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Elvis Today [VINYL] [Enhanced]

Elvis Presley Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0026PDDJC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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VINYL LP. 1. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 2. And I Love You So 3. Susan When She Tried 4. Woman Without Love 5. Shake A Hand 6. Pieces Of My Life 7. Fairytale 8. I Can Help 9. Bringin' It Back 10. Green, Green Grass Of Home

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This album sends shivers up and down my spine. Here's why: The King was simply at his absolute very best vocally. His delivery is breathtaking and the voice is unbelievable - right from the first note to the last chord of the last track. Ten gold-plated songs filled with awesome power and soaked with pure emotion. He sounds Rock; Country; Rhythm; Blues; Ballad; and Gospel - all in one album!!!

Elvis kicks off with T-R-O-U-B-L-E and you can tell immediately that he means business. This is his heaviest and fastest rock track of the 70's. He just attacks it head on. No one else can deliver with the same aggression. And the 'hiccup' sounds at the end are mesmerising.

AND I LOVE YOU SO comes next and Elvis does true justice to this classic. Just listen to that voice. Suddenly you are a ballads fan! SUSAN WHEN SHE TRIED would have sounded too country but Elvis turns it into a brilliant country-rock piece. It ranks as one of my favourites here. WOMAN WITHOUT LOVE takes you into another world as backing vocals come in very prominently and beautifully here.

The rest of the album is truly superb with notable outstanding tracks such as, well, all of them. Just listen to the phenomenal power of SHAKE A HAND and decide for yourself if this is a blues, rock or gospel - or the emotion-filled PIECES OF MY LIFE. The beautiful FAIRYTALE shows us how country music should sound - Presley style!

Next the Billy Swan number I CAN HELP and you can sense how much Elvis is into it just by that powerhouse ending. BRINGIN' IT BACK is so good that words alone cannot even come close to a description - those few minutes are worth the album alone. The Tom Jones hit GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME is the last magic spell on this CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Under-rated Elvis Album 3 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are few albums i listen to without skipping a track but this one is so good that all you have to do is sit back and listen. Vocally Presley is fantastic - from songs such as the fast T-R-O-U-B-L-E or the slow Pieces Of My Life, he carries it off superbly. I think this version of Green, Green Grass Of Home not only matches but betters Tom Jones' version. With much more emotion and strength in his voice. I can see that maybe it wasnt the right choice of songs for the average music fan in 1975. But for Elvis fans i fail to see how its been so overlooked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, But Not A Classic 12 April 2001
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Released in 1975, Elvis Today failed commercially, but did include some exceptional performances from the King.
The best tracks on the album are T.R.O.U.B.L.E, Shake a Hand, Pieces Of My Life and I Can Help.
T.R.O.U.B.L.E is excellent, a fast rocker and in fine form by Presley and the accompanying band.
Shake a Hand is outstanding, Elvis deliveres a fine performance, one of his best, far surpassing the Great Jackie Wilson's version, and Paul McCartneys version a couple of years ago pales miserably in comparison.
Pieces Of My Life is outstanding. This song is emotional, and powerful, and again a defining song for Presley. His phrasing, voice and breath control are still unsurpassed, I can only say WOW about this song.
I Can Help is the Billy Swan classic, and although Elvis version is not as good as Swan's, it is faster, and a lot of fun for the listner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Late Elvis - variable and melancholy 21 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Released just two years before his tragic death, Elvis Today showcases the artist at his vocal best, but the song selection is at best variable and conveys an undertone of dark melancholy. The King attempts a rather limp return to rock 'n' roll, with the pulsing-piano underscored T-R-O-U-B-L-E, but the true feeling of the album comes out on the prophetic Pieces Of My Life and Tom Jones' Green Green Grass Of Home. Elvis is always worth listening to, but this one's probably more suited to the collector than the casual fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock - with soul and a great voice. 4.5 stars 12 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
You'd have to be lacking in everything not to enjoy this album. It's got it all, from a stomping opening track to the reflective and deeply melancholic "Pieces of My Life". Another highlight is the power ballad "Bringin' it Back" - deep, rich and soulful. And everything else is either very good or good. A great CD for impromptu in-car karaoke...
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5.0 out of 5 stars elvis today tommorow and forever! 25 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
The only thing about this album you need to know is that it is fantastic- I am a teenager and listen to all kinds of music but this album is the best one I own - I have listened to it so much the lp is worn out and I only got it before christmas- and if you think this is the only album I own your wrong I own over 300 titles. Buy it now.
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