The Elvis: "Past Masters - Volume 2" CD is a collection of 25 tracks from Elvis'
catalogue. The majority of these tracks were not available on his original
Past Masters consists of A- and B-sides from Elvis' singles and Extended Play's
(EP's), very hard to find Long Play (LP) album versions and some previously
unreleased versions in great binaural sound. The main part of the single and
Extended Play (EP) versions appeared in a different form or sound on his Long
Also included are the full contents of the original "TV Guide Presents Elvis
Presley" record (released in September 1956) and the original USA "The Truth
About Me" promotional cardboard disc (original US edit as released in November
1956). Again a great collection of rarities! Just like the first volume of "Past
Notes from the booklet:
This is the original stereo version with overdubbed maracas. lt was originally
released in 1965 on the stereo only pressings of "Elvis For Everyone"' and again
an the 1972 vinyl UK re-release of "Elvis For Everyone". It's most likely that
the overdub for "Wild In The Country" was done at the same time as the overdub
for "Tomorrow Night", on March 18 1965.
Tracks 2, 5, 9, 12, 17 & 18:
All Sun recordings are digital transfers from the original sources (singles and
The C&W side of Sun 209, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" is one of the recordings where
no master tape was turned over to RCA in the first plane. lt is one of the worst
recorded / mastered Sun masters with compression and overdone echo. A further
compressed November 1955 RCA tape transfer of a Sun 78 RPM has been used for the
RCA single release. RCA added some echo to the Sun master of "That's All Right".
Take 5 of "Old Shep" was used by mistake on some original pressings of Elvis'
2nd album "Elvis".
Tracks 7, 8, 15 & 16:
Some of the original mono masters as frst released in 1962 were shortened for
release. On Sony's "Complete Elvis Presley Masters Collection" and the Franklin
Mint set they are released in their original edited form but in stereo.
The master of "A Big Hunk O' Love" is primarily Take 3, but with the first
instrumental break spliced in from Take 4. Since the release of "The Complete
50's Masters" box, it seems more common to have Take 3 of "A Big Hunk O' Love"
rather than the original spliced master, and it has since appeared on "Elvis 30
Number One Hits" and the CD version of Elvis' Golden Records Volume 2 among
This is a remixed version that can be found on the "Return Of The Rocker" album
(5600-1-R) released in 1986.
The original "record version" of "I Want To Be Free" that appeared on the 1957
EP of "Jailhouse Rock" was spliced from 2010 take 11 and 2012 take 5 (bass
ending), but since the release of "The Complete 50's Masters" box just the
complete take 11 has been used as the master.
Tracks 21 & 22:
These live versions were recorded in Tupelo, Mississippi on September 26, 1956
and released on vinyl single RCA PB-f 3875 in the USA in 1984.
From the original USA "The Truth About Me" promotional cardboard disc (released
in November 1956) which had the additional line "I want to thank all of my loyal
Fans who have watched my performances, and in that way became friends of
mine".This line was omitted on later official releases.
As released on the RCA Victor G8MW-8705 "V Guide Presents Elvis Presley" record
(release date: September 1956).
Not a typical fanclub CD. This title was released under
the ELVISONE label and were sold for commercial reasons by the EFE shop
Formally it is an illegal publication, because the copyright
laws has been changed. (imo).
Listed here only to complete the section .