on 19 November 2007
Follow that dream records, the collectors division of RCA have done it again with another superb re-packaging in their latest series of original album re-issues. Turning their attention to the often overlooked 1962 "Pot Luck" album. This Lp comprised of recordings Elvis made from 1961 and 1962, although oddly ommited the strongest material "Shes not you" and "I Met Her Today", all that is put right here however. The album was the last set of non-movie material for 4 years and followed on from the "Elvis is Back" "Something for Everybody" sets. It was weaker in its material however, and surprisingly the album featured "Steppin out of line" a catchy but out of place song left over from "Blue Hawaii". This song somewhat spoils the flow, not only in its inferior sound quality but in its style and pace. Mostly this album is slow to moderate tempo.
This 2 CD set gives you the original album re-mastered, the missing singles from the period, then a batch of first takes, CD 2 gives you all the remaining alternate takes. Beautiful packaging and detailed booklet help show the production process and how the songs came to be.
Remarkably many of the songs recorded here took less that 10 takes to complete and some of the 1st takes sound almost like the final masters. Elvis must have had a clear idea of how he wanted the music here to sound from the outset.
The only downside to buying this CD now is that if you have collected all of the follow that dream Elvis releases you will find very little new on here, most of the outtakes having been already issued on other FTD,s namely "Studio B" and "Long Lonely Highway". Plus many on the "Close Up" boxset. But at least these new CD's put them all together in one package.
Recommended purchase, so much more worthy than the "Tickle Me" release and some others. Keep it up FTD please!