- Hardcover: 454 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312185723
- ISBN-13: 978-0312185725
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elvis Presley: A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions Hardcover – July 1, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
As director of RCA's Elvis catalogue, Jorgensen is one of the key figures behind the Elvis Presley CD box sets RCA has issued in recent years. This book makes a worthy companion to those historic releases. All of the King's known recordings?including rehearsals, live recordings and recordings made in the privacy of his hotel rooms?are approached with the same reverence that his studio sessions inspire, providing a framework for a narrative of Elvis's life. Indeed, eminent Presley biographer Guralnik (Last Train to Memphis) writes that, given Jorgensen's attention to detail, the author is "either a madman or a great detective." While so many Presley books are written by authors who never seem to overcome their poetic sense of awe regarding the King, Jorgensen, being an RCA executive, couches the story of Presley's life in the gritty details of the artist's work and gets past the myths, giving readers a glimpse of what it might have been like to be Elvis. Hence, his is a truly insightful book. 150 photos in color and b&w. Editor, Calvert D. Morgan.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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It is great to see who played what at every recording session and how Elvis felt about his music - a great perfectionist who was totally frustrated about many of the inferior songs he had to sing in the even more inferior films he later had to make. When you read how many takes on songs he did in the studio to get things just right, you just wonder how his wonderful voice held out all those years, especially as he, after exhausting recording sessions lasting hours, would sing gospel songs throughout the night as well. Yes, Elvis was truly an "Olympic Champion of Singing" as someone once put it. A jewel of a book for any true Elvis fan and full marks to Jorgensen.