Review : The Nashville Marathon FTD CD

By: David Adams
Source: Elvis Australia
May 19, 2003

The Nashville Marathon
The Nashville Marathon

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!

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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)

Track listing

The Nashville Marathon - Elvis Presley FTD CD

Elvis Presley Lyrics Mystery Train/Tiger Man Jam. Instrumental
Elvis Presley Lyrics Twenty Days And Twenty Nights - take 3
Elvis Presley Lyrics I've Lost You – take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics The Sound Of Your Cry - take 3
Elvis Presley Lyrics Bridge Over Troubled Water - take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics How The Web Was Woven - take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics The Next Step Is Love - take 10
Elvis Presley Lyrics I'll Never Know - take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics Life - take 10
Elvis Presley Lyrics Love Letters - take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics Heart Of Rome - take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics Mary In The Morning - take 4
Elvis Presley Lyrics Sylvia - take 9
Elvis Presley Lyrics It's Your Baby, You Rock It - take 3
Elvis Presley Lyrics It Ain't No Big Thing - take 6
Elvis Presley Lyrics A Hundred Years From Now - take 1&2 (now available on the Elvis Country FTD Classic Album 2 CD Set)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Tomorrow Never Comes – take 2
Elvis Presley Lyrics Snowbird - take 1
Elvis Presley Lyrics Rags To Riches - take 2
Elvis Presley Lyrics Where Did They Go Lord - take 3

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