Elvis Duets

By ElvisNews.com/ KeesApr 21, 2007
Elvis Duets
Finally available, an import CD with duets by Elvis and various other artists, a CD many fans wished for, is this what they wanted? Design The design of this 2 CD import release is very simple yet very attractive, but the quality of the image isn’t very good, holding it in my hands. Inside the booklet we get the details on the songs. Content The duets on this release are not new. Most duets are from the movies (the complete second CD), television specials – the 1968 comeback and Sinatra show- live performances or home recordings. The concept of a duet CD is a nice one since listening to only Elvis all the time can become boring for the causal fan or even the die hard fans. Every now and then your ears need something different, well at least mine do. The producers of this compilation interpreted the term “Duet” very widely. The backing artist like Kathy Westmoreland, J.D Sumner and Sherrill Nielsen or complete backing groups like The Blossoms and VOICE qualify as duet partners. The result: a mixed bag of goodies. Some of these are very enjoyable like “Let Yourself Go” from the “1968 Comeback Special”, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – 2 versions present, with Ginger Holladay and Temple Riser – or “The Impossible Dream”. But I can’t really see the latter as a duet, the same goes for tracks like “Help Me” or “Why Me Lord”. The same goes for “Bringing it Back”, it is not a duet, and it is Elvis backing his group VOICE. The second CD, which I browsed through, is dedicated to the movies and contains the only real duets Elvis recorded, three songs with Ann Margret and “There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song” with Nancy Sinatra. Most songs were lifted from the movies so some versions are different form the performances we know from the soundtrack releases. Besides these my personal favorites are “Crawfish”, the additional vocals by Kitty White really add that New Orleans sound to the song., “Mexico” because it is a fun tune and “Confidence” since it was on one of my first Elvis tapes. Some songs are better performed on the soundtrack album; “Frankie And Johnny” is the best example. The duet with his daughter is a nice addition. The sound of this CD is very good. There are some differences but that is due to the various sources, studio, live and home recordings. Conclusion This release is a fun idea; the result is a mixed bag. I won’t play it too often since there are too many average songs on it. A single disc release with the best duets would have been sufficient. With the upcoming release “Elvis At The Movies” the addition of a handful of these duets could have made that release more attractive. Track listing: CD 1 01 I Will Be Home Again with Charlie Hodges Recorded in Nashville, TN. on April 4, 1960 02 It’s Nice To Go Travelling with Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Joey Bishop & Sammy Davis jr. 03 Love Me Tender/Witchcraft with Frank Sinatra Recorded live for the “Welcome Home Elvis” TV show at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami, FL. on March 26, 1960. 04 Let Yourself Go with The Blossoms Recorded for the “Elvis” NBC TV special in Los Angeles, CA. on June 20, 1968 05 The Impossible Dream with Armond Morales Recorded live on stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on January 28, 1971 06 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face with Ginger Holladay Recorded in Nashville, TN. on March 15, 1971 07 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face with Temple Riser Recorded in Nashville, TN. on May 21, 1971 08 Help Me with Sherrill Nielsen Recorded in Memphis, TN. on December 12, 1973 09 Spanish Eyes with Sherrill Nielsen Recorded in Memphis, TN. on December 16, 1973 10 Why Me Lord with J.D. Sumner Recoded live on stage in Memphis, TN. on March 20, 1974 11 Brining It Back with Voice and Elvis singing bass 12 Aubrey with Voice and Elvis singing bass Recorded live on stage at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas on September 2, 1974 13 Hawaiian Wedding Song with Kathy Westmoreland Recorded live on stage at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas on September 2, 1974 14 Softly As I Leave You with Sherrill Nielsen Recorded live on stage at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas on December 13, 1975 M.S. Rarities 15 Yippee Yi Yo Yippee Yi Yay with Imogene Coca, Andy Griffith & Steve Allen Recorded for the “Steve Allen TV Show” in New York, NY. on July 1, 1956 16 I Shall Not Be Moved with Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins 17 When The Saints Go Marching In with Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins Recorded during the “Million Dollar Quartet” jam session in Sun Studio on December 4, 1956 18 I Can’t Help (It If I’m Still In Love With You) with Anita Wood 19 Who’s Sorry Now with Anita Wood Recorded at Eddie Fadal’s home in Waco, TX. in the spring of 1958 20 If I Loved You with Nancy Sharpe 21 Sweet Leilani with Nancy Sharpe 22 Make Believe with Nancy Sharpe Recorded at Elvis’ home at Monovale Drive, Hollywood, CA. in the fall of 1960 23 You’re Life Has Just Begun with Linda Thompson 24 Teardrops with Linda Thompson Recorded at Sam Thompson’s home in Memphis, TN. late 1973 25 Spanish Eyes wit Sherrill Nielsen Recorded at Elvis’ home in Palm Springs, CA. in 1974 Special Bonus 26 Don’t Cry Daddy with Lisa Marie Presley Recorded live at the “Elvis In Concert” big screen show in Memphis, TN. on August 16, 1997. This duet has been produced using a mix of a live recording by Elvis and a studio recording by his daughter Lisa Marie Presley. CD 2 The Movies 01 Crawfish with Kitty White From the Paramount motion picture King Creole 02 Pocketful Of Rainbow with Juliet Prowse From the Paramount motion picture G.I. Blues 03 Husky Dusky Day with Hope Lang From the 20th Century Fox motion picture Wild In The Country 04 Aloha Oe with The Surfers From the Paramount motion picture Blue Hawaii 05 Earth Boy with Ginny and Elisabeth Tiu From the Paramount motion picture Girls! Girls! Girls! 