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Celebrating Elvis's first motion picture - Follow That Dream
present 'Love Me Tender
' in the2-CD 7" classic soundtrack format
-- and its stunning audio and visual content is highly impressive. The sound here is warm, detailed and full on the soundtracks original EP recordings.
'I'm a steamroller baby!' --> Elvis sings on the phenomenal new Legacy 4-LP vinyl release 'As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' (Music On Vinyl) -- and it's just one of the many highlights that sound fresher and more dynamic on the vinyl LP format. The CD versionhas indeed proved very popular, however, listening to the concert on a vinyl record is an altogether different experience —the iconic 1974 album includes stunning remastered sound and it rocks! Elvis and The TCB band are almost in the room...
Elvis was in fine form on this 'Hot August Night' of the 25th of August 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. For those that only read the summery of reviews, I can be quite clear, this concert is without doubt the best live recording released to-date of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! Why? I could say, listen to it and you will agree, but I offer you an interesting fact, it was from this concert that RCA chose to use seven  of the tracks to make up the original 12 track 'Elvis In Person' album in 1969. This is 58% of the albums tracks. And this is from the good number of concerts recorded of which several have been released on CD by FTD.
When I think about Elvis' movies, I sometimes think back to when I first 'discovered' Elvis Presley (January of 1978) and my first impressions of 'Elvis movies'. What I always recall is initially enjoying these films but cringing when Elvis would start singing, probably nothing against Elvis, just that to my mind movies were for acting not singing, as such I could not stand it when the story was interrupted But then after a while (probably) I learned to love both (So I assume this part) but then it developed (I assume slowly evolved) into actually watching the movies FOR Elvis' singing and as the movies got 'tired' as in I had seen them often I began to lose interest in the actual movie and just watch for the songs. Which (I guess) eventually led to a decline in overall interest.
On September 4,1972 the UK Elvis Presley fan club flocked to Las Vegas to catch a glimpse of their hero -- and were NOT disappointed! 'Destination USA
' FTD 2-CD documents Elvis' Las Vegas 1972 summer season - and for many fans it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see the King ...
The concert found in this set is the full original length concert, and is precise, professional, and deadly, a testament to the Presley team being a well-oiled machine. As this Legacy Expansion reveals, far from being just another Elvis live record, 'Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis' is a little bit of dynamite, proof that on a good night in 1974, Elvis was still as good as rock 'n' roll got. This is by far the best sounding mix of this Memphis concert, it certainly sounds more like I would have imagined it to be at the actual show. This time completely remixed, no artificial echo, no fake applause. and everything is very well balanced.
between Lisa Marie Presley's
concert performance at the Melbourne Art Centre last night and that at Crown Casino Melbourne 10 years ago
is vast - in short, it was one of the BEST live performances I have ever seen. Lisa's musical progression is remarkable. Largely based on her extraordinary critically acclaimed 'Storm & Grace' album the concert opened with a strong ...
IT be a long way from Graceland to Hornsby RSL, but singer Lisa Marie Presley didn't let down her adoring fans, giving a rousing performance last night. The Southern girl performed in Australia for the first time in eight years, showcasing her new blues and roots album, Storm and Grace, to a 600-strong audience.
There's a great moment
on CD-2 of the new FTD 'Moody Blue
' release - two fabulous rehearsals of the funky 'Way Down' start the disc - with Elvis and his band joking amid jamming and a throbbing bass guitar. Take 1 is reminiscent in feel to the funky jam intro to, 'I Got A Feeling In My Body' (Elvis At Stax
3-CD). After the first breakdown, Elvis say's: 'When Briggs fingers start bleeding' see, we know we've got it!' Ronnie Tutt's
thumping drums herald take 2A, followed by David Briggs
electric piano, and Norbert Putnam's supercool bass - fabulous! Again Ernst Jorgensen
and the Follow That Dream
team deserve credit for this magnum opus - 'Moody Blue' is the sound of the mature Elvis. Most highly recommended FTD release.
Follow That Dream's 'Elvis At American Sound Studio
' 2-CD opens a door to the remarkable 1969 Memphis recording sessions. As a stand-alone release it includes the remaining songs not originally available on the landmark FTD albums', Back In Memphis
' & 'From Elvis In Memphis
' ---> plus an additional thirty unreleased nuggets. Akin to admiring two beautiful paintings, and discovering a third--> a clever compile results in a pleasing listen which augments the stellar Memphis 1969 recording sessions trilogy with aplomb.
