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Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:07 am

By popular demand, below is an attempt to distill the best of our hero on two listenable discs, from the most up-to-date sources. There's only one area I was not able to include. Enjoy!

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AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME ONE
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. My Happiness 8.53 / take-home demo, SUN Studios, Memphis
02. That's All Right 7.54 / first single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
03. Blue Moon of Kentucky 7.54 / first single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
04. Good Rockin' Tonight 9.54 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
05. Baby, Let's Play House 2.55 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
06. Mystery Train 7.55 / single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
07. I Got A Woman 1.56 / first album, RCA Studios, Nashville
08. Heartbreak Hotel 1.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, Nashville
09. Hound Dog 7.56 / single B-side, RCA Studios, New York
10. Don't Be Cruel 7.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, New York
11. Love Me Tender 8.56 / single A-side, 20th Century Fox, Hollywood
12. Love Me 9.56 / second album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
13. All Shook Up 1.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
14. I Beg Of You 1.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
15. Is It So Strange 1.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
16. One Night 2.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
17. Loving You 2.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
18. When It Rains, It Really Pours 2.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
19. Jailhouse Rock 4.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
20. Young and Beautiful 4.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
21. Blue Christmas 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
22. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
23. Don't 9.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
24. Crawfish 1.58 / "King Creole" album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
25. King Creole 1.58 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
26. A Big Hunk O' Love 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, unedited, RCA Studio B, Nashville
27. Ain't That Loving You, Baby 6.58 / unissued, RCA Studio B, Nashville
28. I Got Stung 6.58 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
29. A Fool Such As I 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
30. Fame and Fortune 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
31. A Mess Of Blues 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
32. It Feels So Right 3.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville


AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME TWO
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. Such A Night 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
02. Reconsider Baby 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
03. Surrender 10.60 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
04. Crying In The Chapel 10.60 / 1965 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
05. Can't Help Falling In Love 3.61 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
06. His Latest Flame 6.61 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
07. Little Sister 6.61 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
08. Suspicion 3.62 / "Pot Luck" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
09. Return To Sender 3.62 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
10. Memphis, Tennessee 1.64 / 1965 "Elvis For Everyone" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
11. If I Loved You 66-67 / unissued home demo, Los Angeles
12. Trouble/Guitar Man 6.68 / "TV Special" album, Western Recorders, Los Angeles
13. Tiger Man 6.68 / album track, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
14. If I Can Dream 6.68 / unissued TV version, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
15. In The Ghetto 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
16. Suspicious Minds 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
17. Kentucky Rain 2.69 / 1970 single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
18. I Got A Woman 8.69 / unissued, International Hotel, Las Vegas
19. Polk Salad Annie 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
20. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
21. It's Your Baby, You Rock It 6.70 / "Elvis Country" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
22. Merry Christmas Baby 5.71 / unedited single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
23. Burning Love 3.72 / single A-side, RCA Studio C, Los Angeles
24. I've Got A Thing About You Baby 7.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis
25. Promised Land 12.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis
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Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:12 am

Uh, where is "The Sound Of Your Cry"?

Otherwise, great compilation.

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:13 am

It's a "hidden" bonus track ...

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:29 am

Where do the singles originate from, and why are superior to album CD's?

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:38 am

no Too Much?? cmon!!

and gotta have "Stranger in My Own Hometown" somewhere in there!

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:25 am

Kylan wrote:no Too Much?? cmon!!

and gotta have "Stranger in My Own Hometown" somewhere in there!


Screw those fella ...

No "My Boy"? No thanks !

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:52 am

Great compilation for sure but there are a few (i.e. Is it So Strange, If I Love You) that I would delete while adding Stranger in my own Home Town and TROUBLE

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:49 am

By popular demand, below is an attempt to distill the best of our hero on two listenable discs, from the most up-to-date sources. There's only one area I was not able to include. Enjoy!

I don't get this.

What are the most up to date sources?

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:00 am

Just my opinion, but I might have been tempted to replace the live version of I Got A Woman with the flawless I Just Can't Help Believing, but apart from that, it's a nice compliation.

No gospel Doc? Is that the area you didn't / couldn't include?

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:23 pm

Thanks for the list. At least one not so obvious choice, but no less justified, methinks: "If I Loved You", one of the most beautiful Rodgers & Hammerstein songs (and there's a lot of choice with them...), which gets a truly superb impromptu performance by our man and emphasizes - if need be - his versatility. (Although I would have taken the ca. 1960 version from the "In A Private Moment" FTD CD - deserved applause there.)



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Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:07 pm

It's all personal , so each person has their own favourites I think I'd have to include , ' Teddy Bear , I Need You So , and ' Wear My Ring Around Your Neck '

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:19 pm

Elvis did alot of good songs didn't he?

I think a third disc is needed - the truth always comes in three parts.

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:14 pm

KiwiAlan wrote:By popular demand, below is an attempt to distill the best of our hero on two listenable discs, from the most up-to-date sources. There's only one area I was not able to include. Enjoy!

I don't get this.

What are the most up to date sources?


And Best Ever Qualtiy, who's mixed and mastered it ?

WHAT !!! no 60' soundtrax ?

I think just maybe that's what The Doc finds hard to include :smt001

I think DO THE CLAM should be on there, it was a number 1 in Japan at least so why alienate the Japanese fans ?

(I'm just having a laugh guys)

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:18 pm

Just Pretend should be on there, oh yeah! How about a remix version of Bossa Nova Baby sans vocals as an added extra......... :smt005

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:21 pm

It all depends on the Cover Art :wink: Good photos and it's a sure fire winner!

