Since his death in 1977, EP has had success with albums released over the past 29 years. Here is a look at what I consider the best lost but found recordings released since 1977.
1) A Little Less Conversation (68 Comeback tapes)
For many years the rumors were that EP recorded a funkier lost version of the 1968 movie track A Little Less Conversation from Live A Little, Love A Little for his 1968 comeback special. That rumor was revealed as true in 1998 when RCA released the acetate of that performance for the 2-CD set Memories-The 68 Comeback Special . The lost tape was discovered in EP's father's office behind Graceland when EPE gave permission for RCA executives to go into his files and they found the tape locked in a filing cabinet. It only ran for 1:43 due to damage from distortion at the end. However it was the funkiest minute and a half of EP's music career. That short song is more connected today and has become used in movie soundtracks, tv show themes and even a historical remix than has Hound Dog. In 2001 the song appeared in the cult classic Ocean's 11 and in 2002 the song was used as the first official EP remix for Nike's add campaign for the 2002 World Cup. It was such a gigantic hit all over the world and went #1 in both the US and UK and almost ever other continent on the planet including Africa! The remix and song has quickly become an EP classic!
2) You're The Boss
This not only was a great and rare duet with EP and Ann Margaret, it was also a lost hit for the King. Some believe this would have been among his greatest hits had RCA and MGM used it in the 1964 classic Viva Las Vegas instead of shelving it for over 20 years. The song was released in the US on a compilation CD called Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller . In the late 90's Gwyn Stefani and Brian Switzer did a remake of the song.
3) I'm A Roustabout
Recorded for the film Roustabout in 1963, the song never got released anywhere until it was a featured bonus track on the 2003 hit album Second To None which debuted at #3 on Billboard 200. Some believe this might have been the final "super" recording by EP to be lost and found and released.
4) My Happiness
Not a great song but does have historical value to it, this was however EP's very first known recording. It has been said by experts that this was recorded as a gift for his mother Gladys in 1953 when he was 18. The song made it's debut on a CD called The Great Performances in 1992.
5) She Thinks I Still Care (alternate version)
In 1976 EP recorded two different versions of this George Jones classic and the slower country version was selected for his Moody Blue album in 1977 by producer Felton Jarvis. The faster bluesy version didn't make an official unedited release until 1979 on an LP called Our Memories Of Elvis and officially on CD format in 1995 on the Walk A Mile In My Shoes, Essential 70's Masters 4-CD box set. The song was overdubbed by Jarvis in 1981 for the Guitar Man remake album.