May 02 - Elvis 25 - Spliced And Meant To Be Played

The CMT import-label announced the release of the CD 'Elvis 25 - Essential Sixties Splices - Volume 1'. This CD is limited to 500 copies. 

From the press release: CMT is proud to present the first in their new series 'Elvis 25', this incredible release includes brandnew, unreleased spliced takes and focusses on 1960. Elvis was 25 when he recorded all these great tracks.

As always, expect some nice surprises, since a lot of the tracks sound very different than what has been released before. Some highlights are the remade opening for 'Stuck on You', an extended version of 'Make Me Know It', 'It's Now Or Never' includes a rare "harmony" part and a breathtaking new approach has been done on 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' which starts off with the spoken part.

Also the new version of 'Lonely Man' sound very different and includes both the main version and the solo version.

Stuck On You (Spliced Take 2, 1) - Fame And Fortune (Spliced Take 3, 4, 2) - It’s Now Or Never (Spliced Take 3, 2, 4) - A Mess O’ Blues (Spliced Take 2, 4, 3) - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Alternate Master) - I Gotta Know (Spliced Take 1, 2 ,1 ,2 ,1) - Make Me Know It (Spliced Take 12, 14, 16) - Fever (Spliced Take 2, 3, 4, 1) - The Girl Of My Best Friend (Spliced Take 7, 8, 6, 8)- I Will Be Home Again (Extended Master) - Dirty, Dirty Feeling (Spliced Take 2, 3, 4) - The Thrill Of Your Love (Spliced Take 1, 3) - Soldier Boy (Spliced Take 4, 7, 11) - Such A Night (Alternate Master) - It Feels So Right (Spliced Take 4, 3) - The Girl Next Door Went A’ Walkin’ (Spliced Take 1, 2, 3, 3) - Like A Baby (Spliced Take 1, 2) - Reconsider Baby (Alternate Master) - Wooden Heart (Spliced Take 2, 1) - Flaming Star (Spliced Take 4, 5) - Surrender (Spliced Take 7, 9) - Crying In The Chapel (Spliced Take 2, 1, 3) - Wild In The Country (Spliced Take 6, 8, 11, 13, 13, 13) - Lonely Man (Alternate Master).


Out In Hollywood

The Meant to be Played import label announced the release of volume 4 in their 'Out In Hollywood' series featuring 22 rare hard to find complete takes which are "meant to be played" according to the press release. 

Young Dreams (Take 8 - Thorne Nogar Mix) - Don’t Ask Me Why (Take 12 - Thorne Nogar Mix) -  We’re Gonna Move (Stereo Master) - C’mon Everybody (Take 7) - Riding The Rainbow (Spliced Take 4, 6) - A House That Has Everything (Take 3) - Datin’ (Take 3, 4) - I Slipped, I Stumbled I Fell (Take 11) - Margarita (Take 1) - Golden Coins (Take 8) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 20) - Santa Lucia (Take 5) - A Whistling Tune (Take 7, 8) - Pocketful Of Rainbows) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 10) - Spring Fever (Take 4) - Look Out, Broadway (Take 5) - The Meanest Girl In Town (Take 11) - Roustabout (Take 16) - Moonlight Swim (Take 2) - Go East, Young Man (Master) - You Don’t Know Me (Take 13).


Marcel Stellman Died

Marcel Stellman, songwriter and record producer, died. He was 96.

When the American RCA label severed its longtime affiliation with EMI's His Master's Voice label in 1957, the Decca label marketed and distributed Elvis Presley's recordings in the U.K. on the RCA label. Stellman had to ensure the first release on the label was a major hit. The track was 'Teddy Bear' and so he sent out cuddly bears with promotional copies.

(Source: FECC / Google News)