Studio Session for Sun Records, September 10-11, 1954

Studio :

Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee

Producer / Engineer :

Sam Phillips

Iíll Never Let You Go

Take NA

UN [Tape Box #12]

Take NA

Satisfied

Take 01

1:15

"N.G."

UN [Tape Box #12 (continued)]

Iíll Never Let You Go

Take NA

UN [Tape Box #12 (continued)]

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Incomplete

1:07

Probably on one of tape boxes #12 or 9

OPA1 4197

Good Rockin' Tonight LP(Bopcat 101)/Bopcat 100 LP/Sunrise

I Donít Care if the Sun Donít Shine

U-130

Take 01

Incomplete

0:43

OPA1 4195

Sunrise+"Good Rockin' Tonight LP"/Bopcat 100 LP [Non-RCA Tape]

Take 02

FS

0:32

OPA1 4195

Sunrise+"Good Rockin' Tonight LP"/Bopcat 100 LP

Take 03

M

2:32

F2WB 8042

Sunrise+Good Rockin' Tonight LP/Bopcat 100 LP

Just Because

Take 01

UN [Tape Box #10]

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

Take NA

UN [Tape Box #9]

Take NA

M

2:34

Continued

F2WB 8118

50's Box 1

Iíll Never Let You Go

Take NA

UN [Tape Box #9 (continued)]

Take NA

Good Rockin' Tonight

U-131

Take 01

UN [Tape Box #9 (continued)]

Take 02?

M

2:13

F2WB 8043

Platinum/Sunrise/50's Box 1 [Tape Box #3]

Just Because (slow version?)

Take NA

UN [Tape Box #3 (continued)]

Take NA

Musicians:

Guitar :

Elvis Presley

Guitar :

Scotty Moore

Bass :

Bill Black

Percussion :

Buddy Cunningham? Beating on an empty record box, I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine only

Guitar :

Doug Poindexter? Perhaps on Just Because and Good Rockin' Tonight


Notes:

The incomplete outtake of I'll Never Let You Go as released by RCA comes from a copy of the Good Rocking Tonight LP (Bopcat 100).

The two incomplete outtakes and the master of I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine were finally mastered from the original(?) tape on 'Sunrise' in 1999. All previous RCA/BMG releases came from a copy of the Good Rocking Tonight LP (Bopcat 100). Stereo clicks could be heard between the takes. These recordings were later re-issued on "Good Rockin' Tonight" (Bopcat 101) in 1979. Note that the complete version actually is the master. The sound quality of the second Bopcat LP implies that the tape used could be first generation. The same song sounds extremely noisy and distorted on the 50's Box. It could be 2% too fast as well. RCA never received the master, but used a tape transfer of a SUN 78 RPM.

It is of course not certain that Doug Poindexter and Buddy Cunningham really played on the session.

In Jorgensen's "A Life in Music" it can be found that Sholes' notes indicated that RCA received 1 take of Satisfied, 10 takes of I'll Never Let You Go, 3 takes of I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine (probably not true), 17 takes of Just Because and 2 takes of Good Rockin' Tonight. According to the same source, a slow version of Just Because was recorded after the master. If so, this would explain why one version out of three of that particular song was mentioned by name instead of RCA matrix number.

Guessed tape box order: #12, #10, #9 and #3.