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March 5 1955
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

SUN Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Engineer : Sam Phillips

Musicians:    
Guitar: Elvis Presley  
Guitar: Scotty Moore  
Bass: Bill Black  
Drums: Jimmie Lott  

You're A Heartbreaker
  March 5 1955 (Sat)
Tryout     (used by band as a warm-up?)  

I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version)
  March 5 1955 (Sat)
Take 1 Complete 2:59 (listed as Take 7 in session logs)
(SPA1 4281)
A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°
~Sunrise 2°~Complete Sun Sessions° (LP - listed as Take 7)
~(CD - listed as Take 7) (Tape Box #6)
Take 2 Complete 2:50 (listed as Take 8 in session logs)
(SPA1 4282)
A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°
~Complete Sun Sessions° (LP - listed as Take 8)
Take 3 Complete 2:51 (listed as Take 11 in session logs)
(SPA1 4284)
A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°
~Complete Sun Sessions° (LP - listed as Take 9)~(CD - listed as Take 9)
Take 4 FS 0:09 (listed as Take 10 in session logs)
(SPA1 4283)
A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°~Comp.
Sun Sessions° (LP - listed as Take 10)~For LP Fans Only 1 (FTD)°
Take 5 M 2:40 (OPA1 4196) A Boy From Tupelo 1°~A Boy From Tupelo 2°~Elvis At Sun°~The Comp.
Elvis Presley Masters 1 (Sony)°~Memphis Recording Service Volume 2°
~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°~For LP Fans Only 1 (FTD)°
~Sunrise 1°~50s Box 5° (listed as Take 11)~Complete Sun Sessions° (LP
- listed as Take 11)~(CD - listed as Take 11)~Golden Celebration 1°
Take 6 Complete 2:40 (listed as Take 12 in session logs)
(SPA1 4286)
A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°
~Comp. Sun Sessions° (LP - listed as Take 12)~(CD - Listed as Take 12)
Take 7 Incomplete 1:35 (listed as Take 13 in session logs)
(SPA1 4285)
A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°
~Complete Sun Sessions° (LP - listed as Take 13)

I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version)
  March 5 1955 (Sat)
Tryout   0:09 (features Scotty's guitar) A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Sun Country Years 1950 - 1959 (Bear
Family Box Set)°~Memphis Recording Service Vol. 2°~When All Was Kool°
~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°

How Do You Think I Feel
  March 5 1955 (Sat)
Take NA (M) 3:07   A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Sun Country Years 1950 - 1959 (Bear
Family Box Set)° (2:43)~Memphis Recording Service Volume 2° (2:43)
~When All Was Kool° (2:43)~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°
Rehearsals 1:13   A Boy From Tupelo 2°~The Sun Country Years 1950 - 1959 (Bear
Family Box Set)°~Memphis Recording Service Vol. 2°~When All Was Kool°
~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°

I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
U-142
  March 5 1955 (Sat)
Take 1     (Breakdown) (Tape Box #5)
Take 2     (Pickup)  
Take 3   2:28    
Take 4   2:33    
Take 5   2:38    
Take 6 FS+M 2:37 "2:34" (F2WB 8047) A Boy From Tupelo 1°~Elvis At Sun°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 1 (Sony)°~The EarlyYears (Franklin Mint Complete Masters
Collection 28)°~Memphis Recording Service Volume 2°~Complete Single
Collection 1°~Complete Sun Sessions° (LP)~(CD)~Sunrise°~50s Box 1°
~The Complete Works 1953-1955 (MRS)°+Acetate° (FS)

Notes

RCA received tapes from Sam Phillips in December 1955, and where no tapes existed they used dubs from Sun singles for their masters (see below).

The only dating we have for the session for the slow version of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' is March 5 1955.

On The Complete Sun Sessions (LP & CD), RCA producer Gregg Geller misidentified the take Sam Phillips chose to put on acetate in 1955, for local DJ feedback, and listed what was in the vaults as Take 9 as being the master, when the master really should have been listed as Take 11. Basically, what is listed as being Take 11 in the Session Logs should have been listed as Take 9! Ernst Jørgensen has since labelled the takes originally listed as being 7 to 13 as now being takes 1 to 7.

Explanation for the misidentfying of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' ('My Baby's Gone').

When the slow version of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She’s Gone' ('My Baby's Gone') was first discovered, on acetate, it didn’t have a "Take" associated with it but was obviously considered by Sam to be a master as an acetate was cut of it.

It was this acetate that was first released on bootleg in the 1970s and then finally released officially on the Golden Celebration box set in 1984.

A tape source was then found of this session (dated March 5 1955) but none of the takes had count-ins. For some reason, RCA listed them as being Takes 7 to 13 and released them in 1987 on The Complete Sun Sessions album.

Probably because the master of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' is listed as being Take 6, perhaps they thought the take numbering continued with the slow version of the song - Hence starting with Take 7, I don't know!

Anyway, now the confusion starts!

