Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The alternate Elvis For Everyone?

In 1965 the album Elvis For Everyone was invented to celebrate Elvis' ten years on RCA. As no session was held to cut the songs needed for an LP, the label's people had to look hard in the vaults to find leftover movie and studio tracks to use instead.

But now it seems their first proposal was changed. On Ebay right now is an acetate that could be an early test pressing of Elvis For Everyone with a different track listing than the one finally used.

Apparently the thought was to include "Crying In The Chapel," "Tell Me Why," "You'll Be Gone," "Angel" and "A Whistling Tune." But instead, they were dropped in favour of "Memphis, Tennessee," "I Met Her Today," "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears," Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers" and "Santa Lucia."

The acetate has already been discussed on the FECC forum, and the majority seems to think this is the real thing. It also seems like "A Whistling Tune" is the then unreleased take from the Follow That Dream session. You can see the add for the acetate and listen to sound samples here. (The bidding ends on the 7th of May.)

This is an interesting find, and as somebody wrote on the FECC forum, it would be nice to know the story behind the acetate and why the song selection was altered. Especially since the original track listing is a stronger one.


MĂ„rtenbrother said...

Why on earth would Angel be on the album? But, of course, Summer kisses was finally included and that had already been released too.

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