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Greg1995 wrote:RCA received tapes from Sam Phillips in December 1955.
RCA never got the master tapes for "Milkcow Blues Boogie"/"You're a Hearbreaker".
IMO There are two possibilities what might have happened to the tapes:
a) Sam lost the tapes, (what is very unlikely) so he couldn't send them to RCA.
b) Sam re-used the tape for another session (very likely, see the "Good Rockin Tonight" fragment on The Prisonaires session tape)
IMO the session is recorded over with another performer or group. It must be on the recording session tapes from September 12-16 1954 to late 1955 (circa November-December), because if it was not recorded over (mislabeled) Sam would simply pass it to RCA. There were about 50 recording sessions in the SUN studio in this time frame.
I hope someday the technology wil be able to recover erased/recorded over audio, because the complete session (with new songs maybe) is just for the asking.
Nothing special, but I thought I'd like to share my thoughts to you.
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Tony.. wrote:Apparantly, the out-takes of "I got a woman" and "Heartbreak hotel" were found at the end of a tape containing recordings by Pee Wee King! They must have re-recorded over Elvis' session tape, but not the full length of it. I often wonder if other RCA artists' session tapes have been scoured thoroughly in this way? Maybe other Elvis material could be located.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Roger Semon and Ernst Jorgensen, these long forgotten outtakes were recently discovered, tucked away on quarter inch reels that contained recordings associated with other artists. RCA, like most other labels at that time, tended to eke out every inch of recordability from their stock of magnetic tape. It wasn’t that they were being excessively frugal in their approach, it was simply that the medium was still in its infancy and the manufacturers, Scotch, were struggling to keep up with demand. Suffice to say Elvis, as yet an unproven signing, shared a tape reel with country star Pee Wee King and that is where these different takes remained for the best part of forty years.
- Stuart Colman, Elvis: The Man And His Music - Issue 31, June 1996
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