'Elvis: Made In Germany: Private Recordings'

MRS double VINYL

- Review by Piers Beagley

The MRS label released ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany, for Record Store Day 2019.

The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology.

Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.

Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP set with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures.


EIN's Piers Beagley spins the discs....

Yesterday was a real treat for this Elvis fan as not only did the postman deliver my FTD ‘Fun In Acapulco’ Deluxe set but also CMT’s ‘Ghetto Power: Spliced Takes’ and, with perfect timing for Record Store Day, the two new VINYL releases from the MRS label.
I love VINYL. I bought my first Elvis 45rpm aged six. There is still something special about the tactile feel of real music pressed into something physical , the wonderful  ability for spinning plastic to pump out a HUGE sound from the tiny diamond stylus, the printed sleeves and readable print. No wonder Millennials are so fascinated and retail shops have seen a major return to quality vinyl for sale.

Unfortunately with the convenience of streaming or CDs that last 80 minutes, nowadays I tend to only purchase vinyl that offers something new and interesting. 
(ie the Elvis SUN 78rpm replicas being pure vinyl aural delight to me).

At one point I owned Elvis’ Golden Celebration RCA Vinyl set which featured six albums with two sides dedicated to Elvis’ home recordings - one including five tracks now featured here an amazing 35 years later on this MRS release. Sadly the best of my vinyl collection was stolen while I was overseas years ago including that RCA box-set.

The two albums are divided into Guitar Reel for the first two sides and then Piano Reel for the last album.

AUDIO QUALITY: Of course being Home Recordings these cannot be compared to the other MRS release of Movies Masters. However the quality is still very impressive compared to earlier outings – hard to believe these are the same tape source as those 1984 RCA vinyl releases. It’s quite astounding when one realises that you are listening to Elvis singing at home recorded purely for personal enjoyment – two sides of this set that were only discovered last year – and here you are eavesdropping on such magic moments via beautiful 180gram vinyl. Again with Studio Ds remasters some tracks are outstanding even if they were only home recorded!

The packaging is sumptuous with glorious 12” x 12” full-size images of Elvis in the army. The stunning never-before-published front photo is even more impressive as a full sized album cover. (see pic above comparing it to the size of a regular CD)

Even the album labels have stylish fifties design

The pages feature plenty of text from Gordon Minto (Elvis The Man and His Music) which helps explain the importance of these historical home recordings.

And while the text is the same as featured in the recent MRS Book/CD combo (see full MRS book review here) the real surprise is that there are plenty of images included in the 24 page photo-book that were not used in the MRS ‘Private Recordings’ book. The photos capture Elvis both On-Duty and Off-Duty and some full-page images are in great quality. There were several photos here that I am sure I have never seen before. This makes this set even more of a collector’s treat.

Being “album size” this photo-book features some truly amazing photos of Elvis in a stunning format.  Compared to a regular CD, or even FTD’s “Classic Album” 45rpm size, these pages truly impress.

Below are a few pages just to give fans an idea of the remarkable size and design. 

Comparing the vinyl photo book to MRS's previous Elvis 'Off-Duty' package.    


The Music.
Kicking off with ‘I’m Beginning to Forget You’ and Elvis saying “Don’t come back in here if you hear me singing, Lamar!” the albums are a delightful ‘Best of’ selected from MRS’s recent The Complete Private Recordings with each side running around a packed 24 minutes.

All my favourite highlights are featured including 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'Like A Baby', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Cool Water', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?', 'Her Hand in Mine', 'Soldier Boy', 'Earth Angel',
'I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen', 'It’s Been So Long Darling', 'The Titles Will Tell', 'Send Me Some Lovin''
and 'The Fool'.

On a positive note collectors will be delighted that there is 30 minutes featured from the newly discovered home-recordings tape. Treasure hunter Juan Luis Gonzalez  is specially thanked in the sleeve notes.

Nice two-page display of how Elvis' army studio portraits would be used on future RCA releases.

My only complaint is that on the final side we get the full 7 minutes of ‘Send Me Some Lovin'’ including its rather distorted last half but only two minutes of the beautiful sounding ‘The Fool’ to end with.


Overall Verdict: While I expected good things for both these MRS 2019 Record Store Day releases I was again stunned by the overall presentation of Elvis' German Private Recordings. After spinning the MRS 'Complete Private Recordings' CDs in recent weeks I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the "Best Of" one more time - but this time from Vinyl. The massive size 24-page photo-album with accompanying text and rare photos again makes this MRS release a true collectable.

Vinyl fans will have to search their Elvis Dealers for copies as MRS state that they are already out-of-stock!

Some rare Army images some of which were not used in the MRS Book / CD combo
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Please note that these images are only personal photos and so cannot show the true quality of the images.

Review by Piers Beagley.
-Copyright EIN April 2019
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01. I'm Beginning to Forget You
02. Mona Lisa
03. I Can’t Help It/Guitar
04. Danny Boy (Complete and LFS)
05. Loving You
06. He Knows Just What I Need (FS/Complete)
07. Cool Water (Bob Nolan)

01. Like A Baby
02. His Hand in Mine (Complete/Ending)
03. Her Hand in Mine
04. Return to Me/Her Hand in Mine (Rehearsing Ending)
05. Her Hand in Mine (Complete 2)
06. Her Hand in Mine (Complete 3)
07. Just A Closer Walk with Thee/If I Didn't Care/Are You Sincere
08. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
09. Oh, Lonesome Me

01. Soldier Boy/Such A Night (One Line)/ Soldier Boy
02. I Asked the Lord (Reprise 1)
03. Piano/Earth Angel
04. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Fast)
05. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Slow)

01. Apron Strings (Reprise)
02. It’s Been So Long Darling
03. I Will Be True
04. There’s No Tomorrow
05. The Titles Will Tell
06. At the Hop/Give Me My Oil Lamp/Que Sera/Hound Dog/Piano
07. Send Me Some Lovin'
08. The Fool

EIN's reviews of other MRS releases:

The Complete 50s Movie Masters Session Recordings

Elvis Studio Sessions '56 The Complete Recordings

The Complete Works 1953-1955

Elvis On Television 1956-1960

Elvis Live in the 50s The Complete Concert Recordings

Off Duty with Private Presley

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley

Memphis Recording Service Volume 2 'The Rise of Elvis Presley' 1955

Memphis Recording Service Volume 1 'The Beginning of Elvis Presley' 1953-1954

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.

With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

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'The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings' In-Depth Review: This MRS 'The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings' 5CD/Book combo pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s complete music recordings made for his movies during the 1950s.
The 5CDs contain the complete works of the master and session studio recordings made for each of Elvis’ movies during the 1950s, and all tracks have been remastered.
The 200-page book focuses on each of the recording sessions held for the four motion pictures made between August 1956 and March 1958.
The comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and documentation.

So what surprises will collectors discover in this new set, what is in this new collection that FTD have missed and how good will the audio sound.

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

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‘ELVIS: Studio Sessions 1956' In-Depth Review: MRS newest release, a massive 3CD/172 page book compilation "Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 The Complete Recordings". The 172-page book, with text by Gordon Minto, focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Also included are all the out-takes from this interview.

Once again MRS release a first putting all of Elvis' key 1956 Studio Session masters onto one disc, with the addition of two other fully-packed cds of 1956 material and a stunning 172 page book. But what does this set offer over other previous releases
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer. Includes stunning example photos & a detailed audio investigation.
(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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