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Elvis for Everyone [CASSETTE] [Import]

Elvis Presley Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (22 Sep 1989)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000ETHV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem in '65 14 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it must have been 1965. My future mother-in-law got it for me as a Christmas present. I promised my 'wife to be' that I wouldn't open the parcel until Christmas morning, so having gone to bed a 11pm I lay awake and at 12.01am I opened my present and turned on my 'record player' and play the 'Elvis for Everyone' LP. It was well after 2am before I stopped playing and went to sleep. I'd become an Elvis record collector in late '62 so this was my first none film LP. Starting with the rockin' country song 'Your cheatin heart' the upbeat 'Finders Keepers' the blues number 'Tomorrow Night' the sun-days carry over ' When it rains its really pours' Indeed a great selection of songs with 'Memphis Tennessee' the best of the lot. Yep, a refreshing release form Elvis in the mid 60's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars elvis for everyone 24 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
The release of this album was one of the few things R.C.A did right in the mid 60's , in its own right its a very good album but it also made a refreshing change from movis soundtracks.Alright we know that these were not new recordings and were taken from various time periods but its still a good collection of songs.I cant say much more about it except go and buy it and enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection 27 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This collection of great songs was released around 1965, when Elvis was focusing on his acting career.
This, almost early compilation of old and new features some exceptional music.
The likes of 'Memphis Tennessee' is exceptional music, driven by tremndous drumming and tremendous vocals by the King.
The entire CD is as diverse as possible, ranging from utterly marvelous blues such as 'When it Rains it Really Pours' to light opera, 'Santa Lucia' sung in Italian.
'Tomorrow Night' dates back to the Sun days and this is excellent rythm and blues. There are also songs from the movies; 'In My Way' from the marvelous 'Wild In The Country' is a terrific ballad, you will paly this over and over.
Over all, a very mixed, but excellent CD that was originally top 10 here and in America on it's original release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage and nearly classic 2 Jan 2010
By Al-13
Format:Audio CD
I remember getting this as a vinyl LP for Christmas 1965 even though it had been released earlier in the year. It followed on from the Flaming Star and Summer Kisses album and was similar in that both were compilations of various rare studio tracks as well as songs that had been recorded for movies but not released at the time.
What made Elvis for Everyone relatively popular at the time was that it contained songs that had been unavailable before in any shape or form. If it had not been for back catalogue albums like this then some of these tracks might never have seen the light of day.
Elvis was only recording almost exclusively movie soundtracks at this time so the release of this album, despite some numbers dating from his pre-army days,came as welcome relief from the norm.
I seem to recall that the UK vinyl album had a different sleeve to the one displayed here which is the US version, but as far as I know the actual tracks on this CD are the same as on the original 1965 release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars are you Nuts?????? 25 May 2006
By Isotronage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What the hell is wrong with you people?!!! This is one of Elvis's greatest unheard albums to date!! Just because it doesn't contain the usual blockbuster hits that everyone has already heard does not mean that it is not a good album or is "forgettable". This is a rare gem!!! The songs are great and the cover is great as well.

