One of the best Elvis Presley stories in recent memory was an audio collector’s July 2012 discovery of a live recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.” Not realizing the rarity of what he had found, the collector posted the 1955 Louisiana Hayride radio show segment on YouTube as a curiosity piece.
Once Elvis experts began to take notice, it was soon revealed that this performance had never been heard by the public since the original October 1955 broadcast. It was also in better audio quality than most other Elvis live recordings from the same era. Ernst Jørgensen, Sony’s Elvis chief, acquired the recording, and the video came down.
Meanwhile, A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings, a limited-edition collection covering the same time period, was on the verge of release. Unfortunately, it was too late to add the newly found recording, so the massive book and 3-CD set was slightly less comprehensive than it otherwise would have been when Sony’s Follow That Dream (FTD) collectors label released it in August 2012.
Though I never did finish writing my review at the time, A Boy From Tupelo was a masterpiece even if only for the three CDs. Due to its limited availability, however, many fans were unable to obtain a copy. Five years later, it unfortunately sells for six or seven times its original price.
The live recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” is finally taking its rightful place on this set and making its debut on an official release. Thank you to “amberola1b” (the audio collector who discovered the recording) and Jørgensen for making this possible.
I consider A Boy From Tupelo to be one of the most important releases since Elvis died in 1977, and I am glad that it will now be readily available at a reasonable price to any music fan that wants it.
While I had been hoping for a boxed set of Elvis On Tour (1972) concerts and rehearsals this year, A Boy From Tupelo is even better than that would have been. Sony’s mainstream Elvis releases have been very 1970s-heavy for the last several years, so Elvis On Tour can wait a few more years, as far as I am concerned.
While the original came with a 512-page book, this 2017 edition will be condensed to 120 pages. The music will also be available in a digital download edition. A 1-LP vinyl edition will be available, containing only the SUN masters (i.e., no alternate or live recordings).