Tuesday, February 26, 2008

That's The Way It's Gonna Be

No big surprises but done in the right way. That's how I would categorize the Follow That Dream re-issue of That’s The Way It Is in the classic album series.

After looking at the track-listing it's pretty clear that there aren't that many complete unreleased studio outtakes included. Still, there seem to be a lot of rehearsals, false starts and incomplete takes, which should give a good idea of how Elvis worked with the songs, a part I always find interesting.

I also like that Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon (It's easy to forget there are two of them, isn't it?) have stuck to the original songs on the album and not included bonus songs such as "I'll Never Know" and "Sylvia" like they did on the 3 CD Special Edition of TTWII back in 2000.

The idea to include studio versions of the live songs (where such exists) is another good one. I'm especially looking forward to the alternate takes of "Patch It Up" which is a great song. On the other hand, maybe you could argue that there are some live versions that would qualify, like "Stranger In The Crowd" and "The Next Step Is Love."

All in all, I'm kind of looking forward to this release. But what's the "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" rehearsal composite all about?

1 comment:

Rocker said...

Good point with the live-versions "Stranger In The Crowd" and "The Next Step Is Love."