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Brian
06-01-2009, 10:26 PM
The 1969 Memphis sessions and the Sun Sessions are discussed a whole lot and are very acclaimed but there is one session Elvis did in Memphis that isn't discussed half as much as those sessions i'm talking about the 1976 recording sessions held in the den of Graceland in Februrary and October of that year commonly referred to by fans as the Jungle Room Sessions

Elvis recorded these sessions at Graceland because he didn't want to record at all but was forced to by his record label so they sent Recording equipment to record Elvis at his home. What comes out of these sessions are a wide variety of good material imo She Thinks I still Care, Moody Blue, He'll Have to go, Pledging my love, Danny Boy and For the Heart. Where I think Elvis misses the mark from these sessions are Blue eyes crying in the rain, Solitare, I'll never fall in love again and the Andrew Llyod Webber-Time Rice composition It's Easy for you my main criticism of these sessions comes from this set of songs as I don't think they are as good as the originals and the fact that Elvis recorded 98% covers during this session.

2 albums were compiled from the Jungle Room Elvis Presley Boulevard and Moody Blue. EPB hit #41 on the Billboard 200 album chart while the Moody Blue album hit #3 while also hitting the exact same position in the U.K. and Australia both albums were huge hits on the country chart peaking at #1


3 hit singles came from the Jungle Room Moody Blue hit #31 on the pop charts while hitting #2 on the adult contemporary charts and was a top 10 pop hit in many countries while Way Down hit #18 on the U.S. pop charts and #1 and top 10 throughout the world. Moody blue and Way Down both topped the U.S. country charts while Hurt hit #6 there.

So all in all not a bad session commercially for Elvis what do you think of the quality of the material from the Jungle Room Sessions do you like them or dislike it. Which songs do you like it the most and which songs in particular do you hate?

A lot of people from various Elvis message boards across the internet have a very low opinion of these recordings how about you

rickb
06-02-2009, 02:14 AM
I find these sessions fascinating.
The February sessions have a melancholy (spelling???) feel to them and they were over-produced on the original album. The JRS FTD release is far superior.
FELBMT was not Elvis' most commercial album nor his most polished but it was from the heart.
His voice was much stronger in October and selection of material more commercial and upbeat. Too bad it was cut short
PS
I like Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain and It's Easy For You (which was an original)

italianfan
06-02-2009, 03:00 AM
I like alot of the songs from these sessions. Moody Blue and Way Down, i think, have a really up to date feel, fitted in well with other music in 1976/77. Where as Pledging My Love has a good old rock nd roll feel to it.

Also didnt She thinks I still care do well in the country charts?

molokai123
06-02-2009, 07:48 AM
I find these sessions fascinating.
The February sessions have a melancholy (spelling???) feel to them and they were over-produced on the original album. The JRS FTD release is far superior.
FELBMT was not Elvis' most commercial album nor his most polished but it was from the heart.
His voice was much stronger in October and selection of material more commercial and upbeat. Too bad it was cut short
PS
I like Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain and It's Easy For You (which was an original)

i have to agree,the JRS FTD is a revelation,over the over produced album, sumtime Felton went overboard with the overdubs,but these sessions as a whole are an up and down ride,but its a fascinating ride.

debtdbruno
06-02-2009, 10:51 AM
I love this FTD, one of my favourites

Tommy
06-02-2009, 10:54 AM
It's a shame no photos have surfaced from this session. I really love this FTD.

Brian
06-02-2009, 10:55 AM
It's a shame no photos have surfaced from this session. I really love this FTD.

What do you think of the original albums Moody Blue and Elvis Presley Boulevard?

Tommy
06-02-2009, 11:11 AM
What do you think of the original albums Moody Blue and Elvis Presley Boulevard?

I have them both on LP's saved the Moody Blue one, only played it once. I have not heard either of these for a long time. My turntable is no longer hooked up.:lol:

I really like the sound of the LP's something is different, the bass sounds better.

I love the original albums. (y)

rocknroll
06-02-2009, 12:10 PM
I think it's obvious that the chart success of Moody Blue (song and album), as well as Way Down benefitted greatly from Elvis' death.

utmom2008
06-02-2009, 01:33 PM
I really like the sound of the LP's something is different, the bass sounds better.

