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March 1971 Nashville

Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:42 pm

March 1971 seems to be an example of a session where Elvis approached the studio with a definite project in mind: a folk album.

The recordings were cut short after just one day and four tracks.

Is there any paperwork relating to the songs that Elvis asked to be "cleared" before the sessions began?

I understand that some Kris Kristoferson songs were considered but discounted because Kris wouldn't give up the publishing rights.

What were the tracks that could have made it onto what would have been a superb folk album?

Anyone know?

Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:52 pm

It's a constant source of frustration to me that publishing got in the way of Elvis cutting so many more great tracks.

It should have been viewed as record the best songs, and then if we can get a share, great, but if not, there's a definite hit, rather than only get the songs we've already got publishing for Elvis to hear.

Another masterstroke by the good ol' colonel.

Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:34 pm

Yeah, why did the colonel always get the maths wrong on those dollars, doesn't make sense. 100% of nothing is not better than 10% of something.