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Best track on "Elvis is back" LP 1960

Poll ended at Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:20 pm

Make Me Know It
3
9%
Fever
3
9%
The Girl Of My Best Friend
2
6%
Dirty, Dirty Feeling
6
18%
The Thrill Of Your Love
0
No votes
Soldier Boy
1
3%
Such A Night
3
9%
It Feels So Right
0
No votes
Like A Baby
2
6%
Reconsider Baby
13
39%
 
Total votes: 33


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Best track on "Elvis is back" LP 1960

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Ok, here we are. To have to exclude two tracks on this album is a tragic thing to do, because we all know that this album is ....well a perfect album. What more can I say. "Girl Next Door Went A'Walking" is a nice pop tune...but a bit thin compared to the other tracks. "I Will Be Home Again" is the other track that has to go. Mostly because I prefer the other tracks with the same style (Soldier boy and The thrill of your love). The blues tracks are remarkable and best of those is in my opinion "Reconsider baby". One of my all time top five tracks by Elvis. It gets my vote!

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Have anice day//Björn




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It’s a shame you removed "I Will Be Home Again", as it’s such a beautiful song. Not that it matters, because my vote goes to "Reconsider Baby" anyway. :lol:

Keep these polls coming, Dreambear.

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thekingisalive wrote:It’s a shame you removed "I Will Be Home Again", as it’s such a beautiful song. Not that it matters, because my vote goes to "Reconsider Baby" anyway. :lol:

Keep these polls coming, Dreambear.

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It´s a shame to remove ANY track on this LP!! :cry:

//Björn



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"Reconsider Baby"

A blues masterpiece!

I'd also put "Like A Baby" in second place. Elvis' singing is INCREDIBLE on that one. Listen to how many subtle variations he places on the title line with every repetition.

The only song I feel is wrong on "Elvis Is Back" is "The Girl Of My Best Friend". It's too sugary by half. Maybe someone like Ricky Nelson could have sang it -- but Elvis Presley? Arguably the first truly execrable song he recorded. It could easily be replaced (if EP had recorded them then, of course) by "Doin' The Best I Can", "Surrender", "There's Always Me" or "King Of The Whole Wide World". JMO.




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The two songs that were excluded I've never been crazy about anyway.
I can't pick a favorite from the other 10 because they're all great. Oh, alright. "Soldier Boy."




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Post by Juan Luis »

Reconsider Baby is great by Elvis but did not have tha market cornered IMO on that song cause it is a standard... many many blues musicians have done as well.. and even better Imo.



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Juan Luis wrote:Reconsider Baby is great by Elvis but did not have tha market cornered IMO on that song cause it is a standard... many many blues musicians have done as well.. and even better Imo.

But they didn´t have Booths Randolph on saxophone...

I have the Fulsom recording, and Elvis´recording stands up really well.

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many many blues musicians have done as well.. and even better Imo.
Well, that´s your opinion. I could say that for FEVER but not for RECONSIDER: Elvis´ version is the definitive one for me.




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Post by Scarre »

dreambear wrote:
thekingisalive wrote:It’s a shame you removed "I Will Be Home Again", as it’s such a beautiful song. Not that it matters, because my vote goes to "Reconsider Baby" anyway. :lol:

Keep these polls coming, Dreambear.

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It´s a shame to remove ANY track on this LP!! :cry:

//Björn
Almost...but I wouldn´t object to the removing of "Fever". Don´t know why, but never really liked it...



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By the way, the sound quality of these recordings are amazing by 1960 standards. It has better sound than "Something for everybody" for some reason. "Pot luck" is equal.

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Post by GIRL HAPPY BOY »

ELVIS IS BACK is a winner !
great LP i just cant choose just one
Its a perfect LP
but one i really like & love to hear a lot is:
DIRTY, DIRTY FEELING !
take care everyone
sincerely
LIOR :wink:




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I voted for Dirty Dirty Feeling. Short but happy type of song. Should have been a longer track.




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The Girl of My Best Friend.......... love the Music and Lyrics equally.




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I voted for Dirty Dirty Feeling



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I voted for Dirty Dirty Feeling ..... :wink:



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Post by Hav-A-Tampa »

Voted for Reconsider Baby... I consider it one of his finest recordings ever.

