The very successful re-prints of the two acetates Elvis made in 1953 and 1954 will be released next week on yellow (Sun Records) vinyl.
There are only be made 300 copies of this soon to be rarity.
100 % reproductions of the two acetates, My Happiness/That’s When Your Heartaches Begin and It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You/I'll Never Stand In Your Way. Elvis made the originals back in 1953 and 1954.
Both acetates are exactly like the original ones. For the first time ever these reproductions of both pre fame Elvis Presley acetates be available in their originally form. Both are made on a 10” vinyl record that will play at 45 rpm.
In August 1953 did a very young Elvis Presley walk into the local Memphis Recording Service. He paid $ 4.00 to recorded two sides and get them home with him on a one of kind two sided acetate. The songs were the two ballads My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.
Elvis probably hoped that Sam Phillips (the owner of Memphis Recording Service and the founder of the local record label Sun Records) would pay attention to him and that he might get a chance on being invited for a real recording session. Sam wasn’t there that day but Marion Keisker who at that time worked for Sam did the recordings and noted that Elvis was a great ballad singer.
In early 1954 Elvis still haven’t heard from Sam so he decided to go back and pay another $ 4.00 to record two more sides. This time did he record two more ballads titled It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You and I’ll Never Stand In Your Way.
Nearly the same happened again. In other words Marion was impressed and saved a copy for Sam, but Sam wasn’t. It would take nearly another half year before Sam decided to call the young kid Elvis and invite him in for a try-out and a possible recording session. The rest is history.
For the first time ever will a reproduction of both pre fame Elvis Presley acetates be available in their originally form. Both are made on a 10” vinyl record that will play at 45 rpm. The labels are exactly like the original primitive ones.
The first one My Happiness/That’s When Your Heartaches Begin was originally a white label with typewriting on it. The fun thing is that a leftover of the Sun label from Prisonaires’ Softly And Tenderly (Sun 189) single was flipped over so that the back was used. On the original acetate can you see that thru the label.
Exactly the same is the case with the new reproduction. (maybe not easy to see in the picture, but it is easy to see when you hold the record). The second one It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You/I’ll Never Stand In Your Way was originally made with a more professional label. This time did Marion used a pre-printed Memphis Recording Service label. Again she used a typewriter to put the song titles and Elvis’ name on it.
Yellow AcetatesJanuary 16, 2007 | Music Source:Elvis Unlimited
wayup wrote on January 16, 2007
"100 % reproductions of the two acetates" - these acetates were made of vinyl? - they were yellow?
FJE wrote on January 16, 2007
Yep! And they played at 45rpm!!
Colonel wrote on January 16, 2007
"The fun thing is that a leftover of the Sun label from Prisonaires’ Softly And Tenderly (Sun 189) single was flipped over so that the back was used. " It's been said that Elvis was at the sessions to "Softly & Tenderly" by the Prisonaires and "helped" Bragg (lead-singer) to get his phrasing right, which got Sam mad because he told Elvis he could watch but not talk to the guys. Other sources name a different song (not "Walking in the rain")
EspenK wrote on January 18, 2007
"There are only be made 300 copies of this soon to be rarity"... In my opinion it is ridiculous to create something in such limited edition just to make it a collectors item. It's a *replica* for heavens sake. It's like if I should make a release of the Hayride concerts and ask the factory to just press 30 numbered copies, to sell it on e-bay as a "collectors item" (hope I don't give anyone any ideas now).