One of my chief orchestrators (who writes charts for overdubs besides being a talented musician himself) and has worked on a number of my projects in the past, Milton Smith, was hired to accompany Elvis. In fact, he told me he had just arrived at Graceland a day or two before they were to depart on a big tour, and was at the mansion when Presley passed away.
He explained: "In 1977, I had an opportunity of a lifetime when I was contacted by J.D. Sumner of the Stamps Quartet to become the quartet’s pianist. I could not turn down such an honor. So off the Nashville I went! It was such an exciting time! Not only would I be playing for the Stamps, but also for Elvis Presley during the gospel portion of his show. I had been with the Stamps only 2 months when Elvis died. It was a shocking event that left the entire world in mourning. I had the privilege of playing Elvis’ favorite hymns during his funeral at Graceland."
This is the calibre of musician I've used on these overdub projects, including Jim Reeves releases I've done. Many of my musicians have played for major stars, and you can't get any more major than Elvis Presley.
Already the sniping has begun and I saw somewhere that my musicians and I were attacked for only being out to make a fast buck. What a joke! Impugning the integrity of my musicians is appalling because they worked long, long hours to perfect their parts -- and did so late at night and on weekends, in addition to during the day. They worked many more hours than they were paid, because they earnestly wanted to do the best job possible and make these tracks sound great. Which they do!
The audio samples I notice that were used online by the Good Music site are not necessarily the best or most complete representation of "ELVIS: THE NEW RECORDINGS." Time constraints and small file sizes just don't do justice to this CD.
I hope if you are an Elvis fan you give yourself a treat and hear how magnificent he sounds on this CD, especially in the enhanced musical settings.
If you are an EP fan my bet is you own a lot duplicates of the same songs across multiple CDs. So why not buy something that presents him in a better context? Hear something FRESH for a change!
I further notice the "official" Presley release is just another retread but with presumably a different picture. It amazes me fans will waste their money buying the same songs over and over and over and over again, just because it is packaged differently.
With "ELVIS: THE NEW RECORDINGS" you actually get something NEW to listen to.
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