Review : The Nashville Marathon FTD CD
Source: Elvis Australia
May 19, 2003 - 12:09:00 PM
Elvis Reviews, Elvis CD Reviews, FTD, By David Adams
The Nashville Marathon is an outstanding example of Elvis' great work in the studio in June, 1970. This session has come to be known as the 'Nashville Marathon' because Elvis recorded over 30 songs at the session.
With his career back on track thanks to his 1968 Comeback television special, his legendary 1969 Memphis studio recordings, and his return to live performances, Elvis was on top of the world when he went back into a Nashville recording studio in June 1970. Though not as legendary as his 1969 recording sessions, Elvis sounded revitalized, energetic, and dedicated to each and every performance.
This collection of un-dubbed outtakes and alternate versions of songs from those sessions is stunning and features Elvis at his best, mistakes and all.
Hear the unedited and unspliced versions of 'A Hundred Years From Now', complete with some coarse but humourous language. Superb early takes of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'I've Lost You', 'Love Letters' and 'I'll Never Know', 'The Next Step Is Love', 'It's Your Baby, You Rock It', 'Rags to Riches', 'How the Web Was Woven' are some of the tracks from these sessions, and are fascinating to hear in earlier takes.
Elvis' heart and soul inhabit every song, and his voice is warm and sincere, wrapping itself around each and every word. The alternate take of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' will bring tears to your eyes. Even lesser material like 'I'll Never Know', 'Life', and 'Heart of Rome' is greatly improved by Elvis' heartfelt performance. Though they aren't remembered as Elvis standards, his interpretations of 'Love Letters', 'Tomorrow Never Comes', and 'Snowbird' become his own, and he moulds them into instant Presley classics.
The alternate takes reflect his passion for perfection and enjoyment.
The sound quality is superb with Elvis' voice prominently powerful.
This is one of the best of the Elvis 'fan club' releases. Twenty superb alternate tracks in brilliant sound quality are featured on this CD. Another winner from FTD! Buy This Now!
Elvis Presley (Guitar), David Briggs (Piano), James Burton (Guitar), Jerry Carrigan (Drums), Chip Young (Guitar), Dennis Ferrante (Mixing), Felton Jarvis (A&R), Al Pachucki (Engineer), Norbert Putnam (Bass), Ernst Mikael Jorgensen (Compilation Producer), Roger Semon (Compilation Producer), Charlie McCoy (Organ), Charlie McCoy (Harmonica), Lene Reidel (Mastering)
The Nashville Marathon - Elvis Presley FTD CD
Mystery Train/Tiger Man Jam. Instrumental
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights - take 3
I've Lost You – take 1
The Sound Of Your Cry - take 3
Bridge Over Troubled Water - take 1
How The Web Was Woven - take 1
The Next Step Is Love - take 10
I'll Never Know - take 1
Life - take 10
Love Letters - take 1
Heart Of Rome - take 1
Mary In The Morning - take 4
Sylvia - take 9
It's Your Baby, You Rock It - take 3
It Ain't No Big Thing - take 6
A Hundred Years From Now - take 1&2 (now available on the Elvis Country FTD Classic Album 2 CD Set)
Tomorrow Never Comes – take 2
Snowbird - take 1
Rags To Riches - take 2
Where Did They Go Lord - take 3
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of 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.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.