A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings [Box Set] Image
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  • Summary: The three disc collection features all the known existing Elvis Presley recordings from 1953 through 1955 including demos, outtakes, live performances and alternative mixes (some of which have appeared in other box sets).
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  • Record Label: RCA
  • Genre(s): Country, Rockabilly, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Traditional Country, Early Pop/Rock
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 31, 2017
    100
    Sixty-plus years later, E lives up to his legend, rooted in African-American rhythm & Blues and bursting with explicit erotic energy, controlling his nuclear-fuelled enthusiasm with the gravitational force of his magnificent voice. [Sep 2017, p.102]
  2. Jul 31, 2017
    100
    The set includes the Memphis Recording Service acetates Presley had cut on his own dime ($3.98 a pair, to be exact); the entire legendary Sun Sessions, aborted takes and all; and every known concert and radio recording from the period. The sound quality is likely as good as it'll ever get, and the performances are musical bedrock.
  3. Jul 31, 2017
    100
    Those consumers in the market for the earliest Elvis will be satisfied by this, as it not only has everything in one convenient box but the addition of the live material does provide a nice coda to the familiar Sun sessions.
  4. Uncut
    Aug 3, 2017
    80
    A Boy From Tupelo is ultimately a necessary and revealing addition to Presley's vast catalogue, one that spins a fascinating yarn about a pimply kid who transformed into something unprecedented: a rock star. [Sep 2017, p.50]
  5. Jul 31, 2017
    70
    This is not for the casual Elvis fan. The best stuff, his Sun 45s, have been available on CDs for decades. This is for those who want to hear the mistakes, the experiments, and the growth of a young singer defining his sound. Many of the recordings here are rough and partial. They have archival more than aesthetic value.
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