martedì 20 marzo 2012

38 Years Ago Today... ELVIS - FIFTH TIME AROUND (BOOTLEG) - Lossless

ELVIS - FIFTH TIME AROUND (Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN - March 20, 1974 ES)

Artist: Elvis Presley
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Audionics (2011-01-2)
Date: 1974-03-20 (March 20th, 1974)
Tour: On Tour number 11 - March 1st - March 20th 1974
Venue: Mid-South Coliseum
Location: Memphis, TN
Showtime: Evening Show (8:30 pm)
Elvis' Suit: 1973 Arabian
Source: Soundboard
Details: Lossless - FLAC Format
Audio Quality: Excellent
Running Time: 68:59
Total Size: 448 MB
Artwork & Pictures: Included

Notes from the press-release:

The legendary March 20th, 1974 Memphis, TN concert has been released on a number of occasions, beginning with RCA's original 1974 LP edit with artificial applause mixed in. In 1994, a more complete, unofficial version was issued by "Fort Baxter". It was, however, a patchwork from several different sources incl. many tracks taken from the original RCA LP with overdubs. In 1997, "Steamroller Blues" was issued in pristine quality on "Platinum - A Life In Music". Finally in 2004, BMG's "Follow That Dream" the Elvis collectors label reissued this show nearly complete, in a beautiful deluxe package. But was it the definitive release? For die-hard fans it wasn't, and some viewed it as a letdown. Parts of the dialogues, introductions and even the false start of "Help Me" were omitted, and many have complained about the sound and mixing. Clearly, too much compression and artificial reverb had been applied. Well, at long last this legendary set is now truly complete, and without the audio choices made by FTD several years ago. Audionics worked with a DAT copy of an original, rough mix tape "as recorded at the Coliseum". Every bit was carefully enhanced in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible quality for your optimal listening pleasure. We hope that you enjoy the results. No remixing. No noise reduction. No edits. No artificial reverb or other added effects. No heavy compression. Just a pure, raw and natural sound. The King back in his hometown Memphis, on the 20th anniversary of his first release "That's All Right Mama". Elvis was in great form for this recording, and now, for the first time, you can enjoy the excellence of his performance that night in the best-ever sound!

My opinion:

The fellows from Audionics can be proud of their work and affirm without any doubt to have released the definitive version of the historical Memphis concert. Infact, soon after the releasing of "Fifth Time Around", many skeptical and suspicious hardcore fans began to complain about the sound and mixing of this new CD and wonder which is its "real" source... Someone said that there is nothing original, pure and rough about it, asserting that only a simple and different equalizing work has been done from an official product. Someone even stated that the Audionics release is nothin' but a straight rip from the FTD issue. Now, let me tell you that these are a bunch of bullshits! Audionics team has done a GREAT JOB! The annoying reverb has been carefully removed, Elvis' voice sounds clearer and upfront as it should be, the piano sounds sharper and more defined, the drums more prominent and fuller. And, ABOVE ALL, there's more MATERIAL (or "extras", if you prefer) on this version than on all the previous ones. If it's a straight rip from the FTD CD, then where did Audionics get the false start of "Help Me", the intros and all the other missing parts?!? No, friends, Audionics has delivered the 100% COMPLETE, ultimate version of the legendary Memphis concert! A MUST HAVE!

P.S. "STEAMROLLER BLUES" rules! It's absolutely stunning, one of the best renditions ever caught on tape...


