CD Review:



Elvis One "The Bootleg Series"

Reviewed by Kees Mouwen, March 2020

Kees Mouwen, author of Elvis Day By Day 2019 and administrator of the Elvis Day By Day blog recently took time out to listen to and review the latest CD release from the Elvis One label. This is what Kees found:

The Dutch Elvis One label released the CD “1968 - The Unreleased Recordings” in their ongoing “Bootleg Series”. This CD, limited to 500 copies, is the latest installment in this series covering session material. Playing it close to the European public domain laws one could ask the question ‘are you looking for trouble?’.

The Design

Regardless the content of the releases from the label, their designs are basic, but look just fine. The pictures are usually original, not the ones you would find on an ‘official’ release. This time four pictures from the 1968 TV special accompanied by a production shot from the “Charro” movie and a candid picture. The liner notes are short and contain information on the musicians present and ‘sources’ of the material.

The Content

The CD is advertised as “a collection of 23 recordings, including take 1 of “U.S. Male”, “Stay Away” (take 1, slow version), “Stay Away” (take 4, fast version), the hard to find backing track of “A Little Less Conversation”, some outtakes from the 1968 TV special, and many more”. 

The content appears to be marketed as “Comeback Special” material but actually cover recording sessions for “Stay Away, Joe”, “Live A Little Love A Little” and yes, the before mentioned TV special with “A Little Less Conversation”, “The Edge of Reality” and “Let Yourself Go” striking bridges between the movie and TV Special material.

The opening of the CD is great, you can’t go wrong with a bit of trouble from a male U.S. guitar man. This is followed by “Stay Away”, a guilty pleasure. This song has a real catchy melody that sticks.

For some fans an interesting recording would be the "Prisoners Song”, originally titled “Wings of An Angel” which is performed - with some lewd lyrics - as part of a jam for “U.S. Male”. The has been available on bootleg for over 25 years though.

“Going Home” opens with a nice drum, and nicely fits in with “Stay Away”. Unfortunately the CD loses some momentum with the dull “Wonderful World”.


The album picks up a bit with “Edge of Reality”, again “Stay Away” and some more spunk with the musicians warming up and “Let Yourself Go”. This nicely illustrated Elvis working with real musicians. These tracks have a good ‘sixties’ feeling and would fit in great in any Austin Powers movie. “Let Yourself Go”, performed for the TV Special has far more energy than the soundtrack version and almost runs over into a rockin’ “Guitar Man”. We slow down with “It Hurts Me”.

On “Stay Away” - present seven times on this compilation, including a short take 10 with a running time of 32 seconds - we hear Elvis experimenting with the speed of the song. On take 15, the undubbed master, wraps up the different takes of this catchy tune.

The CD closes with three bonus tracks. The low and high key instrumental versions of “Almost In Love” make it a very very slow cool-down after the upbeat ”Stay Away”. James last move over! The CD ends more entertaining with a dubbed down backing track of “A Little less Conversation”, a great funky instrumental. No wonder this track was featured on the Ocean’s 11” soundtrack.

Overall the audio quality of this CD is good, but you can still hear that the material was sourced from various official and unofficial releases. The closing track is the worst-sounding song in that regard.

Looking For Trouble?

On the subject of ‘sourcing’ the material on this release the set is advertised as “all recordings are previously unreleased by Elvis' record company”. I didn’t know that the Follow That Dream label was not an official Elvis Presley record label. The label appears to be pushing the boundaries of what is legal and what is not with most of the material on this CD not having been released officially through Sony or the FTD sub-label. This makes these recordings legal under the EU fifty year rule for previously unreleased material.

To counter these kinds of releases copyright owners are now releasing material through digital channels. The original digital only release of the American Sound Sessions material last year can perhaps be seen in this light because the unreleased takes would have come into the public domain on January 1st 2020.

The plus for fans is that it forces record companies to release material that would otherwise remain unavailable. It helps to get this material - and original albums no longer widely available - back in the public domain and record stores. Just like vinyl and CD re-issues of original albums. It may force Sony to release quality re-issues of their original albums to put Elvis back in the public eye.


Overall Conclusion: Overall the compilation of out- takes, gives a messy but enjoyable listening experience, giving it almost a live-studio experience with the “yeah!” screams, “Fuck It” and “God Damns” still present. For collectors this compilation offers nothing new, everything has been released in some form over the past 30 years. For those who missed out, this CD is a nice way to catch up.

That’s exactly where these kind releases serve a purpose; compiling available material on one silver disc - just like the recent “Work in Progress” compilation, in one nicely designed package and available ‘officially’ through fan clubs and outlets like Amazon.