In twelve days, Elvis cut thirty-six sides at 'American Sound'. While the overdubs made the songs undeniably more commercial, had the tracks been initially released without them, the resulting albums might have been even more revolutionary, taking Elvis Presley's career in an entirely different direction. As Peter Guralnick observed on listening to the multiple takes of In The Ghetto
, 'As the song develops, one is provided with an incontrovertible glimpse of what the process might have been like for Elvis, if only he had been able to approach recording consistently as an art' ... in the undubbed form here we have Elvis as he could have been.
Sandwiched between Elvis' iconic return to Las Vegas in 1969, and the triumph of the 'That's The Way It Is
' documentary (1970) - 'On Stage Season
' FTD 2-CD captures Elvis in spectacular form during his live performances - and includes two complete soundboard shows in the best EVER quality from his 1970 Jan/Feb Las Vegas engagement. I've experienced deep joy listening to this OUTSTANDING FTD release, and have been reminded YET again by the QUALITY of Elvis' voice and performances, why I'm an Elvis Presley fan.
The Memphis Recording Service
[MRS], the producers of this DVD
, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it
I must admit to finding that the 1969
is a remarkable work that should have broad appeal - a big surprise. My initial skepticism was quickly overcome. This concert DVD should appeal to any Elvis fan that likes Elvis music to start with. With full quality normal audio, from CD, anyone can play this via their DVD player preferably then with the audio output via a stereo system. [And this is no diversion from what the format is] This DVD is well worth consideration for inclusion in your Elvis library for several reasons.
Big Boss Man
provides us with a complete concert (77 minutes of mostly unreleased material) plus eight bonus songs from Elvis' twelfth season in Las Vegas, 18th March - 1st April, 1975, a year that would have many highs and lows for the forty year old superstar. A valuable bonus inclusion is Elvis' only known recording of Bobby Darin's You're The Reason I'm Living - a true rarity, the song is charming and unrehearsed. The tracklisting provides a great overview of Elvis' return to live performances following a five-month absence. This CD is worth acquiring, as very few soundboards are available from this engagement. 'Big Boss Man' reveals a dedicated entertainer in strong voice doing what he loves best ... you will not be disappointed.
Touched by Love
 is an uplifting true story of love, hope and devotion and its important message is one of the most important parts of Elvis' legacy, one that deserves to be remembered forever. The end statement of the film says it all: 'To Elvis Presley for his compassion and ability to spread joy'. The movie is based on the reminisces of a real-life person, Lena Canada, a therapist in charge of handicapped girl named Karen played by future star, Diane Lane. The acting is first rate, particularly Diane Lane, whose portrayal (and transformation) of Karen from a lifeless body in her wheelchair to an animated and vibrant, talkative young girl is exceptional. The movie features performances by Elvis, Love Me Tender
and Ready Teddy
Previously unheard nuances are present throughout disc one and two and it's all been given an illustrious sonic sheen. It's all wrapped in a delicious box set with rare photos
(including: Elvis driving his white Blackhawk Stutz; Elvis and Linda Thompson driving golf buggy at Graceland, 1974; and various colourful 45 rpm single sleeves and covers for 'Raised On Rock', 'Promised Land', 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby' etc. It's an interesting booklet and with comprehensive liner notes). All things considered, ELVIS AT STAX is chockfull of gems - a veritable treasure-trove of his, utmost personal recordings, and totally essential
With Storm & Grace
, Lisa Marie Presley has created an extraordinary album!!! ... rich country, folk, and blues that showcase her fine, deep voice while firmly staging her music somewhere between country and pop ... an album that in one swoop restores contemporary significance to the Presley brand ... A true delight and one of the truly great albums!!! ... 'Storm & Grace' is replete with songs capable of becoming standards ... if she can follow this album up with equel quality she will establish herself as major recording artist.