01 - Introduction - Also Sprach Zarathustra
02 - C. C. Rider
03 - I Got A Woman - Amen
04 - Love Me
05 - Tryin' To Get To You
06 - All Shook Up
07 - Steamroller Blues
08 - Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel
09 - Love Me Tender
10 - Long Tall Sally - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Your Mama Don't Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog
11 - Fever
12 - Polk Salad Annie
13 - Why Me, Lord
14 - How Great Thou Art
15 - Suspicious Minds
16 - Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra, engineers
17 - Blueberry Hill - I Can't Stop Loving You
18 - Help Me (with false start)
19 - An American Trilogy
20 - Let Me Be There (with reprise)
21 - My Baby Left Me
22 - Lawdy Miss Clawdy
23 - Funny How Time Slips Away
24 - Can't Help Falling In Love
25 - Closing Vamp - Announcements

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sabato 3 marzo 2012

ELVIS PRESLEY - Most Wanted - A collection of the most requested Elvis songs (BOOTLEG)

Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: Most Wanted - A collection of the most requested Elvis songs
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Reel RECORDS - 100170 (BOOTLEG)
Made In: ?
Source: Various
Details: Lossless - FLAC Format
Audio Quality: Excellent
Total Time: 77:34
Total Size: 355 MB
Artwork: Included
Notes: Nothin' new under the sun. Every track included on this Bootleg CD was already available before its publication. ANYWAY A NICE COLLECTION OF "LESSER KNOWN" ELVIS' SONGS IN EXCELLENT SOUND QUALITY. The packaging and the artwork are also very captivating. The Front Cover is taken from the '69 movie "Charro!", directed by Charles Marquis Warren. All in all, an enjoyable product.


01. My Happiness (Acetate 1953)
02. That's All Right (Sun 1954)
03. Hound Dog (TV Show 1956)
04. Old Shep (Elvis 1956)
05. When The Saints Go Marching In (Million Dollar Quartet 1956)
06. I'll Take You Home Kathleen (Germany 1959)
07. Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) (G.I. Blues 1960)
08. In My Fathers House (His Hand In Mine 1960)
09. Datin' (Paradise Hawaiian Style 1965)
10. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Elvis TV Special 1968)
11. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing version 1969)
12. The Wonder Of You (Live 1970)
13. Gospel Medley - I John / Bosom Of Abraham / You Better Run / Lead Me, Guide Me / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God to Thee (Rehearsal 1972)
14. Always on My Mind (Studio 1972)
15. My Way (Aloha From Hawaii 1973)
16. My Boy (Good Times 1974) 03:22
17. You Gave Me A Mountain (Live 1974)
18. American Trilogy (Live 1974)
19. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Jungle Room 1976)
20. Unchained Melody (Live 1977)
21. Don' Cry Daddy (Duet with Lisa Marie Presley) [Special Bonus Duet]
22. If I Can Dream (Duet with Celine Dion) [Special Bonus Duet]

Details (from the site "Elvis Australia". Thanks!):

My Happiness
This private acetate from 1953 is the very first recording of Elvis singing. Legend has it that he made the acetate as a present for his beloved mother.

That's All Right
The first commercial recording of Elvis. The song was recorded on a hot July day at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. The song was originally released together with "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" on the small Sun label.

Hound Dog
This was not the first time Elvis performed on national TV in 1956, but it was this recording that caused the censor on his later TV appearances. Since his performances at the Milton Berle Show it was only allowed to film Elvis from the waist up.

Old Shep
In 1945 when Elvis was 10 years old he perform this classic Red Foley song at the "Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show". There is no recording of this event, but what is featured here is his 1956 commercial recording of the song. Elvis is even playing the piano himself.

When The Saints Go Marching In
Many people believe that Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a duet album together. They never did, but after Elvis died an album titled 'Jerry Lee Lewis And Friends' were released. It featured duets with a singer that sounded a lot like Elvis [Jimmy Ellis aka Orion, N.d.R.], but it wasn't. The only time the 'Killer' and 'the King' recorded together was during the jam session that later became known as "The Million Dollar Quartet". This jam session took place on December 4, 1956 at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

I'll Take You Home Kathleen
For years there has been rumours and misinformation about Elvis recording an album while he was stationed in Germany (1958-60). He didn't record anything commercially while in Germany. The only recordings that exist are some private tapes where you can hear Elvis singing songs that he considered recording when he would return to his profession. Included on this CD is an up-tempo version of the beautiful classic "I'll Take You Home Kathleen" with Elvis accompanying himself on piano.

Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)
When Elvis was discharged from the army in 1960 one of his first projects was to make a movie inspired by his real army stay in Germany. The title of the movie is "G.I. Blues" but the most famous song from the soundtrack and even Elvis' greatest hit in Germany to this day is the German folk song "Muss I Denn" or in English "Wooden Heart". Elvis had a lot of fun recording this song and trying to sing the line "Muss i denn, muss i denn, zum Städtele hinaus, Städtele hinaus, und du mein schatz bleibst hier".

In My Fathers House
In 1960 Elvis recorded his first religious album "His Hand In Mine". The only territory in the world where this song became a hit was Scandinavia.

You can't help but smiling when you hear Elvis' wonderful laughter. Try and listen to this very funny outtake of a silly movie song from the mid 1960's.

Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
This raw and powerful recording of Elvis and some of his original band members from the legendary "'68 Comeback Special" is included to prove that Elvis was still full of Rock 'N' Roll in the late 1960's even though he was making silly movies in Hollywood. This show should also be the turning point for the direction of his career.

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
There are many good stories on why Elvis laughed nearly all the way through this live recoding from 1969. To this day is it still unknown exactly why, but one thing is for sure it's an ear catcher!

The Wonder Of You
Originally a hit for Ray Peterson but Elvis adopted this beautiful song as a tribute to his loyal fans. Elvis often performed it live in the 1970's. This recording from February 1970 is the single version.

Gospel Medley - I John/Bosom Of Abraham/You Better Run/Lead Me, Guide Me/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/Nearer My God to Thee
Elvis enjoyed very much to sing gospel songs late at night after shows on tour and in Las Vegas. He often invited the singers from his group to his suite to sing. This recording from 1972 was made at a rehearsal for the upcoming tour. You can hear a relaxed Elvis sing his favourite gospel songs together with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps quartet.

Always on My Mind
Elvis never had a hit with this song. Probably because it ended up as a B side for "Separate Ways". Willie Nelson had a huge hit years later, but many people still remember Elvis' emotional version from 1972. Priscilla left Elvis two months prior to the recording date.

My Way
In 1973 Elvis performed live for 1,5 billion people via satellite. The show was the now legendary "Aloha From Hawaii". Elvis used the occasion to show the world that Elvis could sing all kinds of music. During the 90 min. show he is performing Rock'n'Roll, R'n'B, Pop, Blues, Country, Musical tunes and even gospel inspired songs, but he did it his way.

My Boy
"...I wanted to explain before it gets too late, for your mother and me's love has finally died..." Elvis only had one child, Lisa Marie Presley: were he singing to her when he recorded this song in 1973?

You Gave Me A Mountain
Elvis had a difficult time after Priscilla divorced him. He never accepted that his wife left him. This live recording from 1974 with Priscilla in the audience proves that he very much selected his material and performed it after his mood.

American Trilogy
Elvis was known as a polite southern gentleman, but he could also act fast on stage if somebody shouted at him.

Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
The last two recording sessions Elvis did took place in the jungle room at his beloved home Graceland. During the recording of this song the phone rang and as if that wasn't enough Elvis' dog also made sure that everybody noticed it.

Unchained Melody
Elvis wanted to make an album that should include this beautiful love song and then feature a picture of him playing the piano on stage on the cover. The album never happened, but the song was included on his last album "Moody Blue". This version is the overdubbed single version that was meant to be on his dream album.

Special Bonus Duets

Don't Cry Daddy (Duet with Lisa Marie Presley)
For the 20th anniversary of Elvis' death his only child Lisa Marie Presley recorded her vocal part for a duet with her dad on this beautiful ballad. It was then spliced with Elvis' vocal and the result was played for 15.000 fans in Memphis. The duet has never been officially released.

If I Can Dream (Duet with Celine Dion)
In April 2007 the "American Idol" TV show surprise the whole world by showing Elvis and Celine Dion singing the song "If I Can Dream" as a duet.

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ENJOY! (And remember: comments are always welcomed!)