Close-up look of A Boy From Tupelo
Our advice: since there won't be a reprint, we recommend that you pre order your copy, so you don't have to worry about paying too much afterwards. Pre-order A Boy From Tupelo Book & 3 CD Set.
The long awaited FTD SUN Project has been announced for release on August 16. '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.
We have just been informed that the FTD SUN Book and CD set, 'A Boy From Tupelo : The Complete 1953-55 Recordings' will weigh a whopping 5kg [10 Pounds] so this is going to be one ultimate book and CD set.
This upcoming book/3 CD set promises to be the HOLY GRAIL for all Elvis fans interested in the 'pure' Elvis, like he sounded from 1953 thru 1955. Here are two samples that give you an idea of what to expect.
First up is a Live Version of That's All Right Mama from Meridian, Mississippi : May 26, 1955.
On May 23, 1955 Elvis performs at the High School Auditorium, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Here we have a radio promotion in advance of the events.
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The accompanying book [512 pages in 12' by 12' format] is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue with 500 photos of which about 200 previously unpublished. 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 The book is 512 pages in 12' by 12' format and includes more than 500 photos of which about 200 are previously unpublished.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).
FTD have advised us that they have 'had to gamble on the print run for 'A Boy From Tupelo : The Complete 1953-55 Recordings' as reprints seem financially impossible, so in that way this is a limited edition, and only a miracle can change that'. Just from feedback since our just announcing the release date, we can surely predict this will be FTDs biggest selling book set, and also their very fastest selling item. So as with 'Fashion For A King', released only last year, and now sold out, 'A Boy From Tupelo' could easily be sold out just as quickly.
So get in now with your pre-order.
A Boy From Tupelo : The Complete 1953-55 Recordings.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.