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Yesterday we reported news about the release of the long awaited FTD Sun Project. And
while being released by FTD we would expect a high price, several fans have contacted us
saying the price of more than £100 means they will never own this project.
“A BOY FROM TUPELO – THE COMPLETE 1953-55 RECORDINGS” includes for the first
time in one collection every known Elvis Presley SUN master and outtake, plus two private
records Elvis paid for with his own money, as well as thrilling radio and concert performances
from the period. This 3 CD package features 10 previously-unreleased cuts.
The accompanying book is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It thoughtfully details
the birth of Elvis' career through facts, anecdotes, documentation, many rare photos, and a
succinct narrative. Independence Day 1954 is when this uniquely American saga begins,
less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December
1955, when the rights to Elvis' SUN tapes officially expire, and the singer leaves Sam Phillips
to record for RCA. This is Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and the mystery of how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom,
achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.
All audio has been re-mastered and restored as best we could, but Disc 3 has pretty rough audio. The book is 512 pages in 12” by 12” format and includes
more than 500 photos of which about 200 are previously unpublished. If you are not an expert in this period of Elvis’ career, a lot more photos will be new to
you. Many familiar photos will be seen in best ever quality, but since this is a historical document, there will also be many images of less quality, included for
their rarity value and support of the story. The book also includes, for the first time, Steve Sholes’ original notes on the Sun tapes.
The project will come in a slip case (like “YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT”) that holds both the book and the CD holder (a double album type package).
More information as we get it.through.
(Thanks Elvis Matters)