'The Complete And Definitive Recording Sessions'
Book Review - By Brian Quinn
'Ultimate Elvis – The Complete And Definitive Recording Sessions' is a this three-volume, deluxe set (in a slipcase), that not only comprises all the session information available to date, based on Keith Flynn's incomparable website and includes comprehensive notes on each session, discographies, letters, original sheet music covers plus huge index all included in its 1,800 pages.
The icing on the cake is a wealth of stunning photographs - approximately 3,000 of them! - many of them previously unseen, relating to the time period in question.
Reviewed by EIN contributor and Elvis enthusiast Brian Quinn.
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The promotional publicity for this three-volume set was very impressive with the original publishing date of August 2014 missed as more photographs were discovered and the content expanded. Finally published in December 2014, Elvis enthusiast Brian Quinn checks out this astounding deluxe package to discover if it is as good as promised.
ULTIMATE ELVIS – THE RECORDING SESSIONS (VOLUMES 1 – 3)
FEATURING ALL THE SINGLES, EPs AND ALBUMS
This triple book set is, without doubt, a tour de force among Elvis books and one that every Elvis fan will be proud to own.
Compiled by four renowned Elvis fans: Erik Lorentzen; Keith Flynn; Gordon Minto and Piers Beagley, they have managed to produce what Elvis Presley Enterprises, Sony Music or any of the relevant film studios have been unable to and that is a chronological work of art befitting the legacy of Elvis Presley.
The three volumes of the set come enclosed in a stout, stand alone, cardboard case (see below) which in itself makes for a fine display with two great shots of Elvis from the 1950’s, one on the front and one on the back.
The books themselves have stout durable covers, each with a fine picture of Elvis during the relevant era. The paper quality of the pages is the finest available.
Every recording session (plus known outtakes and sheet music) together with backing singers and musicians is listed (including which releases they are featured on) and reviews of each release are taken from historical accounts given by the four authors, in addition to those from such legendary fans as Rocky Barra (Strictly Elvis)’ Wayne Stierle; Carl Obermeier; Alan Hanson; Jake Otnes; the late Rex Martin (Elvis Worldwide News Service Weekly); and many from the pages of much-loved publications such as Elvis Monthly.
I could go on with naming the many other contributors but suffice it to say that their efforts are every bit as important as the ones listed.
Throughout the three volumes are reproductions of Colonel Parker’s official newsletters and communications to and from Elvis and others.
This features the era 1953 to 1960 and like all three volumes contains many magnificent pictures of Elvis, some well-known and many rarely, if ever, seen before. This seminal era of Elvis’ career is well documented through his early appearances in person on TV and film including the Frank Sinatra Timex Special welcoming Elvis back from his two year stint in the U.S. Army. If I had to choose a couple of examples then my two favourite pictures are on pages 99 and 297, as shown below.
January 27, 1956. The release date of 'Heartbreak Hotel'
June 20, 1957 was the release date of the 'Loving You' soundtrack album
. Please Note - These review pictures are all low-res snaps from pages of the book. Even then you can see the amazing quality of the images.
This covers the era 1961 to 1969 and features the film years and Elvis’ personal appearances at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis on February 25th 1961 and the Bloch Arena Concert in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 25th March 1961 plus the NBC Comeback Special in 1968 and the preparations that were made for Elvis’ return to live performances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Again many stunning pictures of which my favourites are on pages 633 and 856.
Elvis during the filming of 'Follow That Dream'. It was released in April 1962.
August 1965, Elvis on set for 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'. The album would be released June 1966.
This features the era 1969 to 1977 and covers the extensive touring years and Vegas performances from Elvis’ historic opening at The International Hotel on 31st July, 1969; the Aloha from Hawaii Worldwide TV Special in January, 1973 and the Madison Square Garden performances in June, 1972 to his final performance at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis on June 26th 1977.
