Elvis at Sun

Elvis at Sun

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley


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The first single-disc overview of Elvis Presley's historic, line-in-the-sand recordings at Sun Studios arrives just as Memphis is celebrating the 50th anniversary of rock 'n' roll -- marked from the King's first recording, of "That's All Right," at Sam Phillips's legendary haunt. There was certainly no turning back. The crisp remastering polishes the sound to a crystalline sheen that removes some heavy reverb while underscoring the passion Elvis brought to his vocal readings at such a tender age. (A main beneficiary of this has to be guitarist Scotty Moore, whose inventive soloing rivets the attention all the more as a result of the cleaner sound.) Elvis adds that je ne sais quoi to Bill Monroe's bluegrass heartbreaker "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and juices up Arthur Crudup's lowdown blues "That's All Right." He injects a haunting, ethereal element and infectious rhythmic thrust to Junior Parker's chilling blues "Mystery Train" and showcases both a captivating crooner's voice and a veteran's way with a lyric line in the pop chestnut "Blue Moon." Yet he's also able to cut loose with a freewheeling, wild-eyed vocal on the prototypical rockabilly of "I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine." With the infallible backing of Moore and bassist Bill Black, and his own solid rhythm guitar for ballast, Elvis rarely made a false move during his Sun tenure. Each of the 19 cuts, including an alternate take of "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone," is a keeper. There's a reason new generations keep finding and treasuring these recordings: They are majestic and monumental in so many details, and have retained their allure and influence over the past half century. With so much verbiage out there trying to explain Elvis, he's best revealed by his performances -- especially these, which are brimming with life-affirming heart and soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Bmg / Elvis
UPC: 0828766120523
catalogNumber: 61205
Rank: 18460


  1. Harbor Lights
  2. I Love You Because
  3. That's All Right
  4. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  5. Blue Moon
  6. Tomorrow Night
  7. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
  8. Just Because
  9. Good Rockin' Tonight
  10. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
  11. Milkcow Blues Boogie
  12. You're a Heartbreaker
  13. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
  14. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
  15. Baby, Let's Play House
  16. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  17. Mystery Train
  18. Trying to Get to You
  19. When It Rains, It Really Pours

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Bill Black   Bass,Double Bass
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Johnny Bernero   Drums
Doug Poindexter   Guitar
Jimmy Lott   Drums

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Roy Brown   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Bill Emerson   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
James Kennedy   Composer
Stan Kesler   Composer
Junior Parker   Composer
Knox Phillips   Liner Notes
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bob Shelton   Composer
Joe Shelton   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Jack Sallee   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Will Grosz   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer

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