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nothingville

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:07 pm

a lazy question, i probably know the answer to this or could have researched it
but is there a longer version beside the short part in the 68 comeback medley of this awesome song?

Re: nothingville

Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:20 pm

As far as i know, there is not a longer version...

Re: nothingville

Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:52 pm

Fraid not, we have the rehearsals of course, but still only short clips ......

Re: nothingville

Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:45 pm

This is possibly the song that is on my no 1 place for too short recordings by Elvis. Incredibly well sung...and a cool son as well.

Re: nothingville

Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:46 pm

I've often wondered this myself...it's a shame, isn't it? I really like the song too

Re: nothingville

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:28 pm

voldto wrote:a lazy question, i probably know the answer to this or could have researched it
but is there a longer version beside the short part in the 68 comeback medley of this awesome song?


There's none that we know of, but there are some outtakes on this FTD, a huge personal favorite:


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Let Yourself Go (FTD, October 2006)
Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening - takes 6, 7)
Nothingville (takes 5, 6)
Let Yourself Go (Part 1, takes 5, 6 and Part 2, take 2 and Part 3, take 6)
Guitar Man (Escape, Section 1 - fast - takes 1, 2, 5)
Guitar Man (After Karate, Section 2 - take 1)
Little Egypt (take 8)
Trouble / Guitar Man (After Karate, Section 3 - take 2)
Big Boss Man (take 2)
It Hurts Me (Part 1, take 5 and Part 2, take 3)
Guitar Man (Escape, Section 1 [remake] - take 6)
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel, Section 1 - rehearsal take 1)
Up Above My Head / I Found That Light (Gospel, Section 2 - take 7)
Saved (Gospel, Section 3 - take 4)
If I Can Dream (takes 3, 4)
Memories (Master Track, alternate vocal take)
- Western Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, June 20-24, 1968


I Got A Woman
Blue Moon / Young Love / Oh, Happy Day / Baby What's Wrong (instrumental)
When It Rains It Pours
Blue Christmas / Baby What's Wrong (instrumental)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? / That's My Desire
That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Peter Gunn Theme (instrumental) / Baby What's Wrong (instrumental)
Love Me
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Christmas / Santa Claus Is Back In Town
- NBC-TV Studio dressing room, Burbank, CA, June 24, 1968



A few more takes of "Nothingville" appear on this import release from 2011:


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Singer presents Elvis (Venus, July 2011)


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Singer presents Elvis flyer, June 2011


Note that "Nothingville" was specifically requested by Steve Binder and intended to be a "link" song only. Mac recalls its origin in this interview:

Billy (Strange) and the director, Steve Binder ... gave me the title, "Nothingville" and asked if I could write something about this little nowhere place, this little town that they wanted to make believe Elvis came out of. I remember thinking I had come up with an awful good rhyme in the middle of it, (recites lyrics), "it's a rat race run at snail's pace." I thought that was one of my more clever little lines.

Mac Davis: Interview with Ken Sharp
http://www.elvisinfonet.com/interview_mac_davis.html


"Nothingville" is a terrific little song, perfectly setting the mood in the TV Special's "Road medley." It's funky, and has real bite, a hallmark of many of songwriter Mac Davis' contributions to Presley's catalog. In fact, Mac never landed a bad song with Elvis, perhaps the only writer with multiple submissions who may make this claim.
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