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Hits Like Never Before - Essential Elvis 3

Hits Like Never Before - Essential Elvis 3



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Essential Elvis Vol.3 - Hits Like Never Before is the third CD in the Elvis Presley Essential CD series and brings together alternate takes of 24 songs that Elvis Presley recorded in marathon sessions for RCA in 1958, on the eve of his departure for military service in Germany. It was the album versions of these songs, along with a slew of Hollywood movies, that helped to sate fans' appetites during The King's ensuing two-year absence.

These shelved takes are revealing. Not only do they illuminate Elvis' evolution as a singer, but they also hint at the kind of behind-the-scenes decisions that were being made in the tailoring of the singer's sound. Compare, for example, the first-run-through take of "A Big Hunk O' Love" featured here to the (presumably later) session take released to the public. One notices that Elvis' singing on the former is marked by a more airy timbre, while the latter captures a growling vocal punch. In addition, "A Big Hunk O' Love" did not originally receive the anchoring support of lower-register background doo-wop singing. HITS also casts light on the lengths to which producers went to get the cut they wanted--"Doncha' Think it's Time" appears here in its 40th take.

The Essential Elvis Volume 3 - Hits Like Never Before - Elvis Presley CD

King Creole (take 18), I got stung (take 1), A fool such as I (take 3), Wear my ring around your neck (take 22), Your cheatin' heart (take 9), Ain't that loving you baby (take 1), Doncha' think it's time (take 40), I need your love tonight (takes 2, 10), Lover doll (take 7), As long as I have you (take 8), Danny (take unknown), King Creole (take 3), Crawfish (take 7), A big hunk o' love (take 1), Ain't that loving you baby (takes 5, 11), I got stung (takes 13, 14), Your cheatin' heart (take 10), Wear my ring around your neck (take 22), Steadfast, loyal and true (take 6), I need your love tonight (take 5)

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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