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Elvis Country Info

September 23, 2008 | Music

This 2 disc set from the FTD Records classic album series is a re-release of Elvis' January, 1971 album. Recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville in 1970. This set is packaged in a 7" digipack featuring the original album art.

Track listing:

Disc 1
The Original Album
1. Snowbird
2. Tomorrow Never Comes
3. Little Cabin On The Hill
4. Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On
5. Funny How Time Slips Away
6. I Really Don't Want To Know
7. There Goes My Everything
8. It's Your Baby, You Rock It
9. The Fool
10. Faded Love
11. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
12. Make The World Go Away

Bonus Songs
13. I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
14. Where Did They Go, Lord

The Country Jam
15. Faded Love (Country Version)
16. The Fool - take 1
17. A Hundred Years From Now - takes 1 & 2
18. Little Cabin On The Hill - take 1

Alternate Masters
19. It's Your Baby, You Rock It - take 3
20. Faded Love - take 3

First Takes
21. Tomorrow Never Comes - take 1
22. Tomorrow Never Comes - take 2
23. Snowbird - rehearsal & take 1
24. Where Did They Go, Lord - takes1

Disc 2
The Undubbed June 7 Masters
1. I Really Don't Want To Know*
2. Faded Love - takes 2 & 3*
3. Tomorrow Never Comes - takes 12 & 13*
4. Make The World Go Away - takes 1 & 3*
5. Funny How Time Slips Away*
6. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water*

June Outtakes
7. I Didn't Make It On Playing Guitar
8. Tomorrow Never Comes - takes 3 & 11
9. There Goes My Everything - take 1

September Outtakes
10. September Warm Up (instrumental)
11. Snowbird - takes 4,5 & 2
12. Where Did They Go, Lord takes 2 & 3
13. Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin On - rough mix with horns

Bonus Cuts - Undubbed Rough Mixes
14. When I'm Over You*
15. The Next Step Is Love*
16. Love Letters*

* June 7 recordings. Rough mixes made by Felton Jarvis immediately after the sessions, before any overdubs were recorded.

Album produced and art directed by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen & Roger Semon
Mastered by Lene Reidel and Vic Anesini
Original A&R: Felton Jarvis Original Engineer: Al Pachucki
Thanks Claude Braün and Erik Rasmussen

Recorded June 4-8 and September 22, 1970 at RCA's Studio B, Nashville.
Guitar: James Burton (June sessions), Eddie Hinton (September sessions), Chip Young, Elvis Presley
Bass: Norbert Putnam
Drums: Jerry Carrigan
Piano: David Briggs
Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy

Overdubbed later:
Guitar: James Burton, Harold Bradley ("Snowbird" only)
Percussion: Jerry Carrigan
Percussion & Vibes: Farrell Morris
Organ: David Briggs
Steel guitar: Weldon Myrick
Banjo: Bobby Thompson ("Little Cabin On The Hill" only)
Fiddle: Buddy Spicher ("Little Cabin On The Hill" only)
Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter
Sax: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray
Trombone: Gene Mullins
Flue and Trombone: William Puett
Flute, Sax And Clarinet: Skip Lane
Vocals: The Imperials, The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham, Mary (Jeannie) Greene, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, Sonja Montgomery, Dolores Edgin

