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"Original" Bootlegs

Several bootlegs based upon original RCA albums faced up or were announced recently. The classic 40 Greatest Hits, Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas (smart timing with the FTD coming up), Welcome To My World and Rarities (1 & 2) are the titles.

40 Greatest Hits

My Baby Left Me
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Party
All Shook Up
Old Shep
Don't
Hard Headed Woman
King Creole
Jailhouse Rock
A Big Hunk O' Love
I Got Stung
One Night
(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I
I Need Your Love Tonight
Stuck On You
Fever
It's Now Or Never
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Wooden Heart
Surrender
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
Wild In The Country
There's Always Me
Rock-A-Hula Baby
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Good Luck Charm
She's Not You

Disc Two:
Return To Sender
(You're The) Devil In Disguise
Crying In The Chapel
Guitar Man
In The Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
There Goes My Everything
Don't Cry Daddy

Bonus Tracks: : Musical Highlights 1954-1976

Burning Love, - take 1, March 31, 1972 One of the last true rock and roll hits for The King. Here we have a rare version from the 'ELVIS ON TOUR' tapes
Way Down - Spliced take , october 29/30, 1976 Recorded in the Jungle Room, in the privacy of Elvis' home. After Elvis' passing this song reached the number one position in the UK in august 1977
Moody Blue - Overdubbed (edited) master, february 4/5, 1976 Title song of Elvis' last studio album and a huge European hit.
How Great Thou Art - June 10, 1975 Great live version, recorded at the Midsouth Colliseum, one year after his grammy award winning version of this beautiful gospel song.
What Now My Love - January 14, 1973 From Elvis' famous TV broadcast 'Aloha From Hawaii By Satellite' . A true materpiece.
An American Trilogy, February 14, 1972 M.S. One of the highlights of an Elvis Presley Performance in the 1970s. This version was recorded 2 days before the original master version, which was released as a single in the same year.
Bridge Over Troubled Water - August 12, 1970 M.S. Die hard Elvis fans believe this show was the best he ever did, this great version was not chosen for the movie, but could easily have made it to the final print.
I Just Cant Help Believing, August 13, 1970 D.S. Another great song recorded during the third Vegas Engagement, although Elvis had trouble learning the lyrics, he produced an excellent live version released as a single, here is an alternate version recorded one day later.
Polk Salad Annie - February 18, 1970 D.S. Another highlight and fan favorite of the Elvis Presley shows, introduced in his second Vegas Season
Long Black Limousine - spliced take. This song set the standard for what would come. The very first song recorded at the American Sound Studios in 1969, could have easily, if released as a single, made it to the top ten.\
A Little Less Conversation , June 24, 1968 (vocal overdubb) When Elvis opened his 1968 comeback special with the words: 'If Youre Looking for Trouble', little did he know that, a song recorded during these sessions, would be a number one hit 34 years later. Remixed by Dutch DJ JXL, the song was the theme for the 2002 FIFA Worldcup Finals. On this set, you'll hear the original recording.
Bossa Nova Baby – take 3, January 22, 1963 Although Jailhouse Rock was considered to be Elvis finest movie dancing performance, the Bossa Nova Baby sequence of the 1963 movie 'Fun In Acapulco', might be underrated, and also an acknowledge Elvis that could still move in the 1960s!
Blue Hawaii - take 3, March 22, 1961 Although the movie was a big international succes, it was also a turning point in the career of Elvis, attempts to re-create its succes, almost killed him as a professional singer.
He Know Just What I Need - take 9, Oktober 30, 1960. Elvis wanted to be a singer in a gospel quartet, how lucky we are he didnt make it, but gospel music is highly appreciated by fans, here you find a rare outtake from Elvis first sacred album His Hand in Mine, not released on the FTD 'classic album' release.
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Undubbed Master (with count in), February 1, 1958. A real rock and roll gemm, recorded by Elvis while he was in the army.Despite the Rickys, Bobbys and Fabians, he was still the King of popular music!
I Got A Woman - alternate take , January 10, 1956 Attemps to record this song were made at Sun Studios, but after singing up with RCA, this was the first track that was recorded.
I Love You Because - take 3, july 5, 1954 Recorded at Sun Studios, during his very first commercial recording session, minutes later Rock and Roll was born when That's All Right was recorded.
Thats All Right - take 3, july 5, 1954. Heres where it all started for popular music. Rock and Roll was born, and nothing would ever be the same.

