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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis the perfectionist - Reviewer from Scotland, 8 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Long Lonely Highway (Audio CD)
You don't need to be a serious Elvis Fan to sit and enjoy a Man and His music performing great songs with passion and an understanding of how to make the most of a studio session. It's not surprising why so many people enjoy listening to Elvis - he can sing and understands a melody. These are great songs performed here including magical takes of Guitar Man - Too Much Monkey Business - I'm Yours - You'll The Devil In disguise and a slow version of Stay Away which sounds very much like the tune "Greensleeves".
As always Elvis is in great form his voice is brilliant and the banter between him and the band is fun to listen too, together with his sense of humor. It's a great pity no one ever thought to video these sessions. But if you can't see him at least you can enjoy a great CD from a Man who sought perfection and found excellence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Masters, 27 Feb 2002
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J. Kerr "Perry" (NH) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent CD, full of alternate takes, recorded in Nashville during the 60s.
The standout is the excellent 'Too Much Monkey Business' which is different to the original. An alternate of 'Fools Fall in Love' tops the master, plus a rare alternate of 'Its Now or Never' highlights a great CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS THE STUDIO KING, 29 Nov 2000
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I love to hear out-takes from Elvis's studio recordings and with 18 out of the 22 tracks on this album being previously unreleased, this is a MUST addition to any fans collection. The sound quality is superb and there are some fantastic studio chat featured as well as classic Elvis recordings including "It's Now Or Never", before you do anything else buy this great album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Different Masters From the 60s, 8 Sep 2004
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Mr. J. Hadwin "John Hadwin" (England, Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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There's something about outtakes from the 60s that just doesn't inspire as outtakes from the 50s and 70s do.
On the whole this is because of the quality of material not being as good, but that can't be levelled at this collection. Taking material from all the sessions between the Elvis Is Back session through and beyond the Guitar Man sessions, this pulls some of the best songs from the period. What makes these less remarkable I think is that Elvis' sound was well established in the 60s, and he just didn't seem to need to work quite so hard. Not that "Elvis Is Back" is necessarily a worse album that "Loving You" or "Elvis In Memphis"... but it sounds 'easier'.
What you end up with are outtakes that sound pretty much like the original. The in-between song banter is great fun, and it does have enough surprises. Early takes of "It's Now Or Never" and "Anything That's Part Of You" are well worth a listen, just to listen to Elvis finding an approach to the songs. The piano on "Mess Of Blues" is great, pushed much more to the forefront.
The most interesting tracks come at the end. "Stay Away" , "Too Much Monkey Business" and "Fools Fall In Love" are all sufficiently different from the original to make them exciting listens, "Too Much Monkey Business" may be better that the version released. "Guitar Man" is pretty close to the released version, except for a wonderful jam of "What I'd Say" at the end. If only that could go on and on!
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