5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2004
Here are 25 great songs from Elvis, giving you a mixture of Gospel, Blues, Country and Rock all on one CD. All are previously unreleased takes with a bonus for me of two songs that I had never heard of before. "Stay Away" - sounds like the song "Greensleeves." And "Going Home"
As with everything that Elvis does his voice is powerful the backing is just right all songs are brilliantly performed and there is plenty of studio banter and laughter - which adds fun to a great CD.
The take of "Too Much Monkey Business" is fantastic with Elvis and the guitarist having fun before he starts to get into the song. I'll Remember You - is the best take I have ever heard - the backing music does not overpower his voice and the guitar and harmonica follow the melody for the full 4mins 10 Sec's of the song. I may be biased but all 25 of these songs are just magic, this is a great CD of alternate takes. My recommendation is to add this to your collection or if you don't have any Elvis start your collection now with this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2004
With this new release the Follow That Dream label completes its rewarding survey of Elvis Presley's recording sessions in RCA's studio "B" in Nashville. With the previous CDs ("Fame and Fortune", "Studio B", and "Long Lonely Highway") "So High" disproves, if anything, the often repeated remarks that Presley's best days were over once he joined the army and that the 1960's were a period of artistic insignificance dominated by mostly dreadful formula movies. On the contrary, Elvis did record some excellent material in that decade and these outtakes from 1966-1968 perfectly illustrate the enthusiasm, care and skill - undoubtedly reinforced by the presence of Felton Jarvis who appeared as Elvis's producer from then on - that went into these sessions. Otherwise it would be hard to explain the existence of gems like Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", the classic "Love Letters", Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man", and "Hi-Heel Sneakers", not to mention the outstanding gospel songs like "Stand By Me", "Somebody Bigger Than You And I" and "We Call On Him".
With 25 cuts in outstanding sound quality, this CD runs over 74 minutes. Essential listening.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2004
this cd is probably the best of the " follow that dream" series so far.every track is an absolute gem.from track one to the last track the magic just goes on & on( apart from a sound glitch on the title track which i am informed from bmg that ALL faulty copies will be replaced FREE OF CHARGE.if you have bought this disc from anywhere and it is faulty,contact your supplier for a FREE replacement!!).this disc should be made compulsory listening in every building in the uk,so everyone will know what musical genius sounds like.thoroughly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2005
In May '66 Elvis returned to the RCA Nashville Studio B to put down a couple of dozen tracks, mainly on a religious theme... and astounding they were. He returned to the studios a few times over the next two years, but not with the same results. June '66 only produced 3 songs, September '67 less than a dozen and January '68 only 4.
The outtakes from these 3 sessions are compiled here. Again it is hurt by the alternative takes not differing substantially from the originals. There are no bad songs here, and some are outstanding, but there's little to recommend these over the originals.
"Love Letters" and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" are stunning, but it really is a case of spot the difference. "Run On" is such a stunning track that Elvis' differently phrasing does it make a fine listen. I like the count in to "Guitar Man", they should have left it on, but in fact the final version isn't dissimilar to the released version.
"Come What May" and "I'll remember Yo" are both good pop songs, and it's good to here earlier takes. Recorded on the same day,"Mine" and "Singing Tree" are songs of little real class, but "Mine" with the stronger vocal backing is strangely more touching, and both benefit from a more pronounced acoustic guitar picking. The backing to "Call Me Lonesome" is totally different, in particular the steel gitar riff makes it twice the record of the original! "You Don't Know Me" is a true Elvis Classic, and here, with "doo-wop" backing is given an engaging twist.
The really outstanding moment is either the fooling around on "Too Much Monkey Business", or "If The Lord Wasn't Walking... " with it's "weeellll" chorus making it well worth owning, being even better than the original.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2006
If you love elvis outtakes you must buy this cd, if only for the Ill remember you, its just great,then theres to much monkey buisness the fooling around is a dream to listen to elvis in this mood, also we call on him, mine,love letters, to name a few, please dont let this cd pass you by its one of the best, happy listning.
on 1 March 2014
Though this is a collection of out-takes of late 60’s Christian and other material, being Elvis it’s still better than just about everything else from that period (66-68). It’s interesting that Elvis came back from his lowest year, 1965 to then record some of his very best material. It’s actually very hard to choose stand out tracks on this album as it’s very consistent from beginning to end.
Like all FTD cd’s it’s overpriced, but if you are collecting these cds, this one should be an absolute necessity in my opinion – especially if it’s the studio out-takes that attract you more than the live discs. Though, even if you aren’t a collector of the FTD cds, this release would be a good partner to The Essential 60’s Masters 5cd boxed set.
Particularly strong points (for me) are: Stand By Me, By And By, We Call On Him, Stay Away, and Going Home.
on 21 September 2014
This album is so great. It is mostly certain takes that Elvis did and as usual I feel that he was a perfectionist. That is one thing about Elvis; he always wanted the best for his fans. The album is mostly spiritual with the exception of some well known tracks on there.
I feel that if any Elvis fan wanted this and they loved Elvis' spiritual music, then this would be ideal for them. I do like hearing this type of music and it was marvellous to hear the different takes that Elvis did. I give this album a rating of 100%.
Val of London