Closing this volume are extremely interesting in depth interviews conducted by Arjan Deelen with Charlie Hodge; James Burton; Ronnie Tutt; Glen D. Hardin; Myrna Smith and Estelle Brown which offer their perspectives on working with the phenomenon that was Elvis.
My two favourite pictures in this volume are on pages 1521 and 1551.
Sensational full-page image of Elvis at Graceland with Janelle McComb and Linda Thompson.
March 26, 1976. Elvis stops to check out a highway accident in Memphis.
Last but not least, the complete works are drawn to a close with an Official Discography and A-Z Song List supplied by Keith Flynn which are meticulously researched and up to date as of the date of publication.
There is even a ‘My Own Notes’ section where one can, should they so wish, add new releases or information that may come to light in the future. A nice touch.
Overal Verdict: In conclusion, I can honestly say that I have never got so much pleasure from a post Elvis product as I did from these magnificent books which were obviously a labour of love from those who compiled it. For me, and no doubt many others, the books will become a valuable work of reference. Further, it is my opinion that real Elvis fans are a font of knowledge which needs to be tapped before they sadly pass away or memories fade as it is through their efforts that Elvis’ legacy will be preserved for future generations of fans to enjoy. It is apparent that the official outlets e.g. EPE/Sony/Film Studios etc., are unable to do so for economies of scale and, dare I say it, because they lack the knowledge.
Well done to all concerned. -
Book Review by Brian Quinn.
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Ultimate Elvis: The Complete And Definitive Recording Sessions
- Review by Neil Colombari -
Executive Editor and Photo Editor: Erik Lorentzen
Researched, compiled, written and edited by Keith Flynn, Gordon Minto, and Piers Beagley
Layout and design by Neil Chris Middleton
Oslo native, Erik Lorentzen, has been an Elvis fan for almost 60 years. From first hearing Heartbreak Hotel as a 7 year old in 1956, to being co-founder of the Norwegian Elvis Presley Fan Club in 1964, to seeing Elvis in concert on many occasions between 1972-76 (and also meeting him), it seems only natural that Erik should have become one of the most prolific publishers of quality Elvis books and magazines over the past few years. Best known for The Elvis Files series of books and magazines, Erik’s latest offering, ‘Ultimate Elvis: The Complete And Definitive Recording Sessions’, takes a fresh approach to every single recording of Elvis’ – from his first 1953 acetate, My Happiness, to the Elvis in Concert recordings from June 1977.
Weighing in at 10.3 kg (22.7 lb), this set is massive in more ways than one, with the 1,712 pages of the three volumes being divided as follows:
· Volume One: 1953-1960 (pages 1-544)
· Volume Two: 1961-1969 (pages 545-1136)
· Volume Three: 1969-1977 (pages 1137-1712)
Besides the overall weight and size of the set, the first thing that strikes the reader is that there is so much information available regarding Elvis’ recordings. For the past 15 years, or so, the excellent ‘Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (The Complete Recording Sessions)’ by Ernst Jorgensen was ‘it’ when it came to Elvis’ recorded output. Admittedly, there were a few gaps in Jorgensen’s tome (especially in regards to the 1960s soundtrack sessions), but it was, and still is, a good, solid reference book. However, on a number of levels, Ultimate Elvis blows it out of the water!
So, what exactly does Ultimate Elvis contain? The General Introduction answers this question as follows: “This three-volume, deluxe set includes comprehensive notes on each session, discographies, reviews of every single, EP and album release, release dates, facsimiles of RCA’s paperwork, session logs, listing notices, letters from Colonel Parker’s office and RCA’s archive, the reproduction of sheet music covers (courtesy of Chris Giles), a huge index, and a host of other things”.
Expanding on this, as well as some of the ‘other things’, Ultimate Elvis includes:
· Over 3,000 images - many of them rare – including shots taken from many of the individual recording dates (whether studio, at home, or in concert). The best available sources have been used, making Ultimate Elvis almost as much a high quality series of photo books chronicling Elvis’ life, as it does his recorded output!
