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A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

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Elvis Presley 7/28/2017

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A Boy from Tupelo rounds up all the known existing Elvis Presley recordings from 1953 through 1955, a sum total of 53 studio takes and 32 live performances. The subtitle of the triple-disc set is The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings but it could as easily been dubbed The Sun Years, as the first two discs not only contain all the masters Elvis released for Sam Phillips' legendary Memphis label, but all the outtakes, the four alternate mixes of Sun material released by RCA, and the four acetates Presley privately cut for Phillips' Memphis Recording Service. The third disc is devoted to live material, primarily recorded at the Shreveport radio show Louisiana Hayride, but there are also some tracks recorded at concerts and radio stations in Texas and Mississippi. A lot of this third disc has shown up on prior Presley compilations, usually collections targeted at the hardcore Elvis fans, but A Boy from Tupelo presents all this music in a logical, orderly sequence that suits Legacy's previous big Presley boxes, such as 2011's Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete 1956 Masters. If A Boy from Tupelo doesn't seem as revelatory as that five-disc box, blame it on the fact that apart from the live recordings -- which are cleaned up, but often can still seem pretty rough -- this is heavily recycled material. Elvis' Sun sessions were first reissued as a 16-track LP called The Sun Sessions in 1976, which was trumped 11 years later by the CD release of The Complete Sun Sessions -- which itself wound up getting usurped in 1999 by the double-disc Sunrise. Additionally, this music can be found on 1992's five-CD The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters, the massive 2010 box The Complete Elvis Presley Masters, and 2016's The RCA Album Collection, albeit spread over some of that set's 60 CDs, so no matter how well executed A Boy from Tupelo is -- and it's very well done, boasting a handsome, detailed book and clean sound -- it can't help but feel a little old hat. Still, those consumers in the market for the earliest Elvis will be satisfied by this, as it not only has everything in one convenient box but the addition of the live material does provide a nice coda to the familiar Sun sessions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 My Happiness Elvis Presley 2:30
  3. 2 That's When Your Heartaches Begin Elvis Presley 2:47
  4. 3 I'll Never Stand in Your Way Elvis Presley 2:0
  5. 4 It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You Elvis Presley 2:2
  6. 5 Harbor Lights Elvis Presley 2:35
  7. 6 I Love You Because [Unprocessed Master Edit] Elvis Presley 2:38
  8. 7 That's All Right Elvis Presley 1:56
  9. 8 Blue Moon of Kentucky Elvis Presley 2:19
  10. 9 Blue Moon [Take 9/M] Elvis Presley 2:40
  11. 10 Tomorrow Night Elvis Presley 2:57
  12. 11 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') Elvis Presley 2:23
  13. 12 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine Elvis Presley 2:33
  14. 13 Just Because Elvis Presley 2:31
  15. 14 Good Rockin' Tonight Elvis Presley 2:36
  16. 15 Milkcow Blues Boogie Elvis Presley 2:35
  17. 16 You're a Heartbreaker Elvis Presley 2:3
  18. 17 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version] Elvis Presley 2:39
  19. 18 Baby, Let's Play House Elvis Presley 2:15
  20. 19 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone Elvis Presley 2:35
  21. 20 I Forgot to Remember to Forget Elvis Presley 2:28
  22. 21 Mystery Train Elvis Presley 2:26
  23. 22 Trying to Get to You Elvis Presley 2:31
  24. 23 When It Rains, It Really Pours Elvis Presley 2:0
  25. 24 That's All Right [RCA Single Version] Elvis Presley 1:55
  26. 25 Blue Moon of Kentucky [RCA Single Version] Elvis Presley 2:1
  27. 26 I Love You Because Elvis Presley 2:41
  28. 27 Tomorrow Night [RCA LP Version] Elvis Presley 2:52
  29. 1 Harbor Lights [Takes 1-2, 3/M] Elvis Presley 3:26
  30. 2 Harbor Lights [Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:38
  31. 3 Harbor Lights [Takes 5-8] Elvis Presley 4:9
  32. 4 I Love You Because [Takes 1-2] Elvis Presley 3:50
  33. 5 I Love You Because [Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:36
  34. 6 I Love You Because [Takes 4-5] Elvis Presley 4:4
  35. 7 That's All Right [Takes 1-3] Elvis Presley 2:14
