Love Letters From Elvis is a 2 CD Special Edition release in the FTD Classic Album Series (7 inch digipack with booklet). Also released at the same time are; Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (The Lost Album), a 2 CD re-release again in the Classic Album Series (7 inch digipack with booklet) and America, a concert soundboard recorded April 22, 1976.
Tracklisting - Love Letters From Elvis:
Disc 1 - The Original Album:
01 Love Letters - 02 When I’m Over You - 03 If I Were You - 04 Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It - 05 Heart Of Rome -06 Only Believe - 07 This Is Our Dance - 08 Cindy, Cindy - 09 I’ll Never Know - 10 It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) - 11 Life
New Bonus Songs:
12 The Sound Of Your Cry - 13 Sylvia - 14 Rags To Riches - 15 Something
16 The Sound Of Your Cry – takes 1, 2, 3 - 17 Cindy, Cindy – take 1 - 18 I’ll Never Know – take 1 - 19 It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 1, 2 - 20 Life – take 1, 2 - 21 Heart Of Rome – take 1 - 22 If I Were You – take 1- 23 Rags To Riches – rehearsal, take 2
Disc 2 - Session outtakes and undubbed masters:
01 Radio Commercial - 02 The Sound Of Your Cry – takes 4, 5, 6 - 03 Cindy, Cindy – takes 2, 3 (undubbed master) - 04 Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It – take 1 (undubbed master) - 05 I’ll Never Know – takes 2, 3 - 06 It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) – takes 3, 4, 5, 6 - 07 This Is Our Dance – takes 6, 7, 9,11 (undubbed master) - 08 Life – take10 - 09 Heart of Rome – take 2 (undubbed master) - 10 Love Letters – takes 3, 1 - 11 If I were you - takes 2, 3, 4, 5 - 12 Only Believe - takes 1, 2, 3, 4 (undubbed master) - 13 Sylvia - takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 - 14 Rags To Riches - take 3
In June 1970, Elvis Presley held a five-day recording marathon, during which he completed 34 songs. The impressive results of these sessions allowed RCA to create two thematically coherent Elvis albums, Love Letters From Elvis and Elvis Country (other tracks from these sessions appear on That's The Way it Is and Elvis Now).
Since most Elvis songs concern romance, the 'love letters' theme of this album does little to distinguish it from most Presley records. Nonetheless, Love Letters From Elvis benefits from a strong collection of songs representing most of the musical strands of Elvis Presley's later career: big dramatic ballads, Charlie Rich-style Memphis boogie, and the occasional rocker, all framed by Presley's large, excellent band and and plenty of background vocals.
1. Love Letters, 2. When I'm Over You - (with The Imperials & The Jordanaires), 3. If I Were You - (with The Imperials), 4. Got My Mojo Working, 5. Heart Of Rome, 6. Only Believe - (with The Imperials), 7. This Is Our Dance, 8. Cindy, Cindy, 9. I'll Never Know - (with The Imperials), 10. It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing) - (with The Nashville Edition), 11. Life
Album produced and art directed by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen & Roger Semon
Mastered by Lene Reidel and Vic Anesini
Original A&R: Felton Jarvis
Original Engineer: Al Pachucki
Thanks to Claude Braün and Erik Rasmussen
Recorded June 4-8 and September 22, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville.
Guitar: James Burton (June sessions), Eddie Hinton (September sessions), Chip Young, Charlie Hodge, Elvis Presley
Bass: Norbert Putnam
Drums: Jerry Carrigan
Piano: David Briggs
Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy
Harmony vocals: Charlie Hodge ('This Is Our Dance' & 'Heart Of Rome')
Guitar: James Burton
Percussion: Jerry Carrigan
Percussion & Vibes: Farrell Morris
Piano & Organ: David Briggs
Steel-guitar: Weldon Myrick
Vocals: The Imperials, The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham, Mary Greene, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, Sonja Montgomery, Dolores Edgin, Joe Babcock ('It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing)' only)
Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter
Sax: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray
Flute, Sax & Clarinet: Skip Lane
Trombone: Gene Mullins
Flute & Trombone: William Puett
'Something' recorded live at the midnight show on August 11, 1970. The International Hotel, Las Vegas.
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