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"In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:00 am

Recorded in Hollywood, at Radio Recorders Studio B, on November 7, 1960, for the film "Wild In The Country" with Thorne Nogar behind the console and assisting the production.
A beautiful track I have been listening to lately. Elvis Presley does a splendid job on this song. The slower the harder for a vocalist to stay in the range of being in-tune. A Fred Wise / Ben Weisman composition first released on "Elvis For Everyone" album in 1965. Beautiful!


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Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:03 am

Juan Luis wrote:Recorded in Hollywood, at Radio Recorders Studio B, on November 7, 1960, for the film "Wild In The Country". A beautiful track I have been listening to lately. Elvis Presley does a splendid job on this song. The slower the harder for a vocalist to stay in the range of being in-tune. A Fred Wise / Ben Weisman composition first released on "Elvis For Everyone" album in 1965. Beautiful!




I could not agree more!

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:07 am

It`s such a beautiful moment :smt007 in a good film which is one of my favorites.
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Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:10 am

The song was good, the film was not.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:17 am

I always liked this song for it's simplicity. I first heard it on Separate Ways, way back when. I like the movie too, especially the scenes between Elvis and Tuesday Weld.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:35 am

It was like a studio home recording .This is what you'd hear if he was in your living room.This was proof that Elvis didn't need anyone else to help him sound good.No band,no gimmicks .Just an awesome voice.I first heard this on the Separate Ways album and Wild In The Country was always a favorite.And don't forget Tuesday Weld.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:39 am

Lovely song/performance.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:45 am

jurasic1968 wrote:The song was good, the film was not.


not counting the two documentaries...this film would most certainly rate in the top half of Elvis` output...some may argue higher!! :wink:

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:48 am

It's a gem in all its simplicity.
Short but sweet.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:58 am

Love it, also love the alternate takes (especially take 1)

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:15 am

Honestly, for the longest time, I got this one mixed up with Forget Me Never and Lonely Man. I enjoy all of them for what they are, but they've never struck me as anything other than pleasant filler.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:32 am

It a nice song and performance, just a bit too short. Was thinking of how nice an acoustic album of this type of stuff would have been in the early 60's. I bet Elvis would have done it, but the ole Col would have vetoed it.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:22 am

It's a beautiful song and well performed, it's a case of less is more because it's greatness is in it's simplicity. It was a song that built up a following because it had been heard in "Wild In The Country" but did not appear on record for over four years. In the UK, it was recorded by Dave Kaye and released on Decca in early 1965. Dave was closely associated with the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain and appeared at quite a few fan club events. He's still with us and busy working, I got to meet Dave about three years ago. He told me that he meets up with the son of Albert Hand quite regularly.

I'm sorry to have to disappoint those out there that like to take every opportunity to try to ridicule Juan, but this recording had no Felton Jarvis involvement.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:38 am

In My Way is a lovely song that may be slight and simplistic, but it`s also direct and quite poetic. Elvis sings beautifully, of course. With sincerity, tenderness and care. Delicate phrasing and real warmth in his voice.

With regards to Wild in the Country, it's a film with several issues and problems from script to screen. But it's certainly not a bad film. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:04 am

I love the song and performance, and the film is one of my favs.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:14 am

I like all the Wild In The Country songs. In My Way and Forget Me Never were nice additions to Elvis For Everyone LP.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:49 am

Tony C wrote:It's a beautiful song and well performed, it's a case of less is more because it's greatness is in it's simplicity. It was a song that built up a following because it had been heard in "Wild In The Country" but did not appear on record for over four years. In the UK, it was recorded by Dave Kaye and released on Decca in early 1965. Dave was closely associated with the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain and appeared at quite a few fan club events. He's still with us and busy working, I got to meet Dave about three years ago. He told me that he meets up with the son of Albert Hand quite regularly.

I'm sorry to have to disappoint those out there that like to take every opportunity to try to ridicule Juan, but this recording had no Felton Jarvis involvement.
Thank you Tony. And thanks for the info!

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:32 am

Greystoke wrote:In My Way is a lovely song that may be slight and simplistic, but it`s also direct and quite poetic. Elvis sings beautifully, of course. With sincerity, tenderness and care. Delicate phrasing and real warmth in his voice.

With regards to Wild in the Country, it's a film with several issues and problems from script to screen. But it's certainly not a bad film. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

Agree about the song and disagree about the film. IMO, it is awful. Not a minute of it is believable and Elvis is laughable in parts. It's too bad they used this as one of the films to prove to Elvis that people only wanted him to do travelogues.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:15 am

Eggrert wrote:Honestly, for the longest time, I got this one mixed up with Forget Me Never and Lonely Man. I enjoy all of them for what they are, but they've never struck me as anything other than pleasant filler.

Just to clarify... this is a "pleasant filler"...
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This is a beautiful recording...
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Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:20 am

The song is beautiful in it's simplicity.What can I say about Elvis voice in this period( my favorite one)...just sublime.I love it

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:16 pm

Pete Dube wrote:Lovely song/performance.


Agreed.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:02 pm

Between 1958 and 1961, Elvis was the greatest vocalist on earth.

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Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:08 pm

jeanno wrote:Between 1958 and 1961, Elvis was the greatest vocalist on earth.


can we really count 1959 :wink:

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:25 pm

I think it's easy to under-estimate how good these ballad recordings from Wild in the Country are. Elvis hadn't been this exposed on record since those first demos in 1953 and 1954 (with the exception of Steadfast Loyal and True, I guess). There's no hiding behind backing singers or extra instruments, just that lone guitar, and the results are not just charming but totally beautiful.

It's a shame that no-one suggested the possibility of a regular album with such a sparse setting, especially with Elvis's voice in the shape it was in the early 1960s. It would also have given him the chance to recreate some of the home recordings he had been working on during the army years, but with a professional setting. The resulting album may well have sat alongside some of the greats featuring just guitar and vocal from the period such as Julie London's Lonely Girl and Sammy Davis Jr Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays - and would almost certainly have garnered critical acclaim if the WITC recordings are anything to go by.

With all the to-ing and fro-ing about which producer did what better, etc, the real issue is that Elvis needed direction throughout his career - and he didn't seem to get that from anyone much after he left Sun. From the off-set at RCA it was a case of fulfilling the quota of required songs rather than being guided by a producer to try one project or another. Elvis really didn't need much of a producer once he was in the studio, but he did need someone to guide him towards trying out certain projects. Instead, virtually all albums/sessions were a mish-mash of styles and sounds, cobbled together to make something of LP length. Elvis floundered remarkably quickly in the early 1960s, despite being in beautiful voice, so where were the suggestions to try that guitar and vocal album? Or an album of standards? Or an album of Latin American sounds? Or a blues album? Or an album expanding on the sound he used during the King Creole sessions? Ironically, the only albums (gospel and Christmas LPs aside) that concentrated on particular sounds or genres were the soundtracks to Blue Hawaii and Fun in Acapulco, and the Elvis Country album from 1970.

Re: "In My Way"

Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:36 pm

skatterbrane wrote:I like all the Wild In The Country songs. In My Way and Forget Me Never were nice additions to Elvis For Everyone LP.


Absolutely.....couldnt agree more.