And no Let it be Me -- pity...

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:31 pm

Liverbobs wrote:How about a remix version of Bossa Nova Baby sans vocals as an added extra......... :smt005


Your kiddin' right ?

Where did you get THAT crazy idea from :roll: :lol: :wink:

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:47 pm

Theres a fair few moree i think could make that list doc, But id deffo take the track "Its your baby you rock it" Off because its seriously Crap Imo.
In fact what was elvis thinking of when he was recording this crap, he must of been seriously scrapping the barrel.

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:37 pm

MYBOYMYBOY wrote:Theres a fair few moree i think could make that list doc, But id deffo take the track "Its your baby you rock it" Off because its seriously Crap Imo.
In fact what was elvis thinking of when he was recording this crap, he must of been seriously scrapping the barrel.

Clearly you are not overly familiar with how "Elvis Country," one of Elvis' finest albums, took shape.

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:18 pm

Presumably the May 1966 sessions have been omitted as the sound quality on these recordings is in need of an upgrade?

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:25 pm

elvis presley scrapbook wrote:
Liverbobs wrote:How about a remix version of Bossa Nova Baby sans vocals as an added extra......... :smt005


Your kiddin' right ?

Where did you get THAT crazy idea from :roll: :lol: :wink:


Er....it came to me in a dream....... :smt005 :smt005 :smt004

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:37 pm

Remember, this is an attempt to distill the best of our hero on two listenable discs.

The selections were CAREFULLY and PAINSTAKINGLY considered. Many were initially shortlisted.

minkahed wrote:No "My Boy"? No thanks !

Sorry, that's not even the best of his 1973 masters.


rickeap wrote:Great compilation for sure but there are a few (i.e. Is it So Strange, If I Love You) that I would delete while adding Stranger in my own Home Town and TROUBLE

Thanks.

The 1957 and 1966 selections are as less-known as they are superb. The songs chosen from the King Creole soundtrack and American Studios sessions are superior. And "Trouble" is included on disc two, the amazing opening song from his TV Special.


KiwiAlan wrote:What are the most up to date sources?

Recent FTD and BMG releases, including 1950s material as remastered by the one-and-only Kevan Budd.


DarrylMac wrote:Just my opinion, but I might have been tempted to replace the live version of I Got A Woman with the flawless I Just Can't Help Believing, but apart from that, it's a nice compilation.

No gospel Doc? Is that the area you didn't / couldn't include?

The live "I Got A Woman" is specifically chosen to a) represent the glory and power of his 1969 stage return, in one song, and b) provide a cross-reference for how much he had grown and changed from 1956, as heard on the classic studio cut on disc 1.

The included live 1970 recordings are superior to "I Just Can't Help Believin'.

Gospel was a difficult area -- as far as non-secular recordings, "Crying In The Chapel" should count, right?


Marc Haegeman wrote:"If I Loved You", one of the most beautiful Rodgers & Hammerstein songs (and there's a lot of choice with them...), which gets a truly superb impromptu performance by our man and emphasizes - if need be - his versatility. (Although I would have taken the ca. 1960 version from the "In A Private Moment" FTD CD - deserved applause there.)

Correct!

It also serves to show what he was really wanting to do during the wasted movie era. The 1966 demo is far better in all respects, and presages future releases like "Rags To Riches" and "Hurt."


shanebrown wrote:Also kinda surprised by the lack of material from the 1966 sessions - Tomorrow Is A Long Time being an obvious missing track.

Again, a tough call, but nothing from 1966 matches the work done in June 1968. The TV special had to be represented, it is his finest hour.


Michael puplett wrote:It's all personal , so each person has their own favourites I think I'd have to include , ' Teddy Bear , I Need You So , and ' Wear My Ring Around Your Neck '

Those 1957-58 recordings are not as good as the ones chosen to represent that era ("All Shook Up," "One Night," "A Big Hunk O' Love").


elvis presley scrapbook wrote:WHAT !!! no 60' soundtrax ? I think just maybe that's what The Doc finds hard to include

It was not a problem at all -- it was imperative the collection included some of this material.

The 1960s movie soundtracks are represented by "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Return To Sender." You must not own the Blue Hawaii (1961) or Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) albums, or like singles that hit #2 on the Billboard charts.

The 1950s movie soundtracks are represented by "Love Me Tender," "Loving You," "Jailhouse Rock," "Young and Beautiful," "Crawfish," and "King Creole." He did a little better in the 1950s.

I appreciate the comments.

Anyone discern what one aspect of his musical legacy I could not fit?

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:15 pm

Fair comments there Doc, fair comments.

When is it being released ?

Nothing after 1974 ?

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:32 pm

elvis presley scrapbook wrote:Fair comments there Doc, fair comments.

When is it being released ?

Nothing after 1974 ?

Well, he forgot to mention the dual-disc feature with the side-B DVD containing EIC highlights such as 'Love Me' and 'Don't Be Cruel/Teddy Bear.' It is all about how one throws the scarf, not how far.

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:44 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Anyone discern what one aspect of his musical legacy I could not fit?


The Million Dollar Quartet?

Live in the '50's/ The '50's TV appearances

Re: Elvis - At Your Request

Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:13 am

rockinrebel wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Anyone discern what one aspect of his musical legacy I could not fit?


The Million Dollar Quartet?

Live in the '50's/ The '50's TV appearances

That's it! It was really depressing to leave these out.

Among those shortlisted were:

Money Honey 16-May-56
Hound Dog 15-Dec-56

But the live 1968 material is better.