I'm listening to the Demo cd for the third time as I write this, and I must say it's quite a fascinating listen!
is nowhere near the electrifying Elvis version. No big difference in the actual arrangement, though.
is almost a different song. I don't fancy this version...
Don't Ask Me Why
is a nice surprise. This demo is great! I'm almost beginning to think that Elvis didn't get the best out of this! Best so far.
Hard Headed Woman
lacks the powerful drive in Elvis' version. Otherwise a good version. The piano playing reminds me of Jerry Lee...
- well, what can I say? This demo isn't bad, but it's certainly not great either! Compare with Elvis' version, and you'll spot the difference...
The Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
demo reminds me of Ricky Van Shelton's version a few years back.
Pocketful Of Rainbows
is very similar to Elvis' version, both tempo and arrangement is not far off.
is similar to Elvis' version in some parts, but Elvis didn't do a complete "raw copy". Nice harmony vocals, and a good version.
Marie's The Name Of His Latest Flame
- I can't listen to this. This sounds very much like the early Elvis takes of the song, but I understand why he changed the arrangement after a few takes. Sounds a bit like Tom Jones, actually!
Good Luck Charm
shows that Elvis almost copied the demo. The big difference is the quality of the demo singer vs Elvis...
The Devil In Disguise
demo is neither "dirty" or catchy, compared to Elvis', to put it that way. Enormous difference, although the arrangement actually is almost equal!
Viva Las Vegas
- The alternate take of this song on Silver Screen Stereo is very similar to this demo! Good version!
Come On Everybody
is also very much the same as we're used to with Elvis' version. I like this song, and also this demo!
is once again a good demo. I also spotted a few differences in the lyrics..? Was the lyrics changed for Elvis, or did he himself change the words at the session..?
The My Desert Serenade
demo shows that Elvis could've done more with this song, which isn't bad at all! Great vocal performance and arrangement!
The Could I Fall In Love
demo made me almost speechless when listening to it for the first time! This is in fact a good ballad! Too bad it was used for the Double Trouble soundtrack, when things obviously was rushed a bit...
The Love Machine
- Never liked this song when sung by Elvis, and don't fancy the demo either. It's not that bad, but it certainly ain't classic 60s material either.
- Now, this was interesting! An alternate song, considered (?) for use for the movie soundtrack! This song is far better than the one(s) actually used, in my humble opinion! Then again, they weren't exactly masterpieces, either...
Wearin' That Loved On Look
- Wow! Here we can spot a HUGE difference in the arrangements! Elvis' version is faster. This certainly ain't a bad demo, but Elvis made miracles with his version!
I've Lost You
- this demo is beautiful! Fantastic version! Compared to Elvis' version, this is a bit different - more slow tempo. They're both great, though!
The Next Step Is Love
- Not far off Elvis' version in the arrangement, but Elvis' version is superior by far!
Mary In The Morning
- I can't help but thinking of Glen Campbell when hearing this song. This demo is somewhere between Glen's and Elvis' versions.
- Man, I thought it was John Fogerty singing on this! Immediately made me think of Creedence!
This shows that Elvis still had the ability of improving and putting his own mark on songs when working in the studio in the 70s!
This is possibly the best example of what I just wrote regarding Burning Love! This demo is plain country - Elvis' version ROCKS! Enormous difference.
Raised On Rock
- The songwriter has said in interviews that he thought Elvis' didn't get the best out of this song. This demo proves that the song had
closes the disc - and it's close to Elvis' version. Once again I feel that the demo is the "nice" version, while Elvis' version is more intense and kicks ass!
Well, that's just a quick run-through by me. Hopefully it was a little bit interesting to read...
Finally, I would say that WRITING FOR THE KING
is a great book, with a great Demo cd and (a not so great, sound wise) live cd (why put a live cd on a project like this in the first place?).
Bottom line: Highly recommended!