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First Play: Elvis Presley, A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

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The anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death is less than a month away, and while we inevitably reminisce on the singer’s immense impact 40 years later, Sony’s Legacy Recordings and RCA Records have painstakingly laid out the singer’s formative years for a new release.

A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-55 Recordings is a compilation of every track from the early recordings Elvis did with Sun Studio, along with all the related outtakes, alternate versions and a few live tracks. If you thought you had the full Elvis collection, this extensive release is about to expand it.

The advance stream to the left, which will be up until the album’s release on July 28, is a sampling of 15 tracks from the full three-CD set, including a newly discovered (and therefore never released) version of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget,” from a recording for Shreveport’s radio show Louisiana Hayride on Oct. 29, 1955. You’ll also find “My Happiness,” one of four songs Elvis paid for on his own before signing with Sun. The live recording of “Tweedlee Dee” — where Elvis is introduced at Gladewater High School in Texas on April 30, 1955, as “a young fella from up Tennessee way” before you can hear the audience screaming its appreciation — is a two-minute taste of the artist he was quickly becoming to fans outside of Tennessee, not yet a year after his first radio break.

Produced and researched by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, A Boy From Tupelo — with a deluxe package that includes a 120-page book with photos, memorabilia, a calendar and essay stracking Elvis' development from 1954-55 — is the deep dive you've been waiting for.

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