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The Sun Sessions
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The Sun Sessions

Released:Mar. 1, 1976

With the new album still in the assembly stage, RCA released for the first time a collection of what many would consider not just the pinnacle of Elvis’ career but the very apogee of rock ‘n’ roll: his Sun recordings. The album – the first of three decades’ worth of revised and expanded versions – was prompted by the success of a virtually identical U.K. compilation. The effect was, ultimately, almost as far-reaching as the release of those first five Sun singles twenty-one years earlier: the world finally was let in on the true secret of Elvis Presley’s genius, at no cost to his record company. The album initially sold a respectable enough 200,000 copies, and while over the years it has never challenged the commercial success of any number of catalog staples, it has proved one of the cornerstones of Elvis’ enduring artistic reputation.

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  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded July 5, 1954. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky

    Bill Monroe. Recorded July 7, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

    Mack David. Recorded September, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. The most likely dates are in mid-September. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight

    Roy Brown. Recorded September, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. The most likely dates are in mid-September. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Milkcow Blues Boogie

    Kokomo Arnold. Recorded November-December, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • You’re A Heartbreaker

    Jack Sallee. Recorded November-December, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

    Stan Kesler/Bill Taylor. Recorded February-March 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: Jimmie Lott
  • Baby Let’s Play House

    Arthur Gunter. Recorded February-March 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Mystery Train

    Junior Parker/Sam Phillips. Recorded July 21, 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: Johnny Bernero
  • I Forgot To Remember To Forget

    Stan Kesler/Charlie Feathers. Recorded July 21, 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: Johnny Bernero
  • I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')

    Jimmy Wakely. Recorded September, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. The most likely dates are in mid-September. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • I Love You Because

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Record's studio. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Trying To Get To You

    Charles Singleton/Rosemarie McCoy. Recorded July 21, 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: Johnny Bernero
  • Blue Moon

    Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart. Recorded August 19, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Just Because

    Bob Shelton/Joe Shelton/Sid Robin. Recorded September, 1954 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. The most likely dates are in mid-September. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • I Love You Because (take 2)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Record's studio. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black

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