August 08 - Essential Splices

The STAR import label, in cooperation with the CMT import label, announced a new title in their 'Spliced Takes' series titled 'Elvis 26 - The Essential Sixties Splices Vol. 2'. A Limited Edition of 500 copies.

From the press release: After the first release in this series ('Elvis 25') CMT is proud to present the second volume, again some incredible brand new, unreleased spliced takes are on this release and focusses on 1961. The title refers to Elvis' age at the time he recorded all these great tracks. 

As always, expect some nice suprises, since a lot of the tracks sound very different then what has been released before.

It kicks of with an Amazing new version of 'His Latest Flame', in the studio they tried out different tempo's, these are combined here and the opening starts of slow and turns into a great new version!

Another highlight is the new "harmony" version of 'I'm Yours', where the album version is harmony all the way, this version only has parts, it sounds fresh and to our humble opinion better then the versions released so far. 'Follow That Dream' has a longer ending, using all takes available to get a different sound.

Also included is a spliced take of 'Can't Help Falling in Love', which uses officialy unreleased takes. We could go on and on, since every track on this album is something you have never heard. 

Tracks 'Elvis 26':
His Latest Flame (Spliced Take 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 12, 10, 12) - Little Sister (Spliced Take 4, 1, 2, fs, 10, 11, 9, 7, 9, 9) - I Feel So Bad (Spliced Take 1, 2, 2, 1, 2) - Good Luck Charm (Spliced Take 2, 3, 3, 1) - Kiss Me Quick (Spliced Take 8, 9, 4, 1) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Spliced Take 3, 4, 8, 1) - I’m Coming Home (Alternate Master) -  In Your Arms (Spliced Take 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1) - Put The Blame On Me (Spliced Take 1, 2) - Judy (Spliced Take  1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 4) - I Want You With Me (Spliced Take1/rehearsal/Take 1, 2) - Follow That Dream (Spliced Take 1, 2, 4, 3, 2, 4) - Rock-A-Hula Baby (Spliced Take 2, 3) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Spliced Take 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10) - There’s Always Me (Spliced Take 8, 9, 9, 9) - Give Me The Right (Spliced Take 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) - It’s A Sin (Spliced Take 1, 2, 4) - Sentimental Me (Spliced Take 1, 2, 2, 2) - Starting Today (Spliced Take 2, 1) - Gently (Harmony Version - Take 4 & 5) - Anything That’s Part Of You (Spliced Take 1, 8, 8, 1) - I’m Yours (Alternate Master) - That’s Someone You’ll Never Forget (Spliced Take 5, 7) - I Met Her Today (Spliced Take 16, 7) - Can’t Help Falling In Love (Spliced Take 5, 9)

Details 'Long Lonesome Highway 2':

The Meant To Be Played import label announced the release of 'Long Lonely Highway vol. 2'. 

From the press release
Since the FTD release of the first volume more and more alternate "Studio B" tracks were released, but are not played often due to all takes on one album.

This series needs no further introduction and continues to deliver some rare and hard to find complete takes in the best available sound!

If you bought previous volumes, be sure to get this one, since it is "Meant to be played".

Tracks: Fame And Fortune (Take 15) - The Girl Of My Best Friend (Spliced Take 8, 9) - Dirty, Dirty Feeling (Take 4) - I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (Take 4) - Gently (Take 4) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 3) - His Latest Flame (Take 4) - I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Take 2) - She's Not You (Take 2 / Work Part Take 1) - Please Don't Drag That String Around (Take 5) - What Now, What Next, Where To (Take 1) - Come What May (Take 4) - Indescribably Blue (Take 1) - Mine (Take 13) - Singing Tree (Take 8) - Just Call Me Lonesome (Take 6) - We Call On Him (Take 3) - U. S. Male (Spliced Take 9, 10) - It's Your Baby, You Rock It (Undubbed Master) - It Ain't No Big Thing (Undubbed Master) - For Lovin' Me (Take 8) - A Thing Called Love (Take 3)

Bonus Song: Long Lonely Highway (Take 2)

(Source: STAR)