The "Legacy" release 'Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight' lists the date of this session
as being July 21 1955, whereas the "Sony/BMG"
release 'Elvis 75' lists Tryin' To Get To You
as being recorded on July 11.
RCA received tapes from Sam Phillips
in December 1955, and where no tapes existed they
used dubs from SUN singles for their 'Masters' (See
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')
There exists a fantastic original
15 ips SUN tape copy for the masters of the fifth
and last SUN single I Forgot to Remember to Forget
(C&W side) and Mystery Train (R&B
side). This tape was handed over by Sam in January
1956 and is therefore referred to as the 16th SUN
Tape Box. The tape was first used for the 50's Box,
but has now been retransferred flat by Sony with
even better results in spite of the flat, original,
unprocessed sound. This is partly due to better
The new transfer of I Forgot to
Remember To Forget has already found its way
to two recent releases. First the 2003 upgrade of
'Great Country Songs' and later the same year it
was used for 'Second to None'. The introduction
of noise-shaping when converting back to 1-bit DSD
native after first converting to 8-bit PCM-narrow
in the Sonoma environment to allow equalization
isn't very impressive on either one of them, especially
considering the result was aimed at 16 bit PCM only.
However, the slight above 10 kHz raise done by Sony
for these two releases isn't considered out of place
at all - it's right on target actually. It's just
the method that seems a little complicated. The
distorted clipping of vocal peaks on 'Second to
None' is simply devastating since this source has
so much dynamic range. The 'Great Country Songs'
version was clipped as well, but not nearly as much.
The 'Elvis at SUN' version of I Forgot to Remember
to Forget is a slight improvement with total
absence of clipping being the only major audible
difference compared to 'Great Country Songs'.
The equally great new Sony transfer
of the unprocessed, dynamic Mystery Train
makes its debut here on 'Elvis at SUN'. The original,
full-ending-to-the last-note version derived from
lost Sun Tape Box #1 (that was reported to us by
Sven Adamski in 1999) has been recovered from the
best available source (tape copy with compression
and severe generation loss) and matched with precision
during the fade-out, using all the tricks in the
book and for once stretching all the 'Elvis at SUN'
restoration rules. The result of this impossible
task is stunning considering the circumstances.
According to Sam Phillips Trying
to Get to You would have been the R&B side
of Elvis' sixth SUN single. Unfortunately the surviving
RCA copies suffer from more compression than usual
and not even this Sony transfer of the recovered
RCA 30 ips tape can do anything about that. It is
a shame how the compression takes over during the
loud vocal parts, but apart from that the new source
and version isn't all that bad, at least not compared
to what has been released before.