Source:Elvis Unlimited

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Palle wrote on September 23, 2008
Are the song snippets between songs, as they were on the original LP, on this cd ?
Martin DJ wrote on September 23, 2008
Yes they are, as you can tell by the words "the original album" in the tracklisting. What seems to be missing is the long version of Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On WITHOUT the added horns (that was included in the seventies masters bosx).
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 23, 2008
I love the album,dare i say,id like outtakes of its your baby,surely they excist besides the one put out already by ftd!
JerryNodak wrote on September 23, 2008
The long version of Whole Lotta Shakin' wasn't on the '70s box (not mine anyway) it was on the cd "A Hundred Years From Now." The unedited masters of "Faded Love" and "Washed My Hands In Muddy Water" were on the '70s box. Really looking forward to this album, and hearing "Whole Lotta Shakin' with the horns.
dannyboy1 wrote on September 24, 2008
I don't usually complain but I'm VERY disappointed by this tracklisting. For those of us who've been collecting for decades there is virtually NOTHING new here. Such a wasted opportunity! I would have preferred they release a few more takes of the songs from the Love Letters and TTWII albums than to just give us the same old alternate takes again. Outtakes don't seem to be available at all for "I Really Don't Want To Know".
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 24, 2008
How about leaving off what we have already bought,and replacing that with something we havnt bought,outtake wise anyways,one of my fav tracks its your baby has no outtakes besides the one already released? i guess for me delux edition means more than a few unrleased things here and there,we do get 2 takes of snowbird , whoo hoo !!!
Lucio wrote on September 24, 2008
I'm also disappointed with the track listing. Continuing from Love Letters and That's The Way it we seem to be getting only 2-3 complete new outtakes (3 in this case) and lots of false starts. If Ernst and Roger just decided to give us complete sessions (like Memphis Tennessee) and live concerts he could continue releasing these cds for many years to come and keep us all happy. Instead we pay out $40 for very few new complete alternates and there is still a lot that we never live to see. I don't like to criticize since I really appreciate the FTD label and all the work Ernst and Roger have put into the earlier releases but the last few Collector discs have been a bit of a let down. Lucio
Steve V wrote on September 24, 2008
Its one of my very favorite Elvis albums, but I think Im gonna pass. Im very happy with the 90's version of this CD, plus any outtakes I may have on other CDs. I just cant see paying out 40.00 for this version and this tracklisting.
JerryNodak wrote on September 24, 2008
I like the way this FTD release is put together. I'll be buying this. I never did like the '90s version. As to so few new outtakes I read somewhere that according to Ernst many of these songs were done in 1 or 2 takes.
Chop983 wrote on September 24, 2008
I realise that a lot of the songs on this album were 1st or 2nd takes, so there isn't a lot of extra's available, but I really don't like the inclusion of some much material from outside the 'Classic Album'
JerryNodak wrote on September 24, 2008
I assume by outside the classic album you mean the three bonus cuts. Hey, Ernst had to put them somewhere he had space. Better here than not at all. "You know it don't have to be strictly country." Would you like it any better if those 3 cuts were included on a later FTD release where they're also outside the 'Classic Album?' Just wondering.
djm wrote on September 24, 2008
If you decide to give it a miss steve you will miss out on a great package. This is one of my favs too. The cover is also one of the best and will look brilliant in the 7 inch format. I have the japanease release from years ago, but nothing beats this.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 24, 2008
Steve this is also one of my favorite albums and i had high hopes for this release,now i remember why i wasnt a fan of the classic albums,buying what i already have,sure some songs may have had only a few takes, but songs like its your babay does have a take 3 ,so im assuming theres at least one take we havnt heard,ok so maybe its a false start,and i just believe that things are being left out because they just want to keep on milking,all im saying really is these are far from being delux editons,i will no longer get excited about these sort of releases,sure im glad to have a collectors label,something i feel you have to say everytime you utter a not so great view of and Ftd release,but thing could just be better,maybe the sound will be right this time,as for the love letter songs they should have been on love letters!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 24, 2008
By the way ernst could have put those bonus cuts on love letters,all he had to do was not put everything we already had on it and he would have had plenty of room,bonus cuts? no they hope it might help a weak trackilist!
Chop983 wrote on September 24, 2008
Jerry, I'd like them to appear on the FTD from which they are
Chop983 wrote on September 24, 2008
Jerry, I'd have liked them to appear on the FTD release from which they are from, e.g TWII and Love Letters
Steve V wrote on September 24, 2008
Good points all - I 'll have to wait for some reviews. If its just for a few outtakes and false starts, I'll still pass unless the sound is so fabulous , its essentail. I just dont play all the outtakes very much anymore (a few times at most - as they are subpar to the masters) so paying all this money to me isnt worth it. I still feel these albums should be in the mainstream with upgraded sound & some outtakes like many other artists have in their catalog for their albums. I guess thats what upsets me most of all. And believe it or not, I am not a fan of the 7" format, storage wise. That should be for 45s only. Id rather have a nicely done foldout digipak.
circleG wrote on September 25, 2008
