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“A BOY FROM TUPELO – THE COMPLETE 1953-55 RECORDINGS” Book + 3CD

 

DISC 1

 

MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE ACETATES

01 My Happiness 2:33

02 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin 2:52

Tracks 1-2: Self-financed demo recorded July, 1953 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for tracks 1-2: Digital transfer of acetate.

03 I’ll Never Stand in Your Way 2:04

04 It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You) 2:09

Tracks 3-4: Self-financed demo recorded January 4, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for tracks 3-4: Digital transfer of acetate in very poor condition.

 

SUN MASTERS

05 Harbor Lights 2:38

06 I Love You Because 2:43

07 That’s All Right (45 rpm master) 2:00

Track 5 possibly recorded July 5, 1954.

Tracks 6-7 recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Sources for tracks 5-6: Original SUN tapes.

Source for track 7: 45 rpm SUN single (plastic).

08 Blue Moon of Kentucky (45 rpm master) 2:07

Recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for track 8: 45 rpm SUN single (plastic).

 

09 Blue Moon 2:44

Likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Source for track 9: Original SUN tape.

 

10 Tomorrow Night 3:01

11 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)2:27

12 I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine 2:32

13 Just Because 2:34

14 Good Rockin' Tonight 2:15

Tracks 10-14 likely recorded between September 12-16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Sources for tracks 10, 11, 13 and 14: RCA reference tapes (30 ips)

Source for track 12: Digital transfer of SUN tape, with repairs from a digital transfer of a tape copy.

 

15 Milkcow Blues Boogie 2:39

16 You’re a Heartbreaker 2:13

Tracks 15-16 recorded either mid-November or mid-December 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Sources for tracks 15-16: 78 rpm SUN single (shellac).

   

17 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version) 2:43

Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

The reel has March 5 written on it, but Elvis was at the Louisiana Hayride that day.

Source for track 17: Original SUN tape.

 

18 Baby Let's Play House 2:19

Likely recorded between January 30 and February 4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

“I Got a Woman” and “Tryin' to Get to You” were also recorded, but have been lost.

Source for track 18: RCA reference tape (30 ips).

 

19 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 2:38

Likely recorded mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for track 19: RCA reference tape (30 ips), with first part of ending from RCA tape copy (15 ips) and last part of ending from digital transfer of the RCA EPA-965 production master tape.

 

20 I Forgot to Remember to Forget 2:31

21 Mystery Train 2:30

22 Tryin’ to Get to You 2:36

Tracks 20-22 recorded mid-July, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for track 20: SUN tape copy.

Source for track 21: SUN tape copy, with ending from digital transfer of 78 rpm RCA single.
Source for track 22: RCA reference tape (30 ips).

 

23 When It Rains It Pours 2:06

Recorded November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Source for track 23: Original SUN (vocal channel) slapback tape.

Elvis’ 1957 re-recording of the song was released under the title “When It Rains, It Really Pours”

 

RCA MASTERS

24 That’s All Right 1:59

RCA single version

Source for track 24: RCA reference tape (30 ips).

25 Blue Moon of Kentucky 2:05

RCA single version (78 rpm master)

Source for track 24: 'Elvis at Sun' master, derived from digital transfer of 78 RPM SUN single (shellac).

26 I Love You Because 2:45

RCA LP version – spliced from takes 3 & 5
Steve Sholes’ original notes have these takes as 2 & 4

Source for track 26: RCA master tape.

 

27 Tomorrow Night 2:56

RCA LP version – overdubbed and slowed down
Source for track 27: 1965 RCA work part tape for the “Elvis for Everyone” LPM-3450 production master tape.

 

 

DISC 2

 

SUN STUDIO SESSIONS

01 Harbor Lights (takes 1-2, level adjustments) 0:33

02 Harbor Lights (take 3/M) 2:53

03 Harbor Lights (take 4) 2:38

04 Harbor Lights (takes 5-6) 1:23

05 Harbor Lights (take 7) 2:25

06 Harbor Lights (take 8) 0:26

Tracks 1-6 possibly recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Source for tracks 1-6: Original SUN tape.

 

07 I Love You Because (take 1) 0:23

08 I Love You Because (take 2) 3:28

09 I Love You Because (take 3) 3:36

10 I Love You Because (take 4) 0:40

11 I Love You Because (take 5) 3:28

12 That’s All Right (takes 1-2) 0:20

13 That’s All Right (take 3) 1:58

Tracks 7-13 recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Source for tracks 7-13: Original SUN tape.

 

14 Dialogue 0:20

15 Blue Moon of Kentucky (slow tempo outtake) 1:08

Tracks 14-15 likely recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for tracks 14-15: Digital transfer of SUN tape.

    

16 Blue Moon (takes 1-3) 0:38

17 Blue Moon (take 4) 2:59

18 Blue Moon (take 5) 3:25

19 Blue Moon (takes 6-7) 0:53

20 Blue Moon (take 8) 3:01

21 Blue Moon (take 9/M) 2:44

Tracks 16-21 likely recorded between August 15 and 19, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Source for tracks 16-21: Original SUN tape.

 

22 Dialogue fragment (before “Tomorrow Night”) 0:11

23 I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) (incomplete take) 0:49

24 Good Rockin’ Tonight (fragment from vocal slapback tape) 0:10

25 I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (takes 1-2) 1:13

26 I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (take 3/M) 2:35

Tracks 22-26 likely recorded between September 12 and 16, 1954 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for track 22: RCA reference tape (30 ips) for “Tomorrow Night”.
Sources for tracks 23-26: Digital transfers of SUN tapes (also see source note for Disc 1, track 12).