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I just received the CD, Elvis February 1977, In Concert and not only can I confirm that Elvis is in good form, and the sound quality is top notch, it is indeed a very complete testament to the fact that Elvis still was king in 1977. Even is sporadic. Kicking off with a great version of 'Big Boss Man' [April 29] then in to February 21 starting with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' while Elvis does forget the words it is another classic with Elvis' banter with Estelle of the Sweets. 'Reconsider Baby' shows he is still the best white blues singer. Moving on we have a ultra rare 'Moody Blue' and it is a good and full version, not a one liner. Audio Sample of this CD
A favorite show of mine growing up, and one that I have always wished would come out on DVD, is the short-lived 1990 ABC series Elvis-Good Rockin' Tonight. It only lasted for 10 episodes with three unaired episodes, and was later edited into one long, (4 hours) film' Elvis: The Early Years'. It follows a young Elvis from his days in Tupelo to the end of his days at Sun Records. The series stared Michael St Gerard, Jesse Dabson, Blake Gibbons, and Millie Perkins. I'm posting this here because I always hear people say 'well, they've made 'Walk The Line', and 'Ray' why has there never been a production on par with those two for Elvis? Well, there has! I've just received a bootleg of the series and I'd like to review all 13 episodes.
FTD's 'Stay Away, Joe
' is a decent release buffeted in no small part by Jerry Reed's guitar work on the 1968 tracks. While most of the tracks have appeared before on various releases, this CD offers the opportunity to obtain them all in one package with uniform, pristine sound quality. While not essential, 'Stay Away, Joe' is certainly recommended to fans of these songs who might not have already collected key alternate takes.
Right there, in the middle of 'Ku-u-i-po', with no fanfare, no preparation, comes footage of Elvis appearing live in Hawaii ... In 1957 ... In color ... It is 30 seconds long ... But . . . wow. Ultimately, the wide format and split screens of Aloha From Hawaii DVD [2013 Edition New Edit] work better than I imagined they would, and they serve to shed new light and energy upon a concert that has become so familiar to Elvis fans. Use of split screen technology returns Aloha to its roots, albeit in modern form. It's Elvis. It's fun. What more could I ask?
Touching on all of the styles that shaped the one and only King – pop, R&B, country, gospel, and of course, rock and roll – Elvis at Stax chronicles some of his last truly great studio sessions. As such, it's another essential release as part of Legacy's streamlining and repackaging of his vast musical catalogue. When push came to shove, nobody took care of business quite like Elvis Presley.
Sounding almost like a multi-track recording, what's intriguing here is the FTD team seem to have sourced exceptional sound quality, with in particular the Tulsa show continuing to surprise with defined bass and instrument clarity ... [The upshot is the [Tulsa] show's mix is VERY balanced, belonging in the very top echelons of soundboard releases.] All things considered SOLD OUT ticks all the boxes: great soundboard sound - compelling liner notes and artwork - and unreleased shows to boot. Hans, Robert, Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet, and the FTD team deserve Much praise for this most excellent FTD release ...
Just wanted to let you know that I received the book
yesterday and I could not be more thrilled. What a gorgeous book, the cover alone is absolutely stunning, out of all the books I have received from you guys, including the Las Vegas
, Fashion and Graceland
books, I think that this is my favorite. I love the pictures and the additional text. The pictures and quality of both the black and white and color are breathtaking.
Coming in the deluxe 7" packaging we've become accustomed to with FTD this release is another stunner. The sound quality is universally excellent throughout. Snap this one up, you won't be disappointed!
Elvis : Peace In The Valley
(The Complete Gospel Recordings) is a long overdue triple CD release. In 1994 we were treated to the excellent double album 'Amazing Grace' and more recently to a number of good (if forgettable) mid-price gospel albums. This set is a fitting testament to an often under-appreciated segment of Elvis' incredible musical legacy. Many fans will be surprised at the breadth of tracks on this release.
's version of Good Times
turns out to be a fine upgrade of the original album, truly capturing the spirit of a collectors label by bringing the original cuts together in pristine sound quality along with tons of additional takes. Ten years in, FTD seems to have hit its stride, and its Classic Album
series has become essential.
