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Elvis Presley 6/25/2002

Review

A surprising perfectionist, Elvis was known to record dozens of takes for many of his records, often loosening up at the beginning of a session by playing around with different readings of the songs he'd decided to record; and while he got the feel of how he wanted his performances to go, the tape rolled. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of his death, RCA's four-disc Today, Tomorrow, & Forever presented fans with 100 tracks of previously unreleased Presley, a parade of alternate takes -- both very welcome and curiously not so -- and scattered live recordings from throughout his career. (Although not a career record, the version of 1958's "Doncha' Think It's Time" used here was the 48th, and final take.) Among the highlights: seven songs from an incendiary set recorded in Arkansas on May 16, 1956, a 1959 version of "The Fool" recorded with Elvis alone at the piano while serving in Germany, and a few songs each of previously unreleased material from his first two seasons at Las Vegas' International Hotel, in 1969 and 1970. It's not clear, however, why the compilers deemed it necessary to include almost two dozen selections from the notoriously weak material used on Presley's '60s soundtracks, including "The Love Machine" (which the liners admit is "a ghastly song") and "My Desert Serenade" (with the added apology/defense, "he had every reason to sound desperately uncomfortable"). RCA certainly deserves credit for refusing to pad this collection with hits or old material unnecessary for collectors, but that's really the only audience left interested by this exhaustive display. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Harbor Lights [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:27
  3. 2 I Got a Woman [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:29
  4. 3 Shake, Rattle and Roll [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:8
  5. 4 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You [Alternate Take 13] Elvis Presley 2:41
  6. 5 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 2:34
  7. 6 Long Tall Sally Elvis Presley 2:10
  8. 7 I Was the One Elvis Presley 3:14
  9. 8 Money Honey Elvis Presley 2:21
  10. 9 I Got a Woman Elvis Presley 3:29
  11. 10 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley 4:1
  12. 11 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 2:45
  13. 12 Rip It Up [Alternate Take 14] Elvis Presley 2:1
  14. 13 Don't Forbid Me/You Belong to My Heart Elvis Presley 1:51
  15. 14 I Beg of You [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 1:53
  16. 15 Peace in the Valley Elvis Presley 3:22
  17. 16 Is It So Strange [Alternate Take 10] Elvis Presley 2:31
  18. 17 Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do [Movie Master Take 17] Elvis Presley 1:54
  19. 18 Loving You [Alternate Take 6][Farm Version] Elvis Presley 1:45
  20. 19 Treat Me Nice [Alternate Take 6] Elvis Presley 2:7
  21. 20 Young and Beautiful [Alternate Take 4 & 5] Elvis Presley 2:51
  22. 21 I Want to Be Free [Alternate Take 3 & 4] Elvis Presley 2:0
  23. 22 Steadfast, Loyal and True [Undubbed Master] Elvis Presley 1:13
  24. 23 Doncha' Think It's Time [Alternate Take 48] Elvis Presley 1:56
  25. 24 I Need Your Love Tonight [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 1:59
  26. 25 I Got Stung [Alternate Take 16] Elvis Presley 1:47
  27. 26 The Fool [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 1:53
  28. 1 Make Me Know It [Alternate Take 17 & 18] Elvis Presley 2:39
  29. 2 Are You Lonesome Tonight? [Alternate Take 1 & 2] Elvis Presley 3:37
  30. 3 G.I. Blues [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 2:48
  31. 4 Pocketful of Rainbows [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:59
  32. 5 Flaming Star [Alternate Take 4 & 1][Main and End Title Versions] Elvis Presley 3:26
  33. 6 Swing Down Sweet Chariot [Alternate Take 2 & 3] Elvis Presley 3:12
  34. 7 Lonely Man [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:0
  35. 8 There's Always Me [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:32
  36. 9 Can't Help Falling in Love [Alternate Take 26] Elvis Presley 1:47
  37. 10 I'm Yours [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 2:13
  38. 11 Follow That Dream [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 1:39
  39. 12 Anything That's Part of You [Alternate Take 08] Elvis Presley 2:8
  40. 13 King of the Whole Wide World [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:41
