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For the Asking

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000025T5Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection That Should Have Been 8 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
The songs recorded here were recorded to be a follow up to Elvis #1 Pot Luck album from 1962.
RCA decided to scrap the album in favour of more movie soundtacks, and in turn relegating the songs to B-sides and sountrack album fillers. A few of the songs here actually were hits and sold well, proving the fact that RCA was wrong.
It's a great pity that the album never surfaced, as the songs here are of a very high standard and would have made his best album since Elvis is Back.
Devil In Disguise was a massive seller, #1 in Britain in 1963. It Hurts Me is a classic recording, one of the most beautiful ballads I have ever heard. It was a B-side to the terrible Kissin Cousins single, yet still sold around a half million copies and charted in its own right.
Memphis Tennessee is a classic rocker, with a great drum beat and a fab vocal by the King.
The rest of the tracks are lesser known, but dont let that put you off as this is great music. Long Lonely Highway is a standout, a travelling country blues.
Witchcraft is not the Sinatra song, but its a good bouncy rock song. Ask me is a gentle ballad and was a half million selling hit in America, whilst Western Union suffers from similarities to Return to Sender.
This is a very worthy purchase, and is a great companion to the Tomorrow is a Long Time CD, another possible album that never saw the light of day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Album 24 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
There's a popular misconception amongst many of Elvis' critics that he spent all of the 1960's making movies in Hollywood, whilst wasting his recording career on the substandard songs that were recorded for the respective soundtracks of the aforementioned movies. However, most Elvis fans will tell you that this opinion falls short on two counts. Firstly all of Elvis' 1960's soundtrack recordings were not substandard, and secondly Elvis had a separate secular recording career throughout the decade, with 1965 being the only year that he cut nothing but soundtrack recordings.
Elvis wasn't helped though, by the way his record company chose to release his music at the time, and despite recording decent secular material during 1963, and to a lesser extent 1964, Elvis' new album releases during these years, with the exception of the compilation "Elvis Golden Records Volume 3" were all movie soundtracks.
Elvis' last soundtrack release of 1963 "Fun In Acapulco" had a blurb on the cover advising the perspective buyer that the album included "two bonus songs", that hadn't featured in the movie, and the trend continued with the first soundtrack album of 1964, "Kissin' Cousins" and soon became common practice.
This meant that unless a new Presley studio recording was issued as a single release, it would most likely be buried on a soundtrack album at some point in the future, or issued on a stop gap release such as the 1965 album "Elvis For Everyone", and therefore, despite including some fine performances, Elvis' May 1963, and January 1964 Nashville recordings never got the showcase they deserved, and another opportunity was missed.
In 1990 someone at RCA decided to put this right and "For The Asking" (a.k.a. "The Lost Album") was released.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis' "Lost" Songs Found 1 Feb 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Actually these songs had been around for years released as singles and as bonus songs on various '60s movie
soundtrack albums. I was a very happy camper when RCA finally released these songs together on an album as had
been the original idea back in '63-'64.
This is my personal favorite of all the single disk compilations released since his death in '77.
If you don't already have it and you're thinking of getting it,
buy it NOW. RCA is deleting it soon(if they haven't
already done so).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The album that never was 24 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
The material produced by this May '63 sessions was never released due to the number of soundtracks planned. This meant there was no release slot for this album, plus the material would make ideal make weights on future film releases. And that is what happened.
What we find when the material is brought together here is that it was substantially better than the film music Elvis was making around this time, but was less good than the 'real' sessions from the preceeding years. The reason? By and large it was because the material just wasn't as good.
The single from the collection was certainly the most comerical of tracks, the rocking "Devil In Disguise" is a minor classic, while Otis Blackwell pops up with "Drag That String Around" on the B Side, hardly his or Elvis' finest, but it's still a good song.
Tepper and Bennets re-write of "Return To Send", "Western Union" is a good record (though does stink of lack of originitiality), "Witchcraft" recrafts "Devil In Disguise" with a muddy horn based rhythm, and while "Memphis Tennessee" is undoubted a fine record, it's greatly hurt with poor production.
Two real highlights. Predictably one was the great Pomus and Shuman, who come up tops with the excellent rock'n'roll song "Long Lonely Highway". Joe Byers, another regular, gives Elvis a chance to try his dramatic musical muscel on the great "It Hurts Me", certainly the best song Elvis would record for some years.
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