Watch Jack White Have Elvis’ 1st Recording Digitally Transferred


In March, it was confirmed that Jack White was the one-time anonymous bidder who purchased the first ever Elvis recording at auction for $300,000. As we know, a 10″ facsimile of the record will be made available on Record Store Day 2015 (April 18) thanks to Third Man Records.

To have this be possible, the album needed to be digitally transferred, so that it could be repressed for future releases. Fortunately, Third Man Records filmed part of this process to share with the curious minds out there.

“In June of 1953, Elvis Presley made his first ever recording directly to acetate at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. This one-of-a-kind piece of music history was recently purchased by Jack White at auction,” reads the video’s description on YouTube. “On February 26th, 2015, Jack White met with legendary music archivist Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN to have this ‘holy grail of rock n roll’ digitally transferred, so Third Man Records could repress it for the masses. A facsimile of this record, using this transfer without alteration, will be available on Record Store Day, April 18th, 2015. A cleaned-up and re-mastered version of this recording will be available in the near future as a 7″ on Third Man Records.”

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