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5 stars
No longer am I moody blue...
By ND Elvis Girl on December 6, 2015

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Christmas started early this year!!!!!! So happy to have this. My husband bought for me and I'm loving it. I already owned the first one this label released called the Elvis The New Recordings. Being from Memphis and not only meeting Elvis numerous times but seeing him play Vegas a few times, I was skeptical at first. But I was won over two songs into the first one.

Elvis The New Sessions not only picks up where the first one leaves off but steamrolls it's way on forward introducing Elvis to another generation. And at the same time keeping us fanatical old fans very happy. It's been 41 years since I lived in Memphis but this CD brings me right back to those days when Elvis was King and one of my fellow Memphians. He'd be so proud of this release. No Blue Christmas for me this year. Spending this one with Elvis!

5 stars
I LOVE THIS!!!!
By David Ray on December 4, 2015

Not quite sure how this producer keeps doing it but he does! As with his previous release, "Elvis, The New Recordings" this one again delivers an Elvis like one we've never heard before. Where to start? Well you could start on any of the one gems that's located on this CD. My favorite is "Suspicion". With the added accompaniment of Spanish Horns I almost feel as though I'm south of the border sipping a Pina Colada in Acapulco and Ursula Address in a moment will be slipping her arms around my neck. This song is one of those gems that I myself would have never touched. But this producer took a chance with what was already a great song and he hit gold. Just beautiful. "It's Now or Never". Another great track on the CD in which horns are added. After hearing this one, I now feel that I'm walking away with Ursula Address. Can this CD get any better? Yes! And it does!

One has to marvel at how a new Elvis had again risen like a Phoenix from the ashes. I could go on and on gushing like a bobbysoxer but that would only prevent me from listening to this. Song after song will amaze you. "Silent Night" has a children's choir added to it. What a difference. Why hasn't anyone else thought of this over the years. Oh they have! Somebody has oversaturated their catalog with unnecessary instruments arrangements. But you won't find that problem or noise distractions on this disc. Just the right amount of sugar or salt has been added to this great feast of songs. A feast that never leaves you too stuffed. Everything on here sounds so fresh. With Christmas coming up I would think that is would make a splendid gift for that longtime Elvis fan, hardcore Elvis fan or that new fan trying to familiarize his or herself with "The King". A Five Gold Stars rating is not enough. Im giving it a "10" There's a new " 10" in town and it isn't Bo Derek? Nor is it Ursula. It's ELVIS !

A magnificent release!
By PFB on December 16, 2015

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A gorgeous release done by talented musicians whose respect for Elvis is evident throughout. I have a soft spot to the new backing for Forget me never: a beautiful dobro and a great steel guitar give this mostly unknown song a blue grass feel that accentuate the forlorn tone of its lyrics. Magnificent! The original version of Blueberry Hill was rather uninspired; this one has a bluesy New Orleans sound that would have fit perfectly on the King Creole doldrums. I enjoy these worthwhile efforts to keep him in the limelight, as the CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is doing with great success. My only regret: since the songs are reworked, a couple should have been lengthened to exceed two minutes. Overall, it is a magnificent release, highly recommended.
Listen to the samples and judge for yourself
By An Elvis Fan on December 28, 2015

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Elvis fans are usually in two camps when it comes to these new overdub albums. The first camp are purists who don't want any changes to Elvis' music, which is fine, though they still gripe even with the knowledge that the original recordings will always be available. The other camp of Elvis fans are like myself, who have and love all the original recordings, but who also enjoy listening to them in a new way. For those fans like me, there is a lot to like about this album. "Blueberry Hill" is the most crisp, clearest version that I have ever heard! RCA/Sony has never released it sounding as good as this! Other songs like "Is It So Strange", "It's Now or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," "Return to Sender," ect also sound great with their new overdubs. Though most fans like myself will probably skip this song when it's not the Christmas season, the album ends in a glorious "Silent Night" with a beautiful children's choir backing Elvis up. I'm sure when Priscilla hears this her next project will be entitled "Elvis With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir." If you are in the purists camp, there is one aspect about this release that you may not like. Unlike the previously released "New Recordings," and the New Philharmonic RCA/ Sony release, some songs have lyrics that have been rearranged and reedited from their original masters. Although I don't mind a lyric rearrangement, (the ones on this cd are done quite good!) I'm sort of on the fence about the reediting. There is a small part of "In My Father's House" missing though it's not sung by Elvis. Also, Elvis' powerful finish on "Young and Beautiful" has been edited to a more mellow finish
4 stars
Presley's vocal magic captured in The New Sessions
By Bo Knows on February 24, 2016

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Another interesting Elvis release by Voice Masters label. Most tracks work pretty well. I particularly enjoyed the simple presentation of "Are You Lonesome Tonight" which showcases Presley's extraordinary voice. Less is more in this case and this version just aches with beauty. "True Love" and "Forget Me Never" also have a nice ring to it. As usual, there are some off-beat cuts here that grab you. Not sure about the doctored up "Its Now Or Never" or "Suspicion." These were awfully good to begin with. This is a very pleasing outing that focuses more on Presley's excellent ballads.
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You will not be disappointed!
By David John Cole on January 11, 2016
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Another great collection of overdubs that have been given a new lease of life by the producer of Elvis: The New Recordings, Larry Jordon.

These are beautifully crafted from the best musicians and singers on the world along with equally fine arrangers and producers. I cannot single out a favorite as they all are very good indeed. You will not be disappointed!

