Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto

Due for release from Sony Music on June 27, 2009 is the CD "In The Ghetto: The 40th Anniversary Of The Memphis Recordings". The format is not yet confirmed, but the plan is to include the 32 masters from the session at the American Studio's.

Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated: May 27, 2009 
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Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 8, 2009report abuse
I agree that the masters are called that for a reason (Scotty Moore pointedly refers them rightly as "outtakes" instead of "alternates" but then so many could easily have been the masters. There's an extra intimacy in some of those undubbed versions, sometimes less sure-footed versions that found their way at the end of the excellent 1999 "Suspicious Minds" 2-CD set as well as FTD's "The Memphis Sessions."

The CD running length is such that there is room for further exploration and it's a tradition to augment the main program with bonus material. Most fans get this. I'm surprised anyone would act like they are flies in the soup, especially as we've hungered for them for years. And I know many "casual Elvis fans" who when pressed actually find alternates interesting. And they can always skip them too.

"Platinum" was of course a compromised marketing proposition: draw in casual and new fans but also deliver goodies for long-time fans and also more serious musiciologist sorts who expect this when they buy, say a Marvin Gaye or blues CD: they want the stuff that add context and a behind the scenes peak. I think by and large "Platinum" showed just how good Elvis was even on so-called bad takes - and they often sounded better without over-dubs and often today are on better tapes, ironically. I'm fine with the masters but as "Minds" showed, a few bonuses are just that.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 8, 2009report abuse
Quite right Greg, I am more the casual fan than you, but I used to be more of a die-hard I guess who wanted every outtake I could get. I grew weary of them over the years and hardly listen to them anymore unless the take is so drastically different of which there are not too many. I still think its a mistake for a mainstream release like this to include outtakes and heaven forbid all the outtakes as someone suggested. A lot are very boring to the casual listener at which this release is aimed . You even said the outtakes are for the die-hard fan so why would you want them on a mainstream release instead of say on an FTD (which they've already release on CD). Yes Platinum did ok sales wise, I meant it was a bust to a lot of folks that bought it thinking they were getting 'A Life In Music' as the title suggested with all the well known songs only to get inferiror versions of classics like Burning Love. The public does NOT read the fine print most of the time. They didn't dig it. I know because I see them used all the time and have heard comments from folks that bought it. Of course you loved it. You are a die-hard and that was the appeal for a buyer like you. Let's leave this release to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Memphis recording with the masters and leave the outtakes for another day.
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 7, 2009report abuse
Dgirl, I'm afraid you are that very "casual fan" with your dismissal of the idea of outtakes. They often are very illuminating and for hard-core fans at least, were the best part of "Platinum" which did fairly well, as I recall. That said, the masters alone tell a great story - even "Rubberneckin'" and "From A Jack To A King" (often written off as garbage) fit the overall genius of the 2 LPs it produced...

I applaud any repackaging / or reissue of the Memphis sessions. The public at large needs more education on what a landmark session in American music this was. 40 years is a big deal and despite the collapsing CD market, hats off to whatever RCA is called now for realizing this worthy achievement.
eric c (profilecontact) wrote on May 31, 2009report abuse
excited for this one.Even tho I already have the 2d set Suspicious Minds and the FTD release memphis sessions,I'll get this one also when it's released.I'd like to see EPE release a dvd documentary about these historic sessions personally....and a book/cd release by FTD would be nice.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2009report abuse
I hope its just the masters. Part of the philosophy of including outtakes on a general public release was the general public didnt give a hoot of take 4 of so & so. Platinum was a bust. Lets face it, outtakes are for the die-hard fan. The casual fan doesnt care. Have you ever heard the bootleg Finding The Way Home? Its loaded with Memphis outtakes and most of them are not very interesting, in fact they are boring to hear over & over. The masters are what counts with these sessions. Leave the outtakes off!
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2009report abuse
I hope it includes all the outtakes too - a good opportunity to put the bootleggers in the shade or will the outtakes be shared with the FTD versions of 'in memphis' and 'from memphis to vegas'?
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2009report abuse
Im sure they will stop making Elvis cd's because of comments made on a forum,im sure they pay no attention to sales!
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2009report abuse
wooo hooo i hope i can get this when it comes out! i love it already and whoever gripes about this shame on you. i hope if epe or sony bmg reads this they dont think all elvis fans are like half you people here are. because if they think were all like you then elvis's popualrity will begin to fade because theyll quit releasing stuff thanks to you people. elvisnews thank you for doing a great job and announcing these releases. i appreciate this as do many other elvis fans who i relay this to.
elvistruth (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2009report abuse
Please, this is the last chance to do an hybrid Elvis SACD and hear the best of the best with the most sound quality!!!!
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2009report abuse
keep the master collector boxes coming. Got plenty cash to spend anyway after madison's quitting and stopped from buying tunzi's purposely limited editions..
Santa Claus (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2009report abuse
I wonder how many days the team of 2 dozen highly paid strategic marketing managers at BMG needed to get such an unbelievable idea. Irony off: Good that the general market has a chance again to get in touch with this material. A good alternate to the usual "Love Me Tender" and "Wooden Heart" collections.

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