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Elvis By The Presleys CD
|The Elvis by The Presleys CD consists of one primary 24-track disc with material ranging from the expected ('Heartbreak Hotel', 'In the Ghetto') to less-famous ('I'll Hold You in My Heart', 'Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do!') and a second bonus disc which features eight rarities, some of which were outlined by album co-producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen: (See below) This CD contains an excellent mix of the studio version of My Way, recorded in 1971 and not released until 1996, on the Essential 70s Masters Box Set. [It is worth the purchase of this CD just for this one track !!!!!]
'It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You' (1954) - 'We don't have any unreleased [Sun] demos with Elvis', Jorgensen says, 'but we have this one which was only used once. We wanted to show what Elvis sounded like before anybody, even Sam Phillips, knew him'.
'Jailhouse Rock' (1957) - 'We hear him do the first five takes of 'Jailhouse Rock', how he builds that song'. In Duophonic stereo, with four of the five takes perviously unreleased.
'You'll Be Gone' (1962) - 'A song that Elvis wrote with Red West and Charlie Hodge. Their initial idea was to re-do 'Begin the Beguine' with new lyrics, but Cole Porter didn't grant them permission. So the guys decided, 'Let's just change the chords around a bit and create a new song'. The reason we've included it is because it's the last time Elvis ever wrote a song.
'Too Much Monkey Business' (1968) - 'We hear him goof around in the studio with Jerry Reed, totally enjoying it, semi-jamming on the song before they get a real take done. It's the same session that produced 'U.S. Male', and they're running out of repertoire, so they start doing this [Chuck Berry] song. They're just having fun, with Elvis going off, singing small pieces of other songs. Elvis's mannerisms completely take over, because he knows it's not the final take, that they're still 'getting there'. So it's very charming'.
'Baby What You Want Me to Do' (1973) - 'We've acquired two recordings of Elvis just sitting at the home of friends. He's sitting there in somebody's living room, playing this Jimmy Reed song, with just a guitar'.
There's more release news in the pipeline for Elvis fanatics. Jorgensen oversees and produces the Follow That Dream series of special Elvis releases that are sold only through Graceland, the fan club and very selected outlets. The series presents live concerts, studio outtakes and expanded versions of Elvis albums that are deemed too specialty - driven for the normal marketplace - a 'legal bootleg series', if you will. The series is up to about 40 titles at this point.
Elvis by The Presleys - Elvis Presley CD
Disc 1: Trying To Get To You - Heartbreak Hotel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I Got A Woman - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Peace In The Valley - Trouble - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Indescribably Blue - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - I'll Hold You In My Heart - Bridge Over Troubled Water - You've Lost That Loving Feeling - It's Over - Separate Ways - Always On My Mind - My Way - Burning Love - Welcome To My World - Steamroller Blues - I Got A Feeling In My Body - If I Can Dream - A Little Less Conversation (Elvis Vs. JXL)
Disc 2: It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You (Demo) - Anything That's Part Of You (Previously unreleased, alternate take 9) - You'll Be Gone (Previously unreleased, alternate take 2) - Jailhouse Rock (Previously unreleased, takes 1-5) - Too Much Monkey Business (Alternate take) - Baby What You Want Me To Do (Previously unreleased, private recording) - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Previously unreleased, private recording) - Blue Christmas (Live '77 version).
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