Elvis Presley

Elvis Raw: Early Live Recording, March 19, 1955

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This March 1955 set is, apparently, the earliest known recording of Elvis Presley on stage. Performing at a Houston club in front of a small (by his later standards) audience of about 150 people (mostly female, judging by the screams), the future King roars through a short set of his then-recent recordings for Sam Phillips's Sun label. We hear early versions of such Sun sides as "That's All Right" and "Baby Let's Play House," which he would play for the entirety of his career. Surprisingly, given the primitive technology of the time, the sound is better than adequate; it's not hi-fi, but you can hear everything, including Presley's acoustic guitar, Scotty Moore's electric guitar leads and Bill Black's bass. (Moore is also heard at the end of the disc reminiscing about his first meetings with Elvis.) A must-have for fans.

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