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A Vast Sound Quality Improvement
on 1 September 2013
This is an expanded version of this 1960 soundtrack album, lengthened with loads of alternate takes giving you the idea of how he worked the songs up into a finished product. There was supposed to be a second volume containing the remaining takes of these songs which we still await. But musically, there is one problem. Some of these songs were garbage and gave a hint of what was to come later in the decade when he got pushed into his rapid succession of rush-recorded movies and soundtrack albums which were released one on top of another and were dreadful. Songs here to avoid include Didja Ever, Big Boots, Tonight's Alright For Love and the album's title-track. Even Wooden Heart sounds boring. His version of Blue Suede Shoes here does not seem to improve upon his original hit version. But the nicer songs here include Pocketful Of Rainbows, Frankfurt Special, What's She Really Like and Shoppin' Around. Some of the alternate takes of these songs sound rather different to the released versions. I also liked the album's final track Doin' The Best I Can which also has alternate takes. I would advise you to avoid the 4CD set reissue of this on the Memphis Recording Service label. It may seem better value, and it contains the entire takes of each song, the remainder of which were officially to be released on a second volume of the above, but the sound quality is iffy, and the stereo separation is not as wide. This label only have legal access to his non-label live and demo recordings, not his commercial recordings which are owned by Sony/BMG who they have no connection with. So they must have obtained these tracks from an unofficial source.