Though this album is full of fantastic tracks, but there are two songs I feel are not up to the high standard of the rest... Girl Next Door Went Walking, IIRC, that was recorded as a favour to Scotty Moore? The Girl Of My Best Friend is slightly better, but sounds more like a soundtrack number.

I agree with Dreambear that the sound is amazing on these recordings... the album sounds a lot better than many of his 70's LPs!



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Hav-A-Tampa wrote:Voted for Reconsider Baby... I consider it one of his finest recordings ever.

Though this album is full of fantastic tracks, but there are two songs I feel are not up to the high standard of the rest... Girl Next Door Went Walking, IIRC, that was recorded as a favour to Scotty Moore? The Girl Of My Best Friend is slightly better, but sounds more like a soundtrack number.

I agree with Dreambear that the sound is amazing on these recordings... the album sounds a lot better than many of his 70's LPs!
The sound is also better than some of todays recordings. Amazing! Maybe some artists wants recordings that sounds a bit rough, but the main problem today, is the comprimended sound, made to suit radio. No life at all.

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Reconsider baby seems to be the most popular track...and it is an outstanding recording. Great winner! //Björn



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Elvis' best album period. I am a fan of his whole career though I admitedly like the concert years the best. However nothing he did later (or even before) was quite this perfect.


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Even though I can sympathise with where it's coming from, I don't quite agree with the criticism for "Girl Next Door Went A Walkin'". I implore everyone to give this a closer listen. Wrapped up in this superficially sweet ballad is a savage piece of criticism. Elvis takes a relatively ordinary -- though, even in its pregant state, by no means meagre song -- and, backed and spurred on by that incredible band and personal thirst of his, transforms it into social protest. Or does he? Listen to the way he allows his baritone voice to sound fatigued and exasperated, especially on the line: "Settle down to life." He drags out the word "life" so it sounds more like: "liffffffe". The "fffff" sound conjures images of the singer turning away in a mix of distaste and sarcasm. He cannot believe that such a young woman -- the eponymous "girl next door" -- has gone off and gotten locked into a marriage so soon. Hasn't she paid attention to the rock 'n roll revolution -- *the* social revolution of the time (paving the way for others) -- that he has spearheaded? Hasn't she learnt anything from what's been happening around her? Indeed, the song ends with the line, "Settle down to life," where Elvis bears all his disdain, crystallising the record's theme, recited four times.

I really like "Girl Next Door Went A'Walkin". Another interesting feature -- again, in that all-important line -- is Elvis' ambiguity with the actual wording: is it, "Settle down for life," or, "Settle down to life"? Elvis seems to opt for the latter, but it's hard to say. The latter seems to carry greater irony -- how does one settle down "to" life? Does that even mean anything at all? Is it as meaningless as a rushed marriage? Of course, this girl may truly love "the boy she likes". The onus may be on the singer himself: he is the one "surprise[d]" that the girl thought that love was "paradise". Perhaps this has nothing to do with social criticism; perhaps the singer and the girl are merely different people. Perhaps we're only getting the biased interpretation of the singer's own appraisal of the situation. In any case, there is a frustrated idealism at stake here. Some of that same frustrated idealism and skewed perspective on marriage would come back to haunt Elvis later on. This song is more important to the culture of the time and the life of EP than it's credited for. Afterall, a piece's relevancy to culture and the artist is our compass for great music -- and I submit, without recourse to irony, that "Girl Next Door Went A Walkin'" is a great song on a great album.



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I think that "Girl next door..." was recorded as a favour to Scotty Moore. Someone else might know about this better?

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Post by Cryogenic »

"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was also recorded as a favour to Colonel Parker. And look how that turned out. Read this for more: http://livinginstereo.com/?page_id=295




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I'm surprised there are no plaudits for 'The Thrill Of Your Love'. I play that more than any on a quite outstanding album!



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Post by yiske »

It's so hard to make a choose! I mean, all songs are good! This is Elvis in his better days :D . But if I really have to...................I picked "Reconsider Baby"! 8)


Make Me Know It!


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One of my favorite albums that Elvis ever did, and my absolute favorite studio FTD. He started and ended the decade on one hell of a positive note.

There was just something about the middle that wasn't too appealing.