Late December the new release on the FTD label "So High", containing the last session years in Studio B, Nashville found its way to the fans.
This is one of the better covers on the FTD label so far. A great picture of Elvis with guitar in a nicely designed lay-out. Unfortunately the font on the tracklisting and information is very small, together with the colour contrast it makes them very hard to read.
Not less than nine out of the first 10 tracks can be found on the recently releases “How Great Thou Art Sessions” (volume one and two, 2001 label), but not in this superb quality. A bloody shame is the drop after nearly 2 minutes in the title track, which can’t be heard on the before mentioned bootleg. We really can’t understand such things happen, and it would be normal if FTD decides to replace all CD’s after repairing this mistake.
Most of the other tracks can be found on bootleg too, but again, never in the crystal clear quality this CD has. To us the up tempo gospels, “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”, “Hi-Heel Sneekers”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Too Much Monkey Business” deserve special attention, it is a real joy to have those takes available on FTD. Together with the remaining tracks they form one of the most enjoyable FTD-releases so far and a worthy closing of the series of Studio B-outtakes.
It is sad that a mistake in So High can spoil the pleasure in a marvelous CD like this at first. Still we are sure it will find its way to our player very often.