Elvis 1969

Gravel Road Music will release a 3CD box soon, with 1969 as subject, this is their press-release:

This release is intended to be a flawless release with the best sounding Elvis of 1969.
We started by going back to the basic recordings of the American sound studio; the edited repaired master tracks without the dubbing done later in Nashville.

Elvis himself wasn’t all that thrilled with some of the overdubs.
It’s been said that he was very happy with the sound on the acetates that he took home with him, but less so with the final masters.

Elvis heard the dubbed masters at a very late stage and very little could be done.

As an artist, you can’t always be in complete control of your output, and clearly especially when your name is Elvis Presley.

These original master tracks were the result of the joint vision of producer Chips Moman, the musicians and Elvis.

The two most famous songs from these sessions are without a doubt “Suspicious Minds” and “In The Ghetto”. In fact, they may well be the best-known recordings of his entire career. Just ask anyone to name two Elvis songs…

On disc 2 you will find the multi-track live recording of the August 24, 1969 Midnight Show. Thanks to existing tape legends, paperwork and research and the fantastic unprocessed soundboard recording of the same show, we were able to piece this show together as it was originally recorded. We double-checked and compared the whole show second for second with an audience recording of the show that we had recently acquired. There are only three songs borrowed from the dinner show: “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Runaway” and “ What’d I Say”, which are 98% identical to the midnight show versions. We used the career dialogue from the August 24, 1969 dinner show. We don’t have this in multi-track quality and therefore we decided to include a third disc with the original raw unrepaired soundboard. As extra bonus, we used a very rare tape of a rehearsal from January 1969 at the American Sound Studios, where we can even hear a glimpse of Roy Hamilton singing!

The combination package “Elvis In Person & Back in Memphis” was the basic concept, but we wanted more. During the first days of the comeback in Las Vegas in 1969, special RCA presentation box sets were given away. These box sets are very rare and expensive to get hold of. This was the perfect 1969 package idea for this release.


- A 28 page full color /b&w photo folio with 28 photos of Elvis in the style of 1969 including rare or unpublished photos.
- A 32 page full color booklet with original articles,
- An interview with Elvis from 1969, co-workers and musicians about recording at the American Sound Studios and performing in Las Vegas.
- Over 60+ photos of Elvis on stage (many from the same show), various are rare or unpublished
- 15 incredible photos of The American Sound Studio with Elvis, again some are rare or unpublished!!
- Previously unreleased versions.
- A rare studio rehearsal of January 1969.
- The unaltered raw audio of the August 24, 1969 M/S soundboard.
- The reproduction slipcase of the famous 1969 presentation box set.
- All recordings in excellent sound quality.

We hope you’ll agree we did our best to respect and honour the original artistic ideas from 1969.

DISC ONE In Memphis Undubbed Repaired Masters

01. Wearin' That Loved On Look 02. Only The Strong Survive 03. I'll Hold You In My Heart 04. Long Black Limousine 05. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' 06. I'm Movin' On 07. Power Of My Love 08. Gentle On My Mind 09. After Loving You 10. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 11. Any Day Now 12. In The Ghetto 13. Inherit The Wind 14. This Is The Story 15. Stranger In My Own Home Town 16. A Little Bit Of Green 17. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind 18. Do You Know Who I Am? 19. From A Jack To A King 20. The Fair's Moving On 21. You'll Think Of Me 22. Without Love (There Is Nothing) 23. Suspicious Minds.

Tracks 1-12 were in fully dubbed versions released on “From Elvis In Memphis”. These were the only songs besides the single “Suspicious Minds” intended for release of the magnificent studio recordings at the American Sound Studios.
The tremendous enthusiasm provoked using the remaining recordings as well. It was proven right - it sold multi platinum.

Tracks 13 -22 were fully dubbed versions released on “Back In Memphis” which was also released as a double release with Elvis In Person as, “From Memphis to Vegas - From Vegas to Memphis”. Track 23 was released as single and not added to either of the two studio albums. An extended live version was released on “Elvis In Person”. Note: This disc includes some previously unreleased versions.

DISC TWO In Person Live “On Stage” Multi -Track

01. Opening 02. Blue Suede Shoes 03. I Got A Woman 04. All Shook Up 05. Love Me Tender 06. Medley : Jailhouse Rock – Don’t Be Cruel 07. Heartbreak Hotel 08. Hound Dog 09. I Can’t Stop Loving You* 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Monologue* (Life Story) 12. Baby What You Want Me To Do 13. Runaway* 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight ? 15. Words 16. Yesterday (with “Hey Jude” Ending) 17. Band Introductions 18. In The Ghetto 19. Suspicious Minds 20. What’d I Say* 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love / Outro

Disc two contains the multi track live recording of August 24, 1969 Midnight Show. The Multi track recording has been repaired with segments of the August 24, 1969 Dinner Show. Tracks marked with * are taken from the Dinner Show.

