heartaches Begin (recorded July 1953) and I'll Never Stand in Your Way/It Wouldn't Be the Same (Without You) (recorded January 4, 1954)), the four songs Elvis paid his own money to record before signing with Sun.

Also part of the 3-CD package is every known live performance and radio program from that period that are known to exist.

Produced by Ernest Mikael Jorgensen, over 1,500 hours of restoration work was spent on the original tapes along with almost 200 hours of additional studio time to bring the recordings to the highest possible quality.

A 120-page book is also in the package, formatted as an illustrated travelogue and datebook chronicling the genesis of Elvis' early career via facts, anecdotes, memorabilia and many rare photos. Independence Day 1954 is when this unique American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the singer leaves Sun Records to record for RCA. The material is organized by calendar entries. During the months July through October 1954, the majority of the calendar is empty, as Elvis had his daytime job with Crown Electric, and music making was confined to the weekends and evening hours. This is Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and an account of how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, a young man on the pinnacle of an unprecedented level of success.

On the same day, a single vinyl edition, A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters, will be released with all of Elvis' A and B sides for Sun Records and additional songs recorded in Memphis. 

The track list:

Disc 1
  • Memphis Recording Services Acetates
    • My Happiness
    • That's When Your Heartaches Begin
    • I'll Never Stand In Your Way
    • It Would't Be the Same (Without You)
  • Sun Masters
    • Harbor Lights
    • I Love You Because (unprocessed master edit)
    • That's All Right (45 RPM master)
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky (45 RPM master
    • Blue Moon
    • Tomorrow Night
    • I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
    • I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
    • Just Because
    • Good Rockin' Tonight
    • Milkcow Blues Boogie
    • You're a Heartbreaker
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version)
    • Baby Let's Play House
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
    • I Forgot to Remember to Forget
    • Mystery Train
    • Tryin' to Get to You
    • When It Rains It Pours
  • RCA Masters
    • That's All Right (RCA single version)
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky (RCA single version)
    • I Love You Because (RCA LP version)
    • Tomorrow Night (RCA LP version)
Disc 2
  • Sun Studio Sessions
    • Harbor Lights (Takes 1-2, 3/M)
    • Harbor Lights (Take 4)
    • Harbor Lights (Takes 5-8)
    • I Love You Because (Takes 1-2)
    • I Love You Because (Take 3)
    • I Love You Because (Takes 4-5)
    • That's All Right (Takes 1-3)
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky (slow tempo outtake)
    • Blue Moon (Takes 1-4)
    • Blue Moon (Take 5)
    • Blue Moon (Takes 6-8)
    • Blue Moon (Take 9/M)
    • Dialogue (Fragment from Tomorrow Night)
    • I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') (Incomplete Take)
    • Good Rocking Tonight (Fragment from vocal slapback tape)
    • I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine (Takes 1-3/M)
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow version, take 1)
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow version, take 2)
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow version, take 3)
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow version, takes 4-5)
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow version, takes 6-7)
    • How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar slapback tape, rehearsals & take 1)
    • When It Rains It Pours (Vocal slapback tape, take 1)
    • When It Rains It Pours (Vocal slapback tape, take 2 - rehearsals 1 - takes 3-4)
    • When It Rains It Pours (Vocal slapback tape, take 5/M)
    • When It Rains It Pours (Vocal slapback tape, takes 6-8)
Disc 3
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954
    • That's All Right
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • KDAV Radio, Lubbock, Texas, January 6, 1955 
    • Shake, Rattle & Roll
    • Fool, Fool, Fool
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 15, 1955
    • Hearts of Stone
    • That's All Right
    • Tweedlee Dee
  • WJOI Radio, Florence, Alabama January 19, 1955
    • Shake, Rattle and Roll
  • KSIJ Radio, Gladewater, Texas, 1955
    • KSIJ Radio commercial with DJ Tom Perryman
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955
    • Money Honey
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky
    • I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
    • That's All Right
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955
    • Tweedlee Dee
    • Money Honey
    • Hearts of Stone
    • Shake, Rattle and Roll
    • Little Mama
    • You're a Heartbreaker
  • Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955
    • Good Rockin' Tonight
    • Baby Let's Play House
    • Blue Moon of Kentucky
    • I Got a Woman
    • That's All Right
  • Gladewater High School, Gladewater, Texas, April 30, 1955
    • Tweedlee Dee
  • Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival, Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1955 
    • That's All Right
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, July 2, 1955
    • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955
    • Baby Let's Play House
    • Maybellene
    • That's All Right
  • WMPS Radio, Memphis Tennessee, between August 29-31, 1955
    • Interview with Bob Neal
  • Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 29, 1955
    • I Forgot to Remember to Forget

A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters (LP)
  • That's All Right
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • Good Rockin' Tonight
  • I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine
  • Milkcow Blues Boogie
  • You're a Heartbreaker
  • Baby Let's Play House
  • I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
  • I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  • Mystery Train
  • I Love You Because (RCA LP version)
  • Blue Moon
  • I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
  • Just Because
  • Tryin' to Get To You
  • Tomorrow Night
  • Harbor Lights





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