|Elvis Is Back! Box Set|
Elvis Is Back is all about Elvis' return to the music scene in 1960. This year was a bittersweet one for Elvis. He was being discharged from the Army. Music had changed in two years and he was a little insecure about his music career. Yet he enters the sessions with such ambition and determination. He delivers a new mature diverse voice. 'It's Now Or Never' and 'Surrender' are truly challenging for Elvis. He proofs himself to be a truly talented singer and not just a flash in the pan. These recording sessions will forever stand out in Elvis' history.
It's almost as if Elvis hit the ground running upon his return. The Colonel had been busy preparing for Elvis' return for a very long time. Not only were the recording sessions lined up, an appearance on the ABC televised Frank Sinatra Special and the filming for 'G.I. Blues' were immediately following.
His appearance on the Sinatra Special is warmly received by the public. Elvis innocently steals the show from Sinatra. Yet the repertoire between the two performers is very apparent. 'G.I. Blues' is a very successful film for Elvis although Elvis hates being in uniform again.
During this year, Elvis is also experiencing many changes in his personal life. Elvis has met Priscilla while in Germany. But he returns to his long time girlfriend Anita Wood. They continue their relationship where it left off before Elvis left for Germany. Vernon marries Dee, which is hard on Elvis because of the loss of his mother. Elvis also brings many of his friends from Germany home and the Memphis Mafia is formed.
But still the most important thing during the year 1960 is the amazing recording sessions. We have two incredible albums from this year, Elvis Is Back and His Hand In Mine. Elvis truly proves his ability as a performer. He conquers every challenge he is faced with and proves Elvis is back!
Elvis Is Back includes many never before seen pictures from this period. There is even some very interesting ones from the filming of 'G.I. Blues'. Those were not used in the Inside G.I. Blues book.'
This box set comes complete with book, 45, DVD, numbered certificate, postcards and will be signed by the author.
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CD One - Selections:
1. Make Me Know It
3. The Girl Of My Best Friend
4. I Will Be Home Again
5. Dirty, Dirty Feeling (Hot 100 #70, 1965)
6. Thrill Of Your Love
7. Soldier Boy
8. Such A Night (Hot 100 #16, 1964)
9. It Feels So Right (Hot 100 #55, 1965)
10. Girl Next Door Went A'Walking
11. Like A Baby
12. Reconsider Baby (Tracks 1-12 from Elvis Is Back, RCA Victor 2231, released April 8, 1960)
THE HIT SINGLES:
13. Stuck On You (Hot 100 #1, 1960)
14. Fame And Fortune (Hot 100 #17, 1960)
15. It's Now Or Never (Hot 100 #1, 1960)
16. A Mess Of Blues (Hot 100 #32, 1960)
17. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Hot 100 #1, 1960)
18. I Gotta Know (Hot 100 #20, 1960)
19. Surrender (Hot 100 #1, 1961)
CD Two - Selections:
1. There's Always Me (Hot 100 #56, 1967)
2. Give Me The Right
3. It's A Sin
4. Sentimental Me
5. Starting Today
7. I'm Comin' Home
8. In Your Arms
9. Put The Blame On Me (Hot 100 #70, 1965)
11. I Want You With Me
12. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Tracks 1-12 from Something For Everybody, RCA Victor 2370, released June 1961)
THE HIT SINGLES:
13. I Feel So Bad (Hot 100 #5, 1961)
14. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Hot 100 #4, 1961)
15. Little Sister (Hot 100 #5, 1961)
16. Good Luck Charm (Hot 100 #1, 1962)
17. Anything That's Part Of You (Hot 100 #31, 1962)
About Elvis Is Back - Legacy Release:
Two words exploded worldwide on December 19, 1957 - "Elvis Drafted!" - but three words resounded across the universe even more explosively on March 3, 1960: "Elvis Is Back!"
The album that Elvis Presley began recording in Nashville on March 20th, and finished in the legendary overnight session of April 3-4th, is widely regarded as possibly the best album he ever made.
A half-century later, Elvis Is Back is now coupled with 1961's Something For Everybody, an album he recorded back in Nashville one year later.
Along with one dozen hit single sides recorded (also in Nashville) and charted over roughly the same period of time, the deluxe ELVIS IS BACK: LEGACY EDITION available now!
Elvis Is Back: Legacy Edition follows the template of the recent RCA/Legacy releases, From Elvis In Memphis: Legacy Edition and On Stage: Legacy Edition. With each title, the definitive version of one of Elvis' most essential albums has been expanded to include another historically significant album from the same time period, along with the hit singles associated with both albums.
Adding wit and nuance to Elvis Is Back: Legacy Edition is a liner notes essay by New York-based journalist Stuart Colman, former member of '60s UK pop group the Flying Machine ("Smile A Little Smile For Me"), and former BBC radio host, recording studio owner, and Nashville-based record producer.
Stuart Colman, a liner notes writer specializing in early roots-rock, R&B and rockabilly, sets the stage for that landmark evening in Nashville, two months after Elvis' 25th birthday.
"Right up until the point where cars were being parked and instruments unpacked," Colman writes, "the assembled musicians were under the impression they'd been booked to record with Jim Reeves. This was a half-hearted attempt to thwart the fans gathered outside who knew full well who was coming in."
Joining Elvis for his sessions at RCA's Studio B in Nashville were his long-time guitarist Scotty Moore, drummer D.J. Fontana, Floyd Cramer on piano, guitarist Hank Garland (also on bass), bassist Bob Moore, and drummer Buddy Harman, plus the Jordanaires on harmony vocals. Among the six masters they cut that night were Elvis' first post-Army #1 million-selling single "Stuck On You," and three tracks that would be chosen for the new album. They reconvened two Sunday nights later on April 3rd (adding saxophonist Boots Randolph to the lineup) and finished an astounding 12 tracks.
The unprecedented results included Elvis' next two #1 million-selling singles, "It's Now Or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" plus the nine tunes needed to complete the LP.
Elvis Is Back was rush-released days later on April 8th. Any concerns about Elvis' ability in the studio after more than two years away were set aside forever.
"Elvis Is Back was a triumph on every level," wrote Jørgensen in his essential research guide, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin's Press, 1998). "Elvis had never been heard like this before, except perhaps by himself in his own head. There was new depth to his voice; his interpretations were increasingly sophisticated; the group was probably the best studio band in the business; the song selection was imaginative and varied, the technical quality excellent. Most surprisingly of all, the new album pointed in no one musical direction… It was as if Elvis had invented his own brand of music, broken down the barriers of genre and prejudice to express everything he heard in all the kinds of music he loved."
After spending the rest of 1960 in Hollywood filming and recording the soundtracks for G.I. Blues, Flaming Star, and Wild In the Country, Elvis returned to Studio B on Sunday night, March 12, 1961. With the exception of "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell" (imported from the Wild In the Country tapes), the other 11 tracks on Something For Everybody were all finished on that equally legendary overnight session. Among them were Elvis' takes on "I Feel So Bad" (from Chuck Willis) and "I'm Comin' Home" (from Charlie Rich).
Elvis' next batch of hit singles were recorded at Studio B in June (("Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame" b/w "Little Sister," both sides penned by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman); and October ("Good Luck Charm" b/w "Anything That's Part Of You").
"Something For Everybody and its accompanying singles hit the market at a time when Elvis Presley was right at the top of his game," Colman concludes. "The man could do no wrong in the eyes of the public and he was rightly thought of across the globe as the arbiter of popular music. He was most definitely the right man for the job."
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