Elvis: Close Up

Elvis: Close Up

by Elvis Presley

This four-CD Elvis box will lure fans with a previously unreleased concert recording from 1972, which features an incendiary pre-release version of "Burning Love" among its many highlights. The other three discs would seem to be for hard-core Presley devotees only, but listen up. One disc is filled with previously unreleased stereo masters from the '50s, including the…  See more details below


This four-CD Elvis box will lure fans with a previously unreleased concert recording from 1972, which features an incendiary pre-release version of "Burning Love" among its many highlights. The other three discs would seem to be for hard-core Presley devotees only, but listen up. One disc is filled with previously unreleased stereo masters from the '50s, including the movie versions of the theme songs to Lovin' You and Jailhouse Rock, the former especially notable for the swinging, jazzy feel Elvis gave it. Disc 2, titled "Unreleased Movie Gems," culls most of its material from G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii but also features examples of the King's tender side on some beautiful performances from Flaming Star and Wild in the Country. Disc 3, "The Magic of Nashville," is a collection of outtakes from the '60s sessions at RCA's now-fabled Studio B, another CD chock-a-block with some amazing vocal performances that Elvis deemed unworthy of release. At first glance the casual fan may see little of interest here, but Close Up is a worthwhile addition to the Presley library, if only for the clear path of artistic growth it documents, from those '50s takes to the rousing '72 concert performances. Even in what he considered his lesser moments, Elvis was several cuts above the competition, as is asserted by this trove of fine performances.

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Elvis: Close Up is part of an ongoing series of Elvis Presley box sets BMG has created to keep collectors supplied with "new" material, in a manner of speaking. All 89 of the recordings are previously unreleased mixes and alternate takes, with each disc focusing on a different period of Elvis' career. The first disc contains stereo mixes of recordings from 1957, including "Jailhouse Rock" and "I Beg of You." These mixes, created from the binaural session tapes, will be worth the price for many stereophiles. The second disc has alternate takes of songs from four of Elvis' early-'60s movie soundtracks, with all of the recordings hailing from 1960 and 1961. Disc three is titled "The Magic of Nashville" and features Nashville recordings mainly from the early '60s, but not Elvis Country fare; with the exception of Jerry Reed's "U.S. Male," the songs are pop, rock and gospel tunes that include alternates of the hits "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" and "Kiss Me Quick." The fourth disc presents a live show from San Antonio, TX, recorded on April 18, 1972, which was the final show of the tour documented in Elvis on Tour. Apart from the stereo mixes, there aren't many revelations, but those who never tire of alternate takes will get exactly what they expect. The import-only Follow That Dream label goes into even greater depth for collectors with an inexhaustible passion for all things Elvis, but Elvis: Close Up has the added advantage of being readily available and often at very reasonable prices.

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Disc 1

  1. Peace in the Valley
  2. I Beg of You
  3. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
  4. It's No Secret
  5. Blueberry Hill
  6. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  7. Is It So Strange
  8. Loving You
  9. Loving You
  10. Jailhouse Rock
  11. Treat Me Nice
  12. Young and Beautiful
  13. Young and Beautiful
  14. Young and Beautiful
  15. I Want to Be Free
  16. I Want to Be Free
  17. Treat Me Nice
  18. Don't Leave Me Now
  19. Don't Leave Me Now
  20. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care

Disc 2

  1. G.I. Blues
  2. Doin' the Best I Can
  3. Wooden Heart
  4. Pocketful of Rainbows
  5. Shoppin' Around
  6. Frankfort Special
  7. Big Boots
  8. Tonight's All Right for Love
  9. Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
  10. Flaming Star
  11. Lonely Man
  12. In My Way
  13. Forget Me Never
  14. Wild in the Country
  15. Lonely Man
  16. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
  17. Aloha Oe
  18. Hawaiian Sunset
  19. Ku-U-I-Po
  20. No More
  21. Slicin' Sand
  22. Steppin' Out of Line
  23. Almost Always True
  24. Moonlight Swim
  25. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 3

  1. Make Me Know It
  2. Soldier Boy
  3. It Feels So Right
  4. The Girl of My Best Friend
  5. Surrender
  6. Working on the Building
  7. Starting Today
  8. Kiss Me Quick
  9. That's Someone You Never Forget
  10. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
  11. I Met Her Today
  12. Night Rider
  13. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
  14. Echoes of Love
  15. Ask Me
  16. Stand by Me
  17. Somebody Bigger Than You and I
  18. Without Him
  19. Mine
  20. Singing Tree
  21. U.S. Male

Disc 4

  1. Also Sprach Zarathustra
  2. See See Rider
  3. Proud Mary
  4. Never Been to Spain
  5. You Gave Me a Mountain
  6. Until It's Time for You to Go
  7. Polk Salad Annie
  8. Love Me
  9. All Shook Up
  10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
  11. Heartbreak Hotel
  12. Hound Dog
  13. How Great Thou Art
  14. I Can't Stop Loving You
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. Suspicious Minds
  17. Introductions
  18. For the Good Times
  19. Burning Love
  20. An American Trilogy
  21. Funny How Time Slips Away
  22. Can't Help Falling in Love
  23. Closing Vamp

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Jordanaires   Accompaniment
Alvino Rey   Steel Guitar
Bill Black   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Sweet Inspirations   Accompaniment
Hal Blaine   Drums
Frank Bode   Drums
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Dudley Brooks   Piano,Celeste
Chip Young   Guitar
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Dolores Edgin   Accompaniment
George Fields   Harmonica
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jimmie Haskell   Accordion
Hoyt Hawkins   Tambourine
Charlie Hodge   Guitar
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Imperials Quartet   Accompaniment
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Millie Kirkham   Accompaniment
Neal Matthews   Guitar
Bernie Mattinson   Drums
June Page   Accompaniment
Boots Randolph   Saxophone,Vibes,Shaker
Meyer Rubin   Bass
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Accompaniment
Ray Siegel   Bass
Gordon Stoker   Piano
Mike Stoller   Piano
Tiny Timbrell   Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
John Wilkinson   Guitar
Kathy Westmoreland   Accompaniment
Fred T. Tavares   Ukulele
Bob Moore   Bass
Henry Slaughter   Organ,Piano
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Accompaniment
Joe Guercio and His Orchestra   Accompaniment
Bernie Lewis   Ukulele
David Briggs   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Bob Roberts   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Richard Strauss   Composer
Hoyt Axton   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Faron Young   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Mylon LeFevre   Composer
Marty Balin   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
James Williams   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Dennis Ferrante   Mastering
Hy Heath   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
John Lange   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Bernie Lowe   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Jim Malloy   Engineer
Kal Mann   Composer
Thorne Nogar   Engineer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Ron Steele   Engineer
Larry Stock   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Bill Vandevort   Engineer
Ben Weisman   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Art Direction
Roger Semon   Art Direction
Kelly Owens   Composer
Benji Lefevre   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Composer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Joseph Lilley   Composer
Florence Greenberg   Composer
Charles Albert Tindley   Composer
Bill Porter   Engineer,Original Mix
Bernie Baum   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Bennett Tepper   Composer
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Sam Bobrick   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Dolores Fuller   Composer
Kay Twomey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Marvin Pierce   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Bill Giant   Composer
Dory Jones   Composer
Cliff Owens   Composer
A.C. Solberg   Composer
Lillian M. Bowles   Composer
W.O. Hoyle   Composer
William Raskin   Composer
Jr. Ted Williams   Composer
Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani   Composer
William Beck   Composer
Darrell Fuller   Composer
George Brown   Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer
Red West   Composer

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