I spent the majority of my childhood listening to THIS album along with his other more popular albums.
Please give this a listen it is worth it!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 28 Jan 2004
By june janicke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album since 1965 and Love how Evis can go from a country ballad upbeat "Your Cheatin' Heart" to a very Bluesy up tempo "When it rains it really pours". The Ballads of "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears & Tomorrow night", show the true vocal range Elvis had in the center of his career and never lost it. My most favorite song on this album is "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers", and a very close second is "Sound Advise" Truly a great walk back to the SIXTYS, as a true artist and great talented singer. ENJOY
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked oddity 21 Dec 2007
By Phil S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt, one of his best albums, almost by accident: RCA wanted something out there to commemorate his 10th Anniversary with the label, and in 1965, they had to sift through non-commercial movie material, unfinished ballads, and alot of other stuff not destined for the Top 10.
But that's fine with me, because these "leftovers" are all listenable, and some, unbenownst to me at age 14, were true "gold", in the non-financial sense: a pearl of a blues ballad, "Tomorrow Night" pressed at 2:48, not the expected 2:58 [it's possible tht a power-that-be realized that the overdub was applied to a slowed down master], from the Lonnie Johnson and Lavern Baker catalogues, given royal post-production (11 years later!) by Mr. Chet Atkins. (Interesting that the vocal group actually echoed Lonnie Johnson's 1958 re-imagined [overdubbed] release of his '40s Classic.) This is pure Elvis, "real" Elvis, which back in '54/'55?, when Elvis cut the number, might have enraged fans who associated him only with the uptempo numbers that Sam Phillips believed in. Research of course shows that these heart emanations were possibly more "personal" and meaningful to the man himself.
Talkin' about ballads, well as you might expect, there are some brilliant and expressive cuts here - don't worry about *underproduction*, if you will on the film songs, because you can't argue with Elvis and guitar-only efforts - again, when I first heard "Forget Me Never" and "In My Way" [alternate take here!], I didn't associate Elvis with strumming for real on a recording. At that point, I wasn't sure that he was hitting the right chords on "Poison Ivy League", or something, from the movies.
History has enriched the tale of "When It Rains, It Really Pours", yeah, who knew it was a "remake" for Elvis at that point. Now this one does sound a little empty, it's not quite *there*, but Presley's raw vocal cascades over the tentative beat and licks. It's the 1957 sound, a year of successful experiments resulting in some of the most exciting sounds captured in the medium (to this day!).
"You're Cheatin' Heart" didn't find it's way out of the vaults back in 1958 - again, a progressive country-jazz-rock mixture, which despite some very entertaining vocal effects, actually good-natured imitations of Elvis from the Jordanaires, just couldn't find a B-side, or EP, or album spot. (Probably shoulda found it's way to that "It Happened at the World's Fair" 1963 album - boy, if an Elvis soundtrack ever needed a "bonus song"!!). Perhaps, Elvis was consciously injected some Jackie Wilson-feel into the traditional Country tune.
"I Met Her Today" is pure early '60s Nashville balladeering, Elvis employing that new near-falsetto, on the gentle, melancholy reflection. The rhythm approaches medium beat ballad, but it's been reported that after many takes, it was what it was. Perfect mix of an imperfect record.
He only reasonably contemporary track was the 1964 "Memphis, Tennessee", a double-drum entry, well-mixed despite what some critics have said. It was smart to recut the tune, which in that "Lost Session" session of '63 sounded tired and off-balance. That drum intro. was hooky enough to find a chart wormhole, but Elvis again tries something different - a soft, crooning style on an upbeat rock and roll classic. The great R & B group, The Spiders were specialists at this, but one would expect the Memphis Flash to take it higher.
Chuck Berry's masterpiece was all over the map at vthat time, garnering high numbers, so maybe El, Colonel, and co., said....whatever....we don't need it.
I have to assume that RCA at the time did not expect a release with such historical resonance. It's really is an Elvis showcase - turning those proverbial lemons into lemonade...for Everyone!
[By the way, It was Elvis For Everyone in the U.S.A. and Elvis For Everybody overseas].
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Couple Of High Points On This Forgotten Record 4 Dec 1999
By Kris Butts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is probably one of the least purchased recordings by the Entertainer of the Millenium, Elvis Aron Presley. It is actually recordings for earlier years, and there are not many 'great' songs on the album. However, the couple that is worth buying the album for is "Sound Advice", which can probably be found on the "Follow That Dream" soundtrack, and "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears", which is an OUTSTANDING song that makes buying this worthwhile, because the song can't be found on any other Elvis album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ka-chingggg!... (NO SALE) 15 May 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
First pressings of RCA VICTOR's 1965 album, ELVIS FOR EVERYONE! (LPM/LSP-3450) are on their black w/white dog label.

The LP's cover is an example of arrogant horn-blowing at a time when Presley's Top Ten single production was down to practically zero. On front we have smiling Elvis to the left of a cash register. On back, there's fifteen LP color repros with an estimated dollar total for each, as of 1965. Clearly a case of "look at what we did" rather that "look at what's here" promotion. Reason: ain't nothin' new on this rekkid.

The LP itself isn't bad, it did peak at #10, but the songs are previously issued, and/or similar to previous Elvis sides. In lieu of a new studio LP, RCA whipped together this small compilation of leftovers (half the songs are under two minutes, some are mere demos with guitar) as a tenth anniversary commemoration of their biggest breadwinner's recording career.

The oldest is a Sun waxing with an overdubbed vocal. "Tomorrow Night" sounds a lot like the slow version of "Blue Moon." Floyd Cramer's tinkling piano is featured on the very-Nashville-ish "I Met Her Today," and again on "When It Rains," which has a pre-Army rockin' groove. Boots Randolph's honking sax makes "Finders Keepers" reminscent of "Return To Sender."

Even though finger cymbals give "Summer Kisses" a Middle Eastern feel, it was supposed to be included in the 1960 western, FLAMING STAR. The bouncy "Sound Advice" appears in my favorite Presley picture, FOLLOW THAT DREAM (1962). "Elvino Presleano" warbles in Italian above mandolins and mixed chorus on "Santa Lucia," from the film VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964). The simple vocal and guitar "In My Way" is part of the WILD IN THE COUNTRY (1961) soundtrack.

Because the selections span a decade and several recording studios, this LP's personnel list is large. Just some of the participants:
Scotty Moore (guitar); Bill Black (bass); D.J. Fontana (drums); the Jordanaires (vocals); Grady Martin (guitar); Billy Strange (guitar); Howard Martin (guitar); Jimmie Haskell (accordion); and the previously mentioned Cramer and Randolph.

[2:24] Your Cheatin' Heart (2/1/58)
[2:17] Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (8/8/60)
[1:50] Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (5/2/63)
[1:19] In My Way (11/7/60)
[2:48] Tomorrow Night (9/10/54)
[2:11] Memphis, Tennessee (1/12/64)

[2:04] For the Millionth and the Last Time (10/15/61)
[1:35] Forget Me Never (11/7/60)
[1:45] Sound Advice (7/2/61)
[1:11] Santa Lucia (7/10/63)
[2:40] I Met Her Today (10/15/61)
[1:40] When It Rains, It Really Pours (2/24/57)

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