Welcome To My World

Welcome To My World (Live)
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Release Me
I Really Don't Want To Know
For The Good Times (Live)
Make The World Go Away
Gentle On My Mind
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Your Chaetin Heart
I Can't Stop Loving You (Live)

Bonus:

Loving Arms (Unedited Master)
Kentucky Rain (Live)
Susan When She Tried (Take 6)
Little Cabin Home On The Hill
He'll Have To Go
You Gave Me A Mountain (Live)
Faded Love
T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Take 4)
I'm Counting On You (Take 13)
Funny How Time Slips Away (Live)

Rarities 1

Are You Lonesome Tonight (Recorded Live, Las Vegas / 8-26-69)
In The Ghetto (Recorded Live, Las Vegas / 8-24-69)
Heartbreak Hotel (Recorded Live 'venus Room' New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas 5-6-56)
Such A Night (Recorded Live , Uss Arizona Memorial Benefit Concert 3-25-61)
Blue Suede Shoes (Recorded Live 'venus Room' New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas 5-6-56)
Money Honey (Recorded Live 'venus Room' New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas 5-6-56)
I Will Be True (Elvis At The Piano / 5-19-71)
I'm Leavin (Original Single Version / 5-20-70
Beyond The Reef (Elvis Piano And Vocal)
It's Only Love (Original Single Version)

Bonus

You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Recorded Live, Las Vegas / 8-7-70)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Alternate Take 24 / 3-23-61)
Seeing Is Believing (Unedited Master / 5-19-71)
Are You Sincere (Alternate Take 2 / 9-23-73)
Hep Me (Overdubbed Master With False Start / 12-12-73)
Promised Land (Alternate Take 6 Vocal Harmony By Elvis Unedited Version / 12-15-73)
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (Alternate Take 8, Without Fade Out / 12-13-73)
Early Morning Rain (Alternate Take 2 / 1-14-73)
My Boy (Unedited Overdubbed Master / 12-13-73)
Blowin' In The Wind (Homerecording 1966)
Yesterday (Recorded Live Las Vegas / 8-24-69)
My Way (Recorded Live On Tour / 4-25-77)

Rarities 2

An American Trilogy (Recorded Live Las Vegas / 2-25-72)
Kentucky Rain (Recorded Live Las Vegas / 2-16-70)
Trying To Get To You (Recorded Live / 6-21-77)
Jailhouse Rock (Recorded Live / 6-29-68)
Thanks To The Rolling Sea (Alternate Take 10)
Long Tall Sally (Recorded Live "venus Room" New Frontier Hotel Las Vegas / 5-6-56)
Hi-Heel Sneekers (Original Single Version / 9-11-67)
Fool (Original Single Version / 3-28-72)
I'll Take You Home Kathleen (Elvis Piano And Vocal / 5-19-71)

Source: Elvis Australia / Updated: Nov 19, 2011
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Reactions

smooth-like-a-rhapso (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 24, 2011report abuse
I particularly don't see the appeal of these recent releases. I guess it's nostalgia - but why not just play your old lp's or just make a playlist to mimic these old releases, rather than spend good money after bad.
Harvey Alexander (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 23, 2011report abuse
Some folk will buy any old tat, and the guys behind releases such as this depend upon such folk. That's how the world goes round.
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2011report abuse
Only the alternate Christmas album is a good one, the sound is also very good.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2011report abuse
I agree with Jamie, the bonus tracks let down these releases for me. The said tracks do not even bear any relation to the contents of the original albums. If these were just replicas of the original releases, I would have more of an interest in tracking them down.
Lindseybabe (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2011report abuse
Good selection. I will certainly go and buy several of these bootlegs as a christmazs present. Will they do the same around Easter tipme 2012 with only gospel/hymn songs ?
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2011report abuse
Hello, Song/BMG have quite rightly put enormous resources into rationalising Elvis's once chaotic catalogue. These releases are a disorganised shambles. Sometimes less is more - the old 40 greatest Hits album may have made for a nice piece of nostalgia without the bonus tracks. But who the hell wants to listen to that collection of arbitrary odds'n'sods?
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2011report abuse
The 40 greatest hits cd looks like a little gem ! Would be great to own this I think.

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