In a detailed feature article, The Bluegrass Special writes about the special features included in “Young Man With The Big Beat,” which will be in stores everywhere beginning September 27, 2011. “The heart of the five CD set is the two discs of Original Masters (the first two albums plus the non-album singles). Three other CDs flesh out the story of a landmark year in American music. A disc of outtakes (some previously released, some seeing the light of day for the first time) is pretty well narrowcast for Elvis die-hards who have a vested interest in hearing, say, 11 of the 12 takes of “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” or the same number of runs at “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The real attraction of the Outtakes disc is the inclusion at the end of a 30-minute interview with Elvis conducted by trade journalist Robert Brown at New York’s Warwick Hotel on March 24, 1956.”
“With little biographical detail then available about Elvis, Brown begins the questioning with Elvis’s self-recording at Sun and his job as a Crown Electric truck driver. Given how few interviews with Elvis exist, it’s still fascinating to hear him talk about how determined he was to make something of himself at Crown Electric. …His own words betray the discipline and drive both Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins saw in Elvis that not only inspired them but also left no doubt in their minds as to his eventual success as an entertainer.”
Read more at The Bluegrass Special.