Ernst Jorgensen's Comments About Elvis At Sun

In the latest edition of ICE magazine Ernst Jorgensen talks about the new CD "Elvis At Sun." The article proclaims the CD to be the "go-to disc for collectors and mainstream consumers alike who simply want to hear the brilliant first phase of Elvis' career." Ernst is quoted as saying, "We've spent the better part of a year restoring every single one of these. Every one of those 19 tracks will sound better than you've ever heard them before. That's very hard to tell people, because we say that on every release (laughing). But this time, it really is true...I've been working with an English and a Swedish (expert), and we've gone through every one of them, hand-corrected every mistake, readjusted the EQ's until we were silly... all to get close to what the original Sun records sounded like." He goes on: "In several cases, we've been able to get a tape that was one generation earlier than what we had. Of the 19 cuts, we have new and improved audio sources on 14 of them." And: "Just 15 months ago we located a tape that had gone terribly wrong (gotten lost). It has better generation masters of seven of the tracks, including "That's All Right," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "I'm left...," and "Baby, Let's Play House". We restored the end of "I'm Left...," which has gone bad for so many years; we got the full-length fade out of "Mystery Train" on there; and we got both "I Love You Because" and "Harbor Lights" without the reverb that RCA always added to them, because we were able to get hold of the real tapes." "Technology has certainly improved in five years (since "Sunrise"), but it's really the time spent... we've had to take this outside normal recording-studio scenarios, because we never could have paid the bill for the restoration we've done. It's been done by three people with too much equipment for sensible people to own, so... no studio costs. At a going rate of $250 an hour, this would have been a million-dollar project; we've been working on it for a year." "I played it for (an RCA executive) who's ultra-critical, and even he said it's like night and day when played against the versions of everything we've ever put out before." New liner notes were penned by Knox Phillips (Sam's son).
Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum / Updated: May 26, 2004 

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Colin B (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2004report abuse
Don't get too excited about 'Mystery Train'! We are only talking about a second or so of the final fade making its first 'official' appearance.
Steve_Moore (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2004report abuse
In 1987 a European budget CD was released called, "Elvis Presley - The Ledgend," containing Mystery Train with a much longer ending on it, It appeared to not go into the fade but played right up to the last note. I can't vouch for this as I don't have a copy of the CD. But it would appear that this is the only instance before where Mystery Train has been released in that format - until now.
MV (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2004report abuse
Does this mean we are getting a slightly longer version
of Mystery Train than has ever been previously released?
TCBforever (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2004report abuse
when sam sold rca the original tapes!! in 55 thats what they got so how did they manage to get one generation earlier im confused?. did these tapes come from somebody else? if so have they only copies left in the vaults?
elvis_77 (profilecontact) wrote on May 26, 2004report abuse
This is great! I look forward to adding this to my collection. Keep them coming.

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