Elvis Presley continues to wow critics! Rolling Stone is raving over this upcoming release Elvis Is Back!: Legacy Edition. The magazine gives the album a whopping 4.5 stars, saying 'it might be the the king's greatest non compilation LP: wildly varied material, revelatory singing, impeccable stereo sound'. Elvis Presley began recording 'Elvis Is Back!' in Nashville on March 20th, 1960 after returning from his two-year stint in the military. A half-century later, 'Elvis Is Back' is now coupled with 1961's 'Something For Everybody'. Along with one dozen hit single sides recorded and charted over roughly the same period of time. Recorded when Presley, was 25, fresh off a. two-year military stint and musically fit. to burst, Elvis Is Back! might be the King's greatest non-compilation LP: wildly varied material, revelatory singing. impeccable stereo sound. This reissue includes other period singles and the follow-up album, Something For Everybody ...
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What do 'Elvis Is Back!' and 'Something For Everybody' have in common? Nothing I thought.
But play disc two of this set immediately following the end of Elvis Is Back! on disc one and it is as if the two albums were meant to be a double album release to begin with. That is the best compliment I think one can give to the producers of the set in coupling the two albums for this Legacy Edition. I have never been comfortable with the track format on 'Something For Everybody' (Personal opinion I am sure) with the ballads on side one and the 'rockers' on the other. I would never arrange a track listing like this.
However in this case, There's Always Me [The sound quality is simply sensational] and the rest of what was originally side A of the album compliment and blend with what has just been playing with the 'Elvis Is Back!' selections giving a good break to what has been a powerhouse list of performances and then we start again with I'm Coming Home, and boy is it great to have the bonus tracks of I Feel So Bad, (Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame, Little Sister, Good Luck Charm and Anything That's Part Of You follow the original B side tracks.
And the sax used on Give Me The Right and later, I Feel So Bad, helps blend the two albums as unique. ... Read the full review.
Two words exploded worldwide on December 19, 1957 - 'Elvis Drafted!' - but three words resounded across the universe even more explosively on March 3, 1960: 'Elvis Is Back!' The album that Elvis Presley began recording in Nashville on March 20th, and finished in the legendary overnight session of April 3-4th, is widely regarded as possibly the best album he ever made. A half-century later, Elvis Is Back is now coupled with 1961's Something For Everybody, an album he recorded back in Nashville one year later.
Make Me Know It
The Girl Of My Best Friend
I Will Be Home Again
Dirty, Dirty Feeling
Thrill Of Your Love
Such A Night
It Feels So Right
The Girl Next Door Went A'Walking
Like A Baby
Stuck On You
Fame And Fortune
It's Now Or Never
A Mess Of Blues
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
I Gotta Know
There's Always Me
Give Me The Right
It's A Sin
I'm Coming Home
In Your Arms
Put The Blame On Me
I Want You With Me
I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
I Feel So Bad
(Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame
Good Luck Charm
Anything That's Part Of You
Elvis Is Back! ..... Elvis returned to Nashville's Studio B on March 20th 1960, just 15 days after coming home from his army stint for Uncle Sam. Elvis had been away from the music scene for nearly 2 years and the charts were no longer full of the excitement of fifties Rock 'n' Roll but had given way to a smoother sixties sound. Elvis knew too well that just one year out of the music business can kill your career and, although he had made some home recordings while in Germany, Elvis hadn't recorded in a Studio since June 1958!
While 1968 is named as Elvis' 'Comeback' nothing could have been more important than this 1960 session & no one could have been more concerned than Elvis himself. Would he still be as important to his teenage fans now that he was 25 years old? Could he still select suitable hit material in this new decade?
Of course, Elvis always rose to a challenge and tended to produce his best work under pressure. When the session finished there could be no doubt that from his explosive first recording 'Make Me Know It' to the very last moment, as dawn was breaking, 'Reconsider Baby' this might be the best music that Elvis would ever produce. In an amazing two nights work Elvis recorded eighteen classic tracks including seven Gold records! When the LP was originally released surprisingly it did not sell as well as expected, and GI Blues would sadly do better. However, had it included the mega-selling Hit singles recorded at the same session (Stuck On You, It's Now or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight) there is no doubt that it would have sold multi-millions.
Now, at last, this upgraded CD features the original LP tracks as well as the 12 songs (Stuck On You, Fame And Fortune, It's Now Or Never, A Mess Of Blues, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, I Gotta Know, Surrender and I Feel So Bad, (Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame, Little Sister, Good Luck Charm, Anything That's Part Of You) chosen for singles for each respective album, and every track is sublime.
From the exciting feel of Elvis blasting away that Army despondency on his first recording 'Make Me Know It', to the beautiful pop of 'Girl of My Best Friend' & 'A Mess Of Blues', the pure musical genius of the blues of 'Like a Baby' & 'It Feels So Right' along with the emotion in the ballad 'Soldier Boy' - Elvis covered every musical style.
While the Gold singles are well-known, two LP tracks also stand out as some of Elvis' most important recordings of all-time. 'Reconsider Baby', recorded in one magnificent live-take, captures Elvis as he is consumed in the passion of the music and working with such a great band. The wailing sax of Boots Randolph combined with Elvis' intense vocal is hard to beat. Similarly Elvis' growling moan of 'Such A Night' pushed this lightweight Drifters' song into another league all together. Here the new idea of using dual drummers (Buddy Harman & DJ Fontana) never would be bettered, helping urge Elvis an awe-inspiring performance. While Elvis was never recognised as a song-writer, his all-important contribution as an arranger/producer is perfectly demonstrated here. Elvis' whoop of joy at the end really says it all!
There are three Elvis albums that every fan should own. 'Elvis Presley' his essential first LP, 'From Elvis In Memphis' the 1969 comeback LP, and 'Elvis Is Back'. The importance of these 3 LPs cannot be overstated.
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