  41. 14 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:42
  42. 15 A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:25
  43. 16 They Remind Me Too Much of You [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:29
  44. 17 Mexico [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 1:59
  45. 18 Witchcraft [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:20
  46. 19 Today, Tomorrow & Forever [Duet Version Take 2] Elvis Presley 4:9
  47. 20 Ask Me [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:14
  48. 21 Roustabout [Alternate Take 8] Elvis Presley 2:2
  49. 22 Puppet on a String [Alternate Take 10] Elvis Presley 2:39
  50. 23 My Desert Serenade Elvis Presley 2:7
  51. 24 Please Don't Stop Loving Me [Alternate Take 10] Elvis Presley 2:4
  52. 25 This Is My Heaven Elvis Presley 2:39
  53. 26 Never Say Yes [Alternate Take 1 & 2] Elvis Presley 2:35
  54. 27 Hide Thou Me Elvis Presley 5:1
  55. 1 Love Letters [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:50
  56. 2 If the Lord Wasn't Walking by My Side [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 1:53
  57. 3 Come What May [Alternate Take 3 & 4] Elvis Presley 2:19
  58. 4 Indescribably Blue [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:46
  59. 5 Long Legged Girl [Alternate Master] Elvis Presley 1:36
  60. 6 The Love Machine [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:40
  61. 7 You Don't Know Me [Movie Version Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:13
  62. 8 Big Boss Man [Alternate Take 9] Elvis Presley 2:52
  63. 9 We Call on Him [Alternate Take 8] Elvis Presley 2:32
  64. 10 Stay Away [Alternate Take 14] Elvis Presley 2:25
  65. 11 U.S. Male Elvis Presley 2:58
  66. 12 Wonderful World [Alternate Take 15] Elvis Presley 2:25
  67. 13 Guitar Man [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:44
  68. 14 Where Could I Go But to the Lord? [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 1:57
  69. 15 Memories [Stereo Masters] Elvis Presley 3:6
  70. 16 Almost [Alternate Take 6] Elvis Presley 1:50
  71. 17 In the Ghetto [Alternate Take 20] Elvis Presley 3:5
  72. 18 True Love Travels on a Gravel Road [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:25
  73. 19 Let Us Pray [Alternate Master] Elvis Presley 3:7
  74. 20 Baby, What You Want Me to Do [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 2:27
  75. 21 Funny How Time Slips Away [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 2:42
  76. 22 Runaway [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 2:8
  77. 23 My Babe [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 2:1
  78. 24 What'd I Say [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 3:17
  79. 1 See See Rider [Dinner Show] Elvis Presley 2:39
  80. 2 Polk Salad Annie [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 4:31
  81. 3 Walk a Mile in My Shoes [Midnight Show] Elvis Presley 2:49
  82. 4 The Next Step Is Love [Alternate Take 6] Elvis Presley 3:39
  83. 5 Life [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:14
  84. 6 Snowbird [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:7
  85. 7 (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me [Alternate Take 9 & 10] Elvis Presley 2:51
  86. 8 Until It's Time for You to Go [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 4:19
  87. 9 Fools Rush In [Alternate Take 9] Elvis Presley 2:42
  88. 10 A Thing Called Love [Rehearsal] Elvis Presley 2:55
  89. 11 I'll Be Home on Christmas Day [Alternate Take 9] Elvis Presley 4:19
  90. 12 Where Do I Go From Here? [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 1:53
  91. 13 No More [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:31
  92. 14 Take Good Care of Her [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:33
  93. 15 I Miss You [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:12
  94. 16 I Got a Feeling in My Body [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 3:33
  95. 17 If You Talk in Your Sleep [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 2:24
  96. 18 Promised Land [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:33
  97. 19 Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Alternate Take 10] Elvis Presley 3:51
  98. 20 Pieces of My Life [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:43
  99. 21 For the Heart [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 4:1
  100. 22 She Thinks I Still Care [Alternate Take 10] Elvis Presley 4:16
  101. 23 Hurt [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 2:6

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