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American Way 5 Released

October 10, 2007 | Music
Volume 5 in the "American Way" series has been released. This volume will be a mix of the (same) American Sound Studio sessions, some live tracks and many takes of "Goin' Home" (1968). The cover will be the "1968 version", but for those that liked the "1970 version" better: that one will be on the back, so you can turn the booklet and make your favourite the front. This is what Southern Comfort has to say about its next release:

"There was a time, not too long ago, when an import cd accompanied with a nice bonus photo booklet meant value for money. "Remastered from best possible tape source", was not just a bag of hot air... Nowdays, just about every import label burries you, the potential buyer, under an endless and often meaningless list of 'PR' rap. Southern Comfort doesn't need cheap promises to sell their product. We're the best. And we have 4 volumes to prove it. Volume 5 is on its way. We hope you will enjoy the results of our labour. The expected release date is early October."



01. Without Love - takes 1, 2, 3 (complete take + 2 x false start)
02. Without Love - take 4 (complete take)
03. Without Love - take 5 (complete master take)

All tracks mono.


04. Gentle On My Mind (vocal overdub, master take - number unknown)
05. Just A Little Bit Of Green (undubbed master take 3)
06. Wearin' That Loved On Look (partially overdubbed master take 15)
07. Suspicious Minds (vocal overdub, master take 8)
08. I'll Be There - takes 5, 6 (false start + complete take with vocal echo)
09. Hey Jude (longer running undubbed master)
10. You'll Think Of Me (vocal overdub, master take 23)
11. Inherit The Wind (partially overdubbed master take 4)
12. This Is The Story - takes 1, 2 (false start + complete master take vocal overdub)

All tracks mono.

"LAS VEGAS 26.01.1970 OPENING SHOW"***:

13. Sammy Shore's end of sketch / Opening Riff
14. All Shook Up
15. Don't Cry Daddy
16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto (medley)
17. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (with false start, the only known live version)

All tracks mono.


18. Goin' Home - takes 3, 4 (studio chat + 2 x false start)
19. Goin' Home - take 5 (complete take)
20. Goin' Home - exact take numbers unknown (3 x false start)
21. Goin' Home - takes 12, 13, 14 (2 x false start + long false start + take 15 announcement only)

All tracks mono.


22. Goin' Home - takes 16, 17, 18 (long false start + 5 x false start)
23. Goin' Home - takes 19, 20, 22 (long false start + 2 x false start)
24. Goin' Home - takes 23, 24 (complete take with cut + "I Got A Woman" excerpt + false start including "Heartbreak Hotel" excerpt)
25. Goin' Home - takes 25, 26, 27, 28 (false start + complete take with cut + 2 x false start)