again a bit of a missed opportunity, there should have been a disc with the original album and another without the '10,000 years ago' links. More unreleased tracks should have taken priority over ones already released. For completists only i think as the general public won't even know it exists. Shame because it was a fine album.
djm wrote on September 25, 2008
all these songs are available on the 70`s box without the 10000 yrs ago link. whats wrong with the link anyway? it was elvis who wanted it mixed that way and i think it works very well. having these songs without the link would use up too much space. lokking forward to this one.
circleG wrote on September 26, 2008
i believe the 70's box set is deleted now so the songs 'un-linked' in better sound would have been pretty cool here. i don't think it would have taken up too much space when you see what has already been released here. it could have even been stretched to three cd's if needed.
JerryNodak wrote on September 26, 2008
You can still get '70s box on Amazon.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 26, 2008
70'S Box? go to cd universe, they have it in stock for about 48 bucks!
M wrote on September 27, 2008
Dissapointed i am. Yes circleG, all complete masters without the I Was Born About 10.000 Ago snips should be on it also. This should be a 3 disc edition. I know that you can buy the 5 cd box set The 70's masters for it, but also there you have for example a fals start of the song Tomorrow Will Never Come and this fals start overlaps the beginning of the master take. So, no clean start at the beginning of this master also. It would be nice if that song would haven been put on this cd without the mixed overlaped start. And i must say that i like the most mixes they have done with the 70's masters, but with the song I Really Don't Want To Know, the mix is a bit strange because you hear in one segement the piano and guiter playing at the same time, while the original mix you do not hear that. It almost sounds a bit false. I think it is a bit poor tracking list of outakes on this Country cd. The bonus tracks should have been on the original album. I know i buy this release, but it could have been so much better. Maybe in the future they can bring out a box with all the songs from TTWII, Love Letters and Country and all outtakes. Better do this than what Sony/BMG did now with the 68 Comeback Special box set. Everyone has that one on DVD and the cd box doesn't ad something to it. You buy the same stuff again, but than on cd. The next step is, to put all clean masters from TTWII, Love Letters and Country and missing songs and outtakes on one cd box.... Follow that dream, i think. My dream, and i dream a lot. Like a DVD box set of On Tour or DVD box set of TTWII
John4126 wrote on September 27, 2008
The problem for me is paying full price for so few unreleased tracks. Yes, i appreciate the cupboard is virtually bare but as FTD is aimed at the serious fan, we have the 70's boxed set, we have Elvis country in the original and expanded re-issue. We have the outtakes that have appeared elsewhere on official releases. The sound arguement falls flat (no pun intended) as far as i'm concerned - im more than happy with the qulaity of what i have. I sat down looked at the track listing and thought there is not enough new stuff here for me. This is happening frequently so me and three mates take it in turns to buy a cd and we share it - ie burn the unreleased stuff to cd. Illegal? yes but having bought all the above and vinyl i frankly dont care.
JerryNodak wrote on September 27, 2008
I've always avoided bootlegs. So there is always outtakes I don't have on these releases. Additionally, Once an FTD 5 inch release becomes irrelevant because I've collected all the outtakes on a "Classic" release(s) I give what I no longer need to a friend or the public library. Everbody is happy. Of course if you're a completeist who's collected absoluety everything you could your hands on over the years I can see where repition is a problem.
djm wrote on September 27, 2008
as its been pointed out the number of unreleased studio outakes is fast running out. I guess after all the albums have been released in the classic format that will bring to end anymore outakes unless an undiscovered tape turns up. As the years go by this looks very unlikely. this means ernst and whoever controls the elvis catalogue in the future will have to find new ways of re-packaging it which means those who already have elvis`s catalogue on cd/vinyl will find future releases for them limited to special releases such as the recent 68 box. new editions of elvis`s music will come out and unless your a die-hard collector you proberly wont need them. When the last classic album is released that will most likely it for me via new releases unless it is something special. I`m making the most of the FTD releases as when the well runs dry for this project there wont be anything i will need anymore. However there is plenty to look forward to for the immediate future.
JerryNodak wrote on September 27, 2008
I didn't even buy the '68 box. What for? I've already got it all. Don't need the pretty package.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 28, 2008
Sure you can expect to get some duplicated outtakes and such if you buy all the imports,but when your getting the same outtakes from the collectors label,then there is a reason to ask why,it seems many are beginning to see that the label has some holes in its original goal,when you take up space to release what you have already released then people start asking the intentions of doing that,this is why i wasnt a fan of the classic series,the label lost its vision when they started it,i also have never liked the fact that all the item cost the same yet the 5 inch digi pack are made with no thought(no booklet? isnt this a collectors label?)and the classic albums are given more effort(although sound isnt always handled properly)glad to have the label,but it has issues and more and more fans are starting to voice those issues,i havnt even mentioned the sound errors,i am beginning to think now the one thing for me to be excited about with Ftd is some soundboards from some of the better seasons in vegas and from the on road tours,i use to add Elvis On Tour material to that list if things on my fav want list,but have sence given up on that!
Master Fatman wrote on October 03, 2008
I´m sure we can look forward to this one. A nice packcage, a whole lot of shakin`good music :-)