Elvis Presley: The Sun Collection

Unused Sleeve Notes, RCA Records, July 1975.

Elvis Presley: The Sun Collection

The sleeve notes for The Elvis Presley Sun Collection was one of the first writing gigs that Nigel undertook on spec for an album. On hearing about the project, he approached Shaun Greenfield, then the RCA product manager in the UK, with his offer to submit some sleeve notes for the sixteen track compilation of recordings Elvis had made in the Sun Studios in Memphis between 1954 and 1955. Although RCA were expecting Roy Carr of the New Musical Express to write the notes, as to all intents and purposes, it was his project, it was still not one hundred percent settled if he would. It was under those conditions and the proviso that if Carr went ahead, they would be featured on the finished album, that Nigel proceeded with his notes, but by the time he had delivered them to RCA, Carr had already completed his, which as RCA made clear from the outset ended up on the album. The only copy of the notes that Nigel retained was his own personal copy that were printed on the back of a blank white record sleeve, and signed by Elvis in 1976, but regrettably lost during a house move in the early 90s.