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Elvis by the Presleys
     

Elvis by the Presleys

by Elvis Presley
 
The double-disc set Elvis by the Presleys is part of a May 2005 multimedia juggernaut of the same name, containing a two-hour documentary broadcast on CBS that month, a four-hour expanded version of the film released on DVD a few weeks later, and a 250-page book published that month, as well. The intent behind the project is to show Elvis as his family saw him

Overview

The double-disc set Elvis by the Presleys is part of a May 2005 multimedia juggernaut of the same name, containing a two-hour documentary broadcast on CBS that month, a four-hour expanded version of the film released on DVD a few weeks later, and a 250-page book published that month, as well. The intent behind the project is to show Elvis as his family saw him in their private moments -- a concept that's better suited to print and video, where unpublished photos and unseen home movies can offer glimpses at a private life, than on CD, where familiar recordings are reissued yet again in a new sequencing that purportedly recontextualizes the songs everyone knows by heart. Here, the 24 tracks on disc one each function as a tie-in to "the titles of the documentary segments they underscore, function(ing) on their own as a deeply affecting audio commentary on Elvis Presley's public and private life." That's according to the liner notes. If you didn't have the notes to guide you, the disc would seem like a random collection of hits, highlights, and oddities, ranging from the timeless Sun side "Trying to Get to You" to the already dated JXL remix of "A Little Less Conversation." In between, there's plenty of good music -- some of it, like "Suspicious Minds" and "Heartbreak Hotel," is reissued on nearly every Elvis comp, but there are a couple of good curveballs here, like "Indescribably Blue" and "Steamroller Blues." On the whole, though, Elvis by the Presleys doesn't offer anything an Elvis fan doesn't already have, nor does it provide an original, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the icon as it claims to do. And that may be why there was a bonus disc of rarities added to this set. Not that the eight-track second disc has nothing but unreleased recordings -- the early, pre-Sun demo "It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You," alternate takes of "Too Much Monkey Business" from 1968, and a live "Blue Christmas" from 1977 all have been issued before -- but five are newly released. There are two early takes, sequenced together, of "Jailhouse Rock" from 1957, alternate takes on 1961's "Anything That's Part of You" and 1962's "You'll Be Gone," plus solo "private recordings" of "Baby What You Want Me to Do" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." While this is interesting stuff, it's collector bait, not really music that most listeners would play more than once. However, the pair of "private recordings" are good and loose, and come closer to the concept of this project than anything on the first disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0828766788327
catalogNumber:
67883

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals,Background Vocals
Blossoms   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals,Background Vocals
Imperials Quartet   Vocals,Background Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Ben Speer   Vocals
Brock Speer   Vocals
Gordon Stoker   Vocals
J.D. Sumner   Vocals
Stamps   Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals,Background Vocals
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Darrell Glenn   Composer
Billy Strange   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Dick Baxter   Engineer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes
Charlie Hodge   Composer
Bones Howe   Engineer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Richard Mainegra   Composer
Jim Malloy   Engineer
Chips Moman   Producer
Thorne Nogar   Engineer
Pachucki   Engineer
Fred Rose   Composer
Rick Ruggieri   Engineer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger
Hank Williams   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Joan Deary   Producer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Producer,Liner Notes
Roger Semon   Producer
Re Winkler   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer,Engineer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Lou Kosloff   Composer
Bill Porter   Engineer
Hoffman   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Robert Ferris   Engineer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Jay Johnson   Composer
W. Earl Brown   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Johnny Hathcock   Composer
JXL   Remixing
Charles E. King   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer
Red West   Composer

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