All tracks stereo.
Shakingruud wrote on October 10, 2007
All i can say: ´WOW!!!!! ´
Elvisnites wrote on October 11, 2007
Got Vol. 2,3,and 4. I'm hooked. Looking forward to getting 1 and 5.
Greg Nolan wrote on October 11, 2007
To the mysterious "baggy pants": why try to pin releases on certain individuals? That's what the rules are here for - please respect them. That aside, this looks to be a total beaut! The lack of modesty is well-earned: Southern Comfort is way out in front with this fantastic series!
wayup wrote on October 11, 2007
A coming-out :-)
Vital Pluymers wrote on October 11, 2007
So, why do you post under those nicknames then, Baggy pants??
Ciscoking wrote on October 11, 2007
This series is essential for an Elvis fan. Period.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on October 11, 2007
Hey ernst and company,this is how you make a quality product,see you actually give the people liner notes and actually try,while im not getting these,i again praise such quality releases,, enjoy gang!
loftmanuk wrote on October 11, 2007
Great pictures to look at. Good text and background info to read Excellent music to listen to. The complete superb package. Take note FTD. It ain't rocket science
JerryNodak wrote on October 11, 2007
I'm happy that these types of releases are available for the FAN (atics) who just have to have everything. But I'm not the least bit interested.
Steve V wrote on October 11, 2007
For completists only. All that is essential for the Elvis fan are the complete masters of all his songs from the best possible source. Thats all I need. Outtakes and take after take of songs just dont excite me anymore. And 5 songs from a live show? Nice packaging though.
Jerome wrote on October 12, 2007
didn't Elvis say about Goin' Home between takes: "this is the worst song I've ever heard in my life?"
Elvisnites wrote on October 12, 2007
I thought he said wordiest song. ??
Jerome wrote on October 12, 2007
you could be right, I don't know
Lex wrote on October 12, 2007
Well, shy and well mannered as I am... I don't think I can repeat what he said (based upon what I heard about it, don't have it myself yet).
Steve V wrote on October 12, 2007
If he thought that, he shouldnt have recorded it. He's recorded worse songs than this.
Jerome wrote on October 12, 2007
I thought I heard on Keith Flynn's site, it was before the take Elvis couldn't stop laughing. Too bad Flynn's audio section has been misused..
Greg Nolan wrote on October 13, 2007
Baggypants - Sheesh you had me fooled! Har-har! Hey Steve V - you wrote: " For completists only. All that is essential for the Elvis fan are the complete masters of all his songs from the best possible source. Thats all I need. Outtakes and take after take of songs just dont excite me anymore. And 5 songs from a live show? Nice packaging though." Them completists - well, you've just shacked up a with a nest of 'em. Ahoy, there! But if you're such a plain jane, bread and butter fan just into masters, why bother visiting an "Elvisnews" site,anyway? There ain't a gonna be much more in the way of news about masters and you can check in two times to year to find out what's been put out on DSD sound or what have you, but c'mon, give the rest of a break. Enjoy your "History" box, "Ultimate Gospel," "Love, Elvis" and "Golden Records" Volumes 3 and 4 in DSD sound ! The rest of us are lapping up this monumental "American Way" series! I can't believe there's any complaint about them. These Memphis '69 sides arguably Elvis' best ever session (many would say this anyway) and now you're basically *bored* when someone offers you a chance to be a fly on the wall .., plus a bonus related-session or two? Come on! It's time to get a new hobby. The rest of us know an import "event" when we see one, and when baggy pants/ Tallhair's involved, you know it's gotta be good.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on October 13, 2007
Im guessing people vistit this site because there fans of Elvis,thats good enough reason isnt it? hect im just glad that for the most part this board has sensiable people on it,you can't say that for every site(wink) and whos in with this product does not mean a thing to me,i enjoy some of the concerts released and some of the outtakes but i also am not interested in hearing entire sessions,i have praised the artwork and overall presentation but im not going to feel guilty for not wanting everything,and by the way who has complaned about this release? just because were all not lapping up everything were told is essential doesnt make us complainers,jeesh ive praised the artwork a million times but am not going to be told what is essential,i did the june sessions more,what there not essential? think i care? (soory my sarcasim go away from me) have fun gang! thats what its all about right?
circleG wrote on October 14, 2007
what exactly is a rough mix ?
circleG wrote on October 15, 2007
thanks. you don't know how long i've wanted to ask that question ... lol
Greg Nolan wrote on October 17, 2007
Mature, I hear your sentiments but no one is trying to make anyone feel guilty. You may in fact find you're missing out on the party, but that's your call. If someone has "Elvis fatigue," that's their business but the reality is a true hard-core fan will lap up each and every "AMERICAN WAY" release just on the reviews alone. Unless one thinks the best Elvis imports just grow on trees by themselves, don't denigrate what are essentially the "holy grail" of the hobby. There are true legends of the Elvis world involved in these releases and to say otherwise is either an insult of sorts or just ignorant of the fact. It does matter that releases are being done with such care and we need to celebrate it. Not into it? Not into Elvis "that much"? Fine. But at least those who are most into the King's legacy will know what the "must-have" releases are.
wmarkj wrote on October 18, 2007
Somewhere I read that the Without Love takes on this release were recently released in stereo. Anyone know what release had this?