The Jungle Room Sessions - Vinyl Edition

The Jungle Room Sessions - Vinyl Edition (cover)
Released: 2009/10 by FTD
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A limited edition double album vinyl set of the "Jungle Room Session" featuring all of the tracks featured on the CD edition and several added outtakes from other releases. Supplied in a new gatefold sleeve featuring additional Graceland images, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and DMM Copper mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London.

The ElvisNews Review

FTD recently released another vinyl version of – this time – a classic FTD release, for years the #1 in the FTD Top 40. Is it an upgrade?

Design

Design-wise it is certainly an upgrade. It’s great to have heavy vinyl in your hands, with decent sized photos and readable text. All images are full sized shots of the interior of Graceland. Only one of the racquetball centre is a bit out of place in my opinion, but it’s still impressive to see all those trophies gathered.

 

Content

The vinyl version sounds a bit fresher, lively in my ears than the CD, but I have to admit that could be imagination since I just have something with vinyl (must be the age…). Some extra tracks are added to the original CD content, most of them can be found on Made In Memphis.

Since the CD was never among my favourites, unlike on many others’s lists, I didn’t have the intention to really listen to it, but just play it as background “muzak”. Although many of the songs are pretty good, they really need overdubs to mask Elvis’ weak performances, with only a few exceptions (Way Down, It’s Easy For You, She Thinks I Still Care, Bitter They Are, Hurt). Disregarding the fact that I was not really listening, I had to suppress the urge to turn it off a couple of times because it was too bad for my ears. Especially Danny Boy really hurts the ear, certainly when knowing there are some marvelous live versions by Tom Jones on my shelf…

I can be proud on myself for sitting through the whole thing!

Conclusion

The many people liking the original torture (looking at the FTD Top 40 there are many) might like this extended version, but I’ll stick to the occasional play of original released versions…
 

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JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2010report abuse
3 Stars3 Stars3 StarsI have no interest in this whatsoever.
pasa-ryu (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2009report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsmy favourate FTD cd so far!-it was a real treat when it was first released on the RCA/FTD lable in 2000 and it blew the lid on the 1976 jungleroom sessions!-changing everyone's opinion on elvis' very last "studio" recordings(allbeit at his mansion den)I therefore agree with the idea to release it again on vinyl with 7 bonus session outtakes with more photos of "graceland"-i beleive this album is a must have when it's released in a few weeks time and will a collectors item i na few years time..being an audiophile i think this remastered VINYL VERSION will probally sound alot better than the previous CD VERSION??(if you own a decent record player and amp)I got a proffesional studio cdr re-writer at home and able to copy from vinyl,cd and tape-i will nocdoubt be transfering thihs VINYL edition onto CD-R when i order from the 'NOW DIG THIS' fan lcub.(they are simply the best for getting the RCA/FTD albums)..Looking foard to this vinyl edition,even tho it will be al little bit expensive!-(£40.00 some clubs are demanding for it)