Saturday, February 27, 2021

February 27 - Blue In Love At Paradise Road

The 2017 Bellevue label compilation 'Elvis In Love' will be re-issued on March 19, 2021. This LP contains 18 classic love songs. 

Side A: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It's Now Or Never - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Wooden Heart - I Need Your Love Tonight - Surrender - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Loving You - Fame And Fortune

Side B: Love Me Tender - Can't Help Falling In Love - Good Luck Charm - I Love You Because - She's Not You - The Girl Of My Best Friend - True Love - Anything That's Part Of You - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

The Danish Singles Collection Volume 3

The Memphis Mansion release 'The Danish Singles Collection Volume 3' was released. The blue colored vinyl contains 14 remastered Danish single mixes and is limited to 300 copies. 
Side A: A Mess Of Blues - Girl Of My Best Friend - It´s Now Or Never - Make Me Know It - Are You Lonesome Tonight - I Gotta Know - Wooden Heart

Side B: Tonight All Right For Love - I Feel So Bad - Wild In The Country - Little Sister - His Latest Flame - Rock-A-Hula Baby - I Can't Help Falling In Love

Paradise Road To Memphis

The Paradise Roads Records import-label announced the release of three new CDs. ‘Elvis – The Alternate 1969 Recordings’ featuring a selection of tracks from the 1969 sessions at the American Studio’s, ‘Elvis Sings Don’t Cry Daddy’ containing a selection of songs recorded February at the International Hotel and ‘Elvis Sings Polk Salad Annie’ featuring a selection of songs recorded between February and August 1970 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All albums are limited to 500 copies and come with an 8 pages booklet with photos and more information about these recordings.

From the press release: ‘Elvis - The Alternate 1969 Recordings’ features over 20 rare officially unreleased tracks, including an alternate version of ‘Let Us Pray’ with unique backing vocals recorded for Universal’s movie ‘Change Of Habit’, the complete unedited take 5 of ‘True Love Travels On A Gravel Road’ with Elvis singing “Streets paved with fucking gold”, unedited takes of 'Any Day Now' and more.  

Some of the acetate recordings used for this album are badly damaged. We’ve included them as a special bonus. These acetate recordings are rare and very hard to find. Some of these recordings are previously unreleased on CD until now. This release is a nice addition to ‘Elvis Presley - American Sound 1969’, the 5-disc set from Elvis’ official record company.

After Loving You (Take 1) - Rubberneckin' (Take 1 / Unedited) - Rubberneckin' (Backup Vocals Overdubbed To 21.01.1969 Master / Partial Backing Vocals) - I'm Movin' On (Band & Brass Overdubs After Backup Vocal Overdubs / Unrepaired Vocals) - Inherit The Wind (Unused Composite Master) - Suspicious Minds (Harmony Vocal Overdub By Elvis) - Don't Cry Daddy (Undubbed Master / Acetate Recording) - Any Day Now (Take 1 & 2 / Unedited) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 5 / Unedited) - Mama Liked The Roses (Undubbed Master / Acetate Recording) - In The Ghetto (Oart Of Take 12) - In The Ghetto (Backup Vocals Overdubbed To Take 22 / Unrepaired Vocals) - Inherit The Wind (Vocal Overdub - V.O.2 / String Overdubs On 05.05.1969 / Not Used) - Any Day Now (Take 3 / Unedited) - Any Day Now (Take 4 / Unedited) - From A Jack To A King (Backup Vocals Overdubbed To 22.01.1969 Master / Unrepaired Master) - This Is The Story (Backup Vocal Overdub On 24.01.1969) - Wearin' That Loved On Look (Unused Composite Master) - Poor Man's Gold (Instrumental Track) - Poor Man's Gold (Vocal Attempt) - Let Us Pray (Backup Vocal Overdub On 26.03.1969 / Not Used)

Bonus Songs:
Power Of My Love (Harmony Vocal Overdub By Elvis On 22.02.1969 / Incomplete) - Do You Know Who I Am (Harmony Vocal Overdubbed After Vocal Repair) - Mama Liked The Roses (Strings Overdubbed, After Brass Overdubs) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Harmony Vocal Overdub By Elvis On 22.02.1969)

The CD ‘Elvis Sings Don't Cry Daddy’ contains a great audience recording from February 1970, including the February 21st Midnight Show. Other recordings are 'See See Rider' from the February 5th Dinner Show, 'Suspicious Minds' with reprise from the February 20th Midnight Show, the one-liner 'When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano' from the February 21st Dinner Show plus  more great recordings!