I love the original albums. (y)

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Tommy
06-02-2009, 02:54 PM
Amen to that!http://smiley.net.ru/talyes009.gif (http://smiley.net.ru/talyes1.htm)

(y):lol:(y)

Jungleroom76
06-02-2009, 03:11 PM
Personally (as my username will attest), the Jungle Room Sessions are my favorite for a variety of reasons. (y)

First, I think the material that he recorded during the JRS are a true insight into Elvis' life at that time....perhaps an audio autobiography some might say? I just think these recordings are perhaps the closest thing we'll ever have to an in-depth look into the soul of Elvis Presley during the final years of his life and what he was feeling.

Second, while the choice of material is considered by many to be somewhat of a departure from the rock n' roll that made Elvis a worldwide sensation, I actually think that Elvis was considering a re-establishment of his country roots. Of course, Elvis had much success on the country charts during the early part of his career and considering it was getting harder for him to find good rock n' roll songs (as he eluded to during the famous Madison Square Garden press conference), I think gospel and country music were going to be the road that Elvis was going to travel down, had he lived beyond August 16th.

Third and most important, I just like the material that he recorded during the JRS. I have always been a fan of Elvis' ballads, so the fact that these sessions were heavy on the ballads is a plus for me! Of course, WAY DOWN is one of my favorite songs but for the most part, I just love the ballads that can out of these sessions. :D

I do have to agree that the final mixes of the JRS songs are for the most part overdone...the unmixed versions are much nicer to listen to...much cleaner and prettier.

TCB!
Mike

utmom2008
06-02-2009, 03:36 PM
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Third and most important, I just like the material that he recorded during the JRS. I have always been a fan of Elvis' ballads, so the fact that these sessions were heavy on the ballads is a plus for me! Of course, WAY DOWN is one of my favorite songs but for the most part, I just love the ballads that can out of these sessions. :D

TCB!
Mike

I completely agree with you...I have always loved the music that came out of those sessions.(y)(y)(y)

Jungleroom76
06-02-2009, 03:47 PM
I completely agree with you...I have always loved the music that came out of those sessions.(y)(y)(y)


See...just one more verification that you are a very smart woman!!!

:D :D :D :D :D


TCB!
Mike

debtdbruno
06-02-2009, 03:53 PM
Pledging my Love, It's easy for you, and Bitter they are Harder they fall.........are my 3 favourite tracks on there

Trelane P
06-02-2009, 03:56 PM
Only one classic song came from these sessions > Way Down. It is a cracker and worthy of it's place on any best of Elvis album. Everything else is either poor or average quality.

Hey but that's just my taste!

debtdbruno
06-02-2009, 04:07 PM
Hey, I love that too........excellent beat to it
Others are a little bit melancholy, and ballady type of music. shows his voice off

utmom2008
06-02-2009, 05:47 PM
See...just one more verification that you are a very smart woman!!!

:D :D :D :D :D


TCB!
Mike

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Jungleroom76
06-02-2009, 06:25 PM
Pledging my Love, It's easy for you, and Bitter they are Harder they fall.........are my 3 favourite tracks on there

All excellent choices deb -- 3 of my favorites as well!! (y)

TCB!
Mike

Jungleroom76
06-02-2009, 06:26 PM
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Just stating the facts ma'am!!! ;)

TCB!
Mike

epmoodyblue
06-02-2009, 06:34 PM
:hmm:wonder if anyone took some piccys of the Jungle Room Sessions..wonder what he was wearing for the session :king:http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e160/selenauno/smiley-gen101.gif

rickb
06-02-2009, 07:53 PM
The photos that emerged showed him in what seemed to be a blue shirt. There is a close-up photo and one taken outside with a cop (and Elvis doesn't look great)
There werew other photos taken around this time with cops in Denver and he looks much better.

debtdbruno
06-03-2009, 08:29 AM
I thought he was barely recognisable in those outside with the cops

Dino78
06-03-2009, 08:39 AM
These pics were taken on February 3.

molokai123
06-03-2009, 08:42 AM
Pledging my Love, It's easy for you, and Bitter they are Harder they fall.........are my 3 favourite tracks on there

(y)(y)(y)(y)

debtdbruno
06-03-2009, 08:46 AM
Thanks for posting Dino, he sure does look different on the pic on the right.....strange!!!

utmom2008
06-03-2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks for posting Dino, he sure does look different on the pic on the right.....strange!!!

