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A BOY FROM TUPELO
The Complete 1953 - 1955 Recordings
At long last, with just a few days to go until the FTD label ships out the long awaited,
highly anticipated 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953 - 1955 Recordings', we
are presented with the complete tracklisting as you will see below.

[NEW] = Previously Unreleased Recording

DISC 1
MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE ACETATES
01 My Happiness
02 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
Source for tracks 1-2: Digital transfer of acetate.

03 I’ll Never Stand in Your Way
04 It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You)
Source for tracks 3-4: Digital transfer of acetate in very poor condition.

SUN MASTERS
05 Harbor Lights
06 I Love You Because
07 That’s All Right (45 rpm master)
Sources for tracks 5-6: Original SUN tapes.
Source for track 7: 45 rpm SUN single (plastic)

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08 Blue Moon of Kentucky (45 rpm master)
Source for track 8: 45 rpm SUN single (plastic).

09 Blue Moon
Source for track 9: Original SUN tape.

10 Tomorrow Night
11 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)
12 I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine
13 Just Because
14 Good Rockin' Tonight
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
16 You’re a Heartbreaker
Sources for tracks 15-16: 78 rpm SUN single (shellac).

17 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version)
Source for track 17: Original SUN tape.

18 Baby Let's Play House
Source for track 18: RCA reference tape (30 ips).

19 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
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
21 Mystery Train
22 Tryin’ to Get to You
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
Source for track 23: Original SUN (vocal channel) slapback tape.

RCA MASTERS
24 That’s All Right [RCA single version]
Source for track 24: RCA reference tape (30 ips).

25 Blue Moon of Kentucky [RCA single version 78 rpm master]
Source for track 25: 'Elvis at Sun' master, derived from digital transfer of 78 RPM SUN single (shellac).

26 I Love You Because [RCA LP version – spliced from takes 3 & 5]
Source for track 26: RCA master tape.

27 Tomorrow Night [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.
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DISC 2
SUN STUDIO SESSIONS
01 Harbor Lights (takes 1-2, level adjustments) 0:33 [NEW]
02 Harbor Lights (take 3/M) 2:53
03 Harbor Lights (take 4) 2:38
04 Harbor Lights (takes 5-6) 1:23 [NEW]
05 Harbor Lights (take 7) 2:25 [NEW]
06 Harbor Lights (take 8) 0:26 [NEW]
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
Source for tracks 7-13: Original SUN tape.

14 Dialogue 0:20
15 Blue Moon of Kentucky (slow tempo outtake) 1:08
Source for tracks 14-15: Digital transfer of SUN tape.

16 Blue Moon (takes 1-3) 0:38 [NEW]
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
Source for tracks 16-21: Original SUN tape.

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

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

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

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
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
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
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 [NEW]
37 When It Rains It Pours (vocal slapback tape, take 2 - rehearsa1) 2:12 [NEW]
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 [NEW]
Source for tracks 36-41: Original SUN (vocal channel) slapback tape.
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DISC 3
LIVE AND RADIO PERFORMANCES
01 That’s All Right
02 Blue Moon of Kentucky
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
04 Fool, Fool, Fool
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
06 That’s All Right
07 Tweedlee Dee
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 [NEW]
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
Recorded at KSIJ Radio, Gladewater, Texas, 1955.
Source for track 9: Digital transfer.

10 Money Honey
11 Blue Moon of Kentucky
12 I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine
13 That’s All Right
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 [NEW]
15 Money Honey [NEW]
16 Hearts of Stone [NEW]
17 Shake, Rattle and Roll [NEW]
18 Little Mama [NEW]
19 You’re a Heartbreaker
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
21 Baby Let’s Play House
22 Blue Moon of Kentucky
23 I Got a Woman
24 That’s All Right
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
Recorded at Gladewater High School, Gladewater, Texas, April 30, 1955
Source for tracks 25: RCA reference tape copy.

26 Interview with Mae Boren Axton
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 [NEW]
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
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
30 Maybellene
31 That’s All Right
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
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