Review : Elvis At SUN CD

By: Johnny Vallis
Source: Elvis Australia
January 23, 2008

Elvis At SUN CD
Elvis At SUN CD
Have you heard the news? Not only is there good rockin' tonight, but you'll be able to groove to it even more. At first, I thought I wouldn't need to own a copy of 'Elvis At Sun', as I already had 'Sunrise' and 'The Sun Sessions CD'. But I was truly floored by the difference in sound quality. Not only has the re-mastering technology improved since 'Sunrise', but they have said that they have run across other better tape sources. Whatever they did, they did it right. 'Tomorrow Night' is great; Elvis sounds like he is in the room with you. Same goes for 'Harbor Lights' and 'When It Rains It Really Pours'. Even 'You're A Heartbreaker', which to me is one of the roughest 'masters', has had some time spent on it and sounds the best I have heard it.

The original take of 'I Love You Because' is left off the set and they have take 2 instead. This is a change I agree with, it's a better version and I was never a fan of the whistling at the start of the master version. Can't blame them for trying different ideas. There often tried the songs a little different, by even trying fast and slow versions. That leads us to one of my favorites 'I'm Left You're Right, She's Gone'. Both approaches were very cool, yet such a contrast. I'm glad they are both on the set.

'Trying To Get To You' isn't up to the sound quality of 'Good Rockin' Tonight and 'Baby Let's Play House', but with saying that maybe this is the only source they had. Because judging by the rest of the project they had the best efforts forward to make this the ultimate collection. Which I believe it is to date.

Excellent notes from Knox Phillips and Ernst Mikael Jorgensen. We have been lucky since Ernst has combed though the Elvis Presley catalog. He proves further efforts with the Follow That Dream label which provides many great projects.

If you have the other Sun CDs, you will enjoy this one for the improved sound and rare photos. How about a new younger fan? Treat them to some real roots Rock and Roll. Now let's get real going for change...  Thanks BMG!

1. Harbor Lights, 2. I Love You Because (alternate take 2), 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 (slow version), 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

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Elvis Presley - Elvis At SUN - 19 tracks - 48 minutes -
82876 612052 BMG

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