Released : 'Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953-1955'
The 100-page book chronicles Elvis' short recording career there, from its humble beginnings (his personal acetate recordings from July 1953 and January 1954) through to the final Sun sessions in 1955. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare photographs and unseen pieces of documentation.
The 2CD's contain the complete archival studio recordings from 1953-1955: Elvis' personal acetates, the Sun masters, along with rare session outtakes. The tracks have been painstakingly remastered and restored.
Sound is much clearer and crisper
There are many highlights on this new release. All of the newly remastered tracks now sound much clearer and crisper. For instance, 'That's All Right' has been taken from the 'Mother' master of the original Sun 45rpm. Also, for the first time on CD, 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget' appears without the false bass RCA added to it in the 1980s when tampering with the master tapes.
The remastering of Elvis' first acetate recordings - 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin' (from July 1953) - has also well exceeded the sound quality ever achieved before on these primitive recordings. Furthermore, on the outtakes of 'Blue Moon', the painstaking audio restoration has removed the overload and studio hum present on previous issues, and made them sound much better than ever before. Indeed, all previous erroneous mastering faults and miscalculations have been rectified on this release, making it the best collection of these seminal recordings thus far.
1. My Happiness (Acetate - Personal Recording)
2. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Acetate - Personal Recording)
3. Ill' Never Stand in Your Way (Acetate - Personal Recording)
4. It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You (Acetate - Personal Recording)
5. Harbor Lights (Take 3M)
6. I Love You Because
7. That's All Right (Sun 45rpm Master)
8. Blue Moon of
9. Blue Moon (Take 9M)
10. Tomorrow Night
11. I'll Never Let You Go
12. I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine (Take 2FS Take 3M)
13. Just Because
14. Good Rockin' Tonight
15. Milkcow Blues Boogie
16. You're a Heartbreaker
17. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone (Take 5M Slow Version)
18. Baby Lets Play House
19. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone
20. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
21. Mystery Train
22. Trying to Get to You
23. When It Rains It Really Pours
24. Shake Rattle and Roll (Acetate–January 6th 1955 Radio Station KDVA Lubbock, TX)
25. Fool, Fool, Fool (Acetate–January 6th 1955 Radio Station KDVA Lubbock, TX)
26. Shake Rattle and Roll Acetate (January 19th 1955 Radio Station WJOI Florence, AL)
27. Mystery Train (HMV 78RPM)
Outtakes & Sessions
1. Harbor Lights (Takes 1FS & 2FS & 4)
2. Harbor Lights (Takes 5FS & 6FS & 7 & 8END)
3. I Love You Because (Takes 1FS & 2)
4. I Love You Because (Take 3)
5. I Love You Because (Takes 4FS & 5)
6. That's All Right (Takes 1-3)
7. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Outtake Part -Slow Tempo Version)
8. Blue Moon (Takes 1FS & 2FS & 3FS & 4)
9. Blue Moon (Take 5)
10. Blue Moon (Takes 6FS & 7FS & 8)
11. I'll Never Let You Go (Alternate Incomplete Take)
12. I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine (Mack David)
13. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone (Take 1)
14. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone (Take 2)
15. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone (Takes 3 & 4FS)
16. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone (Takes 6 & 7END)
17. When It Rains It Really Pours (Takes 1END & 2REH)
18. When It Rains It Really Pours (Takes 3FS & 4FS)
19. When It Rains It Really Pours (Takes 6FS, 7FS & 8LFS)
20. How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar Tape Slap-back Rehearsal's)
Buy 'Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 - 1955' 2 CD / 100 page book
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.