With the release of the Elvis Files Volume 1 we finally have the first volume in this amazing series of books, a series of seven, this is in fact the 5th book issued with volumes 6 and 7 to be released in July and December this year respectively. And perhaps as is to be expected, this is the best production to-date, with many photos dated, mainly in the 1954/1955 section. [For reasons I will explain below]. The book features mostly high quality images and a vast amount of interesting reading via original articles penned for this release along with newspaper reprints from the relevant time. Read the review.
... Promised Land
is without a doubt one of the best releases from the Follow That Dream
label this year. It's one that I will return to many times, together with Good Times
and Raised On Rock
, the other two classic albums making up what could be called 'The Stax Trilogy'... Highly recommended
Nevada Nights is an excellent FTD double delight and a chance for fans to obtain these shows in the best sound. The sound features Elvis sort of somewhat up close, up front sort of between Fort Baxter and the DAE sound - listenable and warm to the ear ... A great release!. This review, originally published in 2008, we present to you again as it contains many unique songs along with dialogue from Elvis, making it an essential part of any fans collection ... This first CD features the famous opening night : August 19, 1974, where Elvis departed from the conventional opening - not starting with Also Sprach Zarathustra or See See Rider - instead opening with Big Boss Man - and including many songs he had not performed live before.
If you are old enough to remember the original broadcast of Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite, then it is a safe bet that you are over the age of 40. It was almost exactly 40 years ago that the huge event was first shown on American television, on April 4, 1973. [With the live broadcast to much of the rest of the world on January 14, 1973] To celebrate this momentous anniversary, RCA Legacy have just released the double-CD commemorative package of Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite.
There is no question that this is the definitive edition, and Elvis Presley was absolutely in top form on both nights. For the curious, Aloha From Hawaii is not a bad place to start to see for themselves just what all the fuss was (and remains) all about.
Why can't all music releases be this good? Sony/RCA/Legacy have come up trumps with Prince From Another Planet - an Elvis release which celebrates The King's only New York concerts, in Madison Square Garden in the summer of 1972. What most impresses about this set is the packaging. The care and attention that has gone into creating an eight-inch square slipcase, (with the original design respected) a six panel gatefold wallet holding the discs (again with superb artwork) and a 52-page booklet that is everything you want to accompany an archival release - fantastic photography, reproductions of original newspaper reviews, an absorbing essay ... The CD audio in this deluxe edition has been remixed by Michael H. Brauer (mastered by Vic Anesini), the idea being to put the listener in row four of the audience, right in front of the performance ...
The photographs featured in Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll were taken just as Elvis was emerging as a local southern star to a national one. This collection includes some of the most famous pictures ever taken of anyone ever. It includes photographs including such iconoclastic images as Elvis with cap sitting on motorbike, the kiss backstage, Elvis astride on stage with guitar, plus many more that are etched into the minds of Elvis fans and the public alike. Alfred Wertheimer didn't waste the opportunity .. The whole package is sheer class.
On first opening Prince From Another Planet
' I was first surprised and then delighted by what I found. While the layout images presented prior to release were very good I was expecting a large 'digi-pack', and while that would have been very nice, the 'box set' presentation that Sony have clearly gone to a lot of trouble to produce is something extra special. Now the important stuff : How does it sound?
This concert has been a pleasure to repeat listen too. Thus I must recommend I'll Remember You, not really for any content (as it's the same as Aloha From Hawaii) with 'Until its Time' swapped from 'Burning Love' and it is an extremely short show too, but for the sound quality clear throughout!
Review of the FTD release, Back In Memphis
, by Troy Yeary. When I first heard the original 'Back In Memphis', over twenty years ago, I was surprised by my disappointment. After listening to this expanded FTD release of the album, I am surprised yet again. Not by disappointment this time, but by how much I enjoyed it.
Receiving both the Follow That Dream CDs, Back In Memphis and 3000 South Paradise Road on Friday I would have thought that 'Back In Memphis' would have been first into the CD player but possibly taken by the stunning artwork I decided to play '3000 South Paradise Road' and I found that it not only contains a brilliant performance by Elvis but quality sound to match, which in particular did more than surprise me. This is a unique performance by Elvis with stand out songs, What Now My Love, My Way, An American Trilogy and Fever ... of particular interest are Elvis' comments after My Way, where he says 'that's a very good song ... I wouldn't want to associate it with my own personal life ... now the end is near and all that jazz... it's a nice song, it's okay for Sinatra but ... I haven't even ate it up and spit it out yet, still chewing on it ...
