Review : Elvis On Tour : The Rehearsals FTD CD

By: David Adams
Source: Elvis Australia
December 5, 2009

Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals CD
Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals CD

There have been a lot of 'rehearsal' Elvis CDs to come out, but this one, apropriatly titled, Elvis On Tour : The Rehearsals is by far the best.

First of all, it almost sounds like a studio album.

The songs are mostly complete without a bunch of mistakes and a do-overs and most sound really great. There isn't any joking around, each track pretty much jumps strait to the next song.

Taped at the RCA studios in Hollywood in March 1972 this new Follow That Dream release features a selections of Elvis Presley's rehearsals for his upcoming tour. What I really like is on this disc you get to really hear James Burton's guitar licks and Ronnie Tutt's drums shine through without them being drowned out by an orchestra and backing vocals. True, J.D. Sumner and his vocal group is there, but their vocals are faint. What you hear is Elvis and the rythmn group. The way it should be. This is how his 1970's albums should have sounded.

Elvis doesn't really stretch his voice on this disc (i.e hold any incredibly long powerful notes as he does on most of his 70's work), but his voice is rich and full of confindence as he gets his rythmn band ready for the upcoming tour. My only question is why 'El Paso' is included, since it runs 1:06 and Elvis only sings one line. The rest of the track is just the band playing the music, and it really disrupts the flow of the CD.

The major surprise is 'Young And Beautiful', the song from Jailhouse Rock in 1957. The 1972 version sounds really nice, especially since it was probably the first time he had done that song since the 50s.

I have over 100 Elvis CD's, and am generally more of a fan of his 70's work than anything, and this is my favorite Elvis CD that I own. If you wanted to introduce someone to Elvis' music who's not a fan of 50's rock, 60's doo-wop, or the typical 70's music full of orchestra overdubbs that plagued almost all 70's artist (not just Elvis) then this is the album to do it. All Elvis Fans Must Have This CD !!!!!

Sound quality and mix are excellent and the CD with 19 songs runs 51 minutes.

As a long-time Elvis fan, I've found this CD to be one of my all-time favorites. Full of rehearsals recorded during the making of the 'Elvis On Tour' documentary, it contains optimum versions of many of his circa-1972 songs.

Two songs make this CD a must-have:

'Young And Beautiful' - a full-length version of the 1957 classic, given an updated treatment for 1972.

'Always On My Mind' - although this performance was previously released on 'The Great Performances' CD (and as an overdubbed, edited performance on the 'This Is Elvis' album), the version here for 'Elvis On Tour: The Rehearsals' has far better sound quality. For me, this is the best recording of the song by anyone. This version is my second-favorite Elvis song, next only to 'If I Can Dream'.

Buy Elvis On Tour : The Rehearsals FTD CD

Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals FTD CD

Track listing

Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals - Elvis Presley FTD CD

Elvis Presley Lyrics Proud Mary 2:44 (John Fogerty)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Polk Salad Annie 2:46 (Tony Joe White)
Elvis Presley Lyrics See See Rider 2:32  (Traditional / arranged by Elvis Presley)
Elvis Presley Lyrics A Big Hunk O' Love 2:09 (Schroeder / Wayne)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Johnny B. Goode. 2:20 (Chuck Berry)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Young And Beautiful 2:37  (Silver / Schroeder)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Love Me 1:50 (Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Hound Dog 1:23 (Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2:15 (Lloyd Price)
Elvis Presley Lyrics For The Good Times 3:09 (Kris Kristofferson)
Elvis Presley Lyrics El Paso 1:06 (Marty Robbins)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Funny How Time Slips Away 2:47 (Willie Nelson)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Help Me make It Through The Night 2:38 (Kris Kristofferson)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Release Me 2:31 (Miller / Stevenson)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Burning Love 3:15 (Dennis Linde)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Always On My Mind 3:44 (Wayne Carson / Johnny Christopher / Mark James)
Elvis Presley Lyrics The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 3:53 (Ewan McColl)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Never Been To Spain 3:38 (Hoyt Axton)
Elvis Presley Lyrics Separate Ways 3:38 (Red West / Richard Mainegra)


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)

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