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July 7 1954
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

SUN Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Engineer : Sam Phillips

Guitar: Elvis Presley  
Guitar: Scotty Moore  
Bass: Bill Black  

Blue Moon Of Kentucky
  July 7 1954 (Wed)
Take 1 Complete 2:02 ("2:02")
(Tape Box #14)
Take 2 Complete 2:02 ("2:02")  
  Dialogue 0:20 "Too much vaseline..." A Boy From Tupelo 2 (FTD)°+Good Rockin' Tonight (Bopcat 101)°
~Good Rockin' Tonight (Bopcat 100)°~Sunrise°~A Golden Celeb. 1°
Take 3 LFS 1:06 ("Breakdown") (OPA1 4194) A Boy From Tupelo 2 (FTD)°~The Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28
(Sony)°~Good Rockin' Tonight (Bopcat 101 LP - Dry)°~Good Rockin'
Tonight (Bopcat 100 LP - Echo)°~Sunrise°~The Complete Sun Sessions
(LP)°~The Sun Sessions (CD)°~50's Box 5°~A Golden Celebration 1°
Take 4   ("Last part N.G.")  
Take NA M 2:04 (F2WB 8041) A Boy From Tupelo 1 (FTD)° (Track 8)+(Track 25)~Elvis At Sun°
~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 1 (Sony)°~Country Roots (Franklin Mint
Comp. Mast. Collection 8)°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 1 (Legacy)°
~That's All Right (CD Single)°~Memphis Recording Service Vol. 1°~Great
Country Songs (DSD)°~Comp. Single Collection 1°~Sunrise°~50's Box 1°


RCA received tapes from Sam Phillips in December 1955, and where no tapes existed they used dubs from SUN singles for their 'Masters' (See below).

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.

Session Logs
Steve Sholes' Written Notes
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Recording Information
RCA SUN Transfers - December 1955
SUN Transfers - November 1955
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Tape Boxes 1 - 15
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