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'Elvis: The New Recordings' CD is unlike any other CD available! 'Elvis: The New Recordings' (an import), consists of 26 NEW overdubs (2015) of some of Mr. Presley's best tracks - both well known and obscure. Produced by Larry Jordan of VoiceMasters fame (who has done overdubs on stars ranging from Patsy Cline to Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Jim Reeves - the latter of whom had a #1 this past summer in Europe from one of Jordan's overdubs) - the new Elvis offering features stunning sound quality and top musicianship.
Lennart writes: Fans have also been sharing their impressions of the new CD. Here are actual comments from Elvis fans:
My friend got the first one as a present and he is over his ears full of praise on The New Recordings.
Lets hope there will me Vol 2 and Vol 3 and so on. :-)
Remo McKim writes: There are many within the 'Elvis World' that will criticize any attempt to do anything with his music. Sony and Follow that Dream will be going mental as all they are used to is rehashing existing albums with errors still existing from years ago, changing the front cover and reissuing it and without putting in very much effort or investment. EPE approved the remixing of many Elvis tracks by Spankox, most of which, do not add any value to them at all. It is well documented that Elvis didn't always like the final mix of his songs. If we also believe that Elvis was the Executive Producer of many of his songs and developed songs from the Demo to the Master take, I am reasonably confident that he would have revisited a lot of his songs and brought them up to date. Just recently, there was an interview where Bob Lanning who was the drummer in 1970 and is featured on the 'On Stage' album, says, 'Looking back on the time I was with him, every night there might be a slightly different approach on a song, it was part of how creative Elvis was'. It is also well known that Elvis was into gadgets, so again it is fair to assume that he would have embraced the changes in technology related to recording and sounds. For those who want to stay with the original songs, they can do this no problem - they have been issued so often you can get an original any time. Its about time someone with a musical back ground took the initiative and tried to enhance the sound whilst keeping true to Elvis' voice.
Lori Ray writes: Even a purist as myself has fallen in love with this new CD. I never thought in my life that I would wish to hear Elvis' music any other way than how I have been for the past 40 years. But here it is! That breath of fresh air! Why no one had thought of releasing a CD of Elvis before in this manner is beyond me. Elvis has been given a new lease on life. Not that he really needed one. But we needed it! Twenty six Elvis songs played as you have never heard them before. Each song lightly accented with either strings, a sax, new backing vocals and even bongos on a song such as 'Fever'. This producer knew not to over saturate each and every song with way too much new instrumentation. Just enough is added that is very enjoyable but never compromises the legend we know as Elvis. 'I Can't Help Falling In Love' has never sounded better than it does on this disc.
With an added Nashville string arrangement, there is no doubt in my mind that if Elvis could go back and add it, he would. It is that beautiful. 'Love Me Tender' is another one that has never sounded better. On this disc, Elvis is partnered with the sexy voice of Cassie West for a duet that is better and makes more sense than any of those Christmas duets released a few years ago. Another one that I don't believe has ever been released on a CD is 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' which was featured on Elvis' 'Kid Galahad' EP. With an added flute and string overlay, this is the one gem for those in search of this record's grail. Absolutely beautiful. 'Reconsider Baby' is the track on this record where nothing has been added except for a remastering that this song has needed for 54 years. The fact that no new instrumentation was added, shows that this producer knew when to add or not add new instrumentation. A year ago I would have been against something like this. But now that I have heard it, I realized that this was what was needed. A purist like myself needed to come out of the middle ages. I wish RCA/BMG/Sony would also. My boy! My boy!
David L. Banes writes: I am listening to this CD for the sixth time as I write this. Elvis would be very proud of this one, the change of instruments, removal of some of the overpowering background vocals, and his voice out front and center makes this a CD that you can play over and over, while driving, working, or carrying on a conversation with someone. The song selection is great and brings back many fond memories. It is like hearing these songs for the first time and clearly demonstrates the greatness and perfection of the voice of Elvis Presley. If you want a really enjoyable Elvis CD, this would be the one. The mix of songs flow so well. I just can't say enough good things about this CD. Just buy it and enjoy it. It will bring to memory that Elvis was and is the greatest.
