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Elvis: Close Up

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Elvis Presley 7/1/2003

Review

Elvis: Close Up is part of an ongoing series of Elvis Presley box sets BMG has created to keep collectors supplied with "new" material, in a manner of speaking. All 89 of the recordings are previously unreleased mixes and alternate takes, with each disc focusing on a different period of Elvis' career. The first disc contains stereo mixes of recordings from 1957, including "Jailhouse Rock" and "I Beg of You." These mixes, created from the binaural session tapes, will be worth the price for many stereophiles. The second disc has alternate takes of songs from four of Elvis' early-'60s movie soundtracks, with all of the recordings hailing from 1960 and 1961. Disc three is titled "The Magic of Nashville" and features Nashville recordings mainly from the early '60s, but not Elvis Country fare; with the exception of Jerry Reed's "U.S. Male," the songs are pop, rock and gospel tunes that include alternates of the hits "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" and "Kiss Me Quick." The fourth disc presents a live show from San Antonio, TX, recorded on April 18, 1972, which was the final show of the tour documented in Elvis on Tour. Apart from the stereo mixes, there aren't many revelations, but those who never tire of alternate takes will get exactly what they expect. The import-only Follow That Dream label goes into even greater depth for collectors with an inexhaustible passion for all things Elvis, but Elvis: Close Up has the added advantage of being readily available and often at very reasonable prices. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Peace in the Valley [Take 9][Master] Elvis Presley 3:30
  3. 2 I Beg of You [Take 11] Elvis Presley 1:58
  4. 3 That's When Your Heartaches Begin [Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:44
  5. 4 It's No Secret [Take 13][Master] Elvis Presley 3:56
  6. 5 Blueberry Hill [Take 9][Master] Elvis Presley 2:40
  7. 6 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You [Master][Take 15] Elvis Presley 2:36
  8. 7 Is It So Strange [Master][Take 12] Elvis Presley 2:34
  9. 8 Loving You [Fast Version - Take 5][take 5] Elvis Presley 1:38
  10. 9 Loving You [Fast Version - Take 15][take 15] Elvis Presley 1:37
  11. 10 Jailhouse Rock [Master] Elvis Presley 3:19
  12. 11 Treat Me Nice [Take 19][First Movie Version] Elvis Presley 2:11
  13. 12 Young and Beautiful [Take 21-22][Record Master] Elvis Presley 3:27
  14. 13 Young and Beautiful [Take 3][Solo Master] Elvis Presley 1:31
  15. 14 Young and Beautiful [Take 7][Nightclub Master] Elvis Presley 1:5
  16. 15 I Want to Be Free [Movie Version][Take 12] Elvis Presley 2:14
  17. 16 I Want to Be Free [Take 11][Record Master] Elvis Presley 2:18
  18. 17 Treat Me Nice [Second Movie Version][Take 13] Elvis Presley 2:41
  19. 18 Don't Leave Me Now [First Version] Elvis Presley 1:47
  20. 19 Don't Leave Me Now [Second Version] Elvis Presley 1:59
  21. 20 (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care [Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:16
  22. 1 G.I. Blues [Take 6] Elvis Presley 2:49
  23. 2 Doin' the Best I Can [Take 10, 11, 12] Elvis Presley 4:34
  24. 3 Wooden Heart [Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:7
  25. 4 Pocketful of Rainbows [Take 15, 16] Elvis Presley 3:40
  26. 5 Shoppin' Around [Take 4, 5] Elvis Presley 2:48
  27. 6 Frankfort Special [Take] Elvis Presley 4:27
  28. 7 Big Boots [Take] Elvis Presley 1:9
  29. 8 Tonight's All Right for Love [Take 14, 15 {From Flaming Star}] Elvis Presley 1:53
  30. 9 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears [Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:42
  31. 10 Flaming Star [Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:28
  32. 11 Lonely Man [Take 3][Solo Version] Elvis Presley 2:10
  33. 12 In My Way [Take 2] Elvis Presley 1:28
  34. 13 Forget Me Never [Take 1] Elvis Presley 1:34
  35. 14 Wild in the Country [Take 1 & 14] Elvis Presley 2:56
  36. 15 Lonely Man [Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:26
  37. 16 I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell [Take 14, 15, 16 {From Blue Hawaii}] Elvis Presley 2:59
  38. 17 Aloha Oe [Take 1] Elvis Presley 1:14
  39. 18 Hawaiian Sunset [Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:2
  40. 19 Ku-U-I-Po [Take 6, 7] Elvis Presley 2:59
  41. 20 No More [Take 11] Elvis Presley 2:25
  42. 21 Slicin' Sand [Take 6 & 7] Elvis Presley 3:8
  43. 22 Steppin' Out of Line [Take 15] Elvis Presley 1:55
  44. 23 Almost Always True [Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:26
  45. 24 Moonlight Swim [Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:10
  46. 25 Can't Help Falling in Love [Take 15, 15, 16] Elvis Presley 3:12
  47. 1 Make Me Know It [Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:19
  48. 2 Soldier Boy [Take 10] Elvis Presley 3:0
  49. 3 It Feels So Right [Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:8
  50. 4 The Girl of My Best Friend [Take 9] Elvis Presley 2:29
  51. 5 Surrender [Take 5 & 6] Elvis Presley 2:31
  52. 6 Working on the Building [Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:0
  53. 7 Starting Today [Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:8
  54. 8 Kiss Me Quick [Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:59
  55. 9 That's Someone You Never Forget [Take 7] Elvis Presley 3:0
  56. 10 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame [Take 12] Elvis Presley 2:21
  57. 11 I Met Her Today [Take 16] Elvis Presley 2:45
  58. 12 Night Rider [Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:21
  59. 13 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello [Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:4
  60. 14 Echoes of Love [Take 8] Elvis Presley 2:38
  61. 15 Ask Me [Take 7] Elvis Presley 2:15
  62. 16 Stand by Me [Take 10] Elvis Presley 2:40
  63. 17 Somebody Bigger Than You and I [Take 15] Elvis Presley 2:45
  64. 18 Without Him [Take 8] Elvis Presley 3:7
  65. 19 Mine [Take 8-9] Elvis Presley 2:52
  66. 20 Singing Tree [First Version][Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:55
  67. 21 U.S. Male [Take 10] Elvis Presley 3:13
  68. 1 Also Sprach Zarathustra [Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey] Elvis Presley 1:18
  69. 2 See See Rider Elvis Presley 2:51
  70. 3 Proud Mary Elvis Presley 2:37
  71. 4 Never Been to Spain Elvis Presley 3:30
  72. 5 You Gave Me a Mountain Elvis Presley 3:11
  73. 6 Until It's Time for You to Go Elvis Presley 2:30
  74. 7 Polk Salad Annie Elvis Presley 2:52
  75. 8 Love Me Elvis Presley 1:52
  76. 9 All Shook Up Elvis Presley 0:59
  77. 10 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 1:45
  78. 11 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1:44
  79. 12 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 1:20
  80. 13 How Great Thou Art Elvis Presley 2:56
  81. 14 I Can't Stop Loving You Elvis Presley 2:25
  82. 15 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 1:41
  83. 16 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 4:21
  84. 17 Introductions Elvis Presley 1:16
  85. 18 For the Good Times Elvis Presley 3:7
  86. 19 Burning Love Elvis Presley 2:16
  87. 20 An American Trilogy Elvis Presley 4:43
  88. 21 Funny How Time Slips Away Elvis Presley 3:7
  89. 22 Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley 1:46
  90. 23 Closing Vamp Elvis Presley 1:7

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