It seems like every great artist has at least one album in their catalogue that is universally ignored due to the greatness of the album that proceeded it. January and February of 1969 is a month that occupies a special place in rock history, specifically 6 days in January and 5 days in February.
treatment of Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas
, released this month with the help of outtakes not being overdubbed in any way ... reveals a more intimate and sensitive side of the Christmas recordings that took place in Nashville during two nights in May, 1971. When released on the original album back in 1971, Felton Jarvis had just about used every trick in the book when it came to making overdubs on If I Get Home On Christmas Day
, adding strings, horns and a lot of backing vocals, creating what I like to call a 'bombastic Elvis sound'. Listening to the alternate takes, especially the early ones, you can almost be fooled into thinking it's another song, it sounds so much more intimate. Read the review and view cover art
Like newly discovered Egyptian treasures Elvis fans have found their own pot of gold - The Worlds Best Kept Secret: Elvis Live At Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe
is a book
about Presley's Lake Tahoe engagements. Little is known about Elvis Presley's engagements at the resort but photos and info have been elusive to say the least. The 'King' fulfilled five concert engagements between, 1971 & 1976 at Del Webb's, Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Nevada. The book features all the concert pictures, stories and the memorabilia from Presley's famed engagements - a visual treat for fans of Presley's amazing 1970s jumpsuit years.
A Man From Elvis Presley Boulevard : A Review of the new FTD album 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' by Troy Y.
As part of the promotion for the Elvis By Request CD, Sony Music Australia organized the 'Elvis By Request Concert Tour' with Anthony Petrucci as Elvis. I went to the Melbourne concert to see what it was really like.
Elvis Sings The Blues ... is a perfect combination making for one very nice listening experience ... The producers of this release also clearly recognized that it was going to be something special and have produced a stunningly beautiful three panel digi-pack, the front cover is ART and it fits the theme perfectly, as does the disc which while not a 'picture disc' as such there has clearly been much though and work put into the design. In addition on opening the flap you will find excellent liner notes ... A wonderful release of the 'classic' 1980 LP done to perfection like no other label can ... This is a limited edition digipack of 500 copies.
Immediately on hearing the first song I played [I started with disc 2] from the 'A Boy From Tupelo' set, [Harbor Lights] I just instantly felt - knew - I was hearing something for the first time, something very GOOD.
with more thoughts
after continued listening, along with other input
, and feedback
The release was a strictly limited edition release of only 2000 Copies worldwide. Boxcar are now SOLD OUT so we can now only obtain a few copies from suppliers indirectly. The hardback book measuring 12 x 10 inches and weighs over 3 Kilo's and is bound with a hardcover cardboard sleeve slipcase precisely like their previous sold out outing of 'The Final Curtain' from last year.
The book contains 450 pages
and includes over 1000 photos
many of which are never before published with informative text (including Graceland's pre history before Elvis' time), original purchase documents, receipts, blueprints and much much more. It is the most comprehensive book on Graceland to date covering Elvis' time at his residence. Review
Elvis Presley, unanimously acclaimed by critics as the most important singing find since Johnnie Ray, will open in the New Frontier Hotels' Venus Room Monday, April 23
, as a special added attraction to the Freddy Martin show. The handsome 21-year-old rock 'n' roller's appearance in the latest Sammy Lewis production is considered to be the Las Vegas entertainment scoop of the year. [Las Vegas Sun : April 21, 1956]
Yesterday, [August 25] Sony Music Australia's Elvis By Request: The Australian Fan Edition arrived here - so I thought I'd take a few moments to present a brief review. Worldwide, but with a special emphasis on Australia, fans were able to select from over 800 Elvis performances in online voting earlier this year. The ranked results of that voting determined the contents of 'Elvis By Request', 40 songs spread over two CDs.
