Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A Boy from Tupelo: The Sun Masters

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

A Boy from Tupelo: The Sun Masters

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Elvis Presley

(Sony Legacy)

Early Elvis, with his Martin acoustic blazing

A Boy from Tupelo is a gust of fresh air, rescuing Elvis Presley from the prison of nostalgia. The two-disc vinyl collection distills Sony's concurrent three-CD release of the entire legendary Sun Studio sessions down to the A- and B-sides that launched Presley's career. Though RCA made 15 of these 17 tracks available in 1976 as The Sun Sessions, they've never been heard with such diamond clarity. The sharpness reveals an intuitive young artist blazing a trail toward stardom.

The audio clarity highlights Presley's proficiency on his Martin acoustics, whether rippling around the locomotive wail of Scotty Moore's electric on "Mystery Train," or shimmering like a beaded curtain behind the radiator boil of Moore's lead on "Milkcow Blues Boogie. …

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