The February 21st Midnight Show was first released on the album 'Let It Be Me' in 2006, but now you can hear this show in a better sound. The show is really good with a strong setlist including a dynamic version of 'Long Tall Sally' and great renditions of 'Don't Cry Daddy', 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' and other songs. 

It feels like you are in the audience to see the greatest singer of all time live. Elvis’ early Vegas shows  were full of energy and  Elvis was at his best vocally and physically. As Robert Hilburn noted in his LA Times review of Presley’s 1970 winter season in Las Vegas, “Elvis … has done what once seemed impossible. He has become king on his own terms.”
February 21, Midnight Show: Opening Vamp - All Shook Up - I Got A Woman - Long Tall Sally - Monologue - Don't Cry Daddy - Monologue - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Kentucky Rain (Incomplete) . Let It Be Me (Incomplete) - I Can't Stop Loving You - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Celebrity Introductions - Suspicious Minds - Can't Help Falling In Love

February 5, Dinner Show: See See Rider
February 3, Dinner Show: Kentucky Rain - Don't Cry Daddy - Let It Be Me
February 5, Dinner Show: In The Ghetto - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Don't Cry Daddy
February 22, Midnight Show: Introduction Of Roy Orbison
February 21, Dinner Show: When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano (One Line)
February 20, Midnight ShowS: Suspicious Minds (With Reprise)

All Tracks Recorded Live At The International Hotel In Las Vegas, 1970.
The CD ‘Elvis Sings Polk Salad Annie’ contains a selection of 18 recordings from February and August 1970, all recorded at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Including rehearsals and live recordings, like a soundboard recording from 'Polk Salad Annie' from the February 16th 1970 Midnight Show, five soundboard recordings from the February 19th 1970 Dinner Show and rehearsal recordings from August 4th 7th and 10th, 1970. 

Almost all these recordings are previously unreleased by Elvis’ official label and some are hard to find nowadays. The rehearsal versions of 'Polk Salad Annie' from August 10th 1970 were edited and spliced for the official release to just one version, removing the explicit lyrics and 'I've Lost You' from this same rehearsal was only available on the album 'Hang Loose' from 1991 (30 years ago). 

The real bonus is that all these recordings are presented in the best possible sound-quality on this release. Even the audience recordings on this album are a delight for your ears and never sounded better. Just listen to great live versions of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Crying Time', 'When The Snow Is On The Roses' and 'Sweet Inspiration'. 
Polk Salad Annie (#1 - 16.02.1970 M/S) - Buzzing Bees And Bacon (Monologue -  19.02.1970 D/S) - I Can't Stop Loving You (19.02.1970 D/S) - Don't Cry Daddy (19.02.1970 D/S) - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (19.02.1970 D/S) - Let It Be Me (19.02.1970 D/S) - Oh, Happy Day (Unedited - 07.08.1970 Rehearsal) - Monologue / Oh, Happy Day (07.08.1970 Rehearsal) - Polk Salad Annie (#2 - Unedited - 10.08.1970 Rehearsal) -  I've Lost You (10.08.1970 Rehearsal) - Polk Salad Annie (#3  - Unedited - 10.08.1970 Rehearsal) - Bridge Over Troubled Water (20.08.1970 M/S) - Johnny B. Goode / Happy Birthday To James Burton (21.08.1970 D/S) - Crying Time (Part Only - 21.08.1970 M/S) - Sweet Inspiration (20.08.1970 M/S) - More (Part Only - 20.08.1970 M/S) - When The Snow Is On The Roses (24.08.1970 M/S) - Elvis Talks With The Sweet Inspirations

All tracks recorded live in the main Showroom At The International Hotel 
in Las Vegas, Nevada, unless noted otherwise.

(Source: Various / Memphis Mansion)