Comment on this review

Read EIN contributor and good friend, Joan Gansky's review of Kees Mouwen's great book:

Elvis Day By Day 2019




EIN Website content ©

Copyright the Elvis Information Network.
Elvis Presley, Elvis and Graceland are trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

The Elvis Information Network has been running since 1986 and is an EPE officially recognised Elvis fan club.












































































































Did You Miss these Popular Interviews?
Linda and Sam Thompson in Australia:
John Wilkinson Tribute & 1972 Interview:
Interview - Dr. Gary Vikan:
'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' - Arjan Deelen Interview:
RIP - Bernard Lansky talks to EIN:
Allyson Adams 'The Rebel and The King' Interview: 
Joseph A. Tunzi
David Stanley (2012)
Author Chris Kennedy Interview about D.J. Tommy Edwards:
Vernon Presley Interview:
EIN interviews John Scheinfeld director of  'Fame & Fortune'
Jerry Leiber Interview for EIN
Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone
Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview
James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis:
Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview:
Donnie Sumner Remembers his friend Sherrill Nielsen: 
Lamar Fike EIN Exclusive Interview
Jamie Aaron Kelley - EIN Interview:
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more:
D.J Fontana Interview - Elvis Week 2010 special: 
Red West Interview:- 2010 Elvis week special
Linda Thompson - Interview Special:
Elvis in 1969 - Ann Moses & Ray Connolly Interviews:
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010:
Paul Lichter
Dr. Nick talks to EIN
Alanna Nash
Ernst Jorgensen (2009)
Joseph Pirzada
Jeanne LeMay Dumas
Larry Geller
Mac Davis
Roger Semon
Ernst Jorgensen
Wayne Jackson (Memphis Horns)
Ernst Jorgensen (Record Collector)
Did You Miss these Popular EIN articles
'The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song' Spotlight
Linda and Sam Thompson in Australia:
Elvis Passwords - We’ve Hacked them all! 
Fourteen Key Elvis Singles:
Remembering ELVIS in 2013:
Elvis And The Vocal Group Tradition:
Happy Birthday EIN EIN turns 100 – a retrospective!:
Aloha From Hawaii - The Concert 2013- EIN Exclusive
Elvis at Madison Square Garden 40 Years Ago
'The Wedding' Elvis & Priscilla EIN special Spotlight:
'Elvis In Ottawa' Spotlight & Elvis Interview:
'Elvis: Live at the International' Book Review:
Book Review: Elvis in Vegas
'Promised Land' FTD CD Review:
'The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956’ Review:
Elvis By Special Request '71 At 40 (Book Review):
"Kissed By Elvis" Janet Fulton Interview:
'1956, Elvis Presley’s Pivotal Year':
"ReBooked At The International'- in-depth Review:
EIN Spotlight on Alfred Wertheimer:
'Elvis Memphis to Madison 1977' The Gas Station Incident:
'The Elvis Files Vol. 2' Book Review:
'Elvis In Concert' 1977 TV special; Should it be released officially?
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more:
Dark Side of the Colonel
Did you miss these Reviews
'Elvis Files Magazine ISSUE 5' Review:
'The Elvis Files Vol. 6 1971-1973'  Book Review:
'Love Me Tender' Blu-Ray Edition Review:
'Houston We Have A Problem' - CD review:
‘Elvis At Stax’ [Deluxe] Reviews:
‘The King Revealed’ Magazine Review:
'Hot August Night' FTD CD Review:
‘The King Revealed’ Magazine Review:
'Elvis - The Man & His Music'#100 review:
'Elvis Files Magazine ISSUE 4' - Review:
'Elvis - Aloha Via Satellite: A 40th Anniv Release' Book Review:
'The Elvis Files Vol. 1 1953-56' In Depth Book Review:
'Aloha From Hawaii' 40th Anniv LEGACY CD Review:
'Elvis Files Magazine ISSUE 3' - Review:
Aloha From Hawaii - The Concert 2013- EIN Exclusive Review:
‘Elvis On Tour’ E-book Review - with Great jumpsuit photos-
'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' FTD In-Depth Review:
'Prince From Another Planet’ In-Depth Review:
'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' - EIN Review:
‘Greatest Live Hits of the 50s’ MRS CD Review: 
Once Upon A Time: Elvis and Anita (Memories of My Mother) - Book Review:
'A Boy From Tupelo' special In-depth Review:
Bootleg Elvis (Book Review)
'G.I.Blues Vol.1' FTD Soundtrack - CD review:
'The Elvis Files Vol. 5 1969-70'  Book Review:
'From Hawaii to Las Vegas' FTD CD Review:
'Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album' Review:
'Elvis: Live at the International' Book Review:
'The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956’ Review:
'48 Hours To Memphis' FTD CD Review:
Elvis By Special Request '71 At 40 (Book Review):
'The Elvis Files Vol. 4' Book Review:
'Young Man with the Big Beat' In-Depth Review:
'Fashion For A King' FTD in-depth Review:
"ReBooked At The International'- in-depth Review:
'Stage Rehearsal' FTD Review:
Best of Elvis on YouTube
Graceland cam
EPE's Multimedia Elvis Gallery
Sirius Elvis Satellite Radio
Elvis Radio (ETA's)
Elvis Express Radio
Ultimate Elvis Radio
Elvis Only Radio
"Images in Concert" PhotoDatabase
Radio Interview: Vernon & Gladys Presley
Sanja's Elvis Week 2007 Photo Gallery
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube'
The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show
All about Elvis
All about Elvis Tribute Artists
All about Graceland
All about Lisa Marie Presley
Ancestors of Elvis
Art Archives
Book Releases 2009
Contact List
Elvis and Racism
Elvis as Religion
Elvis CDs in 2007
Elvis DVDs in 2006
Elvis Film Guide
'2007 New Releases'
Elvis Presley In Concert "downunder" 2006
Elvis Online Virtual Library
Elvis Research Forum
Elvis Rules on Television
Graceland - The National Historic Landmark
How & where do I sell my Elvis collection?
Is Elvis the best selling artist?
Links to Elvis' family & friends
Links to other Elvis sites
Marty's Musings
Online Elvis Symposium
Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography