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Historical Gold Dust,
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This review is from: 50th Anniversary (Audio CD)
The current West End top musical of the same name was inspired by this. Another title might have been The Secret Sun Session because as far as all participants are concerned it was a pure jam session. We have to thank the sound engineer who had the caution to slyly flip the Record button for this. Forget silly Dolly Mixture comment - this is the best value version with the bonus 1950s CD track of the four stars but sans the Xmas stuff, no loss I say.
It's so great to hear the pure sounds of these talents, including mistakes (catch new boy Jerry Lee gently correcting Elvis's lyrical error on track 5). Here Elvis comes across a real person as never elsewhere, laughing and joshing with the guys - yet always with the ingrained southern politeness, calling people Sir and his girlfriend Ma'am. Jerry Lee meets Elvis here - at the goodbye track you hear him say "Nice to meet you". Yet they harmonise like an established duo, a remarkable sign of both their greatness. Incidently, they both made a proper studio session with backing later on but I imagine that never officially saw light of day thanks to copyright barriers - and just imagine what Tom Parker would have done if he had known about this recording! I can't actually make out Johnny Cash's voice, I think he might have been a bit overawed by the talent around him.
Sound quality, now cleaned since it became legal, has made great improvement. Only Jerry Lee's vocal on Track 36 is off.
Altogether a CD no popular music fan should miss.