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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Follow That Dream
  • ASIN: B000057PSO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Medium 1
  1. Burning Love
  2. I'll Be There
  3. Guitar Man
  4. After Loving You
  5. Too Much Monkey Business
  6. Just Call Me Lonesome
  7. Lovin' Arms
  8. You Asked Me To
  9. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
  10. She Thinks I Still Care
  11. Faded Love
  12. I'm Moving On
  13. I'll Hold You In My Heart
  14. In The Ghetto
  15. Long Black Limousine
  16. Only The Strong Survive
  17. Hey Jude
  18. Kentucky Rain
  19. If You Talk In Your Sleep
  20. Blue Suede Shoes

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wallace Holmes on 30 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
A superb FTD release. Felton Jarvis has done a great job with effective remixing and overdubbing of some Presley classics from the late 60's and 70's.
A number of these unreleased versions are probably better than the originals - notably "She thinks I still Care"; "After Loving You"; "Faded Love"; and "I'll Hold You in my Heart".
Also brilliant versions of "Loving Arms"; "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain", and , in my opinion, the best version yet of the classic "Blue Suede Shoes"
Outstanding sound quality and another winner from FTD.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The 7th release on the Follow that Dream is a compilation of the songs that Elvis' RCA producer Felton Jarvis remixed with new backing tracks in 1980. Some tracks couldn't be more different from the original versions, especially 'I'll be there' and 'She thinks I still care' where the mood of the original has been changed completely. The two highlights on this album for me are 'Lovin' Arms' & 'You asked me to' which were originally released on a single back in 1980. I will stick my neck out here and say that these two tracks are superior to the original versions! If you are an Elvis fan then this is a definite must for your collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL DAVIDSON on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some fans will be agast at this album...traditionalists. I however have just recently acquired this album and would say that for although not the originals it still gives a great insight into the superb talent of Elvis, his strong and multi-toned voice. yes, it's been re-mixed, but in most case gives a new slant to the music us Elvis fans have come to love...For Elvis fans, go and get it, enjoy the contrast. For the uninitiated...just great music given more "funk" and "bluesy" feel
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurie B. Stokes on 21 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The title would be an accurate way to describe the way some of Elvis' best recordings have been remixed in such a way that left this Elvis fan wishing that he had never heard them!
For anyone to say that any of these remixes are better than the originals would suggest that they have not played the original recordings for some time, some of these coming from the Memphis recording sessions of 1969. Regarded by many to be Elvis' finest studio sessions, giving us probably his two best Albums, From Elvis in Memphis & Back in Memphis. I would say that the main problem with these remixes is the terrible use of a "twangy"
sounding country style Guitar, & even worse ...Electric, synthesised drums used at almost every opportunity giving some of the tracks the feel that they could have been mixed by any of the '80s "Electric" groups using these type of instruments.
In short, stay away from this album & remember the way these great recordings were intended to be heard, by the original producer....& Elvis.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not bad at all, a different take on some classics 13 Sept. 2006
By A Fan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I know remixes can be controversial and many Elvis "purist" dislike them (hence the name of this collection "Too Much Monkey Business"); however I think they provide an outlet for fans that long for more Elvis recordings. He should have had many more years of recording and remix projects are a way to glean "new" material from an old library of recordings. In 1980 Elvis' long-time producer and friend, Felton Jarvis went back into the studio with a bunch of Elvis vocal tracks to produce a "new" Elvis album. No one else would have had better insight into what kind of music Elvis might have recorded had he been alive in 1980. The end result was the "Guitar Man" album released early in 1981 (which is included in this collection as songs 3 through 12). The album was a moderate success reaching number 49 on the album chart and number 6 on the country album chart in the US. The single "Guitar Man" did better, reaching 28 on the Pop Chart, 16 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, and number 1 on the Country Chart in the US (this turned out to be Elvis' last appearance in the US Top 40 and his last US number 1 single until 2002 when the "A Little Less Conversation" remix topped the US singles sales chart). The album and the song were also modest hits in the UK. "Loving Arms" was released as the second single from the album and was a Top Ten Country hit. Unfortunately Jarvis died just before the album was released and did not see the fruits of his labor.

This collection includes 10 other Jarvis remixes that were not included on the "Guitar Man" album. It is possible that Jarvis had planned to use them on a second album of remixes. While the remixes are pretty good and most have more punch to them, in general I prefer the originals. It takes a few listens to get used to the differences. Some of the songs sound like they just wanted to make them sound different and not necessarily better. One of the exceptions is "Guitar Man"; the remix sounds much better than the original too me. It features the song's composer, Jerry Reed on guitar. He played guitar on the original too, only this time he plays an electric guitar instead of acoustic and it sounds great. "Burning Love" rocks (but so did the original) and I also really like "I'll Hold You In My Heart", "Too Much Monkey Business" and "Clean Up Your Own Backyard".

The package does not include any liner notes, which is disappointing. It would have been interesting to see who was playing what or get additional background on the project since some of the vocals sound like they may be from alternate takes. The "Blue Suede Shoes" vocal is from a live recording. For completeness sake, I wish they had included the 1985 remix of "Always On My Mind", which was released as a single after Willie Nelson's version of the song hit the charts, and has been out of print since then.

While it is a good collection, this is recommended for hardcore Elvis fans only. The differences in the songs are probably not worth the costs of the import CD for most fans. If you want to hear the "Guitar Man" remix, it is available on Elvis' excellent "Great Country Songs" CD at a much cheaper price.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The CD makes for an easy target, but a fun listen! 12 Mar. 2004
By S. Galvin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Many find this CD laughable because it sounds a bit "dated". While some songs do not stand the test of time so well, what is great about this album is that the songs sound so different. Until I heard this CD I was not too excited about the posibility of a modern-day Elvis remix album, after hearing the mostly funky remixes, I truly hope there will be a remix album in Elvis' future.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
elvis funkiest rockin cd 23 Feb. 2002
By David L. Banes - Published on
Format: Audio CD
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
We don't need a Guitar Man, son 17 Aug. 2003
By Johnny Heering - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After Elvis died, his producer Felton Jarvis erased the instrumental tracks from some of Elvis' songs and added new backing tracks. This was a misguided attempt to "modenize" Elvis. It was actually a moderate success. The remixed version of "Guitar Man" actually reached # 1 on the country charts. Tracks # 3 to 12 here duplicate the original "Guitar Man" album. The rest of the tracks are previously unreleased songs from the same sessions. If I had to describe what these remixed songs sound like, I would say that majority of them sound like '80s country songs. For the most part, it doesn't really work for me. To my ears, "Burning Love", "Guitar Man" and "Too Much Monkey Business" are pretty good, but everything else is basically worthless. Recommended for curiosity seekers only.
An Expensive Test Drive 1 Mar. 2013
By WarrenS - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really like this album! Most Elvis fans know the history of these remixed (remade) recordings from the early 1980’s produced by Felton Jarvis. Since they sound so different (modern) from the original versions, they are very controversial. Based on the Amazon reviews, people either hate them or they give them 5 stars. The biggest problem is that you can’t judge your reaction until you have listened to the tracks. The “test drive” is an expensive matter since it is rare to find this album listed at a reasonable price. If you have never heard any of these tracks, check out “Guitar Man” (remix) on Youtube. There is a good chance that you might enjoy these remade songs as much as I do.
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