Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget 

Modified: November 3, 2020

         Release: RCA Victor 47-6357 Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget (45)
              Artist: Elvis Presley
Release Date: 12/2/1955

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Cover: This Is His Life. Elvis depicted in a cartoon on front. Blank back. Differences in the back sharp triangular opening vs rounded edge opening1. Border thickness varies.

This sleeve, commonly referred to as "This Is His Life", has been associated with the Mystery Train single. Others believe that this sleeve may as well have been issued with other early Elvis singles. Although this list varies and may include That's All Right / Blue Moon of Kentucky, Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care if The Sun Don't Shine, Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker, Baby Let's Play House / I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone, and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me, one thing is known for sure, this sleeve is extremely rare.2

A clean copy of this sleeve with the triangular cut on the back sold on eBay on April 3, 2014 for $797.99.3

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Cover: Features a RCA Victor Record Bulletin in red that wraps to the back of the sleeve. Elvis in black in white on both sides.4

In 2007, this sleeve was documented in Presleyana VI. The pictures above are from an eBay auction that claims that these are the images used in the Presleyana VI book. It sold for $2,224.00 on July 12, 2011.

Fake alert! Update November 3, 2020 The "RCA Victor Record Bulletin" sleeve associated with 47-6357 Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget (45) is a proven fake. Read more here. The RCA Victor Record Bulletin Record Sleeve Is Fake

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Cover: Features a RCA Victor Record Bulletin in red that wraps to the back of the sleeve. Elvis in black in white on both sides.

The pictures above are of a bootleg sleeve which was produced in 19805. There are a few differences between the "original" above and this one. On the bootleg sleeve, Elvis' guitar is nearer to the bulletin, on the back the picture is nearer to the bulletin. The thumb lip on the front is sloppily cut. The coloring is the same.

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Cover: Bootleg, 1968.6. Light yellow tinted paper feature pictures of Elvis on each side.

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Cover: Bootleg, 1968.

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Disc: (12/1955). White Label. Not For Sale.7
Matrix numbers: F2WW-8001-3S / F2WW-8000-3S (Rockaway pressing)8

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Disc: (12/1955). Black label, dog on top without horizontal line.
Matrix numbers: F2WW-8001-1S A2 / F2WW-8000-1S A1 (unknown pressing)
Matrix numbers: F2WW-8001-1S B1 / F2WW-8000-1S A5 (unknown pressing)
Matrix numbers: F2WW-8001-1S 2 / F2WW-8000-1S A5 (unknown pressing)

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Disc: (12/1955). Black label, dog on top with horizontal line.
Matrix numbers: F2WW-8001-4S / F2WW-8000-3S B2 (Rockaway pressing)

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Disc: (12/1955). Black label, dog on top without horizontal line. No 45 RPM on right side.
Matrix numbers: F2WW-8001-5S A1 / F2WW-8000-5S A1 (Hollywood pressing)

Released in 1955 by Sun Records on 45 RPM as Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget.
Released in 1955 by Sun Records on 78 RPM as Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget.
Released in 1955 by RCA Records on 78 RPM as Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget.
Re-released by RCA Records on 45 RPM as Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget on the Gold Standard Series label.

  1. eBay reference 110774035184 (November 11, 2011)
  2. Observations and pictures from the collection of anon.
  3. eBay reference 221406872831 (April 3, 2014)
  4. eBay reference 150629285662 (July 12, 2011)
  5. Gubeli, Felix. Bootleg Elvis (2012), pp. 129-130. Print.
  6. Gubeli, Felix. Bootleg Elvis (2012), pp. 129. Print.
  7. eBay reference 270829399196 (January 4, 2012)
  8. eBay reference 331220175606 (June 2, 2014)