Gregg Geller wrongly thought that Take 9 on the tape RCA now had was the ‘Master’ that RCA had released on acetate in 1984 – even though a quick listen proves they are completely different, so he listed the following in the session logs:-

Take 7: Complete - 2:59 (SPA1 4281)
Take 8: Complete - 2:51 (SPA1 4282)
Take 9: Master 2:36 (OPA1 4196 – 1984 matrix number) not issued with new matrix number
Take 10: False Start 0:14 (SPA1 4283)
Take 11: Complete 2:42 (SPA1 4284)
Take 12: Complete 2:36 (SPA1 4286)
Take 13: Incomplete 1:33 (SPA1 4285)

But the actual running order of the tape was as follows:-

Unknown Take (7): Complete - 2:59 (SPA1 4281)
Unknown Take (8): Complete - 2:51 (SPA1 4282)
Unknown Take (9): Complete 2:42 (SPA1 4284)
Unknown Take (10): False Start 0:14 (SPA1 4283)
Unknown Take (11): Master 2:36 (OPA1 4196 – 1984 matrix number)
Unknown Take (12): Complete 2:36 (SPA1 4286)
Unknown Take (13): Incomplete 1:33 (SPA1 4285)

So with Gregg Geller still thinking that Take 9 was the master he released the third track from the tape (SPA1 4284) as Take 9 on Side 3 of The Complete Sun Sessions album.

It was only when Ernst Jørgensen came to the helm that this mistake was discovered, and rectified with the release of The King Of Rock 'N' Roll - The Complete 50s Masters, and the correct master was listed on disc 5 as Take 11.

Ernst has since changed the listing of Takes from 7 to 13 as now being Takes 1 to 7, as listed below:-

Take 1: Complete - 2:59 (SPA1 4281)
Take 2: Complete - 2:51 (SPA1 4282)
Take 3: Complete 2:51 (SPA1 4284)
Take 4: False Start 0:10 (SPA1 4283)
Take 5: Master 2:40 (OPA1 4196 – 1984 matrix number)
Take 6: Complete 2:40 (SPA1 4286)
Take 7: Incomplete 1:35 (SPA1 4285)

With no surviving tape reel, the progression of the session is a mystery. The best possible scenario comes from the recollection of Jimmie Lott, who played with Elvis on one session only. The result of this collaboration, 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' became Elvis' fourth single, released in May (9th?) 1955 (or possibly even earlier - April 10 1955).

Lott also remembers working on a rhumbafied version of 'How Do You Think I Feel', and an instrumental rehearsal version can be heard on A Boy From Tupelo, among other releases since it's first release on the Bear Family box set The Sun Country Years 1950 - 1959. Lott also remembers rehearsing a version of 'You're A Heartbreaker', with drums, which has not survived. The tryout of 'You're A Heartbreaker' was possibly a warm up starting the session, setting levels etc with a song they all knew, as the song had already been released as a single (Sun 215) back in December 1954.

Just before the first 'How Do You Think I Feel' tryout Scotty Moore can be heard playing the 'Blues Stay Away From Me' riff used on the slow version of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone', which indicates that the slow version of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' was recorded at this session too.

The false start before the master of the regular 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' was discovered on an acetate being auctioned by Graceland in August 2018 - Thanks to Kevan Budd for this discovery.

In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, Legacy releases, the 30 disc Complete Elvis Presley Masters collection and the Franklin Mint package. These 2007 remasters were not used on FTD's A Boy From Tupelo, the masters were all remastered again from scratch on that set.

Elvis At Sun - Restoration (Courtesy of 'Master & Session')

The rejected, slow 'I'm Left, You're Right, My Baby's Gone' is of course improved here as well with dropout repairs and absence of the digital BMG mastering with filtering and added echo that has haunted us until now. The other outtake that was released on Sunrise merely suffered from dropouts and poor eq resulting in a "hard" sound. 

'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone', the C&W side of the fourth single has never sounded anywhere near this good before. The main source was a Sony transfer of the recently found 30 ips RCA master tape that is at least one generation down, but not subjected to any bad processing at all. Since the song on the best tape isn't complete (last song on compilation tape), it was necessary to combine more than one source to produce the best result throughout. The now restored and beautifully matched original uncut ending is a thrill to hear - a personal favorite on Elvis At Sun considering the final, uniform result from combined sources.


Session Logs
Sun Tapes
Tape Boxes 1 - 15
Sun Tapes
Recording Information
RCA Sun Transfers - December 1955
SUN Transfers - November 1955
Steve Sholes' Written Notes
Tape Boxes 5 & 6
Tape Boxes 5 and 6

Acetate
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow)
My Baby's Gone (Thanks to Kevan Budd)
Recording Information
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow)
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version)
Acetate
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Thanks to Graceland)


Music Sheets
Music Sheet
How Do You Think I Feel
How Do You Think I Feel
Music Sheet
You're A Heartbreaker
You're A Heartbreaker
Music Sheet
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone


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