· The cover art for each album, single, and EP, and in many cases, a full-page, alternative photo from the same session that the cover shot was taken from. (as above)
· A fascinating piece by Keith Flynn and Kurt Rokitta, ‘Matrix Numbers Uncovered – Unravelling the Mystery’. This is an invaluable resource for Elvis collectors who wish to “unravel the mystery and decipher RCA’s byzantine master serial number system”.
· A series of fantastic, brief articles by Gordon Minto that set the scene for the period about to be covered in each book.
· Brief histories of key recording locations, ‘Memphis Recording Service and Sun Records’, ‘RCA Victor Studio A in New York’, ‘RCA Victor – 1525 McGavock St. Nashville’, ‘Radio Recorders Inc.: 7000 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, California’, and ‘RCA Victor Studio B in Nashville’ by James V. Roy (from www.scottymoore.net).
· Thorough, in-depth reviews of every single soundtrack session by EIN’s own Piers Beagley. Piers was assigned the somewhat thankless and “difficult task of listening to every soundtrack session in detail”. (N.B. Don’t despair, Piers also had the opportunity to write about some of Elvis’s more critically-acclaimed recordings too!). For me, although I’m the first to acknowledge the frequent poor quality and choice of material represented by Elvis’ soundtrack recordings – especially in the mid-1960s - I still have a soft spot for them. It should be remembered that around 250 of Elvis’ 630 or so studio recordings (that’s almost 40%!) were for his movies, which represents a significant portion of his total recorded output. However, this area is all too frequently overlooked. Thankfully, with the release of Ultimate Elvis, this has now been rectified.
· Interviews, conducted by author Arjan Deelan, with musicians James Burton, D.J. Fontana, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge, Scotty Moore, The Sweet Inspirations (Myrna Smith and Estelle Brown), and Ronnie Tutt.
· A discography at the beginning of each year, which also includes planned issues that were ultimately not released at the time (e.g. did you know that Mahalo From Elvis was first slated for release by RCA in November 1973 (ACL1 0218), before being shelved and ultimately released by Pickwick in May 1978 (ACL 7064)?).
· A comprehensive, 44-page discography compiled by Keith Flynn, covering from July 1954 up to December 2014.
· An 18-page A-Z Song Index, again compiled by Keith Flynn.
As for the recording sessions themselves, they are all comprehensively covered, and include details of: who produced and engineered each session; musicians and backing vocalists (including later overdubs); what songs were recorded (including dates, times, matrix numbers); the first official release of each master take; comprehensive notes (sometimes multiple pages); released outtakes (including on which album(s)); discographies for each session; and - where there is a significant need to - a reference to ‘unofficial’ (i.e. bootleg / import) releases. In many cases, copies of session notes are also included, which along with the previously mentioned session photos, give the reader a feeling of being present as the recordings were made. Listening to the results of the particular session at the same time heightens the experience even more.
This level of detail continues for every significant album, single and EP release, and again, in many instances, run across several pages. It should be noted that Ultimate Elvis focuses primarily on US releases, however, in a few rare instances, references to non-US releases are made (e.g. the 1967 ‘See the USA the Elvis Way’ EP).
To give a sense of how extensive and comprehensive the recording sessions and subsequent releases are, check out the tracks recorded for Kid Galahad (one of the movies that first brought Elvis to my attention in 1982, and subsequently turned me into a fan). The session itself is covered over 8 pages (including copies of photos and session notes), with the EP release earning another 4 pages. Not bad for only “Six Great Songs” (as proclaimed on the EP cover!)
