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Elvis Presley: A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions Hardcover – 8 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 454 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (8 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312185723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312185725
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 21 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernst Jorgensen produced many RCA Elvis box sets, for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award. He lives in Denmark. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, the music he would one day make famous was already all around him. Read the first page
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2002
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This is a fascinating book. It has obviously been painstakingly and lovingly researched. It documents all of Elvis' recording sessions in detail. However, the detail doesn't stifle the narrative. You never feel overwhelmed by minutiae. Instead, you get a definite sense of what it was like to be in a recording studio watching the King of Rock and Roll do what he did best. Elvis steps from these pages as a real person who happened to have a talent that rocked the world. Congratulations to the author for tracking down so many intriguing and illuminating moments. He has truly given the rest of us an insight into the talent that was Elvis Presley. The King is dead. Long live the King.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jamie P. Kitson on 14 Mar. 2010
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This is an essential book for Elvis enthusiasts. Ernst Jorgensen writes centrally about the music, but in touching on the circumstances surrounding Elvis's recording sessions he leaves the reader with an enhanced empathy for the personal and professional tragedies that ultimately overwhelmed the singer. Ernst's chronology seems to break down a little when he details some of the live recordings in the early 1970s so perhaps some of the archive tapes haven't been dated specifically. What is a blessed relief is Ernst's honesty: he is always respectful about Elvis the Man but is very candid about, for example, the King's substandard peformances during the 'Elvis In Concert' sessions. A marvellous history containing a mountain of technical data within a human context.
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Although I was aware of Elvis's music when I was young, it wasn't until his death in 1977 that I really began to listen to his music properly. I realised then that he was a great innovator and performer with amazing charisma and a great voice. His music changed popular music forever and it has enriched my life. I have always wanted to know more about the detail of his recording career and this book with it's meticulous research, provides all the facts about his recording career from 1954 to 1977.It is a great reference book and I just love it. It's worth it's weight in gold. Elvis Presley will always be the THE KING as far as I am concerned and this book does justice to a great artist.
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As far as I am concerned, this is the 'Elvis Bible'. Simply the most important work on Elvis ever written. If you want to know where and when every song was recorded, and who played what instrument on them, then this is the book for you. But there's more to it than just as a reference book. It tells the story of Elvis recording career, taking you inside every session with detail. You'll learn how songs were brought to Elvis and often discarded by him in favour of his own choices. And how he was pretty much in control of his own recording sessions most of the time, pretty much producing them himself. And how he would keep going for take after take with a live band (which is how he liked to record) until the sound he had in his head was matched by the recording. Written by Ernst Jorgensen who is a life long fan and (more importantly) the man who has been in charge of Elvis releases since the early nineties, this is a must-have! There is a new 3 volume set (expensive) coming out next month called 'Ultimate Elvis Sessions', by 'Elvis Files' author Erik Lorentzen. Whether or not they will add anything new remains to be seen. However, this book will always remain a classic!
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You could consider this book a biography of the music, which is why we're all fans in the first place. The reread value of this book is immense. A must for any serious collector of Elvis music. Biblical.
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