I think it's safe to say that we was having a bad hair day in the pic on the right!:lol::lol:

midnight
06-03-2009, 12:54 PM
Thanks for posting Dino, he sure does look different on the pic on the right.....strange!!!

Even though these pictures were taken on the same day he looks completely different in them both. The one on the right he looks like himself but the one on the left I do not know who he looks like!!:blink:

Brian
06-03-2009, 01:27 PM
What's with all the need for photo's from recording sessions

I think we have enough already

it's the music that counts.

epmoodyblue
06-03-2009, 01:31 PM
What's with all the need for photo's from recording sessions

I think we have enough already

it's the music that counts.
well some people like to see pics of certain recording sessions also..nothing wrong with thathttp://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/bellaselena/icon_sad.gif..if there are more piccys from that jungle room session post them all up peeps(y)

utmom2008
06-03-2009, 01:59 PM
well some people like to see pics of certain recording sessions also..nothing wrong with thathttp://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/bellaselena/icon_sad.gif..if there are more piccys from that jungle room session post them all up peeps(y)

I am with you Joe!http://smiley.net.ru/bigemo296.gif (http://smiley.net.ru/bigemo9.htm)

epmoodyblue
06-03-2009, 02:24 PM
I am with you Joe!http://smiley.net.ru/bigemo296.gif (http://smiley.net.ru/bigemo9.htm)http://www.freewebs.com/elvisnowyoulightupthesky/PICS1/thanks.gifroseanne,,
its normal some of us want the full package full info on the sessions along with some piccys if any were taken http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e160/selenauno/th_wink_smile.gifhttp://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e160/selenauno/smiley-gen101.gif

Brian
06-04-2009, 05:19 PM
some facts about the Jungle Room sessions

Johnny Cash called Elvis version of Danny boy the definitive version

The Judds covered For the Heart under the title I had a dream it gave them their first hit in 1984

David Briggs says Moody Blue is one of only two good songs that Elvis recorded in the 70's.

Lisa Marie Presley loves the song Solitare.

Elvis recorded Pledging my love because of guitarist Chip Young's suggestion.

KPM
06-04-2009, 05:32 PM
What's with all the need for photo's from recording sessions

I think we have enough already
it's the music that counts.
Its a matter of personal taste and curiousity.
I mean the gallery here is full of photos of Elvis Presley for good reason-people want to see them.
I agree the music counts first, but Its just interesting to see photos Brian-IMO you can gain a little insight sometimes into how the person was feeling -as he made the music, and that in turn tells you something about the music itself.

KPM
06-04-2009, 05:39 PM
As far as the Jungle Room Sessions I agree they give some insight into Elvis and his mindset at the time. But his music (as it usually was) was very eclectic in its scope. A little of everything that he liked or he felt like singing.
I like the cuts which came from Graceland but some sounded a little hazy in the mixing.

utmom2008
06-04-2009, 06:23 PM
What's with all the need for photo's from recording sessions

I think we have enough already

it's the music that counts.

Is there such a thing as "enough" Elvis pictures???:doh::doh::lmfao:

midnight
06-04-2009, 06:55 PM
Is there such a thing as "enough" Elvis pictures???:doh::doh::lmfao:

Never, never, never "enough"!(y)

Brian
06-04-2009, 09:33 PM
Its a matter of personal taste and curiousity.
I mean the gallery here is full of photos of Elvis Presley for good reason-people want to see them.
I agree the music counts first, but Its just interesting to see photos Brian-IMO you can gain a little insight sometimes into how the person was feeling -as he made the music, and that in turn tells you something about the music itself.

My thread is not about photo's from the jungle room sessions it's about what was recorded at the sessions.
The photo's are a different matter.