Paul from Greenlawn, New York writes: I just got the new CD, 'Elvis: The New Recordings'. What a gem. From a jazzy 'So Glad You're Mine' to a lengthened and gorgeous 'In My Way,' it is a pleasure to listen to. I would never have believed that two of my favorite songs could be improved, but they are. 'Anything That's Part Of You' and 'Starting Today' are even more poignant with the added instruments, but the perfection of the originals remains. What a good job these guys have done! They have talent and respect Elvis. This is indeed a masterpiece, miles away from too many of these techno remixes we are subjected to.
Valerie Karen Ferrell Wieckhorst writes: Thank you for sharing I will have to get this CD for sure. Elvis had a beautiful voice and to enhance it to hear it better is a total bonus in my book. Take care.
Tracey Brown writes: I am a very picky Elvis fan like most, I listened to it and I personally think you did a really good job with it! I will be ordering one!
Tommy Stormo writes: I like it! I love the originals, but can enjoy a 'strange'' sound on a tune, when I know I got the original also... I'm not sure I liked all the extras on the clip, but very good anyway! I guess the people behind 'Guitar Man' back in 1981 got the same comments, at least if Facebook was available back then... We should not be afraid to hear and listen to Elvis in a 'new' sound... If we don't like it, don't buy it or destroy the possibility for others to discover Elvis or get a new look at the music that he did... Good luck if you should be involved with more of this...
Steviej Daniels writes: This sort of update on Elvis' original music is much better than trying to turn the songs into silly dance tracks or making them 'hip for kids'....well done Larry Jordan..they are true to the originals in their own way, without being too different...I like them.
Rita Scully-Persson writes: Anytime you can bring that voice to the forefront it's fabulous. A voice like no other, will be buying.
Paul Mechem writes: Elvis' voice has NEVER sounded clearer. With the backing vocals toned down or removed entirely and new instrumentation added, you can finally hear Elvis as he should be heard, and not over-shadowed by the much over-rated Jordanaires.
John writes: About time Elvis was given 'wow new sound'. Just great CD from start to finish for new fans and old, and a great gift to any person. Buy buy!
Darren Norbury writes: It feels like Elvis is still alive.
Deirdre T. Sullivan writes: If you're an Elvis fan this is a must buy. It is amazing. What more can I say? 'I Will Be Home Again' is my personal favorite.
'The King' may not have invented rock 'n' roll but he was its leading proponent. He could also sing a quiet, tender love song and do so with great warmth and sensitivity. Unfortunately, on a lot of his masters, his voice was at least partially obscured by overwhelmingly loud (and sometimes off-key) background vocals and/or superfluous instrumentation, that were typical of the era in which he made his records.
It is well documented that Elvis himself complained about the way RCA mixed some of his records, and felt they covered up his voice too much. Unfortunately, the countless re-releases have only perpetuated these problems. So while so-called purists argue 'the originals are best', they are unwittingly contradicting Elvis' own feelings on the subject.
So VoiceMasters used the tools of the digital age to strip down some of Elvis's tracks to the bare essentials. His voice was remastered to bring out his purity of tone, overly loud vocal backings were subdued or eliminated entirely, and some of the original accompaniment that distracted from his singing was dispensed with. His voice was brought forward so you can hear him more clearly.
Then, the producer recruited some world-class musicians - including alumni of the Atlanta jazz scene, current members of the Grand Ole Opry band in Nashville, and others - to help update Elvis's songs with tasteful new backings to showcase him to best advantage. These selections now sound amazingly fresh, beautiful and vibrant - as if Elvis just recorded them today!
This unique new CD also includes rare photos of Elvis plus a fascinating, 8 page booklet of little-known facts about this unforgettable artist, plus detailed liner notes on each song. It's a keepsake you will treasure for years to come!
Be among the first to receive this exciting NEW Elvis CD with NEW MUSIC by ordering NOW! (Official release date is Feb. 1st but you can obtain it before anyone else!)
01. So Glad You're Mine
02. She's Not You
03. Good Luck Charm
04. Fame And Fortune
05. Reconsider Baby
06. Stuck On You
07. I Gotta Know
08. The Girl Of My Best Friend
09. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
11. Island Of Love
12. Wild In The Country
13. Can't Help Falling In Love
15. I Will Be Home Again
16. Soldier Boy
17. Love Me Tender
18. Anything That's Part Of You
19. Starting Today
20. Home Is Where The Heart Is
22. Something Blue
23. It's A Sin
24. Just For Old Time's Sake
25. Mansion Over The Hilltop
26. In My Way