There's A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Little Cabin On The Hill (alt. take)
A Hundred Years From Now
Faded Love (alt. take)
The Fool (alt. take)
There's Goes My Everyting (alt. take)
It Ain't No Big Thing (alt. take)
Got My Mojo Working/ Keep Your Hands Off Of Her (uncut version)
Yellow Rose Of Texas (one line)
If I Were You (undubbed version)
Snowbird (alt. take)
Cindy, Cindy (uncut alt. take)
Where Did They Go, Lord (alt. take)
Patch It Up (alt. take)
Running Scared (one line)
Tomorrow Never Comes (alt. take)
Faded Love (alt. take)
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (uncut version)
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (uncut, original horn dubbings)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (alt. take)
This is a great release, and the sound quality is very good. Most songs are included later on the BMG release "Essential Elvis, vol 4", but the real uncut songs can be found on this release.
Okay this was Willem's first comment on the CD. But this one certainly deserves a review. The fact that another Cd already wears 'Crown Jewels' in its title doesn't mean that this one has no rights for it, because it is one of the bigger jewels. But let's not complain about the title, the one it has is pretty good too. While listening to this CD you certainly will be visited by a whole lotta uncontrolled body-movements. Before the main part of this product, the music, I'd like to mention the cover. It is really well done (although the paper isn't too good), beside the great front cover it contains some nice pictures and the precious words "Let's go back and touch the past, one more night is all I ask, get the feelin', that old feelin'".
Now it's time for the real contents: the music. As mentioned by Willem, most of the songs are released on "Essential Elvis, Vol. 4 (A Hundred Years from Now)". But in this case the songs are unedited, which gives them sometimes a complete different balance between the instruments. I really can't say it's better or worse than the BMG-product, because both are perfect albums. To me this one gives a more "being there"-feeling. Let's do a short fly-by of the CD. The Warming Up (BMG: 'I Didn't Make It on Playing Guitar') gives much more guitar than the BMG-version. Next remarkable thing on this CD: 'Got My Mojo Working/ Keep Your Hands Off Her'. Circle G is of course not as rich as BMG and couldn't allow themselves a pair of scissors. Guess that's the reason they didn't cut the dirty language Elvis uses in this one. Later on they should have done so with 'Cindy Cindy'. Although not perfectly sung, 'Where Did They Go Lord?' is probably my favorite track on this CD. The raw emotion is so strong that it certainly gives me those uncontrolled body-movements I mentioned before. The same can be said of 'Tomorrow Never Comes'. 'I Washed My Hands' and 'Whole Lotta Shakin'' do so too, but for a complete different reason. These songs are so powerful and the rhythm makes you can't sit still. 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' contains a horn section-overdub, which was never used by RCA. Personally I like it very much, it gives the song even more power. Finally. 'Bridge' is one of those songs that should be on every CD, specially this version.
A short closing word for those unlucky people who are not in the possession of 'Essential Elvis, Vol. 4': since this import is very hard to get (without the right connections :-)), make sure you get BMG's version. It is probably one of the 'purest' Elvis-performances you'll ever find. Rock, Blues, Country, Ballads, Fun and Fooling Around are the main ingredients of this session.
Review by Lex Raaphorst