The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Offered are a pair of Sun Records acetates capturing recordings for Sun Records 216 and the side B songs from Sun 217. Of course, Sun 217 is the Elvis Presley single release for “Baby Let’s Play House” (matrix 143) and side B “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” (matrix U-142) which was Elvis’ fourth single release of five with Sun Records. “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” was recorded in March 1955 and the single with “Baby Let’s Play House” was released in April 1955. Sun 216 is a single release from 1955 with songs by Slim Rhodes, “Don’t Believe” (matrix U-144) and “Uncertain Love” (matrix U-145). 

The first acetate has handwritten in grease pencil between the pressing holes reading “Sun 216 / 33 1/2 / I-145” divided by a hand-drawn line beneath which reads, “Sun 217 / 33 1/2, 45 (Inc) / U-142.” "INC" most likley refers to the track recording being incomplete on these acetates. Above the handwritten notations is a piece of adhesive tape on which the writing reads "ELIVS-UR RIGHT / SLIM RHODES-UNCERTAIN / LOVE-TEST TONES." The tape and its notations could very well be from a later period, but they have been on there for some time, most likely several decades, at least. The tape is affixed between the center hole and top of the three pressing holes. It should be noted that these three holes, from Sam Phillips "Presto" record lathe, arranged as such constitute the holes that form the "delta" marks on the labels of Elvis' first four Sun recordings. This side contains the Elvis song “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” immediately followed by Slim Rhodes crooning “Uncertain Love” and an additional partial portion of “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” again with a total run time of 5:42. The reverse side of this acetate which has only the circular Audiodisc marking in the center is simply a series of production tones only. 

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There is some uncertainty about the recording date of certain versions of  “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone." While we know several takes were recorded on a well-documented Sun recording session on November 15, 1954, there is some evidence and reporting from session players that the the song was also played during the March 5, 1955, session, where other songs were tried out by the band. While the complete track on the first acetate is the released version of the song, it's possible the incomplete versions on both acetates are from an alternate take or takes. The fact that Slim Rhodes appears on the offered acetates is further evidence that this song may have been recorded at the later of the two sessions in question, because Rhodes didn't start working with Sun until 1955, recording these two songs in late-February of that year. It would make a certain amount of sense, but is by no means for sure, that the acetates were compiled with recordings made during the same period of time. Alternatively, the fact that both songs were eventually released in April 1955, could explain why they appear on the acetates together. 

The second acetate has similar tape, pressing holes and handwritten grease pen markings which read “Sun 216 / U-144-45” and “Sun 217 / U-142-45 (Inc)” below the line has a total run time of 3:44 and begins with the remainder of “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” which gets cut off abruptly near the end. This partial track is followed by Slim Rhodes singing “Don’t Believe.” Above the handwritten notations is a piece of adhesive tape on which the writing reads "ELIVS-UR RIGHT-INC / SLIM RHODES-DON'T / BELIEVE-RADIO SPOTS." The second side of this acetate, which has a running time of 2:09 and is marked only with the Audiodisc circular engraving, contains a talking commercial for a contemporary kitchen and house, with a woman’s voice walking you through the modern features and a man’s voice breaking into the middle to advertise “Frank’s” for all your needs.

The offered acetates, and the other two lots of Sun acetates offered here, were acquired from the collection of Steve LaVere. LaVere is a somewhat contoversial and somewhat legendary figure in the history of American blues music. He was involved in some of the early efforts in the 1960s by the Imperial label to gather historical blues compilations, and he was a key figure in helping the family of blues legend Robert Johnson establish claim to his publishing rights—a process steeped in public and professional contention, to say the least. Along the way, Steve also amassed a large collection of rare and obscure blues and rock and roll records. These Sun production acetates were purchased from his collection. 

Each acetate plays clearly with the typical pops and skips one might expect in an acetate of this age. Both of these amazing Sun acetates measure 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The acetate presents with expected wear, with several scuffs and scratches. Each acetate plays clearly with the typical pops and skips one would expect. Excellent condition.
1955 Sun Records Acetate Pair for Elvis Presley’s “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” (Full Version and Two Incomplete Fragments) and Slim Rhodes’ “Uncertain Love” and “Don’t Believe”
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,625.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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