The articles and reviews in Ultimate Elvis were drawn from a wide range of sources, new and old, and include contributions from Piers Beagley, Keith Flynn, Alan Hanson (www.elvis-history-blog.com), Erik Lorentzen, Gordon Minto, Jake Otnes, Kurt Rokitta, and James V. Roy (www.scottymoore.net). Additionally, articles and reviews were sourced from the websites www.allmusic.com, www.elvisechoesofthepast.com, www.elvisinfonet.com; www.elvisnews.com, www.rateyourmusic.com, and the magazines CashBox; Disc Music Paper, Elvis Monthly, Elvis World-wide News Service Weekly, New Musical Express, Record Mirror, Rolling Stone, and Strictly Elvis. As much as I enjoy the newer reviews, I also love the old ones – such as those from Elvis Monthly - as they give a sense of the impact of each release at the time they first came out. This is impossible to achieve with the benefit of hindsight.
In addition, of the 40+ contributors acknowledged in the General Introduction, a number of well-known names who knew or worked with Elvis are mentioned, including James Burton, Larry Geller, Michael Hoey, Wayne Jackson, Marty Lacker, Myra Smith, John Wilkinson, and Bobby Wood.
As for the books themselves, the quality is magnificent, with solid, glossy covers and thick, semi-gloss pages. This, along with the overall size of each page (24cm x 29cm / 9.5” x 11.5”) makes the books easy to read (if a little heavy), and highlights the quality photographs used throughout.
The books themselves are purely chronological, which, as other reviewers have pointed out, can be a little awkward. However, once I got over the initial confusion of jumping between recording and release, I actually like the way that they blend together and give a perspective of what songs Elvis was working on, while earlier recordings were being issued.
As with any work of this size, there are sure to be some errors. There appear to be VERY few typographical, grammatical, and layout errors (e.g. the post-1967 RCA logo is randomly used when covering the July 2 1956 recording session on pages 141 and 143), and they really don’t detract at all. Also a few reviews don’t include a source (e.g. the I Got Lucky and A Legendary Performer Vol 2 albums; the He Touched Me / Bosom of Abraham and Burning Love / It’s A Matter Of Time singles, amongst others), and I personally would have liked to have seen some of the less-significant releases given a little more in-depth analysis (e.g. how the tracks for the Camden albums were chosen, and by whom), but again, these points are trivial when compared with the overall level of information provided.
The one ‘legitimate’ concern I have relates to the slipcase which, whist being made of fairly thick cardboard, is quite flimsy, and simply folded together and not sealed / glued. Additionally, due to the weight of each volume, when inserted the normal way (i.e. vertically), the leading bottom corner of each book has a tendency to gouge the cardboard inside the slipcase. The only way I have been able to work around this is to lay the slip case on its back and gently slide the books in.
Overall Verdict: If asked the question “Should I buy 'Ultimate Elvis'?”, my answer would be a resounding “YES!”. Although I am certainly not someone who has to own every new Elvis release (I often go for a year or more without buying anything Elvis-related), Ultimate Elvis should be an essential part of the library of every Elvis fan. Having personally progressed from ‘All About Elvis’ (Worth & Tamerius, 1981) to ‘Elvis Presley – A Study In Music’ (Matthew-Walker, 1979) to Ernst’s 1998 work, ‘A Life In Music’, and now to Ultimate Elvis, I personally think that it will be the last word on Elvis’ recordings and releases. Whilst most books of this type would be out of date as soon as the next missing tape is located, or release issued, Ultimate Elvis shouldn’t, with Erik Lorentzen already promising that updates will be made available through www.elvisfiles.no. However, as for the books themselves, they are part of a (numbered) print run of 2,000 copies, so act now to avoid disappointment, as various sources are reporting that it is almost sold out.
In short, this is the most thorough analysis of Elvis’ recorded output ever undertaken, with the finished product being exceptional, or as James Burton stated, “these are the most beautiful books I have ever seen and the best researched”. Congratulations Erik, Keith, Gordon, Piers, Neil and everyone else involved with Ultimate Elvis!
