Pot Luck

Pot Luck (cover)
Released: 2007/11/12 by FTD
Rating: 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Follow That Dream collectors edition of the "Pot Luck" soundtrack album with previously unreleased bonus material. Packaged in deluxe, fold-out format (7" EP size) with booklet featuring photos and memorabilia. Vic Anesini and Sebastian Jeansson have remastered the material, making these recordings sound better than ever.

Tracklisting

The ElvisNews Review

Next to “Mama! Mama! Mama!” (a.k.a. “Girls! Girls! Girls!”) FTD released a 2CD version of the 1962 album ”Pot Luck with Elvis”.

Design

The sleeve contains next to the original cover art the nice publicity shot we used earlier this week as picture of the week. As usual the 2 CDs represent the labels of sides 1 and 2 of the original album. The 16 page booklet contains next to the detailed information some great shots and a lot of more cover art of singles related to this album.

Content

I always thought this album was a well balanced one. Next to some catchy pop tunes like “Kiss Me Quick”, “Easy Question”, “Fountain of Love” and “Night Rider” it also carries beautiful ballads like “Just For Old Time Sake” and “I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever”. As if those feel good tracks are not enough the album contained two songs that I consider to be among his best post army material: “Suspicion” and “That’s Someone You Never Forget”. Especially the first one will be in my personal top 10 any time.

Add to the original tracks the singles from those sessions (“She’s Not You”, “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello” (another personal favorite) and “You’ll Be Gone”), two leftovers used on “Elvis For Everyone” (“For the Millionth and Last Time” and “I Met Her Today”) and you have an even better compilation.

The first CD is completed with first takes, of which “Suspicion” immediately draws the attention, it sounds quite different from the master.

The second CD is a compilation of outtakes of which nine are previously unreleased (at least officially). More of the same you can label it, but I prefer (in this case) to express it as “more pure listening pleasure”.

About the sound I can only say it sounds great in my ears.

Conclusion

It is like Meatloaf once sang… “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad”. The latest bunch of 3 FTD discs brought me 2 CDs I will play quite some more, and they both are in the same sleeve!

