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Cover Art Writing For The King

November 09, 2006 | Book
Here is the cover art for the upcoming Follow That Dream release "Writing For The King" by Ken Sharp. This book includes more than 140 interviews with songwriters like John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, Phil Spector, Tommy Durden, Red West, Mark James, Tony Joe White and publisher Freddy Bienstock. "Writing for the King" is a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of politics, money, inspiration and great trivia about Elvis and the songs he turned into classics. Included is a CD of previously unreleased RCA recordings of Elvis performing live in Las Vegas (1969 through 1972) plus a second CD with a selection of the original demos submitted to Elvis. The demo CD takes us from “Heartbreak Hotel” through classics like “Teddy Bear,” “Trouble,” “Burning Love” and “Way Down.” Don’t miss this 400-Page Book and 2 CDs! Out on December 1, 2006.

Track Listing:

Disc 1 - The Recordings by Elvis Presley

Blue Suede Shoes (24th/M, Aug.'69)
I Got A Woman (24th/M, Aug.'69)
All Shook Up (24th/M, Aug.'69)
Love Me Tender (24th/M, Aug.'69)
Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (24th/M, Aug.'69)
Heartbreak Hotel (24th/M, Aug.'69)
Hound Dog (24th/M, Aug.'69)
Words (25th/D, Aug.'69)
Yesterday / Hey Jude (25th/D, Aug.'69)
In The Ghetto (25th/M, Aug.'69)
Don' Cry Daddy (16th/D, Feb.'70)
Polk Salad Annie (16th/D, Feb.'70)
Kentucky Rain (17th/D, Feb.'70)
Walk A Mile In My Shoes (16th/D, Feb.'70)
Something (11th/D, Aug.'70)
You've Lost That Loving Feeling (11th/D, Aug.'70)
I Just Can't Help Believin' (13th/D, Aug.'70)
Never Been To Spain (14th/M, Feb.'72)
Love Me (14th/M, Feb.'72)
Teddy Bear / Don' Be Cruel (14th/M, Feb.'72)
A Big Hunk O' Love (14th/M, Feb.'72)
Suspicious Minds (24th/M, Aug.'69)
Can't Help Falling In Love (24th/M, Aug.'69)

Disc 2 - The Demos by Various Artists

Heartbreak Hotel (Singer: Glenn Reeves)
Teddy Bear (Singer: Otis Blackwell)
Don't Ask Me Why (Singer: Jimmy Breedlove)
Hard Headed Woman (Singer: Jimmy Breedlove)
Trouble (Singer: Unknown)
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Singer: Gus Coletti)
Pocketful Of Rainbow (Singer: Jimmy Breedlove)
No More (Singer: Don Robertson)
His Latest Flame (Singer: Mort Shuman)
Good Luck Charm (Singer: Robert Moseley)
Devil In Disguise (Singer: Bill Giant)
Viva Las Vegas (Singer: Mort Shuman)
C'mon Everybody (Singer: Bob Johnston)
Kissin' Cousins (Singer: Malcolm Dodd)
My Desert Serenade (Singer: Kenny Karen)
Could I Fallin In Love (Singer: Malcolm Dodd)
The Love Machine (Singer: Gerald Nelson)
Clambake - alternate song (Singer: Winfield Scott)
Wearin' That Loved On Look (Singer: Dallas Frazier)
I've Lost You (Singer: Peter Lee Sterling)
The Next Step Is Love (Singer: Paul Evans)
Mary In The Morning (Singer: Johnny Cymbal)
Burning Love (Singer: Dennis Linde)
T.R.O.U.B.L.E. (Singer: Jerry Chesnut)
Raised On Rock (Singer: Mark James)
Way Down (Singer: Layng Martine Jr.)
Steve V wrote on November 09, 2006
Great cover - Never saw that shot before.
Colonel wrote on November 09, 2006
Man, I really don't know what I should buy for christmas. The two Memphis Recording Service Vol.'s or this one....
Danny Fisher wrote on November 09, 2006
Nice color shot, I like it! Colonel, You could get this $60? And then pick up the certain to be superior official SONY/BMG/FTD Sun box set when released. Win, win! BTW how much would the two MRS sets cost $140?
FJE wrote on November 09, 2006
Excellent cover. I too don't recall ever seeing this shot of Elvis before. Definitely on my next purchasing list, together with His Hand In Mine. Well done FTD.
Dan The Man wrote on November 09, 2006
Definitely one i'll purchase when released. It will be an interesting read, we've never heard the writers story in this magnitude before. 400 pages and 2 CD's, what a treat for the end of 2006, thanks to FTD.
peacock wrote on November 09, 2006
Hmm...must say that it's a strange choice to include Elvis own versions via livecuts. I would love to have these unreleased versions on an other FTD but here i would prefer unreleased studio trax...
emjel wrote on November 09, 2006
I'd have preferred out-takes from original sessions matched to the demo songs- Live Vegas recordings don't quite match the theme of the book for me. This seems like an excuse to release another Greatest Hits "Live" type of album. Not too sure about buying this now.
Dan The Man wrote on November 09, 2006
I would have prefered sessions outtakes too. But maybe there just aren't that many left and if there's some left I would rather have them on the classic series. It is obvious that Ernst will be criticized no matter what. Coming 07 they have to consider what to release when. After all the Vegas disc is full of unreleased recordings and for a man dead thirty years it's quite something they still have this kind of stuff for us fans.
Greg Nolan wrote on November 09, 2006
Good point, Dan. And "Colonel," you make a good point about Christmas and all the good stuff that's coming out. I may have to wait some of these great releases out!
PaulFromFrance wrote on November 10, 2006
This is a concept experimented here, in the double French CD set "Elvis sings Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus. There are three demos sung by Mort (who had a great career here): "Viva Las Vegas", "His latest Flame", and "Suspicion".
Poffe wrote on November 10, 2006
I was also a bit concerned about the "las vegas live" CD on a project about songwriters. But FTD has already been re-releasing themselves on various concept-CD and the classic album series. I'm glad they don't re-release any material on this one, but include pure unreleased material. Whatever FTD is releasing I'll buy it and I'm making sure not to miss any release by having a subscription. My intention is to have every CD and book ever released by the FTD label and it always lights my mind when I read messeges from persons who won't buy a certain release - thus making my own collection a little more exclusive. :-)
Jth wrote on November 11, 2006
Then I'm gonna make your day - I won't be buying it, not even though I'm a fan of Elvis' 70's concert recordings, which this release is also aimed at (trying to get those that are not interested in disc 2 - most fans - to buy this over-priced book/cd)
MR61 wrote on November 16, 2006
its a bit strange that the demos dont match the elvis disc. i would have thought for instance elvis would sing burning love on disc one and disc two would be dennis lindes version it doesntmake sence to me in other words a total b***s up as usual and what a price mention the word elvis you here one of two words rare or expensive.this is well over priced you would think they would learn there lesson thats theway book is now being deletedprobably due to lack off sales it seems to me they are trying to get it all out before we all die . take your time i am only in my fourtys quality not quantity thats what counts.