ELVIS PRESLEY: CLOSE UP includes a 48 page booklet with an essay by Colin Escott, photos and detailed track information. All selections previously unreleased.
Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Recorded between 1957 & 1972. Includes liner notes by Colin Scott.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (guitar, piano); Chip Young, John Wilkinson, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Howard Roberts , James Burton, Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Reed, Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews, Tiny Timbrell, Charlie Hodge (guitar); Alvino Rey, Pete Drake (steel guitar); Bernie Lewis, Fred T. Tavares (ukulele); George Fields (harmonica); Jimmie Haskell (accordion); Boots Randolph (saxophone, vibraphone, shaker); Dudley Brooks (piano, celesta); Floyd Cramer, David Briggs , Henry Slaughter (piano, organ); Glen D. Hardin, Mike Stoller, Gordon Stoker (piano); Frank Bode, D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson, Hal Blaine, Ron Tutt, Buddy Harman (drums); Hoyt Hawkins (tambourine).
Audio Mixer: Dennis Ferrante.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Convention Center, San Antonio, TX (04/18/1972); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (04/18/1972); RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA (04/18/1972).
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