Please Note - These review images above are only low-res scans from the book. Even then you can see the amazing quality of the images.
Elvis super-collector, tech guru and Elvis enthusiast Jordan Ritchie comments on Ultimate Elvis
My copy arrived earlier today.
Yes, it is as big and as heavy as everyone says! The DHL delivery-man asked me if I had a complete encyclopedia in the box. I said "yeah, pretty much"!
I've just begun looking through Vol. 1 and I am blown away by the quality of it all. The presentation of the books is breath-taking (and the display box isn't as flimsy as I was led to believe after reading some of the comments. Though I do see how it could get worn over time). But that will be remedied in my case, by storing the books on the bookshelf - sans box. Anywho..
The session information is all there.
And the articles/reviews/etc I look at as an "extra added value". So is this "just a sessions book"? Heck no!
It should also be said that all of the photos I've seen so far, are printed with high quality in mind. (see example below)
This is truly one of the top 5 book projects that every Elvis fan should have. And I'm not just saying that because I'm listed in the credits! These will definitely be my "go-to" books concerning session material. A handful of pages in so far, and I've already had the pleasure of reading an awesome explanation of how RCA's matrix numbers work, as well as an article by FECC's very own James V. Roy. This is one of those times where I wish I didn't require sleep - because I don't want to put these books down!
Keith, Erik, Gordon, Piers and everyone else involved - Congrats on a job well done with this set.
I don't see how this publication can be topped by anyone.
It is what I consider truly groundbreaking and THE definitive work concerning Elvis' recording career.
- Jordan Ritchie
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The candid full-page photos can even impress. This full-page August 1970 shot, shown above, is presented here only from a low-res scan!
Below, Shane Brown author of 'Elvis Presley: A Listener's Guide' closely examines the 1800 pages of photos and content and provides his detailed thoughts about this deluxe set ....
First thoughts: "Wow", "Deluxe", "A mess", "Impressive" - "What the hell am I meant to do with this?"
In other words, Ultimate Elvis is like a literary equivalent of the Elizabeth Taylor version of Cleopatra. In the case of the film, what started off as an attempt at a modest remake of DeMille's 1934 version of the story ended up being added to and expanded so much that the result was a stunning spectacle but a mess of a film. I feel the same has happened here and, reading the introduction, you can see how it happened. Why don't we add this? Why don't we add that? And why not throw this in for good measure? This approach has resulted in a beautiful set of books that are so big and so full of information, articles and photos that it's going to be difficult to use them easily to find any of those things.
Anyone wanting to look up basic session information isn't going to hire a forklift truck to take down one of these books from the shelf - they are still going to look at Ernst's book. It's easier, and more straightforward (*please see author's comment below). The session info IS all here in these books (and in more detail), although I am rather perplexed at some of the recordings included and those not included when it comes to soundboards, rehearsal tapes etc. The problem is that the actual session elements of the book are so hard to find amongst everything else
The reviews/articles etc are, individually, interesting, but taken as a whole they seem haphazard. There are vintage reviews for some releases, but new reviews for others. Some are taken from Elvis Monthly, others seem to be by anonymous authors and taken from Elvisnews and elsewhere, some are written especially for the set. I don't mind the first and last option, but I'm really not interested in what a random fan said on a website, especially when that fan isn't named.
But one option or the other should have been employed - either old reviews from the 1950s-1970s or completely new ones. Not a mix. And while the old reviews state their original publication (Strictly Elvis, Elvis Monthly), original issue dates are not included which is frustrating for anyone wanting to seek out that review in context.
As a photo book, it's lovely. Very very nice indeed.
I don't buy photo books, so for me this is an added bonus - 3,000 pictures all in one place. It's all I want and need, and most are in great quality.
