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    ELVIS TODAY - Originally Released in 1975

    Tracklist: (click on the track to hear a 20 second sample) Help

    DISC ONE

    ORIGINAL ALBUM
    01. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
    02. And I Love You So
    03. Susan When She Tried
    04. Woman Without Love
    05. Shake A Hand
    06. Pieces Of My Life
    07. Fairytale
    08. I Can Help
    09. Bringin' It Back
    10. Green Green Grass Of Home

    OUTTAKES
    11. Tiger Man (jam)
    12. And I Love You So - take 2
    13. Pieces Of My Life - take 1
    14. Fairytale - takes 1 & 2
    15. Bringin' It Back - take 1
    16. Green, Green Grass Of Home - take 1
    17. Shake A Hand - take 1
    18. Susan When She Tried - take 3
    19. Pieces Of My Life - takes 2 & 3
    20. And I Love You So - take 3

    DISC TWO

    ORIGINAL SESSION MIXES
    01. Fairytale
    02. Green Green Grass Of Home
    03. I Can Help
    04. And I Love You So
    05. Susan When She Tried
    06. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
    07. Woman Without Love
    08. Shake A Hand
    09. Bringin' It Back
    10. Pieces Of My Life

    6363 SUNSET MATERIAL
    11. Green, Green Grass Of Home - takes 2 & 3
    12. Susan When She Tried - takes 1 & 2
    13. And I Love You So - take 1
    14. Bringin' It Back - takes 2 & 3
    15. T-R-O-U-B-L-E - take 1
    16. Shake A Hand - take 2


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    This is such a great album of Elvis' later career. It should have done a better job on the charts. The songs are great!!!
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    Today Album

    Thank you Albert! I have it, and listened to the sample, great job and I don't know how to say more that I am happy you have done these lovely samples for us all to enjoy. I want to buy this album, I don't have this one yet.

    Again thanks so much,

    Tommy

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    will scorn. Where LOVE will bless the earth
    and peace its paths adorn...

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    I just got mine it is the best 70's cd I ever bought it has my fave songs "Shake A Hand","Fairytale" and "T-R-O-U-B-L-E".

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    Review of Today

    Elvis Today Review

    The Artwork
    The reproduction of the album cover is sort of dull. The picture cover and back cover of the album is not as crisp and bright as the other reproductions. The booklet is very nice. We get some very nice shots of Elvis in concert in '75 when this album was released, but I would of rather had pictures of Elvis in the recording studio.

    The Sound & Content
    Now the sound is wonderful. Each song is mixed very well and Elvis is very clear. In my opinion, this album is very much underrated. This album should be rated as high as the memphis recordings. Hopefully one day it will be seen in a different light then it is now.

    The Songs

    T.R.O.U.B.L.E-Great tune. Nicely done. The only thing left out were the unreleased outtakes of this song. I do not know if they do not have them, but if they did, those at FTD should of at least added one of the unreleased takes.

    And I Love You So-A beautiful ballad that speaks more then we can know. You can tell by Elvis' voice that he is singing to someone special.

    Susan When She Tried-A cool song that Elvis performs well. Maybe this one and Woman without Love are the low points of this album. Bur at least we get two outtakes of Susan When She Tried, we get nothing with Woman without Love.

    Pieces of my Life-All I can say is WOW! If only they at FTD have this tune live in concert. We know Elvis did the song once live, but lets hope they have it on a soundboard recording. This song along with it's outtakes are awesome to have. I can see why Elvis after recording it listened to it over and over again. It has the sound the just gets you in a trance. A highlight for sure.

    Fairytale-Nicely done and cool to have the outtakes along with it.

    I Can Help-Good song with no outtakes sad to say, but still a good tune to listen too.

    Bringin' It Back-Another highlight. With outtakes and the master just great to hear the trials and error of the song to get it right.

    Green Green Grass of Home-This song just brings chills to the person listening to it. I rememeber the first time i heard this song and I thought man I would hate to be this person. The first take Elvis does of this song, and he pauses and lets out that sigh, we feel Elvis is this person just in a prison , but in his own man made prison. Great song and another highlight of this album.

    Should you get this album? OH! YES! This is a GREAT Album and FTD did a fantastic job of putting it together. I can not wait for them to do more of the 70's albums like Good Times and From Evis Presley Blvrd Memphis Tenn..

    Keep it Up

    Rockin
    Last edited by rockin; 05-04-2006 at 02:24 PM.

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    I would say, next to the Jungle Room Sessions, this is the FTD release I listen to the most. The songs are wonderful and Elvis' voice is top notch. I agree with you rockin, this album is extremely underrated and should be rated as high as the Memphis recordings. Beautiful to listen to.
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    I original bought elvis today in all availible formatts, the quad 8 track version
    was far superior than the common stereo version

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    I'm very disapointed about the original album. Not because the songs - I love them! But, the mixing of the sound! Elvis' voice is not clear at the mixing they did back in 1975! His voice is lower than the instruments, and that's not good. I wish Elvis had some proffesional producers who could mix cd's..

    So my question is then.. Is the sound of original recordings from Disc 1 impoved? or is it just the outtakes ?
    Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend - without a song.'

    That's why he still keep singing a song

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    too many takes of the same songs...too boring for the price!

