Elvis Presley—A Boy From Tupelo—The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings will be released on July 28 by Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and RCA Records.
Available as a 3-CD deluxe boxed set and a digital collection, A Boy From Tupelo—The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings is the most comprehensive collection of early Elvis Presley recordings ever assembled, with many tracks becoming available for the first time as part of this package and one performance—a newly discovered recording of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 29, 1955)—being officially released for the first time ever.
A Boy From Tupelo—The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings includes, for the first time in one collection, every known Elvis Presley Sun Records master and outtake, plus the mythical Memphis Recording Service acetates—“My Happiness”/“That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (recorded July 1953) and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”/“It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You)” (recorded January 4, 1954)—the four songs Elvis paid his own money to record before signing with Sun. A Boy From Tupelo—The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings includes every Elvis live performance and radio recording known to exist from the period.
A Boy From Tupelo—The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings also includes a 120-page book formatted as an illustrated travelogue and datebook chronicling the genesis of Elvis’ early career via facts, anecdotes, memorabilia and many rare photos. Independence Day 1954 is when this saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the singer leaves Sun Records to record for RCA. The material is organized by calendar entries. During the months July through October 1954, the majority of the calendar is empty, as Elvis had his daytime job with Crown Electric, and music-making was confined to the weekends and evening hours.
Behind the making of A Boy From Tupelo—The Complete 1953-55 Recordings lies more than 1,500 hours of restoration work and nearly 200 hours of additional studio time devoted to the remastering of the material.