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Elvis Heard Them Here First [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0076EARQU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Want You With Me - Bobby Darin
2. The Girl Of My Best Friend - Charlie Blackwell
3. Bossa Nova Baby - Tippie & The Clovers
4. I'm Coming Home - Carl Mann
5. The Wonder Of You - Ray Peterson
6. Girl Next Door - Thomas Wayne
7. Find Out What's Happening - The Spidells Featuring Billy Lockridge
8. Never Ending - Roger Douglass
9. Girls! Girls! Girls! (Part Two) - The Coasters
10. Long Black Limousine - Vern Stovall
11. If I'm A Fool For Loving You - Bobby Wood
12. Stop, Look And Listen - Rick Nelson
13. Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Bob Dylan
14. Guitar Man - Jerry Reed
15. Always On My Mind - Brenda Lee
16. Only The Strong Survive - Jerry Butler
17. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - The Bards
18. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Duane Dee
19. I've Lost You - Matthews' Southern Comfort
20. Three Corn Patches - T-Bone Walker
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CD Description

* Ace's "You Heard It / Them Here First" series has quickly caught on with buyers and this time Ace present the first "Special Edition" with a collection of songs that were all later recorded by Elvis Presley, no less.

* The originals of the covers that Elvis cut in the 50s are well known and have been subject to compilation (not always legally) on several occasions. Ace's package is primarily themed towards songs that Elvis cut after his spectacular career revival in 1968 and going right through to his untimely death in 1977 - although for good measure they have also included a few obscure and seldom-reissued originals of things from the earlier 1960s.

* It's well known that Elvis loved buying records. He also regularly received demos of songs from publishing houses eager for him to record their product. The likelihood that these 24 tracks are the versions that Elvis heard first is a very strong one. And in all cases, the versions that YOU hear here are the originals - in some cases, by only a matter of weeks before Elvis, but the originals nevertheless.

* To borrow one of Mr. Presley's own album titles there's "Something For Everybody" here, whether you're an Elvis fan or just a fan of original versions of great songs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's All Good 29 Mar 2012
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What an enjoyable way to spend just over an hour, a great compilation from 'Ace' records. This is an Elvis special edition of the 'You heard it here first' series. There are 24 tracks on the cd that Elvis recorded versions of across his long and fantastic career, some i'd heard before and some I didn't know at all (a fine assortment - I love Vern Stovall's 'Long Black Limousine'). Let me say that it's no wonder that Elvis recorded cover versions of these songs, on the whole nearly all are very strong and excellent songs and more than a handful are country tinged. In my opinion I found that the tracks fell into three catagories:-

1) A good song that has you itching to play the Elvis version e.g. 'Girl of my best friend'.

2) Great songs, great versions that Elvis did'nt change that much e.g. Carl Mann's excellent 'I'm comin' home', Jerry Reeds 'Guitar man' and Thomas Waynes 'Girl next door' which has a very presleyesque vocal and sound to it.

3) Spellbinding songs and versions that equal that of Elvis - Bob Dylan's 'Tomorrow is a long time' is both powerful and tender at the same time and Tony Joe Whites 'For Ol' times sake' is just so heartbreaking - the lyrics must have struck a chord with Elvis as many of the latter songs on the compilation must have done.

Overall, I strongly recommend this cd even if your not an Elvis fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, eclectic mix 8 July 2012
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There are CDs out there which collect the original versions of Elvis's early hits. This CD is of later material and contains some great recordings.
There is real quality & some surprises here. You can see that if Elvis liked an arrangement, he stuck with it for his version of the song.

A number of standout tracks, depending on your taste.
The Pointer Sisters 'Fairytale' is fabulous.
The Clovers 'Bossa Nove baby' came as a complete surprise as I had always assumed that it had been written for Elvis.
Old friends of Elvis, Carl Mann & Charlie Rich are here.

Elvis fans should buy it to hear the original versions & rock and roll & country fans will love these songs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Smash!!! 22 July 2012
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Does Ace ever screw up/make anything but excellent products?Absolutely never! Each is like a college course(Someome else did "Girl of My Best Friend" prior to Elvis? Who'd-a-thunk? And Brenda Lee did "Always On My Mind" earlier also? Geez.....).The sound is great,as is the booklet.This is my third copy,as the first two,gotten at a local store, had tracking problems(the first run) which Ace acknowledged on their website once returns started coming in,honoring all give backs,but this sounds perfect.Not to be missed.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sources 2 Sep 2012
By steves
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I guess this album is more for the Elvis obsessive than the casual admirer but if you are interested in where Elvis got some of his ideas for material from then you will enjoy this selection. The original sources of Elvis's early work can be found elsewhere - this set of 24 songs covers mainly his middle to late period. The artists who provided the original versions vary from Carl Mann ("I'm Coming Home") to Bob Dylan ("Tomorrow is a Long Time") and Tony Joe White ("For Ol' Times Sake"). The only females are Brenda Lee ("Always on my Mind") and the Pointer Sisters ("Fairytale"). It is interesting to hear how Elvis sticks close to the original on some tracks and reinterprets others.
An enjoyable stand-alone album but mainly for the real Elvis fan.
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