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    Re: Today

    Here is a review I recently wrote on this classic FTD release:

    In early 1975, despite Elvis' clearly fading desire to record new material (he hadn't recorded a new studio album since 1973), Elvis managed to step up to the challenge one more time. Little did anyone within the Elvis Presley circle know that when Elvis stepped into the RCA recording studios in Hollywood, CA. on March 10, 1975, it would be the last time 'The King of Rock N' Roll' would record music in a proper studio setting. However, the results of this 3-day recording session produced arguably the most diverse album of Elvis' career - Elvis Today. Elvis Today, released in 2005 by the Follow That Dream (FTD) Collector's Label provides fans with 2-CD's packed with all of the known material recorded between March 10-12, 1975 for the Today album in their Classic album series. Disc one kicks off with the 10-songs included on the Today album, as it was originally released in 1975. As mentioned, the original 1975 album provides fans with a diverse listening experience into the effortless way Elvis could switch from a beautiful ballad to a classic cover to a rock n' roll original!

    Following the original 1975 album on disc one, fans are treated to some outtakes from the recording sessions including the previously released (but still fun to listen to) Tiger Man jam, which gives the band a chance to let loose in between songs. Clearly the band and Elvis are having fun, which is a nice treat to hear considering the aforementioned hesitation Elvis had to returning to the recording studio once again. Listening to Elvis work out the lyrics and timing of Pieces Of My Life (takes 2 & 3) is a real fly on the wall experience on disc one, along with Elvis announcing 'you don't believe that s**t, do you?' prior to take 3 of Susan When She Tried. Beautiful outtakes of And I Love You So (takes 2 & 3) also highlight the outtakes of disc one.

    Disc two of the Elvis Today FTD release starts with the 10 original songs from the album, but this time, we are able to hear the songs as they were originally recorded ... without the post-recording session overdubbing that producer Felton Jarvis is so famous (infamous?) for. This section of the 2-disc set may very well be the true high point of this package! Fans get to hear the songs the way Elvis truly recorded them. Songs like I Can Help, Woman Without Love and T-R-O-U-B-L-E almost sound like different versions without the overdubs and it is a real treat to hear these 'original session mixes'. Rounding out disc two are more outtakes from the Today sessions, which were originally released on the '6363 Sunset' FTD release in 2001 [Deleted]. Although previously heard by fans, it is nice to finally have all of the Today session material gathered all in one place.

    One could argue that the material on the Elvis Today album may not be his strongest, and of course that is left up to the judgement of each individual listener. Personally, while Woman Without Love and Bringing It Back are for me the two weakest songs on the album, I use the term 'weakest' lightly. Certainly, Elvis' deliverance of the songs and the passion in his voice lift the material up from what may otherwise be considered as album filler. Other songs like Elvis' covers of the Statler Brothers Susan When She Tried and Tom Jones hauntingly beautiful Green Green Grass Of Home are proof that when given the right material, Elvis can make any song his own.

    Then we come to the two highlights of Elvis Today in the opinion of this reviewer. The original rocker T-R-O-U-B-L-E provides clear-cut proof that, even in the last couple years of Elvis' life, he could still rock n' roll with the best of the best! Simply a fantastic song and a true Elvis rock classic! On the opposite side of the spectrum comes the simply stunning Pieces Of My Life. Some fans argue that Pieces Of My Life may very well be a musically autobiography of sorts for Elvis, but regardless, Elvis delivers an outstanding performance.

    The music contained in the Elvis Today FTD release was mastered by Lene Reidel and she does a fine job with the material, giving the sound quality a much needed modern sound. Even the original album on disc one sounds much better than when it was first issued on CD in 1992.

    The packaging of Elvis Today is fairly basic, with an up close concert photo of Elvis and the original back album cover art featured on the inside of the customary tri-fold cover and a plain black back cover with the album tracklisting. One complaint I have is the poor quality of the front cover photo. The picture of Elvis is very dark, almost as if the photo used is a copy of a copy. Also, if you look closely at the Today title, you can see where it appears that the artwork was cut out from another source and pasted onto the cover ... very sloppy in my opinion. The 12-page booklet included with the Today FTD is nicely assembled and fun to flip through while listening to the album. Inside the booklet, fans are treated to some photos of RCA documents and memos associated with the making of the album, along with some period concert photos and the usual In And Outtakes and Behind The Scenes sections which provide the listener with more details surrounding the recording of the material and the original release of the album.

    In the history of music, has there been any other artist that could make singing a blues song, a country song and a rock n' roll song sound so easy? Perhaps yes, perhaps no ... but listeners of the Elvis Today album are able to take that journey with Elvis. All in all, the double CD release of Elvis Today by the good folks at the Follow That Dream Collector's Label is a welcomed addition to the Elvis catalog and until recently, was my all-time favorite Elvis album ... but that is a whole other story.


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    Re: Today

    This was a really good release in 1975 and this upgraded release by FTD takes it up a notch. I have never understood why the original release never did better in the charts. The material is balanced and Elvis is committed to the material. Just hear his voice on "Green, Green Grass of Home." Just amazing! T-R-O-U-B-L-E was a good release for 1975 and really rocks, unfortunately it did not receive a lot of air play in 1975. His voice really carries the simple country song, "Bringing It Back," and he is simply wonderful and committed on "Pieces of My Life." And my favorite cut on the album is Elvis' cover of "And I Love You So," simply beautiful.

    I personally like the out takes and all of the studio banter. Once again, I applaud FTD for this awesome release.

    IM

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