DISC THREE Raw Audio Unedited Soundboard & Studio Rehearsal

01. Opening 02. Blue Suede Shoes 03. I Got A Woman 04. All Shook Up 05. Love Me Tender 06. Medley : Jailhouse Rock – Don’t Be Cruel 07. Heartbreak Hotel 08. Hound Dog 09. I Can’t Stop Loving You 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Monologue (Life Story) 12. Baby What You Want Me To Do 13. Runaway 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight ? 15. Words 16. Yesterday (with “Hey Jude” Ending) 17. Band Introductions 18. In The Ghetto 19. Suspicious Minds (Partially).

Bonus track (20+ minutes) 20. Band Rehearsal and a first attempt of “Come Out, Come Out (Wherever you are)” at American Sound studios (Roy Hamilton can be heard here) January, 1969.

Disc three contains the raw unprocessed soundboard recording of the August 24, 1969 M/S, without effects. A significantly different August 24, Midnight Show when compared to the fragmented release over the years of the multi track recording. Edited due to improper language use or running times. Also segments of this show were used to repair or enhance other 1969 and 1970 multi track recordings. This is the real deal, uncut, raw and finally, no tons of reverb as on previous releases of this remarkable show.

Source: Email / Updated: Dec 3, 2013 
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john9904 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2014report abuse
This is great material. I will enjoy this this. Some fans really do need to lighten up. Don't like it? Don't buy it lol
Matthias Kuenzer (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 7, 2013report abuse
Anything new on it? (aside from the umpty page booklets)
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2013report abuse
Mature_Elvis_fan, I fully agree with you. Though they do release collectors materials their presentation sucks, especially for the price. And before anyone starts discussing the royalties, why can other cds be about half the price? And haven't we paid enough for high royalties too? Bootleg cds are pressed in minimal numbers and with mostly great looking packages. A little more effort would make me buy all the ftds, even if I don't like the cntent of the tracks that much (e.g. too little new material, double, etc)
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
blackdiamond- some of the ftd's are down right ugly,uninspired,not something you would expect for a collectors label and when you can buy new material of other artists for around $10 to $12 and one ftd cost you over 30 bucks for one.
A great show like the wonder of you from ftd is put in a cheap digipack with no liner notes yet its called a collectors label release.
roytcbintheuk (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
I cant decide on whether i should buy this fab looking set or not,the packaging itself looks superb but do we really need the content as we have had all this before on other releases,American crown jewels finding the way home and the American way imports saying that i didnt buy the 69 FTD releases this time..Ciscoking what do you think is this an essential purchase when i have the above in my collection already???
wildfishie (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
Gravel Road should release a cheaper version containing only the multi-track concert of disk 2 and the studio rehearsal of disk 3. I'd be glad to buy it.
blackdiamond (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
I have the FTD "Memphis" releases and i will definately buy the upcoming FTD release "Elvis at American Sound studio". But MAN this release really looks STUNNING. And let's face it: some of the bootlegs are more beautiful released layout wise over the years than some FTD releases (America, Unchained Melody, I Found My Thrill.

Even i have many of the "american sound" songs, i will skip this one and it hurts my heart haha
VivaLasDavies (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
I think the point is, it has not been edited, which is deemed necessary for a commercial release. It doesn't mean they're making a feature of the "bad" language merely that we're getting it uncut which most fans would want.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
Not edited for improper language? I am not interested in improper language. That has nothing to do with improvements.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2013report abuse
Writing for the king has bad sound,and is out of print.
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2013report abuse
If i had not already got most of this stuff then i would buy it,... but in my case its too much ...so i will pass on this one. NOT enough 'new' to persaude me to spend money!~
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2013report abuse
well..when you are the happy owner of Writing For A King..then you have most of the the multi tracks and when you
have Here I Go Again..I guess ..then you ahve all of the live stuff..when not..you can try this release..the stuff is too good to be skipped..and great packing is guaranteed for sure..
ttwiise (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2013report abuse
what is the point of this release? ftd have just done 6 discs of memphis sessions and the 69 already sound great
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2013report abuse
C'mon man, don't be so negative! These guys from GravelRoad Music do their uttermost best to make a decent product (for a fair price if you're a millionaire) and you can only criticize...
Ronaldv (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2013report abuse
Anything new for the diehard fan? Don't think so, it's a gravel road release.

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