"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






SUN box set from EU!!!

According to a posting on the FECC site a new EU label called "Memphis Recording Service" - which now controls all the rights including the original logos from the 1950s - will release a Sun box.

This release has been 3 years in the making. Here is part of the posting: To my understanding there will be 2 box sets that will cover the entire Sun era.

The first volume to be released in June 2005 will deal only in the years 1953 - 1954. It will include what Mr Joseph Pirzada calls a 'super CD' with all tracks remastered in original Sun sound and will include a unreleased track from 1954 as well as live recordings. He promises a sound never heard before that even FTD could not afford to package.

Joseph has said 'our recording sources are much better than BMG can ever get'.

With the package to my understanding, will also be a 7 inch vinyl record of 'Thats all Right' pressed from the original Master Mother stamper which will be identical to the original 45rpm released by Sam Phillips in 1954 with all the hallmarks and obviously the exact sound.

Included is a 200 page book containing unpublised photographs including colour with documents never before seen during the 53- 54 which will include the 'most important document ever from 1954' (I am not allowed to say what that is at this stage) that has never before seen. All items will packaged together within the Box set.

It is also understood that major contributions to this package include Scotty Moore, Ed Leek, John Heath, Joseph Tunzi, Stanley Oberst, Sheriff Hanna, Russ Howe, Bud Glass are just the few that are involved in this project. The book itself is written by Joseph Pirzada and John M Heath.

On speaking to Mr Pirzada he did say this is a package made by the fans for the fans and items contained in this package are never before seen and many of the items contained in this package are completely out of the hands of the FTD version due later in the year.

We Elvis fans know what we want and this time you are going to get it. There is absolutely no point on relying on pen pushers because at the end of the day, they always let you down. I won't let myself down, I know what I want as a fan. The main significance on the FTD release is 1955. I want to make the best Sun package that can be had which is why we are going into every detail to cover the 53-54 era. On having spent 6 months last year in the mid -south in the USA on research I am going to set the story straight. Every past book I have seen have just got it wrong. The 1955 era will have to go on volume 2 which will be out January 2006.

Making both volumes the ultimate Sun collection. That will have more unreleased tracks and will have a pressing from Sam Phillips original Master plate 'Mystery Train'. The price for the item apparently will be made very affordable! It's also understood that these releases will be made available in shops of HMV and Virgin in the UK.

With all the rare items 'Memphis Recording Service' have secured, it appears they will not be on the FTD release.

(News, Source: For CD Collectors Only, March 18, 2005)




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