It comes housed in a clear jewel case and plastic tray with a nice four
page fold-out booklet. It features excellent color pictures matching
the recording timelines (1960-62). Both packaging and content can
readily compete with BMG's reissue series.
The theme of the disc is to feature alternate versions of songs found on
"Golden Records Volume 3". At first sight this might not appeal to too
many fans, but the disc also claims to include the complete "Little
These sessions rate as some of the most interesting studio material
Presley recorded in the early sixties. Up to now they have only been
released partially - on both the British "EP Collection Vol. 2", as well
as the German "Rare Elvis Vol. 3", however none of these albums have
ever appeared on CD.
"Alternate Golden Hits, Volume 3" clocks in at 77:36 min. and is thus
one of the longest Elvis bootlegs ever released. The material falls
into two categories, previously released on other bootlegs - and
previously unreleased. Luckily the disc contains about half of each
Tracks 4-18,26-28 is comprised of material lifted directly from other
bootlegs, mainly the now defunct (but nonetheless brilliant) "There's
always me" (TAM) series. It features the same take numbers, same sound
quality, same pauses.
Track 4 ("It's now or never") seems to be the RCA Master, as no outtakes
seem to exist at all, although it might be the undubbed version (it does
omit a few secs. in the intro).
Here's the great news: Tracks 1-3,23-25 do feature the *complete*
"Little Sister" session, in first generation master tape quality! The
sound quality is far superior to the parts that have already been
released from this session on TAM and other CD's.
The disc contains "Little Sister" Takes 1-11, the master take 4 is
actually omitted. As collectors might know Take 4 also did have a false
start, which is included here. Apart from the previously unreleased
Takes 7-8 we are also treated here with Takes 10-11.
Then we move on to another hidden pearl: Tracks 19-22 of "Alternate
Golden Hits Volume 3" feature the entire second half of the "Can't help
falling in love" session (Takes 13-28). Again, in superb studio quality
(beautiful stereo), directly from the master tape.
These takes were first released in the 80's on the TCB LP's "The
Complete Blue Hawaii Sessions", however the LP presented Takes 13-29 of
"Can't help falling in love" in MONO only.
This is thus the first time we are treated with the original stereo
master tapes for these two seminal Elvis sessions from 1961 and
listening to those in this quality is a sheer delight.