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on 17 February 2005
Taped at the RCA studios in Hollywood in March 1972 this new Follow That Dream release features a selection of Elvis Presley's rehearsals for his upcoming tour (which would also be covered by the "Elvis On Tour" rockumentary). Elvis with his stage band (minus bass player Jerry Scheff, unfortunately replaced here by Emory Gordy) and JD Sumner and the Stamps run through their standard live repertoire of that moment, adding a few of the recently recorded studio cuts ("Always On My Mind", "Separate Ways", "Help Me Make It Through The Night"). A spontaneous version of "Young and Beautiful" is the only rarity.
The absence of the orchestration used for the concerts gives mixed results. Some songs sound better, others just don't, while actually none on this release surpasses the master takes. Although Elvis seemed extremely focused in these rehearsals with very little fooling around and no audience to distract him, the quality of his voice is variable and he hardly ever sings full out. But, hey, these were only rehearsals anyway.
Sound quality and mix are excellent, yet the artwork is amateurish and the CD with 19 songs runs barely over a meagre 51 minutes.
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on 30 January 2005
Recorded during Elvis' mixed 72 film, "On Tour", this captures Elvis running through his live act with a stripped down band and without an audience. It sounds better than it is. Sometimes Elvis got lost in the multitude of backing singers and raucous orchestra, this sorts out that issue but Elvis is a little indifferent to the material, stopping this from being a true classic.
However, Elvis was in fine form, and when his heart was in it, as with the second half of the album, it really sores.
Elvis was in fine form at the start of 72. After an indifferent year or so, were Elvis had really struggled to find quality material, '72 started with Elvis being inundated with good new material. The three highlights get an airing here, in a stripped down version, with "Burning Love", "Always On My Mind" and the brilliant "Separate Ways" all given soulful treatment. Elvis also digs up a few songs from the previous year, which thankfully includes a fine version of "The First Time Ever". Also worth hearing is probably his best version of "For The Good Times".
A real bonus is "Young And Beautiful" from the Jailhouse rock. Elvis turns in a relax and well, beautiful rendition of what previously had been a rather obscure weepy.
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on 8 February 2005
This is a true rehersal, and Elvis is in fine form. true he doesnt go flat out, but that's because it is what it say's on the front "a rehersal".there are fine monents of inter-play between EP and members of the band e.g. the end of Burnin love when Elvis comments on the ending "you can't fade on stage" But most of all there is the voice comming through clear, strong and not over produced.a good cd. we just need the movie "on Tour" to be re-released !!!
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on 21 June 2013
This album is one of the finest of all FTD releases. Put the film Elvis - On Tour' aside for a few moments and you hear, on this set, Elvis 'at work' in the studio. There are some well known tracks from his live shows included hear but also a superb 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' a storming 'Johnny B Good' and what sounds like a spontaneous run through of the beautiful ballad from the film 'Jailhouse Rock' - 'Young And Beautiful.' Once the song really gets started at the appropriate studio levels, we hear, apart from a little joke halfway through the first line, a quiet sincere approach to this off the cuff recording. The other standout is a blistering 'Big Hunk O' Love.' Hear, Elvis really tears into the song. These two '50s song demonstrate that Elvis still had the '50's touch even in the '70s. The CD is worth it just for these two alone.
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on 7 January 2005
What a storming start to 2005 with Follow That Dream's latest release! This cd of highlights from the March 1972 On Tour studio rehearsals is simply outstanding both in content and sound quality. Elvis is in great voice and his band are rocking on top form from the off with the likes of Proud Mary, Polk Salad Annie, See See Rider, A big Hunk Of Love and Johnny B Goode! Then we are treated to a nice and rare version of Young And Beautiful where Elvis plays around a bit with the lyrics. Check out also Ronnie Tutt's drumming during The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face-very similar to the live versions of What Now My Love. There are 19 tracks in total also including a little of Marty Wilde's El Paso! Plus Burning Love, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Separate Ways, Always On My Mind, Help Me Make It Through The Night, For The Good Times, Never Been To Spain, Funny How Time Slips Away, Release Me, Love Me, and, of course, Hound Dog! Some studio banter puts the icing on the cake. Elvis fans, buy this NOW! You won't regret it trust me.
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on 9 October 2009
The energy that was Elvis's trademark is apparent even in the 'stripped down basic rehearsal' version of his hits. Whilst he might not be giving his all, he was saving that for the stage itself, there is energy there, there is commitment to the song and it shows how great an artist he was that even rehearsals can sound this good. Recommended.
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on 11 January 2005
This album is a welcome start to 2005 and has lots of special bits for the Elvis Fan and also simply those who appreciate Elvis' music. Recent releases from FTD etc have been mainly fan based albums but not this one. Apart from El Paso which is very short and not really to be classed as 'a song' everything is just great. Elvis fans will appreciate the El Paso addition as well.
What a great start to 2005 with this album and just as Elvis is once again No.1 in the singles!!! Brill.
George.
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