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Elvis Is Back!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000002W35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By T. Hayes on June 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having just paid almost $50 for an FTD (Follow That Dream) label 2-CD set of "Elvis Is Back", you can imagine that I was expecting some excellent entertainment value. FTD has delivered again! This INCREDIBLY fine sounding re-master of the 1960 Elvis Is Back LP---plus singles and outtakes from its associated March and April 1960 RCA Nashville sessions---is worth every nickel.

It is fun to hear the excitement build as Elvis and the band work through early versions of classic tracks like "Such A Night", "A Mess Of Blues", "Soldier Boy", "The Girl Of My Best Friend", "Fame And Fortune", "Fever", "Dirty, Dirty Feeling", "It's Now Or Never" and MORE. Elvis experiments with an assortment of interesting vocal phrasings, and the guys fool around with tempo and instrumentation as the session progresses. His operatic range on "It's Now Or Never" is legendary, and the emotion Elvis puts into "Soldier Boy" is stunning-- it is powerfully elegant...especially so on takes 1, 2 and 3. Eventually, take 15 of "Soldier Boy" (with a smoother vocal and what seems like a slightly faster tempo) became the "master"--the track chosen for the album.

Listening to this beautifully re-mastered CD, one feels as if they are there in real-time; not "were there", but ARE THERE-- in the control booth-- as the sessions come to life; the mix, and the instruments, particularly the bass guitar, have never sounded this good on a consumer release. FTD has done a terrific job; this true stereo mix has been opened up spatially (but not overdone), and the light touch of EQ, reverb and general lack of compression (revealing greater dynamic range) are much appreciated.

These were Elvis' first post-army studio sessions.
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...and one of the best CD re-issues, as well. If the original LP pressing of this album had included "Are You Lonseome Tonight?", "A Mess of Blues", and "It's Now Or Never" at the time of its original release, this easily would have qualified as the best rock & roll album ever recorded. In this re-issue format, the argument for it is incredibly strong.
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This is a remarkably well-rounded collection of material, with a stellar collection of pop tunes, romantic croonings, raving rockers ("Such A Night" got a bit of a shot-in-the-arm with "3000 Miles to Graceland", and as out-of-place as it may have sounded on that film's soundtrack CD, it absolutely grooves here), and some of the best blues tunes The King ever belted out this side of "Santa Claus is Back in Town". "It Feels So Right" may be the tamest of the NAS-TEE blues on this album, and that says a lot. "A Mess of Blues" is top-notch, but "Reconsider Baby" sets the standard even higher, and "Like a Baby" is just flat-out RAUNCHY. I don't know if a singer has ever come across as being as inspired as Elvis was on this album (except perhaps for Elvis during the '68 Comeback Special, but it speaks volumes about The King when the only one with whom he can compare is himself).
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The main problem is that this CD is AWFULLY bloody difficult to find; its availability is sketchy at best and pricy at worst. I was able to get ahold of an Argentinian copy (viva albiceleste!) via an online auction, and I don't notice any issues with its quality. I will be happy to provide a contact source for anyone who isn't successful finding a domestic copy or a different imported version; I assure you that you will feel 10 times rewarded when you listen to it, regardless of its pressing origin. TCB, baby!
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In the last few years there have been loads of Elvis Presley releases. Very few prove as exciting and essential as this double CD-set covering Elvis' first two post-army studio sessions in March and April 1960. These sessions not only produced a series of sterling cuts which made the original exemplary "Elvis Is Back" album, they also gave us true classics like "It's Now Or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Stuck On You".

This new "Elvis Is Back" set masterminded by the Follow That Dream team gives us the original album, the singles and all the substantial outtakes. Several of these outtakes have been released earlier (7 are released here for the first time, just as 19 false starts and workparts), but to have them all assembled often in augmented sound quality, makes the investment really worthwile.

This set, presented in the now characteristic tri-fold digipack the size of a 45rpm, has no less than 53 tracks, with both discs running well over 78 minutes each. Digitally transferred and mixed at the Sony Studios in New York, the sound quality is outstanding.
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Strangely Amazon staff reviews of Elvis albums are littered with mistakes, and this is no exception.
'Girl Of My Best Friend; is not a cover - it's a Presley original, written for Elvis by Beverly Frank, a pseudonym of the writer of 'I Beg Of You, Rose Marie McCoy. Donner recorded his vesion only because RCA refused to issue the Presley original as a single.
Aside from 'Girl Of My Best Friend', which is perfect 60's pop, the album demonstrates the Presley genius on 'Reconsider Baby', 'Like A Baby', 'Fever' and Such A Night - all covers and all superior to the originals. 'I Will Be Home Again' is a little known masterpiece. 'Make Me Know It and 'The Girl Next Door' don't reach the heights of the other cuts, but this is is one of Elvis' top three albums. Want to hear the greatest blues/R'n'B singer of his generation at his vocal peak - buy this album. Between 1960 and 66 especially, Elvis Presley had the greatest voice in the history of popular music - this is the proof.
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