  36. 8 Blue Moon of Kentucky [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:5
  37. 9 Blue Moon [Takes 1-4] Elvis Presley 3:36
  38. 10 Blue Moon [Take 5] Elvis Presley 3:25
  39. 11 Blue Moon [Takes 6-8] Elvis Presley 3:54
  40. 12 Blue Moon [Take 9/M] Elvis Presley 2:44
  41. 13 Dialogue (Fragment Before "Tomorrow Night") [Take] Elvis Presley 0:9
  42. 14 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') [Incomplete Take] Elvis Presley 0:45
  43. 15 Good Rockin' Tonight [Fragment From Vocal Slapback Tape] Elvis Presley 0:6
  44. 16 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine [Takes 1-3/M] Elvis Presley 3:44
  45. 17 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version, Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:0
  46. 18 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version, Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:51
  47. 19 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version, Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:51
  48. 20 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version, Takes 4-5] Elvis Presley 2:49
  49. 21 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version, Takes 6-7] Elvis Presley 4:12
  50. 22 How Do You Think I Feel [Guitar Slapback Tape, Rehearsals + Take 1] Elvis Presley 4:27
  51. 23 When It Rains It Pours [Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 1] Elvis Presley 1:37
  52. 24 When It Rains It Pours [Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 2 - Rehearsal 1 - Takes 3-4] Elvis Presley 4:26
  53. 25 When It Rains It Pours [Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 5/M] Elvis Presley 2:2
  54. 26 When It Rains It Pours [Vocal Slapback Tape, Takes 6-8] Elvis Presley 3:15
  55. 1 That's All Right [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana][1954] Elvis Presley 2:52
  56. 2 Blue Moon of Kentucky [Live] Elvis Presley 2:22
  57. 3 Shake, Rattle and Roll Elvis Presley 2:20
  58. 4 Fool, Fool, Fool Elvis Presley 1:53
  59. 5 Hearts of Stone [Live] Elvis Presley 2:2
  60. 6 That's All Right [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana][January 15, 1955] Elvis Presley 1:53
  61. 7 Tweedlee Dee [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana][January 15, 1955] Elvis Presley 2:49
  62. 8 Shake, Rattle and Roll [Live on WJOI Radio] Elvis Presley 2:19
  63. 9 KSIJ Radio commercial With DJ Tom Perryman [Live] Elvis Presley 0:15
  64. 10 Money Honey [Live] Elvis Presley 2:43
  65. 11 Blue Moon of Kentucky [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana] Elvis Presley 2:4
  66. 12 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine [Live] Elvis Presley 2:32
  67. 13 That's All Right [Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana][January 22, 1955] Elvis Presley 1:51
  68. 14 Tweedlee Dee [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana] Elvis Presley 2:15
  69. 15 Money Honey [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana] Elvis Presley 2:17
  70. 16 Hearts of Stone [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana] Elvis Presley 1:37
  71. 17 Shake, Rattle and Roll [Live] Elvis Presley 1:36
  72. 18 Little Mama [Live] Elvis Presley 2:3
  73. 19 You're a Heartbreaker [Live] Elvis Presley 2:6
  74. 20 Good Rockin' Tonight [Live] Elvis Presley 2:35
  75. 21 Baby, Let's Play House [Live From Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas] Elvis Presley 2:22
  76. 22 Blue Moon of Kentucky [Live From Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas] Elvis Presley 1:47
  77. 23 I Got a Woman [Live] Elvis Presley 3:3
  78. 24 That's All Right [Live From Eagles' Hall, Houston, Texas] Elvis Presley 2:14
  79. 25 Tweedlee Dee [Live From the Gladewater High School, Gladewater, Texas] Elvis Presley 2:43
  80. 26 That's All Right [Live From the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival, Meridian, Mississippi] Elvis Presley 2:34
  81. 27 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Live] Elvis Presley 3:16
  82. 28 Baby, Let's Play House [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana] Elvis Presley 3:18
  83. 29 Maybellene [Live] Elvis Presley 3:9
  84. 30 That's All Right [Live From the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana][August 20, 1955] Elvis Presley 2:45
  85. 31 Bob Neal Radio Promotion Spot [Live] Elvis Presley 5:26
  86. 32 I Forgot to Remember to Forget [Live] Elvis Presley 3:30

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