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MORE THAN COUNTRY
on 23 August 2017
In a nutshell, when you buy this 2012 release you are getting two 1971 albums plus six bonus tracks in one beautiful package.
The first CD contains the entire songs that first appeared in the album 'ELVIS COUNTRY' plus three bonus songs. The original album was mostly recorded in June 1970 but RCA needed two more tracks so Elvis went back to the studio in September 1970 and recorded SNOWBIRD and Jerry Lewis' WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN GOIN ON. The latter was recorded in just one half-crazed and powerful take.
Despite its title, the album boasted rock'n'roll as well as a selection of country songs. A one-off concept was introduced with this album when snippets of the jam I WAS BORN ABOUT TEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO smoothly faded in and faded out as a bridge between each track. The idea was modern and original but proved to be a radio DJ's nightmare when playing selected tracks from the album on air! The last three songs on CD1 are the bonus songs - namely, the fantastic jam mentioned above followed by another rare jam, A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW, with a powerful WHERE DID THEY GO LORD concluding the first CD.
With CD2 the songs all came from the 1971 album release LOVE LETTERS FROM ELVIS where we have the rest of the June 1970 recording sessions. The album may not have been a number one seller back in 1971 but each song today is a gem in its own right. And the final tracks on this CD are three monumental bonus songs, of which THE SOUND OF YOUR CRY AND SYLVIA emanated from the same June 1970 session, with the vocally challenging RAGS TO RICHES from September 1970 bringing the entire great package to a close.
Every music lover should be interested in this release as it glaringly showcases Elvis' cosmic vocals and the true musicianship backing him.