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Elvis Aaron Presley is one of the biggest-selling artists of all-time, but mere numbers cannot begin to explain the colossal cultural impact he had in the mid-20th Century. He was a central figure in the transformation of the grey, conservative 50s into the technicolor 60s through the liberalizing effect of rock and pop music. Frank Sinatra had proved extremely popular in the 40s with young ... Read more in Amazon's Elvis Presley Store

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  • Audio Cassette (30 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WXR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,561,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who has read of how Presley was taken advantage of by his notorious manager "Colonel" Tom Parker - and who doesn't know better - could be forgiven for assuming that he was some cretinous goon who was equally in thrall to the whims of producers, going into a studio and laying down vocal tracks in production line fashion.
Here's the evidence to blow that preconception away. As a music-maker, Presley was as worthy of respect as anyone who ever set foot in a studio.
To him, making a recording of lasting appeal wasn't achieved by multi-tracking to create an idealised "perfection" - it was done by working with his hand-picked band to reach that perfect take - a performance that had the right spark. He hated to overdub, instead singing live with the musicians, often moving about with a hand-held mic to interact with them.
In 1966 Presley's music was rescued from its plunge into movie-soundtrack dross when he hooked up with producer Felton Jarvis, an often unsung hero who intuitively knew how to get the best out of him. After his late 60s comeback, he and his band entered RCA's Nashville Studios with Jarvis and recorded 35 songs in the space of four days, often working through the night in typical Presley fashion.
This collection features songs from that session, plus a few from 1971. These tracks are mainly alternate takes, which don't have the ovedubbed strings and backing vocals that were added to some of the mastered tracks. Instead, what we hear is exactly what Presley and the band sounded like in the studio. As a bonus, on this compilation there are several snippets of "studio talk" where you can hear how relaxed and in-control he sounds as the band jam or gather themselves together for a take.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Hadwin on 2 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I will remain a little disappointed that Elvis backed off after the soulful Chip Moman sessions in early '69, into the safer grounds of Country music that dominated his 70s output, but if the quality had remained as it did through these early 70s sessions, I don't think anyone would have felt really short changed.
The album is a collection of unreleased/little heard tracks from 1970 and 1971. They come in two distinct forms. On the one hand there are the stripped down, unedited versions of well known tracks, and then there are genuine outtakes.
The outtakes are all interesting, far more so than the drab outtakes that adorn his film albums. Here Elvis was struggling for a sound, trying the tracks different ways and it is great listening to him. "Little Cabin On the Hill" and "Faded Love" come out as straight country tracks, while Elvis is scratching around for the right sound for "Just Pretend" and "I've Lost You".
But the highlights are the previously released tracks like "Got My Mojo Workin", "Whole Lotta Shakin" and "I Washed My Hands", with the horn/backing vocal tracks stripped, and with the endings/beginnings reincluded. "Whole Lotta Shakin'" is as good as any of his great 50s records, and more of the mood is captured with the last 2 minutes, so sadly stolen from the released version. "Got My Mojo" comes off best, you get to hear the rambling beginnings and you lose the overstated horns that so dogged the version released on Love Letters.
Oh yes, did I mention this is fantastic value for money!
Great, great, great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Davies on 2 July 2011
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I thought I had every song Elvis sang, I was wrong, most of the songs on the disc I've never heard before, I'm listening to it every day, and loving it every time, Elvis had quite a range of voice, and it's a pity he did not get the recognition for producing the records he did, he worked damn hard on every song he sung, making sure he gave 100% each time, he's missed allot by all Elvis fans.
A must for Elvis fans, you need to buy this disc
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The Elvis essential collection takes poignant moments from Elvis' recording career and puts them onto albums. They are great collections. In January 1969 Elvis Presley went back to Memphis to record songs for the first time since Sun Records in 1955. After a 68' comeback special the man was set on boosting his recording career and making a breakthrough again. Those sessions are documented in the album From Elvis in Memphis which I own and spawned huge songs like In the ghetto, Suspicious minds, Don't cry daddy, Rubberneckin' and Kentucky rain; some of his most famous songs. Although that album does have some great tracks on it, much of the non-single material is a bit bland and mediocre sounding. This is where this album is different! This collection focuses on his sessions in Nashville between June 1970 - June 1971. The main part of the sessions began in RCA's studio B. The producer was Felton Jarvis who decided to bring in some new blood to Elvis' band from his own selection including James Burton on guitar. Throughout the 60's Elvis had continued to use Scotty Moore (guitar) and D.J Fontana (drums) with accompaniment from Nashville's top session players. This may have been the catalyst for a change of pace. This album doesn't have any mediocre or boring tracks just great, enjoyable material.

The album has an informative booklet which gives us a history lesson and puts things into context courtesy of RCA and Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Sermon. It also has a few good pictures.

The album is made up of very rhythmical, upbeat tracks and some strong ballads. The album has many alternate takes and 18 songs which are unreleased performances. With these takes there is studio banter and much of the time you get a more in-studio feel instead of just listening to recorded songs.
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