The order of the book also makes for awkward reading. The session info for a song might be a hundred pages earlier than the review of the single or album it appeared on, for example, as everything is dealt with in chronological order - an order which is fine if you are dealing with sessions OR releases, but becomes a nightmare when covering both. As an example, the session notes for Frankie and Johnny are on page 830, but the article about them is on page 880 which, while it makes sense from the release dates, makes no sense in book form. Also rather silly is splitting 1969 over two books.
Don't get me wrong, this is impressive stuff - and £150 is not a huge asking price - but I think throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it has made it worse not better. A re-ordering of the book might have been the way forward, with volume 1 containing the basic session info, and volumes 2 and 3 containing the photos and the articles/reviews (again in chronological order). At least that way the books would have told a story, and that's a big problem here. The size of the project is so unwieldy that the main intention is lost - and that's a great shame.
On a practical note, these are HEAVY. My guess is that it is best to store them and the box separately on a shelf, or the spine of a book or the box is going to get damaged if you want to take one of the books out separately.
On the whole, these are impressive and very beautiful books that are clearly a labour of love. However, someone needed to come along at some point and say "look guys, some of this material has to go in order for the book to work in the way you want it to."
There are also a few strange decisions regarding what material is included under the "sessions" material and what is not. For example, the December 13, 1975 show which gave us ‘Softly as a I Leave You’ and ‘America’ single sides is included. However, the summer 1975 shows that made up the 1975 concert on the Silver Box are NOT included, but the Pearl Harbor concert from 1961 also included on the silver box, IS included.
The fact of the matter is that these books are huge, a great achievement, and contain something for everyone. At the same time, because of their scope, we're also all going to find something we don't like about them.
Over 1500+ pages, 3000 photos, 100s of articles, etc no-one is going to pleased from beginning to end - and we're all going to have ideas of how we would have done things differently. But none of that takes away from the time, effort, class, and value for money these books represent.
Review and comments by Shane Brown - author of Elvis Presley: A Listener's Guide.
|*Co- Author Piers Beagley notes:
In various reviews there have been comparisons between Ernst Jorgensen's excellent 'A Life In Music’ recording session book and 2014's 'Ultimate Elvis'.
However 'Ultimate Elvis' was never supposed to replace Ernst's 'A Life In Music' only fill it out more - and with wonderful Elvis images.
After all, there is no way a 3 kilo book can be grabbed easily off the bookshelf for reference!
However if an interested session fan wants to know MORE about song splices, timings, outtakes, releases, movie versions, alternate versions, vintage reviews etc - and of course GLORIOUS PHOTOS from the time - then it is all there in 'Ultimate Elvis'.
Keith Flynn's incredible data about all of Elvis' sessions totally dwarfs Ernst's published listings.
Jailhouse Rock for instance was a massively important session but basically was only released as an EP & Single.
Yet Elvis recorded multiple variants on the majority of the songs. Ernst's 'A Life In Music' only briefly touches on this.
It is like Ernst was writing about what was released at the time, the Masters and a few outtakes (which in 1998 he was).
'Ultimate Elvis' in comparison represents all the 'Jailhouse Rock' material that has now been released , including four packed CDs released by FTD for only six songs!.
'A Life In Music' does capture the importance of the 'Jailhouse Rock' session but only in four pages of text and five (not great quality) photos.
Surely in 2014 'Jailhouse Rock' deserves more in an Elvis sessions book.
Ultimate Elvis features
a) 10 pages of detailed session listings - indicating all the releases and outtakes etc
b) Multiple pages of text about the session itself and various releases
c) Fourteen stunning full-page photos
d) Plus another 20 other from-the-period photos
Again if you like any particular session then 'Ultimate Elvis' tries to offer much more to pore over and immerse yourself in.
The Introduction to 'Ultimate Elvis' does explain how we wanted to fill-in missing session details and notes, particularly about the ignored mid-sixties soundtrack period - and much, much more.
'Ultimate Elvis' was never supposed to replace Ernst's 'A Life In Music' only fill it out more - and with hundreds of glorious Elvis images from every period.
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