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TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2011report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsAgree this is a very strong album with the exception of the included movie song. Elvis voice was so beautiful during the early sixties and 'Thats someone you never forget' even one of the best recordings of his career.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 2, 2010report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsI stand by my opinion from October 2007 with the addition of this FTD CD which, yes, I bought this year 2010. If only to get the unrealized outtakes of Suspicion and Something Blue. This is an excellent album (always was) except for that one song from Blue Hawaii, Steppin' Out of Line, which for the life of me, I still don't understand why it was ever included with an abundance of other sensational recorded songs during this period. Buy it. It's worth the admission price.
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 18, 2008report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsA lot of reviews say that this album continued the decline begun with Something For Everybody, but I think that there was an incline between 1960 and 1962. I love the early sixties sound: Roy Orbison, Phil Spector and Elvis all at their peak, their albums taking me into places I couldn't even dream of, and a lot of this magic is certainly carried over into 'The Lost Album'. As for the cover, I guess it might have put people off, since its sheer frivolity almost cheapens the quality of the music. I don't mind it though. 10/10
Claunath (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsgreat package great sound. just a little more colours on the cds please
Jim_The Rocker (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 15, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starst Luck was always my favorite Yeah I will buy this one also. Thank you Elvis For All those wonderful music that you have give to your Fans All over The world
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2007report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsTo my considerable embarrassment, I do not own- nor have I ever owned- this landmark in the Presley catalogue. I've heard a handful of songs off of it, but only the obvious ones (e.g. Surrender, She's Not You). Hopefully, it'll be sitting under a tree in the not too distant future.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 19, 2007report abuse
3 Stars3 Stars3 StarsAnother classic album in my book! I got this along with Girls! Girls! Girls! which was a truly great experience to listen to. Pot Luck is also a quality product soundwise. Most of us already have all the outtakes. Still, the few new ones, the packaging, the sound and the overeall presentation is more than good enough for me. This album rank along with the other early studio albums we've had so far. A must for any true Elvis fan! Don't miss it!
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2007report abuse
3 Stars3 Stars3 StarsPot Luck, a great LP back in 1962, indeed Elvis's last album to get to #1 in the UK charts until 1968. At the time of it's release no singles where taken from it, yet it contained a number of wonderful tracks. Some where later released as singles but by then the impact of an Elvis single was gone. Kiss me Quick / Something Blue / Suspicion / That's Someone You'll Never Forget, all found themselves released as either a or b sides on singles. Any one of these four tracks would have made the #1 spot in the Uk charts if released before the album in '62. The remaining tracks too are strong. Easy Question, I'm Yours, Just for old time Sake, Night Rider, and a big, big fav of mine, 'Fountain of Love'. Listen to the intro on this track, just great. Pot Luck is up there with the best of the other Elvis albums. Can't wait to get the FTD release, roll on November.
ext_mnx (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 15, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsI love it too!!!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 13, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsI remember getting this album as a Christmas gift back in '62. Loved it then. Still love it today. It is my favorite non-soundtrack Elvis album of the '60s. Yes, you read it correctly. his is Elvis at his early '60s (mostly ballad) peak. I've never had a problem with the inclusion of Steppin' Out Of Line. I'm guessing it was included to balance a ballad heavy album. I, too, have much of this content elsewhere. But there is no way I'll pass this up. The improved sound alone will be worth the price. Not too mention the deluxe packaging. I'm sure this will become my most played FTD.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 12, 2007report abuse
2 Stars2 StarsI remember this album well from 1962. The inclusion of Steppin' Out Of Line, an outtake from Blue Hawaii, always amazed me as to why it was included on the original vinyl LP; especially when there were so many other great studio outtakes that could have been included. For example: I Met Her Today? Other than that, it was a really laid back album by our man. Some really excellent songs and with the exception of the aforementioned Blue Hawaii outtake, a real fine album. Since I have most of the additional material on this album aka other FTD CD's and BMG/Sony CD's, I'll pass on this one.
schemies (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2007report abuse
3 Stars3 Stars3 StarsWell, I like this album very much, but this FTD release has not much new to offer for real fans, as you can see in the list above. But there are so many complete alternate takes unreleased, why not making a 3rd CD ?!! This is a little disapointing, since this is a collectors label, but here we buy titles we already have. Only 3 complete takes are unreleased before ? We want more ! I hope the remastering is excellent, at last ...
Claunath (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 3, 2007report abuse
3 Stars3 Stars3 Starsgood news I make just a little wish I hope that the cd has more colors instead of black
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 28, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsElvis' voice is at it's early '60s peak on this album. Love all these songs. This is my favorite
Elvis '60s non soundtrack album. Glad it's finally getting the deluxe treatment from FTD.
GeoS (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsFirst time I've heard that this was the "Clambake soundtrack" (1967). There has been too little knowledge about this album. I was there. It's a regular Elvis album from 1962, just like Something for Everybody in 1961. I've seen Clambake and I don't recall it using these songs particularly. Tickle Me used some and from other early 60s albums. This one has more of those great songs written by Pomus and Shuman. "I Feel That I've Known You Forever" is one of those heavenly ballads. In 1963 another regular LP was intended but never done. In recent years it was reissued as "The Lost Album", including Devil In Disguise. Is that around now? I know that You'll Be Gone is a fantastic song, not known enough either. Flip of Do The Clam, which to cap off the confusion was not from Clambake but from Girl Happy. So this CD is a 1962 album, with additional songs. Looks good.
Rusty (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsBeen waiting for this a long time ....a very underrated album and one of his best...... ranks easily alongside 'Elvis is Back' 'Something For Everybody' and 'His Hand In Mine