Elvis Is Back Revisited

Out very soon is a stunning new audiophile version of the landmark album ELVIS IS BACK! from 1960. Victrola reworked the masters and in several cases was able to get the best audio thus far. Listen and compare – the crystal clear and warm quality of these recordings will surprise even those who have the official versions of this album.

Victrola is also the first to place these recordings in the context of his career. You will hear early try-outs, home recordings, alternate takes, rehearsals and later LIVE versions. Elvis clearly thought a lot of this album and returned to it again and again as a source for inspiration, a theme that is explored in the fascinating liner notes. ELVIS IS BACK! is presented in a sensational packaging (deluxe foldout full colour digipack) with topnotch design, relevant photos (many of them rare) and a fascinating 20-page booklet.  

Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: May 4, 2012 
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Herman (profilecontact) wrote on May 6, 2012report abuse
Tracklist:
CD 1
1.Elvis is Back! interview excerpt 0:40 March 8, 1960; Graceland
2.Make Me Know It 2:00
3.Fever 3:33
4.The Girl Of My Best Friend 2:23
5.Future plans interview excerpt 0:34 March 1, 1960; Friedberg, Germany
6.I Will Be Home Again 2:34
7.Dirty, Dirty Feeling 1:34
8.Thrill Of Your Love 3:01
9.Soldier Boy 3:06
10.Feel for music material interview excerpt 0:46 March 1, 1960; Friedberg, Germany
11.Such A Night 3:00
12.It Feels So Right 2:10
13.Girl Next Door Went A' Walking 2:13
14.Like A Baby 2:39
15.Reconsider Baby 3:40
16.Home Recording interview excerpt 0:17 March 1, 1960; Friedberg, Germany
17.Stuck On You 2:20
18.Fame And Fortune take 1 2:24
19.A Mess Of Blues 2:41
20.It's Now Or Never 3:16
21.I Gotta Know 2:17
22.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:08
23.European Tour interview excerpt 0:43 March 1, 1960; Friedberg, Germany

Total Time 51:01

CD 2
1.Reconsider Baby 2:44 Sun Studios Jam Session, December 1956
2.Reconsider Baby 2:52 Recorded live in Charlotte, NC, February 21, 1977
3.There's No Tomorrow 2:24 Germany Home Recording, Summer 1959
4.Soldier Boy 1:44 Germany Home Recording, Summer 1959
5.Apron Strings 2:33 Germany Home Recording, Summer 1959
6.The Titles Will Tell (Previously mislabeled as Number Eight) 2:46 Germany Home Recording, 1959
7.Stuck On You 2:24 TV Recording for The Frank Sinatra-Timex ShowMarch 20, 1960
8.Fame And Fortune 2:26 TV Recording for The Frank Sinatra-Timex ShowMarch 20, 1960
9.Such A Night 2:37 Recorded live in Pearl Harbor, HI, March 25, 1961
10.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:22 Recorded live in Pearl Harbor, HI, March 25, 1961
11.Reconsider Baby 3:45 Recorded live in Pearl Harbor, HI, March 25, 1961
12.It's Now Or Never 2:56 Recorded live in Pearl Harbor, HI, March 25, 1961
13.Reconsider Baby 3:15 Recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, August 23, 1969, Midnight show
14.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:01 Recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, August 3, 1969
15.It's Now Or Never 2:19 Recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, February 23, 1970, Closing show
16.Such A Night 1:44 Rehearsal for That's The Way It Is, July 29, 1970
17.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 2:41 Recorded live in Hampton Roads, VA, April 9, 1972
18.Fever 3:38 Rehearsal for 7th Season in Las Vegas, NV July-August 1972
19.It's Now Or Never / Are You Horny Tonight (one line) 2:27 Rehearsal for That's The Way It Is
20.Fever 2:50 Recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, August 11, 1972, Dinner show
21.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 2:57 Recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, August 19, 1975, Midnight show
22.Such A Night 1:41 Recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, December 12, 1976, Closing show
23.Fever 3:01 Recorded live in Toledo, OH, April 23, 1977
24.Reconsider Baby 2:54 Recorded live in Pittsburgh, PA, December 31, 1976
25.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:52 Recorded live in Charlotte, NC, February 21, 1977
26.O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 3:42 Recorded live in Madison, WI, June 24, 1977
27.Fever 1:05 Recorded live in Jackson, MS, June 8, 1975, Afternoon show

Total Time 73:40

A nice compilation.....but no thanks ! Allready enough Elvis is back for me.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2012report abuse
Hello, a bad re-organisation of existing material. The link between 'Elvis Is Back!' original material and later cover versions is entirely superficial. Great cover, the booklet may be fabulous - but so what? The music's already out there cogently organised in superb quality by booth FTD and BMG.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2012report abuse
Lefty & Benny - I agree. FTD is the ultimate version. This is a slick marketing ploy to get people to rebuy the same material (they know ELvis fans). With the home recordings, live recorings, etc, it will take away from the beautiful flow the FTD version gives you.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2012report abuse
Lefty, I couldn't agree more ! Always El.
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2012report abuse
I think the FTD version of Elvis Is Back is the must have edition. The sound on the official release is already perfect. I doubt Victrola can do better. My dealer sent me the track list for this set and I wasn't impressed at all. The snippets of home recordings and live versions from 1969 through 1977 are a creative marketing ploy, and another booklet may be okay, but altogether it's not worth upwards of 50 bucks. It's rare that I praise FTD, but in this case, I must say that they've done the stellar job. I'll save my money and not buy the Victrola special edition.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on May 4, 2012report abuse
One of my favourite sessions. Nice compilation.
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on May 4, 2012report abuse
Nothing new but very cool! Sony, learn from that label l!!!
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on May 4, 2012report abuse
First song on CD2 is Reconsider Baby and wrongly dated December 12 1956 (Sun studio, from Million Dollar Quartet) instead of December 4. Always El.

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