Elvis Is Back!
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The King's first album of all-new material following his release from the Army, Elvis Is Back! is arguably the most fully realized album of his career. It's a slightly different Elvis here than the one who was drafted, slightly tamer (though he looks like a Martian on the cover), and jumping from style to style--from R&B (a definitive cover of Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters' "Such a Night") to pure pop (a cover of Ral Donner's "The Girl of My Best Friend" with a Hank Garland guitar sound that presaged Merseybeat) to doo-wop (the gorgeous "Soldier Boy") to some of the hardest blues of his career (several cuts here, including an incredible version of Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby"). He even makes Peggy Lee's "Fever" his own here. No hit singles, just a great LP--and no indication of the "movie years" dreck soon to follow. --Bill Holdship
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The 1961 album again showcased an engaged artist, though he is often drowned out by a discordant piano and two backing groups (correct me if I'm wrong). A more grandiose production...with some very stale tunes that Presley holds back on - taking the EIB approach, with stirring high notes from his chest, not so much from his throat, would have saved things like "Give Me The Right", Judy", and "Sentimental Me".
The "hit singles" are pop music masterpieces - but what are they doing here? Most were done after March, 1961! Let me take it a step further: what the heck is SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY doing here?
I surmise the "Is Back" of "elvis is Back" surely covers that great 1960 to 1962 period when he expanded his audience..and really expanded his style of singing (note the wonderful soft ballads ("It's A Sin", "Starting Today", etc. sensitively sung by the 25-27 year old singer).
I do not have a state of the art playback system but there's something about te remastered tracks which is less than satisfactory. A real re-MIX should have been the real deal here: then I could hear his majestic ending note on "There's Always Me" - what in the world was the dude at the mixing deck doing?
As expected, great artwork and liner notes.
I have the regular CD of "Elvis Is Back" released somewhere in the 90's with the original 12 songs from the album, same as the "Something for Everybody" included here, but as mentioned, with each of the 2 original albums included here, plus the hit songs from those same years, it's a win, win all the way around.
This CD contains all 12 tracks from the original album, the 12 tracks from its "pop" sequel, SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY, and the hit singles from the period (excluding movie songs). Interestingly, all of the hit singles are featured on Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 3, except for the B-side "A Mess Of Blues," which is included on Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 4. If RCA had swapped "A Mess Of Blues" with "She's Not You," all of the period hit singles would have been included on Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 3.
While not as comprehensive as the FTD version, which is really aimed at hard-core collectors, this is a terrific release for most Elvis fans. Along with the From Elvis In Memphis (40th Anniversary Legacy Edition) from 1969, these two albums, which bookended the '60s, are definitely must-haves.
The Legacy Edition is a 50th Anniversary edition,(one year late, anyway), that includes all the hit singles he released around the time this album was released.
Also, this edition includes the album Something for Everybody which, for my surprise, was better than expected. This album (SFE) hasn't been very popular over the years, so my expectations were low, but it turned out to be very enjoyable. Don't know what the bad rep is all about. It includes new liner notes and pictures. I highly recommended this album to the serious and casual fan out there. Enjoy.
The sound is greatly improved and one hears a lot that is missing on the records.
Elvis is Back is the main disc...his version of FEVER has alway been outstanding more like Little Willie Johns than Peggy Lee's. My favorite is The Girl of My Best Friend which was a big singles hit for Elvis soundalike Ral Donner. It is to Elvis' generosity that he did not release this as a single. He did the same thing with Suspicion with another soundalke Terry Stafford. Such a Night was a big international hit, (I heard it on the radio in St Kitts)also not released in the US as a single.
Something for Everybody has a few treasures..amidst a lot of fluff. I like Gently the best. Many of the cuts are uninteresting ballads. I tripped I stumbled I fell is a welcome ending.
The bonus tracks keep the listener abreast of what hits Elvis released during this period. One grave omission is Wild in the Country. I hope to purchase more Elvis cds from Amazaon in the future.