After two bad releases the Czech Elvis Presley Fan club is back with two new CD’s. These CD’s are the start of a new series titled ‘The Elvis Acetates’. The CD is presented as ‘study material, not for commercial sale and for fan club members only’. A limited number of CD’s will be made.
The design of this CD is o.k.. A lot of pictures from the movie from which the CD contains the music. A lot of screenshots from the movie and inside a collage of the acetate labels. The front cover has a matching image, Elvis with a girl (of course). The CD itself is presented as acetate. Inside the booklet we find the story behind the acetates and this series.
Acetates are the finished studio products which are sent to the record company for approval and production. The CD contains fourteen acetates of songs Elvis recorded for the movie ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’ in two versions, the remastered acetate and the original acetate recordings. The remastering could not remove the scratches, clicks and hiss from the acetates of course, but with a theme like this series has that’s part of the charm. The remastered sound is good, Elvis sounds more clearly and up front than the acetate versions.
Again we get thirteen tracks in two qualities, first the remastered acetates recordings and then the original acetate copy. The thirteen tracks contains 10 titles. ‘Dainty Little Moonbeam / Girls Girls Girls’ is present in two versions, ‘Earth Boy’ in three.
This time no studio chat, but some new complete and unspliced takes outtakes like ‘Where Do You Come From’ ‘The Walls Have Ears’ before the orchestral overdub and a mystery take of ‘I Don’t Wanna be Tied’
Most takes presented here were used to create the masters in some way. Just like the producers we’ll leave the studying of the various takes on this release and the masters you have at home to you. The set doesn’t contain any real surprising out-takes, but for the collectors a chance to add a few takes to the collection.
This CD is a nice initiative which added a few takes to our collection. We hope the Czech fan club keeps up this line and next editions in this series will contain new material from more interesting movie soundtracks.