06 How Would You Like To Be with Vicki Tiu From the MGM motion picture It Happened At The World’s Fair 07 Happy Ending with Joan O'Brien From the MGM motion picture It Happened At The World’s Fair 08 Mexico with Larry Domasin From the Paramount motion picture Fun In Acapulco 09 Today Tomorrow And Forever with Ann-Margret From the MGM motion picture Viva Las Vegas 10 You’re The Boss with Ann-Margret From the MGM motion picture Viva Las Vegas 11 The Lady Loves Me with Ann-Margret From the MGM motion picture Viva Las Vegas 12 Spring Fever with Shelley Fabares From the MGM motion picture Girl Happy 13 Frankie And Johnny with Eileen Wilson and Ray Walker From the United Artists motion picture Frankie And Johnny 14 Petunia The Gardener’s Daughter with Eileen Wilson From the United Artists motion picture Frankie And Johnny 15 Look Out Broadway with Eileen Wilson and Ray Walker From the United Artists motion picture Frankie And Johnny 16 Scratch My Back with Marianne Hill From the Paramount motion picture Paradise Hawaiian Style 17 Datin’ with Donna Butterworth From the Paramount motion picture Paradise Hawaiian Style 18 Queenie Wahine’s Papaya with Donna Butterworth From the Paramount motion picture Paradise Hawaiian Style 19 Yoga Is As Yoga Does with Elsa Lanchaster From the Paramount motion picture Easy Come, Easy Go 20 Who Need Money with Ray Walker From the United Artists motion picture Clambake 21 Confidence with kids From the United Artists motion picture Clambake 22 There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song with Nancy Sinatra From the MGM motion picture Speedway 23 Signs Of The Zodiac with Marilyn Mason From the United Artists motion picture The Trouble With Girls
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Rejane (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 22, 2007report abuse
Rob, Where did you find your copy of Elvis Duets?
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2007report abuse
Yes Duncs that is a good track from G.I.Blues maybe there'll be a Vol 2 ! lol
Duncs (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2007report abuse
Where's - "Always Almost true to you " - lose the Donna Butterworth tracks !
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2007report abuse
yes, I bought this cd. Do I regret it?? yes and no. I love the duet of Elvis and Lisa and the 2 versions of "The first time" (I had only the first version on a lp). And that's it. The rest is not new for me and cd 2 is for a big part horrible with songs like: Confidence, yoga is, who needs money, earth boy, how would you (with that stupid girl), husky dusky whatever). Yes a lot of money for 3 songs. So I listen to Dont cry daddy 5 times, makes it worth while a bit.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on May 8, 2007report abuse
You've gotta be a absolute completeist or really in need of your daily Elvis "fix" to buy this. Not me!!
Rev. Gerhard (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2007report abuse
I think this release is a very good idea. And it will be even much better, when they will have updated it with the latest duet with Celine.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2007report abuse
Where is this going to be available from
Mr Scrapbook (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2007report abuse
I can't believe nobody has mentioned it yet, or maybe no one has listened to the whole two disc set? "Yoga Is As Yoga Does with Elsa Lanchester". Only it's not, it's the regular stereo studio version as lifted from the double features CD.
Rejane (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2007report abuse
I would buy this CD just for the tracks that are not available anywhere else (that I've found anyway). I'm speaking of the Nancy Sharpe and Linda Thompson, Tempel Riser, ect. tracks.
wayup (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2007report abuse
Well Kees, you could save your time and simply write that this CD is awful crap.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2007report abuse
Now here's something I've been waiting for. I know I'll be scouring the Net trying to find this at a reasonable price. NOT, NOT!!
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2007report abuse
I have to disagree on two things: "Finally available, a CD with duets by Elvis and various other artists, a CD many fans wished for..." Not me! "Listening to only Elvis all the time can become boring for the causal fan or even the die hard fans." What are you talking about, Kees!? You forgot to mention that the cover is almost a perfect copy of "Elvis Latino!"

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