Always Elvis Pure Gold: Volume 1 Number 1 (January 2019) UPDATED

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In our Premiere Edition of Always Elvis Pure Gold we look at ten Elvis tracks from throughout Elvis career from Sun Studios, Studio B Nashville, American Sound Studio, Stax and from Elvis home studio recordings. In this section you can view the Always Elvis Pure Gold Digital Songbook which includes lyrics to all the songs so you can follow along as well as information and photos. As you scroll down this page it contains additional information on these recordings as well as alternate takes, home recordings and comparison with original artists version. You can also listen to all the Master Recordings by clicking the Studio E | Volume 1 Number 1 Masters button.

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OUTTAKES, HOME RECORDINGS & MORE

YOU’RE A HEARTBREAKER

Album: For LP Fans Only

Recorded in November / December 1954 during the fourth of eight sessions at Memphis' Sun Studio. The recording was Elvis third single on the Sun label (Sun 215), whose B-side was a cover of Kokomo Arnold's "Milkcow Blues Boogie".

 
 

I NEED YOU SO

Album: Loving You (Soundtrack)

The song written and originally recorded by Joe Ivory Hunter in 1950 reached #1 in the R&B charts. Elvis recorded the song with a faster tempo and with the predominant background vocals of the Jordanaires compared to Hunter’s version. Although not recorded for the movie the song found it’s way on the Loving You (Soundtrack). Listen to the original and Elvis version below.

 
 

SO GLAD YOUR MINE

Album: Elvis

The song was written and originally recorded by Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup in February 22, 1946. Elvis also recorded Crudup’s ‘That’s All Right Mama’, ‘My Baby left Me’ as well as ‘So Glad You’re Mine”. Elvis acknowledged Crudup's importance to rock and roll when he said, "If I had any ambition, it was to be as good as Arthur Crudup".

 
 

JUST FOR OLD TIME SAKE

Album: Pot Luck

Just For Old Time Sake was recorded in March 1962 at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Below is the audio for Takes 3 and 4 from the recording session as well as a video photo montage of the master recording of Take 5.

 
 

MINE

Album: Speedway (Soundtrack)

Mine was recorded in September 1967 at RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. It is a wonderful ballad with strong vocals and includes one of the busiest studio musicians at the time on piano, Floyd Cramer.

Cramer also performed on Elvis first hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ with the signature piano solo. Cramer had released records under his own name since the early 1950s and became well known following the release of "Last Date", a 45-rpm single, released by RCA Victor in 1960. The record went to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song was kept out of the number 1 position by Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight". The session pianist for Elvis's recording of that #1 song, in a very early morning session (about 4:00 AM) at RCA Studio B in Nashville, was none other than Floyd Cramer himself.

 
RCA studio session of Nashville musicians, from left: Bob Moore, Chet Atkins (arms folded on piano), Louis Nunley, Gil Wright, Anita Kerr (leaning on piano, back to camera), Willie Ackerman, and Floyd Cramer.

RCA studio session of Nashville musicians, from left: Bob Moore, Chet Atkins (arms folded on piano), Louis Nunley, Gil Wright, Anita Kerr (leaning on piano, back to camera), Willie Ackerman, and Floyd Cramer.

 

ALMOST

Album: Let’s Be Friends

Almost was featured in Elvis 1969 movie ‘The Trouble With Girls’ and can first be heard on the Let’s Be Friends album. Below is our PREMIERE video of ‘Almost’ utilizing the Master recording with the strings overdub as heard on the album release. The movie version of the song with Elvis at the piano does not contain the overdubs and is Elvis with the piano. We have also included Takes 4 and 6 of Elvis in the recording studio.

 
 

FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING

Album: Raised On Rock

Find Out What’s Happening is a song written by Jerry Crutchfield and recorded by Bobby Bare for his 1968 album English Country Side. The song peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. However, the original recording was done by the Spidells in 1964.

In 1970, a cover version by Barbara Fairchild, recorded for her album Someone Special, reached number 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that year. Elvis recorded the song in the summer of 1973 at Stax Studios in Memphis for his album Raised On Rock. Below is the rough mix recording of ‘Find Out What’s Happening’ along with the Spidell’s original version.

 
 

LOVE COMING DOWN

Album: From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

Jerry Chesnut also wrote "It's Midnight," "Never Again," "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" and "Woman Without Love," all of which were recorded by Elvis. The first recording of the was done in October 1975 by George Jones and appeared on his album, "The Battle," released in 1976. Elvis recorded his version at his home Graceland, in Memphis Tennessee.

 
 

FOOLS RUSH IN (WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD)

Album: Elvis Now

‘Fools Rush In’ was originally recorded by Bob Crosby and his Orchestra in March 1940. It has been recorded by many artists including Ricky Nelson, on which James Burton played lead guitar. Elvis's version copied the arrangement of the 1963 recording of Nelson. An informal home recording, dating from 1966, of Elvis singing this number at a much gentler pace, was released officially on the CD "In A Private Moment."

 
 

AFTER LOVING YOU

Album: From Elvis In Memphis

Elvis first recorded ‘After Loving You’ at home in 1966 and this home-recording was issued on "Platinum: A Life In Music" in 1997. The studio recording, however, was made at the American Studios and was originally released almost 20 years earlier on the "From Elvis In Memphis" album—perhaps the very best Elvis album. It is reported on some sites that Eddy Arnold recorded his version of "After Loving You" on 4 May, 1962. His recording was released on RCA Victor single 47-8048, as the B-side of "A Little Heartache," in July of that same year. 

 
 

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