Elvis Presley: A Life in Music : The Complete Recording Sessions Hardcover – Jun 15 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
As director of RCA's Elvis catalogue, Jorgensen is one of the key figures behind the Elvis Presley CD box sets RCA has issued in recent years. This book makes a worthy companion to those historic releases. All of the King's known recordings?including rehearsals, live recordings and recordings made in the privacy of his hotel rooms?are approached with the same reverence that his studio sessions inspire, providing a framework for a narrative of Elvis's life. Indeed, eminent Presley biographer Guralnik (Last Train to Memphis) writes that, given Jorgensen's attention to detail, the author is "either a madman or a great detective." While so many Presley books are written by authors who never seem to overcome their poetic sense of awe regarding the King, Jorgensen, being an RCA executive, couches the story of Presley's life in the gritty details of the artist's work and gets past the myths, giving readers a glimpse of what it might have been like to be Elvis. Hence, his is a truly insightful book. 150 photos in color and b&w. Editor, Calvert D. Morgan.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Ernst Jorgensen, together with Roger Semon, THE expert on Elvis' music, compilating all the Elvis CD's beeing released since the late 1980s/early '90s, has written THE book about Elvis' recordingsessions.
With it's hard cover, black and white picture of the '50s Elvis and over 150 pictures inside, this book really is a beauty to look at. Chronologically, ALL recordingsessions are described, from "My Happiness" in 1953 to "Moody Blue" in 1977. All songs officially recorded by Elvis can be found in this book and from each song is mentioned:
* when it was recorded;
* where it was recorded (which studio, place):
* who wrote the song;
* which musicians are playing;
* all matrixnumbers;
* the kind of soundcarrier, the song was first released at.
Further, the book contains a complete list of all legal Elvis LPs and CDs updated to 1997, including the chartposition the song(s) reached. Quite a lot pictures in this book have never before been published and all together, this is one of THE best books ever written about Elvis' musical legacy!
For over a decade the author has been responsible for completely overhauling Elvis' catalog resulting in state-of-the-art box sets reinstating the musical legacy of Elvis Presley in an ever growing music market to the place where it belongs.
The continuing interest in his music and life simply remains a phenomenon, even the more astonishing twenty years after his passing.
The majority of books about Elvis have focused on his life and have offered little or nothing to understand the music behind the man. This book focuses on the one thing that defined Elvis Presley and remained a center piece throughout his life: making music.
Putting Elvis' music into historical perspective - after all those years - was certainly a challenging task to begin with, and the author has succeeded in providing a critical view and a thorough re-evaluation of his music and its place in music history today.
The material is carefully conceived and structured around his recording sessions starting with the earliest SUN acetates in 1953 (which were only discovered and made available a few years ago) and ending with the painful recordings to the June 1977 CBS TV-Special, which probably would have never aired, hadn't Elvis passed away untimely on August 16th, 1977.
For each recording session the stage is set in terms of background, song selection process and marketing decisions by his company as well as insights into Elvis' likes or dislikes of the material. All songs are listed including matrix numbers, take numbers, publishers and reference CD's.Read more ›
Unlike the similar tomes by Joe Tunzi (Recording Sessions 1 & 2) this book does not claim to be the last word in trivia. If all you care about is knowing when and where a particlar song was recorded, or what it's matrix number was, then stick to Joe. If however you want an appreciation of the music, and want to know the circumstances surrounding it's recording, the text which accompanies the (still very detailed) session information will have you enthralled.
If you are a fan, you will want this book, and having bought it you will never regret it. If you are not a fan, you NEED this book. And having read it, you will become a fan.
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This is a very informative references book about Elvis. I was wanting to find a good book on Elvis Presley and this was the best one that I saw. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by BADASSGIRLHEAD
This is an amazing and exhaustive look at Elvis' recording sessions. Lots of great detail and anecdotes as well as references to in-studio comments by Elvis, producers and... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by AC
This is a must have book for any Elvis fan. Unfortunately, the paperback version is a poor cousin of the original hardback. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003
Not JUST a complete sessionography, but as detailed and thorough account of Elvis' life as exists in print form. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002
I loved this book. In England we have a term for the obsessive fan with an unhealthy fascination for trivia. Read morePublished on May 23 2000 by Jules
This book is for people who really care about the making of Elvis's music. The authors go into detail about the origin of songs and how they were recorded. Read morePublished on Dec 2 1999 by Richard J. Silverberg
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