5
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Another HOME RUN, just in time for Christmas
By Tom Croteau on December 7, 2015
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I've been just a tepid Elvis fan for years. I have several cds that I listen to occasionally, mostly just re-releases of classic albums and a couple of Greatest Hits compilations.
Earlier this year, a coworker told me about an overdub CD called Elvis:The New Recordings...I was skeptical, until she bought it for me as a gift. I was blown away, and listened to it very very often, and still do...but I digress.
When I heard there was a new overdub CD on The King by the same label, I couldn't wait to purchase it. I wasn't disappointed. The vocals are CRYSTAL CLEAR, with his voice being the centerpiece. The musicians performing the overdubbed music are fantastic. Someone on here said that they drowned out Elvis' voice, but clearly he/she must have been referring to the far inferior CD that Sony put out earlier this year.
The performances on The New Sessions are top notch from beginning to end. The version of Loving You is beyond beautiful. I love the original, but the symphonic tones accompanying this version are just gorgeous. Return to Sender, fantastic! Young and Beautiful is just stunning.
Don't cheat yourself out of a one of a kind listening experience by heeding the empty, petty whinings of a few naysayers.
Merry Christmas, and treat yourself to a new taste of The King.
5
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This is a great CD to add to your Elvis Collection
By Joe Krein on December 7, 2015
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This is a great CD to add to your Elvis Collection. If you like Elvis RPO you will also enjoy this release. There are tracks on this release that sounds better then the originals like MESS OF BLUES. Does that make me a fake Fan i think not. I like to hear new things. Refreshed tracks. but i can still go back and rock to the originals. If your hearing about this CD for the first time there was a CD by the same crew that put out Elvis The New Recordings. Another great cd that is now apart of the history of Elvis Presley.
5 stars
A real treasure
By Dean on December 7, 2015
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I have to say I was blown away by this cd. The first Elvis cd by this producer was a treasure and this one is equally as good.

5 stars
Great gift for a music lover
By J.K. Walker on December 8, 2015
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Great job on the "remixes" here. I have always loved Suspicion. I like the fact they took off the backup vocals. It's neat to hear this in your face version. Blueberry Hill really goes back to Fats roots, very roots rock and roll and R/B. I like the addition of strings and horns to songs as on It's Now or Never and Fountain of Love..

The sound is well mixed and there is a good variety of songs. These remixes seemed to drawer younger listeners. I guess they feel the sounds is fresher. I feel it's a good thing for the artist.

5 stars
Great songs. Presented in a way that truly shows...
By Music Lover on December 7, 2015
Great songs. Presented in a way that truly shows off the King. Loved it. You may have a truckload of Elvis records. Make sure this is one.

5 stars
Elvis, great as always...
By Cathy Locks on December 6, 2015
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I love the old classics and rarely like new versions of them, so when a friend told me to check out Elvis: The New Sessions, I was skeptical. No need! These new sessions sparkle! Elvis is great as always and the new backings respect and support his voice- never overwhelming or covering it. Many of my favorites are here - Return to Sender which may be my favorite of all of these with its fun and upbeat sound, Silent Night - with a children's choir - they sound like little angels! Are You Lonesome Tonight sounds fresh and yet familiar. Each song has been given a very special, individualized treatment. It is clear that those in charge of this project love this music as much as we, the fans do. The quality shows throughout this CD. I highly recommend it to any Elvis fan, or anyone who loves the old songs.

5 stars
I love Elvis Presley and to hear songs that have not...
By Lisa Laughery on December 6, 2015

I love Elvis Presley and to hear songs that have not been overplayed is incredible. This is a spectacular CD!

5 stars
Elvis...As he should be heard
By Paul Mechem on December 6, 2015
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I have never been a fan of "overdubbed" Cd's until I heard the Elvis "new recordings" cd earlier this year .... Now here is another cd that shows off Elvis's voice as it truly should be heard. No over-powering backing singers or over enthusiastic backing musicians here, just Elvis as he should be heard.... And in my humble opinion this cd is superior in every way to the recently released effort by Sony/BMG.

5 stars
I really enjoyed the new sound on these songs
By Charlene Kruse on December 13, 2015
I really enjoyed the new sound on these songs. I am looking forward to the other CD Elvis: The New Recordings. Great Job!

5 stars
BETTER THAN "IF I CAN DREAM" OVERDUB CD
By A Discerning Critic on February 19, 2016
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"The New Sessions" shows how it should be done. If you're going to overdub Elvis songs, it needs to be carefully done with restraint. By comparison, the "If I Can Dream" CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes great music, a great artist and a great orchestra, and subjects them to such excessive dynamic range compression and emphasizes LOUDNESS. They showed off the orchestra and forgot that the singer should be the focus. Not so with "New Sessions." Elvis is where he's supposed to be: OUT FRONT AND CLEAR.

3 stars
SOUND IS OKAY BUT NOT A FAN OF SOME SONGS
By Emeril Hart on March 9, 2016
This CD was a mixed bag. I liked the new rendition of "Loving You." Beautiful orchestra. "Suspicion" and "It's Now Or Never" were spectacular with the trumpet. But I question the inclusion of some of the other songs which have never been my favorites.

4 stars
Nice job, better than most overdub CDs, but I still prefer the originals
By Stephen Morrow March 13, 2016
Does anybody remember the disaster "I Was The One," in which Elvis' rockabilly classics were supposedly updated to sound 1980s? Well, I have to say "Elvis: The New Sessions" avoids those mistakes and for the most part accomplishes its goal nicely. There is nothing earth shaking here. Everything is subtle, but is often just enough to give the repertoire a fresh polish. I appreciate the fact it is not overdone. Many fans will still prefer to listen to the originals.

5 stars
Very well done
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By John Potter on March 14, 2016
I've been an Elvis fan for forty years and this is one of the best.
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