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Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:00 am
chop983 wrote:I was wondering how people feel about these albums, I've kind of ignored them up till now as I saw them as the poor cousin of Elvis albums. I suppose not getting a 90's rerelease like Country, FEIM, EIB, etc. Means that RCA do as well, I'm really enjoying them but I feel that Elvis' diversity works against him here as the albums aren't very cohesive.
Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:02 am
chop983 wrote:Fool, Now & Love letters.
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elvisjock wrote:And we wonder why Elvis grew more and more reluctant to record for RCA. He was given mostly crap, and they insisted on issuing every last bit of it.
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poormadpeter wrote:elvisjock wrote:And we wonder why Elvis grew more and more reluctant to record for RCA. He was given mostly crap, and they insisted on issuing every last bit of it.
He wasn't given crap - he had the decision of what to record, and did so when he made the country album and during the Memphis sessions of 1969. But Elvis refused to take control of his career, and refused to fight for better material. That was his problem, not RCAs. It wasn't their fault that publishing was such an issue. And we should remember that Elvis was drawn to big ballads such as Love Me Love the Life I Lead and We Can Make the Morning. Padre was one of his favourite songs. These would have been far more palatable had he recorded them at a session where he was firing on all cylinders and was in good voice. May 1971 found him in neither the mood or the voice. By that point, however, he was seemingly uninterested in what got released on albums and when and how. If the artist refuses to be involved, then stuff is just going to get churned out without a thought.
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skatterbrane wrote:One good 12-14 track LP could be made from the 3 (especially if one included "I'm Leavin'").
Love Letters From Elvis was my first letdown after the fantastic 1968-1970 period, even though recorded at the same sessions as one of my favorite LPs, Elvis Country, I certainly did not know that at the time.
After I bought Elvis Now, (and having all LPs up through that one) I gave up on Elvis for a long time. My best friend's brother had all those LPs from Fool through Today, and whenever I heard anything off them, I felt my giving up was well justified (and still do). I finally bought From EP Boulevard when it came out (don't remember what compelled me) and Moody Blue just before he died. After he died I went back and filled my collection between Elvis Now and EP Boulevard. I did manage to buy a few singles, Where Did They Go Lord, Burning Love and Always On My Mind.
Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:25 am
Greystoke wrote: However, the fresh-sounding and contemporary feel of Elvis Country, which was an unqualified success, gives way to a flimsy notion that stops at the album title and a very humdrum second recording of the song Love Letters. Elvis's previous recording of Love Letters is quite lovely, often impassioned and nicely arranged. His tone, phrasing and involvement in the song made it quietly charming the first time around. Second time, the charm is gone and in its place is a more laden arrangement and Elvis sounding disengaged. Not entirely, as this isn't a bad version of the song. But it's very perfunctory sounding.
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Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:I actually really like "Love Letters from Elvis". All three of the albums that derive from the June 1970 sessions are favourites of mine and I never understood the bashing this one gets.
"heart of rome" is extremely catchy and well sung, "got My Mojo Workin'" is a hoot. "Cindy Cindy" is a fine arrangement, quite ballsy in comparison with other artistes interpretations and I adore "it Ain't no Big Thing" which would have been better on "Elvis Country".
"When I'm Over You" is pleasant if not great, but "I'll Never Know" is beautiful in every respect. I allo love the vocal and arrangement of "If i Were You". The remake of "Love Letters" is great - not as sweet as the 1966 cut - but certainly more contemporary and Elvis is in fine voice. "life" I don't dig. The tune and performance are fine but the lyrics are weird.
I think it's a very enjoyable album.
"Elvis including Fool" sounds like a leftover album on the other hand. I do love "It's Still Here", "For Lovin' Me" and some of the others but it's a slow burner generally. Too short and the editing on "it's Still Here", "Fool" and "Don't Think Twice" are not necessary. Well, sure, the latter needed SOME editing, but the fade in option doesn't work. The edit on Our Memories of Elvis Vol 2 with the newly created intro is the go to version.
I also really enjoy most of "Elvis Now". The opening track, "help Me Make It Through the Night" is my favourite ever version by anyone. Love the tone of voice here.
"put Your Hand In The Hand" is an enjoyable workout as is the jubilee number "i Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago" which is nice to hear as a full song.
"Early Morning Rain" is sublime - one of his finest 70s recordings. I LOVE "We Can Make The Morning" which is quite an unusual Elvis song. Sure, there's some crap on there like the awful "miracle of The Rosary" which belongs - er - nowhere. But Plenty of the other tracks are good and I love the cover shot.
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Eggrert wrote:I can't say that I really get the argument that these albums were incoherent - and by that, I should say that, yes, they ARE incoherent, but so were pretty much all of Elvis' albums. The notable exceptions are some of the soundtracks (Harum Scarum, Frankie & Johnny, etc.), the gospel albums, and the odd studio album (Something For Everybody and Elvis Country come to mind). The rest are pretty much haphazardly assembled - I suppose you can argue that Elvis Presley, FEIM, etc. are held together by their overall quality rather than any overarching theme, but I think that that sort of dodges the issue of whether or not they succeed as "albums" as opposed to "mere" collections of songs. Honestly, I think that From EP Boulevard is more "coherent" than any of Elvis' more acclaimed albums; it has a consistent mood and sound, regardless of what you think of the material or any of the individual tracks.
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:34 pm
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