 

27 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 1) 3:00

28 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 2) 2:51

29 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 3) 2:51

30 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 4) 0:10

31 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 5/M) 2:40

32 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 6) 2:40

33 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version, take 7) 1:35

Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

The reel has March 5 written on it, but Elvis was at the Louisiana Hayride that day.

Source for tracks 27-33: Original SUN tape.

 

34 How Do You Think I Feel (guitar slapback tape, rehearsal + take 1) 3:17

35 How Do You Think I Feel (guitar slapback tape, rehearsals) 1:14

Recorded between mid-November 1954 and mid-April 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.

Source for tracks 34-35: Digital transfer of SUN (guitar channel) slapback tape.

 

36 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 1) 1:37

37 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 2 - rehearsa1) 2:12

38 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, takes 3-4) 2:14

39 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 5/M) 2:02

40 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 6-7) 1:40

41 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 8) 1:40

Recorded between November 1-4, 1955 at Sun Studio, Memphis.
Source for tracks 36-41: Original SUN (vocal channel) slapback tape.

 

DISC 3

 

LIVE AND RADIO PERFORMANCES

01 That’s All Right 2:52

02 Blue Moon of Kentucky 2:23    

Tracks 1-2 recorded at Louisiana Hayride debut, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 16, 1954.

Source for tracks 1-2: RCA reference tape copy.

 

03 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2:24

04 Fool, Fool, Fool 1:59

Tracks 3-4 recorded at KDAV Radio, Lubbock, Texas, January 6, 1955.

Source for tracks 3-4: Digital transfer of acetate.

 

05 Hearts of Stone 2:02

06 That’s All Right 1:52

07 Tweedlee Dee 2:51

Tracks 5-7 likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 15, 1955.

Source for tracks 5-7: Digital transfer of acetate in very poor condition.

Some parts duplicated and edited to create near-complete performances.

 

08 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2:23

Recorded at WJOI Radio, Florence, Alabama January 19, 1955.

Source for track 8: Digital transfer of acetate in poor condition.

 

09 KSIJ Radio commercial with DJ Tom Perryman 0:16

Recorded at KSIJ Radio, Gladewater, Texas, 1955.

Source for track 9: Digital transfer.

 

10 Money Honey 2:43

11 Blue Moon of Kentucky 2:04    

12 I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine 2:33

13 That’s All Right 1:54

Tracks 10-13 likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 22, 1955.

Source for tracks 10-13: Digital transfer of acetate in very poor condition. Some parts duplicated and edited to create near-complete performances.

 

14 Tweedlee Dee 2:15

15 Money Honey 2:17

16 Hearts of Stone 1:37

17 Shake, Rattle and Roll 1:39

18 Little Mama 2:03

19 You’re a Heartbreaker 2:06

Tracks 14-19 likely recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955.

Source for tracks 14-19: Digital transfer of fragments of acetate in very poor condition (which was destroyed in the process). Some parts duplicated and edited to create near-complete performances.

 

20 Good Rockin’ Tonight 2:36

21 Baby Let’s Play House 2:22

22 Blue Moon of Kentucky 1:47

23 I Got a Woman 3:03

24 That’s All Right 2:17

Tracks 20-24 likely recorded at the Eagles’ Hall, Houston, Texas, March 19, 1955. Track 21 could be from a different performance the same week.

Source for tracks 20-24: RCA  reference tape copy.

 

25 Tweedlee Dee 2:47

Recorded at Gladewater High School, Gladewater, Texas, April 30, 1955.

Source for tracks 25: RCA  reference tape copy.

 

26 Interview with Mae Boren Axton 3:19

Recorded at motel in Jacksonville, Florida on either May 12 or July 28, 1955.

Source for track 26: Digital transfer of 1981 BBC broadcast tape copy.

 

27 That’s All Right 2:37

Recorded at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival, Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1955.

Source for track 27: Broadcast tape.

 

28 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone 3:16

Recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, July 2, 1955.

Source for track 28: Digital transfer of acetate in very poor condition. Some parts duplicated and edited to create near-complete performance.

 

29 Baby Let’s Play House 3:19

30 Maybellene 3:09

31 That’s All Right 2:49

Tracks 29-31 recorded at the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, August 20, 1955.

Source for tracks 29-31: RCA reference tape copies.

 

32 Interview with Bob Neal 5:31

Recorded at WMPS Radio, Memphis Tennessee, between August 29-31, 1955.
Source for track 32: Digital transfer

 

MUSICIANS

Disc 1 tracks 1-4: Elvis Presley: guitar, vocals

 

All other recordings (except when noted):

Elvis Presley: guitar, vocals; Scotty Moore: electric guitar; Bill Black: bass

Disc 1 track 13: possibly Buddy Cunningham: brushes on snare drum

Disc 1 track 19 and disc 2 tracks 34-35: Jimmie Lott: drums

Disc 1 tracks 20, 22-23 and Disc 2 tracks 36-41: Johnny Bernero: drums

Disc 1 track 27: Chet Atkins: guitar; Grady Martin: guitar; Henry Strzelecki: bass; Buddy Harman: drums; Charlie McCoy: harmonica; Anita Kerr Singers: backing vocals

Disc 3 tracks 5-7 & 10-13: Sonny Trammel: steel guitar; Leon Post: piano

Disc 3 tracks 14-19 & 25: Jimmy Day: steel guitar; Floyd Cramer: piano

 


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