By a good friend, for a good cause: recently Jordan’s Elvis World decided to release a CD(R), “Doing The Best I Can – From Fans To Fans” to collect $500.00 for the American Red Cross.
Nightrider Design took care of the cover, and most fans know that stands for a quality design. Unfortunately the design doesn’t get exactly what it deserves, because of the poor printing quality. The grain disturbs what could have been a marvelous cover a bit. The idea of putting the disc in a DVD-case is fun, but not very practical, since it doesn’t fit in our CD cabinet this way.
There are no liner notes in the inlay, but only a short article by Bob Nelson explaining the “WOW factor” of Elvis. This remaining of the paper is filled with remarks by fans about the meaning of Elvis to them.
First the content holder… the CD turned out to be a CDR. Even after we got a positive answer on the question if it would be a real CD and not a CDR. Normally we would have returned the disc immediately, but since it is for a good cause we decided to keep and try to get used to the idea of having a CD-R in our collection.
Okay, it’s time for the real content! The disc starts with Paralyzed from the December 1956 “Million Dollar Quartet”-sessions. Always great to hear the fun those icons had, no complaints about this choice. Neither we can have comments on the next three tracks, “I Got A Woman”, “I’m Counting On You” and “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy” show the pure power and diversity of the man in a great way.
Unfortunately the listening pleasure is disturbed by track 4, a home recording of “Send Me Some Lovin’”, which is hardly audible and doesn’t fit in this overall very nice compilation. Gladly “Fame And Fortune” heals the ears quickly, and after that it is big jump to the legendary 1969-sessions. With songs from this sessions one can’t go wrong and both “Rubberneckin’” and “Any Day Now” are good choices. The sixties are closed with a live version from August 1st 1969 of “Baby What You Want Me To Do”.
The seventies are a bit over represented with not less than 15 out of the 25 tracks, but there are some gems among them, like the undubbed version of “Life” and the live version of “Good Times Charlie’s Got the Blues”. The only thing we don’t understand is why the overdubbed version of “Twelfth Of Never” was chosen, since we prefer the original rehearsal version much better.
It is a very nice compilation, roughly disrupted by one track, but bringing nothing new for most (hard core) fans. Since the CDR was taken out of production already, it doesn’t really matter anyway because you probably won’t be able to get it. It surely served its purpose, collecting $500.00 for the Red Cross (and please some fans in the process).