New York Studio 1 Sessions

By Tony Stuchbury / Elvis Presley ScrapbookNov 5, 2007
New York Studio 1 Sessions
Once again I find myself reviewing a Memphis Recording Service release and what another beauty they've created for the dedicated Elvis fan! The package: First off the packaging is top notch and very much what we have come to expect from the MRS, it's well designed, good looking, well printed and presented and more than up to the usual high standard graphically. The book: It stretches to 63 pages if you don't count the ads in the back and it does hold a couple of interesting shots (not too many) that are new to my eyes but this is only to be expected ... after all where haven't you seen a Alfred Wertheimer Elvis picture before...? You can find them in many a book and magazine (if you've been collecting a long time as have I) right down to the EPE souvenir that that they sell. There is more to the book than just the photos though, look closely at the detail within and you will see some interesting RCA log sheets from 1956 that were re-issued in 1965 when the tracks appeared on the re-issued albums back in 65. Nice to see (to me) for the first time too even though Keith Flynn has had them on his website for a while now... sorry I missed them Keith. The text is written by a couple of folks listed as MMC and RM and covers the session ground accordingly and is pretty good reading if a little matter of fact. It's also good to see those other well known names tied in with this project too: co-produced by Joe Tunzi and additional research by John Michael Heath, Keith Flynn and Jamie Aaron Kelley, by fans for the fans. The book has a harder glossy cover than the previous MRS release Tupelo’s Own and this is a good thing in my opinion, it feels more substantial. Chapters in the book are as follows: Elvis RCA NY The First Meeting & Publicity Photographs RCA Studio 1 NY The First Recording Session - 30/31st January 1956 RCA Studio 1 NY The Second Recording Session - 3rd February 1956 RCA Studio 1 NY The Final Recording Session - 2nd July 1956 Primarily I was looking forward to the book more than the audio but boy, was I to be more than pleasantly surprised. Disc: In my opinion the work Kevan Budd did on the 56 tracks is awesome but he wanted to get back to a less compressed sound and to what Elvis himself heard live in the studio and he mastered that 110% on his FTD "Elvis Presley" release. If I want to rock n roll loud and proud then I would play the New York sessions CD first every time as it jumps out at you and hits you hard...very punchy and up front to my ears but it's all a matter of what you (and no one else) prefer. The CD is remastered and restored by Real Bouwman and the DVD audio engineer is Mick Ritchie As an example 'One Sided Love Affair' (it has the count in too) sounds the best to me than on any other release I own and I've compared it to the following. Original RCD CD release of Elvis Presley The Teen-age Rage import Gold US CD release of Elvis Presley The 50's masters box set Re-issued BMG release of Elvis Presley Elvis 56 Elvis 56 DSD re-master Re-issued Sony/BMG release of Elvis Presley with extra tracks (Budd version) FTD release of Elvis Presley I have to say that the audio is very crisp and clear and sounds like it's on fire! The CD sounds great (better than any other MRS release) but I have yet to savor the DVD Audio disc on a 5.1 audio system. The DVD has a selection of Elvis shots on screen for each track along with the song title and is nicely done again. The images are from the New York sessions and an Elvis photo shoot at the New York studios on the 1st Dec 1955. Being honest I'm not one for 5.1 from mono but if the added ambience is not overdone it can be a pleasant listening experience nonetheless. In finishing I have to say I still love my Elvis Presley FTD release with the work done by Kevan Budd but I love this too (in a different way) and there's nothing wrong with that. You pay your money and take your choice but to be honest I would say you need The New York Sessions, too, please don't deprive yourself.


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Tony D. (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 23, 2007report abuse
Regarding the photos, I meant are there any that havn't already appeared in the many other Wertheimer based publications, ie, "Elvis '56", "Elvis at 21", "Studio B", "The hottest thing that's cool", "Songs of innocence", "The rock n roll years part 1" etc?! If so, I won't need to purchase this latest effort.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2007report abuse
The member you are referring to, talked about the DVD. I don't have a 5.1 system, so I can't tell about it. This is why I specified I was talking about the CD. About the photos, many are new for me, but maybe you've already seen them, how can I know ?
Tony D. (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2007report abuse
To 'paulfrom France' - in what way is the sound fantastic? One member has just said the sound "absolutely is terrible"! And how many 'new' photos are in the book please?
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2007report abuse
Just get it today. The sound is absolutely fantastic (I'm talking about the CD) and songs like "So glad you're mine" or "Anyway you want me" never sounded as good. The book is simply awesome. This is a terrific package for every fan interested in Elvis music. Final dot !
Palle (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2007report abuse
Look up your Elvis history books. 'Nuff said
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2007report abuse
I have both of the MRS 'Sun' packages. The books are great...and the 45's are a nice little souvenir, but the DVD audio absolutely is terrible. And before you make assumptions, I am playing them with a DVD audio player (Pioneer...and my stereo is also a Pioneer with 5.1, DTS, etc.). The sound is absolutely dreadful. The books, however, are a real treat. Buy them for the books, but skip the music...stick to the officially released BMG/FTD releases for the sound.
Mr Scrapbook (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2007report abuse
You cannot get more complete than this, the rest of the session tapes no longer exist. Maybe it should have been titled "The Complete 'As Can Be' Sessions" to please you? I can see that you don't like it and so be it, but why so aggresive? I like it anyway.
Palle (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2007report abuse
As it is now, this package is complete crap (unlike that ElvisNews wants us to believe) as it states on the package that it's "The Complete Sessions"; perhaps they'll release another package and perhaps then they'll live up to their statement. Ever wondered why there are so many positive reviews here??!
Jumpin Jehosaphat (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2007report abuse
You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain, this whole package is insane
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2007report abuse
The Book is the real candy, the rest is the same old stuff,of course with "improved sound". Thanks but not for me. I'll save my money for the FTD releases.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2007report abuse
Thanks Tony for the ,in my opinion, very good review.Done straight " to the point "! I would have bought it anyway, but it's nice to read that the product is very good. MRS and FTD : OK !! Always El

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