Today Original recording remastered
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Recording at RCA's Studio C in Los Angeles between 10th and 12th March 1975, the session proved to be the last time Elvis Presley would record in an actual studio. He kicks off with T-R-O-U-B-L-E and you can tell immediately that he means business. This is his heaviest and fastest rock track of the 70's. He just attacks it head on. No one else can deliver with the same aggression. And the 'hiccup' sounds at the end are mesmerising.
AND I LOVE YOU SO comes next and Elvis does true justice to this classic. Just listen to that voice. Suddenly you are a ballads fan! SUSAN WHEN SHE TRIED would have sounded too country but Elvis turns it into a brilliant country-rock piece. It ranks as one of my favourites here. WOMAN WITHOUT LOVE takes you into another world as backing vocals come in very prominently and beautifully here.
The rest of the album is truly superb with notable outstanding tracks such as, well, all of them. Just listen to the phenomenal power of SHAKE A HAND and decide for yourself if this is a blues, rock or gospel - or the emotion-filled PIECES OF MY LIFE. The beautiful FAIRYTALE shows us how country music should sound - Presley style!
Next the Billy Swan number I CAN HELP and you can sense how much Elvis is into it just by that powerhouse ending.Read more ›
True, across a somewhat uneven 34 minutes and with a cover design that was as unimaginative as ever, ELVIS TODAY is no masterpiece, but where the likes of 'Susan When She Tried' is relatively forgettable filler and the bluesy gospel of 'Shake A Hand' never quite catches fire, there is plenty more on offer for the more committed Elvis fan. 'T.R.O.U.B.L.E' is a peppy rocker reminiscent of Presley's then-recent hit version of Chuck Berry's 'Promised Land', and which the singer is clearly revelling in performing, while a cover of The Pointer Sisters' Grammy award-winning 'Fairytale' emphasised his ongoing taste for contemporary country music. Overall, however, it is with the album's selection of ballads where Presley really delivers. He wrings every drop of pathos out of the story of the death-row dreamer at the heart of 'Green, Green Grass Of Home', while the Troy Seals composition 'Pieces Of My Life', a desolate reflection on wasted time and a life gone astray is sublime, with Presley's vocal riding effortlessly across the rise and fall of the song's melody. Presley clearly felt deeply about this latter song and he reportedly played the tape back some 30 times before leaving the studio.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superb and under rated Elvis album. The addition of the original session mixes and a live recording from 1975 make this a must have.Published 1 month ago by Grant Baensch
Had this a long time ago on vynil. Forgotten how much I liked it.Published 4 months ago by Kathleen W.
Late Elvis and therefore sadly neglected but there are some beautiful songs on this album and it deserves to be more widely heard.The standout track is Fairytale.Published 5 months ago by David Gibbs
A good quality product but it was not the CD I was expecting. My fault for ordering wrong CD.Published 7 months ago by a1an
Great album, with songs you don't find many other places. The concert on cd 2 shows why Elvis concerts always sold completely out, it also shows what a warm person he was and how... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer