Thursday, August 12, 2021

August 12 - Kansas City Released

The Mllbranch Music import label released the 3-disc set 'Kansas City Revisited'. It contains the previously unreleased June 29, 1974 Afternoon Show performance on soundboard and the Evening Show performance from the same day with improved sound-quality. 

Added to that is a DVD containing the best possible visual accompaniment for the two shows of June 29, 1974 - HD-picture quality, perfectly synched with the same incredible sound that you can hear on the CDs - and more according to the press release. 

Elvis: Back In Nashville - Press Release

Sony Legacy published the details and press release for the new 'Elvis Back in Nashville' set and released a preview of 'I'm Leaving'. 

Publicity stated: RCA/Legacy Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Final Nashville Sessions with Release of Definitive Elvis: Back In Nashville on Friday, November 12

RCA/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Elvis: Back In Nashville, the definitive presentation of Presley’s May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions (his last in Nashville), on Friday, November 12.

An Elvis: Back In Nashville special unboxing event will be streamed live from the Guest House Theater at Graceland today (August 12) at 4pm CT/5pm ET as part of Elvis Week 2021 (August 11-17). Hosts Tom Brown and mixing engineer Matt Ross-Spang will discuss the new Elvis: Back In Nashville collection and perform an unboxing of the CD and LP packages for a live attending audience. 

Elvis: Back In Nashville will be available as a 4CD/digital collection featuring 82 pristine original recordings capturing Elvis and his musicians live-in-the-studio laying down central tracks and performances intended for later release. These revelatory sessions chronicle the last time Elvis would record in Nashville. Some of Elvis’ 1971 Nashville studio recordings appeared, with subsequent orchestral and vocal overdubs, on the seasonal collection Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971), the Grammy-winning gospel album He Touched Me (1972), Elvis Now (1972) and 1973’s Elvis.

Graceland will be offering their exclusive 2LP 12 inch color vinyl collectors pressing of Elvis: Back In Nashville. A 2-LP 12″ vinyl version of the album will also be available.

Like its predecessor, From Elvis In Nashville (released November 2020), Elvis: Back In Nashville is designed to showcase Elvis Presley and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. A key difference between Elvis’ 1970 and 1971 Nashville sessions is that many of the 1971 recordings included backing singers; therefore, Elvis: Back In Nashville offers a variety of song performances both with and without vocal augmentation.

Given the prolific output of great recordings created by Elvis and his musicians during the fabled 1970 marathon sessions that may be heard on From Elvis In Nashville, RCA and the Elvis camp decided to stick with the winning combination of tight band, seasoned studio, well-chosen repertoire and relaxed spontaneous Elvis behind the microphone and, once again, record as much material as possible over a short period of time. With Elvis’ upcoming concert activities increasing, future studio time would be limited and so the goal of these sessions was to generate perhaps a year’s worth of new songs. RCA and the Colonel let Elvis know they’d like a new Christmas album, a gospel album, a pop album, and “several new singles for summer and fall releases” and so, Elvis’ music coordinator/producer Felton Jarvis booked a whole week of all-night sessions starting March 15, 1971 and brought on the same band he’d used the year before.

Elvis Presley’s return in 1970 to recording in Nashville had been revelatory. Those sessions, on the heels of his Memphis recordings and a return to the stage, had done more than simply sustain a comeback. They also introduced Elvis to a great new rhythm section and gifted Elvis with a great new sound. Bassist Norbert Putnam, drummer Jerry Carrigan, and pianist David Briggs had helped transform country music rhythms in the sixties after they transplanted their R&B-indebted style from F. A. M. E. studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Nashville session work. When producer Felton Jarvis teamed Elvis with the Muscle Shoals boys, along with session guitarist Chip Young, jack of all musical trades Charlie McCoy, and Presley’s bandleader James Burton, they together created the belatedly acclaimed Elvis Country—in the process providing Elvis with a country-soul template he’d trace often in the last years of his life.

Music critic Dave Marsh once wrote that, even with his acclaim, “Elvis Presley was probably the most underrated singer of all.” Overdubs removed, what’s revealed on Elvis: Back In Nashville is some of the most compelling singing of Presley’s career.

Disc One of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 18 tracks and includes The Country/Folk Sides (an unrealized Elvis project featuring songs by Ewan McColl, Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Bob Dylan), The Piano Recordings (raw Elvis singing Ivory Joe Hunter with piano accompaniment) and The Pop Sides (classic pop compositions including “Padre,” “Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread,” “My Way,” “I’m Leavin'” and more).

Disc Two of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 25 tracks divided between The Religious Sides (classic and contemporary gospel) and The Christmas Sides (sacred and secular seasonal holiday music).

Disc Three of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 19 tracks and picks up on the country pop repertoire of Disc One and adds some rock ‘n’ roll with a variety of cuts including impromptu performances of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Lady Madonna,” an epic take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, (It’s Alright)”, fresh interpretations of “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “Early Morning Rain” and more.

Disc Four of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 20 tracks and includes The Religious Outtakes and The Christmas Outtakes.

On Spotify and YouTube you can listen to the first track of the new 'Elvis Back In Nashville' set, Take 1 of 'I'm Leaving'.

Click >>> here for Spotify

Should Out! Vol. 8

The Pyramid import-label announced the release of volume 8 in their 'Sold Out!' DVD series, containing fan-shot 8mm footage from the 1970's. 

From the press release:
Press release: 'Sold Out’ volume 8 will be available in August. With more amazing 8mm footage that hasn’t been seen before, in great packaging and with fantastic liner notes. Tons of great stuff from New York ’72… almost like you are there. And all in the quality that you’ve come to expect from us.

‘Sold Out’ has built up quite a reputation and following so far. The titles released so far are ‘sold out’, and our releases have really captured people’s imaginations. These releases are being discussed constantly amongst fans on discussion boards, more than any other product in the past 10 years. The ‘Sold Out’ series has changed the whole game, in less than a year.

All that we are interested in is releasing quality product for the fans. From fans, for fans. And that’s precisely what we’ve been doing since December, offering great releases at very decent prices, with each release containing almost three hours of unreleased footage. In various cases, we have paid the original filmers for the use of their footage. And we always work hard to make each release special, for instance by getting Elvis’ original musicians and friends to write for us. Each ‘Sold Out’ release is a limited edition, and no doubt these will be selling for crazy prices on E-bay a few years from now. We’ve already seen copies of volume 1 attract high prices. Which underlines the uniqueness of these releases. We will continue releasing quality product and we thank you for your great support 

(Source: Facebook / Spotify / Elvis The Music / Elvis The Man and His Music / His Truth Is Marching On)