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Stereo '57 - Essential Elvis Vol. 2 CD

Stereo '57 - Essential Elvis Vol. 2 CD



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Stereo '57 - The Essential Elvis Volume 2 is the second CD in the Elvis Presley Essential CD series and features songs recorded by Elvis Presley on January 12, 13 and 19, 1957.

The word "essential" has two meanings: one is "indispensable," the other "being a part of the essence of something." This second meaning characterizes RCA's Essential Elvis series, a vehicle for the release of Presley's alternate takes. Through these releases, listeners hear Presley at work, refining band arrangements and working through the nuances of his vocal performance. In short, the series reveals the "essence" of Presley by documenting a great musician engrossed in the creative process. Volume Two documents a January 1957 session at which Presley produced material for two EPs and the "Loving You" soundtrack.

The cleverly sequenced disc begins with a number of first and second takes, during which Presley and his backing musicians make tentative passes at the material. As the record progresses, arrangements take shape and Presley, growing more confident that a keeper take is imminent, sings with more enthusiasm. Throughout, Presley is heard directing the proceedings and demonstrating a lot of "aw shucks" charm in the process, goofing with band members and laughing through his and others', flubs. For serious Elvis fans and anyone else interested in the creative process, Volume Two meets the first definition of "essential" as well as the second: it's indispensable stuff.

Stereo '57 - The Essential Elvis Volume 2 - Elvis Presley CD

1. I Beg Of You - (take 1) 2. Is It So Strange - (take 1) 3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - (take 2) 4. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) - (takes 1, 2, 3) 5. Blueberry Hill - (take 2) 6. Mean Woman Blues - (take 14) 7. There'll Be Peace In The Valley - (takes 2,3) 8. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - (take 6) 9. Blueberry Hill - (take 7) 10. That's When Your Heataches Begin - (takes 4,5,6) 11. Is It So Strange - (takes 7,11) 12. I Beg Of You - (take 6,8) 13. There'll Be Peace In The Valley - (take 7) 14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - (takes 12,13) 15. I Beg Of You - (take 12) 16. I Believe - (take 4) 17. Tell Me Why - (take 5) 18. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - (take 9) 19. All Shook Up - (take 10) 20. Take My Hand Precious Lord - (take 14)

The Essential Elvis Series :

The Essential Elvis - The First Movies
Stereo '57 - Essential Elvis 2
Hit's Like Never Before - Essential Elvis 3
A Hundred Years From Now - Essential Elvis 4
Rhythm & Country - Essential Elvis 5
Such A Night - Essential Elvis 6

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