The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969-1970 is bigger and better than ever, weighing in at massive 3.7kg [8 pounds] with 560 pages and 1600 photos and set out by date chronologically. There are lots of unseen/unpublished amazing photos of Elvis Presley with over 200 newly discovered photos published here for the first time. As with the previous volumes in this Elvis Files series [7 books in total] all the 'Elvis events' in the time period of 1969-1970 are shown with full information. Also included are all the recording sessions (Both Film & Studio), interviews, the movies, everything from 1969-1970. The articles by people likes of Mike Eder, original newspaper reports, recording info and more, it's no exaggeration to say this is one hell of a great book, a must have book for any fan. This book takes us through two years of Elvis' life, at a time when he arguably never looked better with some amazing photos, historic events and articles and much more as outlined here
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Despite performing more than 1,000 shows between 1969-1977, there are several concerts which stand out among Elvis fans for one reason or another. One of those concerts was a one-time only performance in Boston during the fall of 1971. For many years, this historic and rare concert made the rounds on the import release circuit in varying degrees of sound quality. But thanks to the good folks at the 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label, Elvis fans can now enjoy the ultimate release of this fine performance.
One of the most interesting things to hear as you listen to these performances is the confidence that Elvis clearly gains with each appearance, becoming more assertive and aggressive as he performs for the fans. Along with Elvis' increasing level of comfort, it's also interesting to hear the fan reactions with each subsequent appearance. From polite applause for his first appearance to outright pandemonium by the time he gave his final performance, listeners can clearly hear the increased excitement that Elvis caused ... The CD also contains the recent discovery of Elvis' last performance on the Louisiana Hayride
in December 1956 as released on Sony's Young man With The Big Beat
. This will be a more complete version of the show and for the first time, be speed and pitch corrected
, which Sony has failed to master for their release
In 1979 Joan Deary
had an idea for a unique concept album. The idea was to release an album featuring Elvis' recordings stripped down to basics ... the 'Pure Elvis Sound'. Many fans had commented that Elvis' later recordings suffered from too much overdubbing or 'sweetening', often causing Elvis' vocal performances to be buried beneath lavish, often over-the-top orchestral productions.The 'Our Memories Of Elvis
' series has been long out of print. But now, thanks to the good folks at Follow That Dream (FTD) Records
, Elvis' fans can stroll down memory lane once again with their release, 'Our Memories Of Elvis': Volumes 1, 2 & 3.
14 page close up preview of the soon to be released book, Welcome Home Elvis. Released by FTD this is a 260 page book covering the weeks in 1960 where Elvis regained control over his career. The format is the same as the well-known FTD book format (King Creole : The Music and A Moment In Time). The book includes: More than 300 photos, many of them previously unpublished, text by David English and a CD with the original mono master for 'Elvis Is Back!'. Pictures include; Elvis coming home from the army, several press conferences, pictures at Graceland, coverage of the Sinatra TV show and much more ...
Review : King Creole Frame By Frame 400 Page Hardcover Book. 'They' say 'don't judge a book by its cover, but you can with King Creole Frame by Frame, it is a fine book and an equally fine start to the FTD, 'Elvis In Hollywood' book series. This release offers anyone interested in the movie a fantastic photographic and written word account. The book is hardcover, it well researched and well presented - and as the fantastic glossy cover indicates - the book is high quality throughout. The work of true Elvis fans, Erik Lorentzen and Pål Granlund and published by the Elvis Follow That Dream Collectors Label.
... For all of these reasons, and many more which I could spend all day talking about: Promised Land is now my all-time favorite Elvis album. It has taken almost 35 years to get here, but it was well worth the wait! ...
In early 1975, despite Elvis' clearly fading desire to record new material (he hadn't recorded a new studio album since 1973), Elvis managed to step up to the challenge one more time. Elvis Today, released in 2005 by the Follow That Dream (FTD) Collector's Label provides fans with 2-CD's packed with all of the known material recorded between March 10-12, 1975 for the Today album in their Classic album series.
Before looking at the actual 'Elvis Country'/'Love Letters' albums I would like to address this particular release, the Legacy Edition, as the albums are currently available in more than one format. And also a brief look at the other titles released in the series so far. This is because I had my doubts about this release.
I sometimes 'cheat' when I receive a classic album from FTD, playing the second disc with the outtakes first. Elvis (Fool) was no exception. I love the feeling of 'being thrown' into the studio, and this time around the first thing I heard was James Burton
and Chip Young picking out the intro to '(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me
' and Felton Jarvis
asking drummer Jerry Carrigan something about which cymbal he'll use ...