FTD released another classic album that originally never was. Guitar Man is the extended outing of the late 90s CD Tomorrow Is A Long Time.
As usual with the classic album series this one is very well taken care of. The informative booklet contains besides all background information some great publicity shots, cover art, pictures and memorabilia.
There are not many Elvis songs that I really dislike. Unfortunately this outing holds three of them: Beyond The Reef, Singing Tree and Just Call Me Lonesome. The fact that the CD Tomorrow Is A Long Time is on my phone (okay, I have to admit, not completely) shows that I do like the remaining very much. In this case all the great songs can easily make up for the before mentioned three songs on CD 1, containing the masters and early takes.
CD 2 is something different: all the toppers can’t make up for 4 takes of Singing Tree, 2 of Just Call Me Lonesome and another Beyond The Reef. So I guess I have to make myself a stripped version of CD2. This is certainly worth the effort since the sound quality is superb. A remarkable track on this disc is the version of Come What May with the background singers very upfront.
As soon as CD 1 is entered in the online database for Windows Media Player by someone I’m gonna rip it and replace the TIALT-album on my phone and probably I’ll add most of CD 2 too.
This album shows that Elvis was on the way back musically and besides collector’s reasons I am glad with most of it.