RCA received tapes from Sam Phillips
in December 1955, and where no tapes existed they
used dubs from SUN singles for their 'Masters' (See
The released slow outtake of Blue
Moon of Kentucky as released by RCA on releases
before 2010 comes from a copy of the 1983 pressing
of "Good Rockin' Tonight LP" (Bopcat 100)
and not from the initially turned over Sun Box #14.
The master was never turned over. RCA had to use
a tape transfer of the SUN 78 RPM single, until
the master SUN tape was rediscovered.
A recent new transfer of the original
master tape has revealed that the dialogue previously
thought to come from before the outtake of I'll
Never Let You Go (September
1954) actually comes from before the alternate
version of Blue Moon Of Kentucky.
In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, 'Legacy' releases, the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection and the Franklin Mint package. These 2007 remasters were not used
on FTD's 'A Boy From Tupelo', the masters were all
remastered again from scratch on that set.
Elvis At Sun - Restoration (Courtesy
of 'Master & Session')
The C&W side of SUN 209, Blue
Moon of Kentucky is one of the recordings where
no master tape was turned over to RCA in the first
place. A November 1955 RCA tape transfer of a SUN
78 RPM has been used up until now. Blue Moon
of Kentucky is one of the worst recorded / mastered
SUN masters with compression and overdone echo,
but it isn't nearly as bad as the RCA tape implied.
RCA compressed it further (to death actually) in
November 1955. A manually cleaned up, new transfer
from a selection of original SUN 78 RPM's has rectified
the situation on 'Elvis at SUN' and the improvement
should be obvious.