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"Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:50 pm

An experimental isolated dub-down of the stereo backing track of "Indescribably Blue" [inverted to remove most of Elvis' June 12, 1966 vocal overdub] combined with the undated home demo vocal, which also utilized the June 10, 1966 Nashville "track" [take unknown], originally released on the 1999 RCA/BMG CD, The Home Recordings.

Some mic leakage from Elvis' studio vocal is still apparent [as indeed could be heard on the original master when Red West's guide vocals bled through in parts], but it makes for a fairly interesting comparison in vocal styles and phrasings between the pair; with the home recording perhaps being a little more pleading and regretful than on the more mannered studio take.
There's also a notable lyric variant on the demo where Elvis sings "I look at your picture" as opposed to "I talk to your picture" that he sang on the two studio takes.

The demo has been speed increased a tad to marry up with the master, plus some room ambience and e.q. manipulation has been applied to the rough sounding home - possibly hotel - demo.

"Indescribably Blue" (demo-master mix)
http://www3.zippyshare.com/v/yjyin6dZ/file.html

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:16 pm

From where did you get the pure instrumental track?

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:22 pm

Good job, very interesting to hear this. Thanks for sharing it.

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:38 pm

The instrumental tracks from this session were released on CD box Unsurpassed Masters.


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Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:55 pm

matilda wrote:From where did you get the pure instrumental track?

It's not the pure instrumental track, but rather a removal of the center-panned studio vocals, whilst still retaining the stereo track.

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:32 am

Wow! This is fascinating to hear. Indescribably Blue is one of my favourite Elvis songs, and this is a lovely take on it. Thank you for your work on this!

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:00 am

Great share, elvisalisellers, thank you !

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:26 pm

Good stuff as always!

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:16 pm

If anyone has a high quality rip of the Unsurpassed Masters "track", feel free to share.

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:26 pm

Hi there!! :D :D :D.

Fantastic as always! :smt020. Thanks for sharing "elvisalisellers" ::rocks. Bye for now :smt006.

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:28 am

Alternate mix with recessed backing track - more akin to the original home demo:

"Indescribably Blue" (demo-master mix 2)
http://www39.zippyshare.com/v/MkZrV6aR/file.html

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:37 pm

I have now listened to these tracks thanks to Juan Luis (Zippyshare immediately sets loud 'alarm bells' ringing on my PC).

It's so refreshing to hear this dry vocal. Listening to the original master is like wading through treacle. If the song was considered good enough for a single (equally If Every Day Was Like Christmas), then surely it was worth recording it properly ? This sort of lazy, unprofessional approach would not have been tolerated (by Elvis) 5 years earlier and before.

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:21 pm

Steve Morse wrote:I have now listened to these tracks thanks to Juan Luis (Zippyshare immediately sets loud 'alarm bells' ringing on my PC).


Re: Zippyshare, I use Firefox with uBlock Origin (best ad-blocking add-on out there, and it's free!), and I've never had an issue with it.

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:31 pm

I'm ok with Zippyshare IF I click on the link and immediately click on the Orange "Download Now Button,if I click play though I get all sorts of problems... I have to quickly shut the laptop down ! :)

Re: "Indescribably Blue" (demo/master mix)

Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:07 am

One other thing to note: On the home demo Elvis sings "There'd be no way to explain it" which he changes to the possibly less effective "There's no way to explain it" [the first time around] for the master [take 2]. On take 1, though, he repeats how he sang it on the demo, which may well give further credence to it indeed being cut [the demo] prior to his studio overdub.

Whatever the case, it is an exceptional vocal, hopefully now - in upgraded form - finally given its due.