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).