VERY INTERESTING IDEAS FOR THIS YEAR ROR!!!
I DEFINITELY appprove of the single selections you made for MY BOY and T-R-O-U-B-L-E!! I've always thought SUSAN WHEN SHE TRIED was an underrated song, and deserved more attention than it received! I think pairing it with T-R-O-U-B-L-E is a GREAT idea!! Definitely an improvement over the original flipside, MR. SONGMAN, which is a song that I just never really could get into!
I'm not real sure about the SHAKE A HAND/I CAN HELP single though....what about BRINGIN' IT BACK? I know it was the original flipside of PIECES OF MY LIFE, but maybe having made BRINGIN' IT BACK the single would have given Elvis another hit single in '75? (Not that there is anything wrong with PIECES OF MY LIFE...that is one of my all-time favorite Elvis songs!) But since we now know that PIECES wasn't a huge chart success, looking back on things, maybe BRINGIN' IT BACK would have been a better potential hit single? Maybe pairing BRINGIN' IT BACK with either SHAKE A HAND or I CAN HELP would have been an idea??
Unfortunately, I have to disagree with your idea of releasing LITTLE DARLIN' as a single. While it is a cute song and one that was neat for a change of pace in Elvis' shows, I certainly can't imagine it being a hit single for Elvis. If the public didn't see the hit potential in a beautiful ballad like PIECES OF MY LIFE, I rfeally don't think LITTLE DARLIN' would have done any better. The medley on the "B" side is definitely a gutsy choice, although a very unique one...perhaps with a different "A" side, this would be a good single to release to promote the ELVIS AS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS album!!
I like your re-vamping of the tracks on the TODAY album, although I am not sure about your title....perhaps something different would sound better to me??
I REALLY LIKE your idea for the double-LP set for the ELVIS AS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS, using tracks from both the '74 and '75 Memphis shows! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT IDEA!!! The only thing I would change is having all the tracks on each side of the albums be from one year only, instead of mixing them up, just for the sake of continuity. "Side A" could be from '74, "Side B" from '75, "Side C" from '75 and Side "D" from '74. Otherwise, this is a FANTASTIC idea!!!
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ON THESE ROR!!! While I haven't responded to many of your other "As It Should Have Been" posts yet, I have read most of them and will eventually get around to answering all of them!!