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Today

6 May 1975
4.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 6 May 1975
  • Release Date: 15 Oct. 2015
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
  • Copyright: (P) 1975 Sony Music Entertainment
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  • Total Length: 33:49
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  • ASIN: B00392DGZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,508 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This is one of the better 70`s albums by Elvis offering a varied collection of songs ranging from rock(TROUBLE) ballads (And i love you so, country (green green grass of home) gospel(Shake a hand)etc. Its an album with alot of great tunes which makes it highly listenable. This two cd set includes the original album with outakes(includes a jam version of Tiger Man) and a second disc with original session mixes which were rejected by Elvis and remixed by Felton Jarvis, his regular producer) Its interesting comparing the different versions.Also on this disc are 6 songs which were worked on by Elvis and his band at 6363 Sunset studios in Hollywood. The packaging is superb, a fold out gatefold sleeve with booklet (the usual high standards from FTD).
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This album sends shivers up and down my spine. Here's why: The King was simply at his absolute very best vocally. His delivery is breathtaking and the voice is unbelievable - right from the first note to the last chord of the last track. Ten gold-plated songs filled with awesome power and soaked with pure emotion. He sounds Rock; Country; Rhythm; Blues; Ballad; and Gospel - all in one album!!!

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.
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A fabulous release from the 'Follow That Dream' Label for Elvis Collectors. A most underrated classic album when first released by RCA in 1975 and the rockin' hit single taken from it "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" should have achieved a much higher chart placing than what it received.

"Elvis Today" should be up there and talked about in the same breath and context as other classic seventies Elvis albums such as "Elvis Country", "That's The Way It Is", "As Recorded at Madison Square Garden", "Aloha From Hawaii" and "Live on Stage In Memphis 1974".

There's a great mix of rock, country, r&b and ballads with such great studio performances as "And I Love You So", "Shake A Hand", "Susan When She Tried", "Pieces of My Life" and "I Can Help". This 2-CD release is a great addition to any fans collection because included on the second disc are the original session mixes of all the songs on the album - the way it was intended to release them before EP had a change of heart in favour of overdubbing all the tracks.

Nevertheless, whether you are a fan of the original album or the original session mixes of the album you are guaranteed an enjoyable listen as 'The King' works his way through some of his final best studio performances of his career. There are some out-takes included here too which boost the value for money rating of this FTD release.

A Good Purchase!
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There are few albums i listen to without skipping a track but this one is so good that all you have to do is sit back and listen. Vocally Presley is fantastic - from songs such as the fast T-R-O-U-B-L-E or the slow Pieces Of My Life, he carries it off superbly. I think this version of Green, Green Grass Of Home not only matches but betters Tom Jones' version. With much more emotion and strength in his voice. I can see that maybe it wasnt the right choice of songs for the average music fan in 1975. But for Elvis fans i fail to see how its been so overlooked.
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And suddenly there was ELVIS TODAY. With the supply of recordings from Elvis Presley's 1973 sessions at Stax Studios all but exhausted, by the spring of 1975 RCA Records were keen for their best-selling artist to get some more masters in the can. Rush-released in May of 1975, ELVIS TODAY would mark the last time that Elvis Presley would enter a proper recording studio environment before his death in 1977 (his final two official albums, FROM ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD and MOODY BLUE, would utilise recordings made at his Graceland mansion with the aid of a mobile recording truck).

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.
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