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Pot Luck

By ElvisNews.com/ LexNov 22, 2007

Next to “Mama! Mama! Mama!” (a.k.a. “Girls! Girls! Girls!”) FTD released a 2CD version of the 1962 album ”Pot Luck with Elvis”.

Design

The sleeve contains next to the original cover art the nice publicity shot we used earlier this week as picture of the week. As usual the 2 CDs represent the labels of sides 1 and 2 of the original album. The 16 page booklet contains next to the detailed information some great shots and a lot of more cover art of singles related to this album.

Content

I always thought this album was a well balanced one. Next to some catchy pop tunes like “Kiss Me Quick”, “Easy Question”, “Fountain of Love” and “Night Rider” it also carries beautiful ballads like “Just For Old Time Sake” and “I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever”. As if those feel good tracks are not enough the album contained two songs that I consider to be among his best post army material: “Suspicion” and “That’s Someone You Never Forget”. Especially the first one will be in my personal top 10 any time.

Add to the original tracks the singles from those sessions (“She’s Not You”, “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello” (another personal favorite) and “You’ll Be Gone”), two leftovers used on “Elvis For Everyone” (“For the Millionth and Last Time” and “I Met Her Today”) and you have an even better compilation.

The first CD is completed with first takes, of which “Suspicion” immediately draws the attention, it sounds quite different from the master.

The second CD is a compilation of outtakes of which nine are previously unreleased (at least officially). More of the same you can label it, but I prefer (in this case) to express it as “more pure listening pleasure”.

About the sound I can only say it sounds great in my ears.

Conclusion

It is like Meatloaf once sang… “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad”. The latest bunch of 3 FTD discs brought me 2 CDs I will play quite some more, and they both are in the same sleeve!

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Reactions

kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2012report abuse
Something For Everybody was originally released in June 1961. Some of the singles were recorded AFTER its release, and were recorded along with songs that ended up on Pot Luck. I say Little Sister, His Latest Flame, (both recorded on June 25th) Good Luck Charm and Anything That's Part of You (both recorded on Oct 15th) would be more approriate on Pot Luck. But I am sure it is more of a programming issue than a historic one when FTD decides which "bonus songs" end up on what Classic album, as there would not be enough room on Pot Luck for 4 extra songs along with their outtakes!
Claunath (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 23, 2007report abuse
great package and very good sound, just a little more fun and colours on tha cds please !
4.5/5
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 28, 2007report abuse
Great,if only all Ftd's had the same sound quality! bummer
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 28, 2007report abuse
Anyone who has any hestitation,doubts or reservations about buying this release need only know 1 thing......ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING SOUND QUALITY!
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 24, 2007report abuse
great album, with some of my favourite ballads: Thats someone..., I met..., I'm yours and something blue.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 23, 2007report abuse
Some of my all-time favorites are here. The somptuous "Something Blue" and "She's not you", "Just tell her Jim said hello" and so on... What wonderful memories this release bring back to me. Elvis was on top of the world. Me too...
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2007report abuse
I'm glad too that there's finally one :-). Wild in the County is okay, some fine songs, but I'm afraid it's too much of the same to play really often.
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2007report abuse
'Nice Review Lex!' SO GLAD you enjoyed this FTD CD's and will be playing it more than your usual once!!! Hope you look forward to 'Wild in the Country' in January ...as I DO!

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