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The UK Sun Sessions

April 05, 2009 | Music

Released March 25, 2009 on the Sonic Past Music label is the CD "The UK Sun Sessions". 

From the publishers website


Somewhere in this world, there must be people who have never heard of Elvis Presley (1935-1977)… I don’t know where, it’s a job for Discovery Channel! Everywhere I know of Elvis is not only one of the defining entertainers of our time, but an iconic figure in modern western culture. You can even take your pick: young Elvis in rockabilly mode, mainstream Elvis in the movies, mature Elvis in Memphis, Fat Elvis in Las Vegas… he’s all of those and more.

But here we go back to the beginning, to even before the beginning, to a youth in Memphis dividing his leisure time between rare blues record collecting and visiting local uber-cool clothiers Lansky’s Of Beale Street, THE major supplier of fashion for the black market, to top up his flashy wardrobe…so which was this kid, record geek or peacock? He was both bigtime, and both these sides to his personality were to inform his music and his eventual worldwide breakthrough. So here we have everything, from early demos, to regional hits, to his eventual national breakthrough; from the Louisiana Hayride to world acclaim.

It’s all here for the first time in one place, private recordings to Sun Records to the world. Hear the tentative steps of a legend. As a bonus we even have some tryouts that never made it to masters and some sensational live recordings, including his planned Sun followup singles that were never recorded as he stepped on up to world superstardom, with chat by Elvis himself…and screams from his ever growing fanbase.

Boudewijn de Kadt
Summer 2008

About The Recordings

In the compiling of the Sun Master recording in London in the 50s, it was understood that several of the actual acetates used in the day served as a pre-recording demo, essentially showing a song to a singing artist. We have provided the actual recordings of both master and acetate demos not to often heard these days for your full experience in listening and discovering Mr. E.P.’s beginning.

Chance Shevienowski


  1. That's All Right
  2. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  3. Harbor Lights
  4. I Love You Because
  5. Blue Moon
  6. Tomorrow Night
  7. I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'
  8. Just Because
  9. Good Rockin' Tonight
  10. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
  11. Milk Cow Blues Boogie
  12. You're A Heartbreaker
  13. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
  14. Baby Let's Play House
  15. How Do You Think I Feel?
  16. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  17. Mystery Train
  18. Trying to Get to You
  19. When it Rains it Really Pours
  20. I Love You Because
  21. My Baby's Gone
  22. My Happiness
  23. That's When The Heartache Begins
  24. I'll Never Stand In Your Way
  25. It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You
  26. Fool Fool Fool
  27. Shake, Rattle and Roll
  28. Hearts of Stone (Live)
  29. I Got A Woman (Live)
  30. Tweedle Dee (Live)
  31. Maybellene (Live)
Harvey Alexander wrote on April 06, 2009
What on earth is all this about? Why UK and why London? What have they got to do with Elvis's Sun recordings? Another con job of the highest order.
Jerome-the-third wrote on April 06, 2009
I've already pre-ordered mine, especially for the great sound of hearts of stone..
RonBaker wrote on April 06, 2009
This sort of stuff is probably the reason behind Ernst's not releasing a Sun project.
sitdown68 wrote on April 07, 2009
what would an FTD sun-edition be good for? as long as they do not come up with unreleased and unknown songs, which is quite unlikely, I don't see any need to have it all over again.
Bestoftherest8301 wrote on April 07, 2009
From Sonic Past Masters' website "Sonic Past Music is a digital music label dedicated to releasing previously unreleased recordings by classic rock artists" Err... just which of these tracks are previously unreleased? Also, "Sonic Past Music is a record label in Southern California" ......absolutely nothing to do with the Brits/UK I'm afraid. They'll do a world tour on this one I reckon, The Aussie Sun Sessions, The German Sun Sessions, The Japanese Sun Sessions. ! wonder what the most ridiculous one would be? The North Pole Sun Sessions, hehehehe.
John4126 wrote on April 11, 2009
Sitdown - Isn't that what FTD has become? A label that is by and larges issuing previoulsy released material.
Greg Nolan wrote on April 11, 2009
No. FTD is more than that and doing a decent job - by and large.