No longer am I moody blue...
By ND Elvis Girl on December 6, 2015
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!
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!
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
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.
the samples and judge for yourself
By An Elvis Fan on December 28, 2015
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
vocal magic captured in The New
By Bo Knows on February 24, 2016
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
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
You will not be disappointed!
By David John Cole on January 11, 2016
great collection of overdubs that have
been given a new lease of life by the
producer of Elvis: The New Recordings,
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!
Another HOME RUN, just in time for
By Tom Croteau on December 7, 2015
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
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.
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
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.
cheat yourself out of a one of a kind
listening experience by heeding the
empty, petty whinings of a few
Christmas, and treat yourself to a new
taste of The King.
This is a great CD to add to your Elvis
By Joe Krein on December 7, 2015
A real treasure
December 7, 2015
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.
Great gift for a music lover
By J.K. Walker on December 8, 2015
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..
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.
Great songs. Presented in a way that
By Music Lover on December 7, 2015
songs. Presented in a way that truly shows
off the King. Loved it. You may have a
truckload of Elvis records. Make sure this
Elvis, great as always...
By Cathy Locks on December 6, 2015
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.
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
Elvis...As he should be heard
By Paul Mechem on December 6, 2015
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.
I really enjoyed the new sound on these
By Charlene Kruse on December 13, 2015
really enjoyed the new sound on these songs.
I am looking forward to the other CD Elvis:
The New Recordings. Great Job!
BETTER THAN "IF I CAN DREAM" OVERDUB CD
By A Discerning Critic on February 19, 2016
"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.
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.
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.
Very well done
By John Potter on March 14, 2016
I've been an Elvis fan for forty years and
this is one of the best.