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Elvis Is Back (180 Gram) [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (25 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B003C1M0YI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2011 'LEGACY' REISSUE ***

Conscripted into the American Army in March 1958 and discharged two years later, Sergeant Presley was a mere 18 days back in the USA when RCA practically frog marched him into their Nashville Studios to cut some new material for a highly expectant public. So it's perhaps strange now in hindsight to think that 1960's "Elvis Is Back!" - his most beloved of studio albums - only went to Number 2 on release. But I can assure you that there is nothing second-place about this 50th Anniversary reissue. It's a gem. Here are the details...

Released 8 March 2011 in the USA (28 February in the UK) - RCA/Legacy 88697 85300 2 contains 2 whole albums and 12 x 7" single-sides (5 of which reached Number 1).
Its 36 STEREO tracks break down as follows:

Disc 1 (50:43 minutes):
1. Make Me Know It
2. Fever
3. The Girl Of My Best Friend
4. I Will Be Home Again
5. Dirty, Dirty Feeling
6. Soldier Boy [Side 2]
7. Such A Night
8. It Feels So Right
9. Girl Next Door Went A' Walking
10. Like A Baby
11. Reconsider Baby
Tracks 1 to 12 are the US LP "Elvis Is Back!" - released 8 April 1960 on RCA Victor LPM-2231 [Mono] and LPS-2231 [Stereo]
Tracks 13 and 14 are "Stuck On You" and "Fame And Fortune" - the A&B-sides of RCA Victor 47-7740 - released 23 March 1960
Tracks 15 and 16 are "It's Now Or Never" and "A Mess Of Blues" - the A&B sides of RCA Victor 47-7777 - released 5 July 1960
Tracks 17 and 18 are "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "I Gotta Know" - the A&B sides of RCA Victor 47-7810 - released 1 November 1960
Track 19 is "Surrender" - the A-side of RCA Victor 47-7850 - released 7 February 1961

Disc 2 (39:23 minutes):
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To follow the recent Legacy Editions of FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS and ON STAGE comes this fulfilling coupling of the triumphant ELVIS IS BACK! from 1960 partnered with 1961's less well-acclaimed SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY, both albums being fleshed out with related singles, including 'It's Now Or Never' and that stonking double-sided hit 'His Latest Flame'/'Little Sister'.

Admittedly, if you've already bought the single CDs of these two albums, you may not really want to invest in this, as apart from a brand new booklet, there is nothing in the way of session outtakes or unreleased masters included. However, what this set does deliver is a compact snapshot of Elvis Presley at the top of his game, which might also encourage you to take a closer appreciation of the SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY album, which I personally have overlooked in the past.

ELVIS IS BACK!, Presley's first album released after his army discharge, is a recognised classic, within which he tackled a bewildering array of material with disarming ease. From the upbeat 'Make Me Know It'; through to the slinky, sultry 'Fever'; and on to the suggestive 'Such A Night'; before closing out with the bluesy 'Reconsider Baby', Presley covered all the bases. Even the single B-sides 'Fame And Fortune', 'A Mess Of Blues' and the jaunty 'I Gotta Know' were far from throwaways, providing beautifully contrasting accompaniments to 'Stuck On You', 'It's Now Or Never' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' respectively. Arguably, perhaps not until the Memphis sessions in early 1969, would Presley ever have quite such a productive and thoroughly rewarding time in the studio.
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Another must for your collection! Great songs and again not related directly to any of his movies. Should you ever be restricted
to what to choose and what to discard heavens forbid, this is not one of them you should have any difficulty with. Again don't be
put off by the drab unimaginative sleeve, magic dwells within. I always write presuming the readers are ardent fans and as such
make no apology should any mocking "fat man on the toilet" folks stumble upon my ramblings. There were similar people in the
day who gave little credence to his talent! It was always Cliff Richard or the real thing being the choice - not mine, there was little
comparison in these ageing eyes. Even after all these years I truly believe he was an entertainer without an equal - not even close.
There have been fantastic singer songwriters with mountains of talent but never one to deliver a song like this man.
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Still have my LP from my teen years. Elvis always superb. Some great songs here showing the power of Elvis' voice.
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great as usual from Elvis, matches up to any of his previous discs. had to have it. you need to hear it.
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Brother had vinyl version, but this is 2 different CD's!
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Elvis pre army cd plus a extra album
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Elvis is Back was a monumental triumph on Elvis' return from the Army. I always loved it on vinyl.
This is comes with Something for Everybody & sum bonus stuff.
All are studio tracks & before he got bogged dowen in sum awful post 1963 Film trash (with the odd exception)
All remastered. Much better.
Plus its damn good value
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