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Pot Luck Original recording remastered
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En 1962, Elvis Presley tourne sous la direction du réalisateur Gordon Douglas Follow That Dream (Le Shérif de ces dames). Parallèlement, le colonel Parker met sur pied un album compilant des inédits, dont certains, comme "Steppin' Out Of Line", sont extraits de la session de Blue Hawaii, tandis que les principaux titres ont été enregistrés à Nashville. On remarquera particulièrement "Kiss Me Quick" et "Gonna Get Back Home Somehow", alors que "Suspicion", de Pomus et Shuman, sera paradoxalement repris en single avec plus de succès par Terry Stafford. Toujours en 1962, Elvis jouera dans Girls! Girls! Girls! où il chante "Return To Sender" qui sera repris chez nous par Henri Salvador. Le CD est agrémenté de 5 titres, dont le hit "She's Not You" de Doc Pomus/Leiber et Stoller. --Hervé Comte
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The bonus track "You'll Be Gone" is another song written by Elvis from the same sessions but not released until 1965 as a throwaway B side to the "Do the Clam" single. But "You'll Be Gone" is a very good song with classical acoustic guitar, written with Red West and Charlie Hodge in the style of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine". But both these songs were essentially thrown away by Elvis as not quite good enough. But I think they show the promise of Elvis as a songwriter. They are a little rough in that you could tell Elvis had not consciously written many songs and so there was a little bit of a rough and wooden quality. But who knows where Elvis could have gone from here. It is disappointing that Elvis did not try to develop and evolve as a songwriter. But he obviously did not want to pursue it.
I would recommend this album for just the opportunity to listen to two Elvis compositions, "That's Someone You Never Forget" and "You'll Be Gone". And while BLUE HAWAII was number one for 20 weeks and is a great concept album with greater flow, POT LUCK shows Elvis exploring new musical avenues, trying his hand at songwriting and relying more on ballads.
The original version of "Suspicion" (..."Suspicion....tears us apart ....suspicion....why torture meeeeee")is a great surprise. Terry Stafford, an early Elvis impersonator, did a cover version that was a huge hit in 1964 in which Stafford did a pretty good Elvis imitation. But the original 1962 version by Elvis is much better. The other selections are good. The addition of the "She's Not You" single as a bonus track is a welcome addition.
POT LUCK is Elvis at his vocal peak. It is not his greatest album, but it is a very different album. The focus is on slow ballads. POT LUCK is an underappreciated album. It is an essential album for any Elvis fan. Just for the fact that you get to hear Elvis the songwriter here is worth the price of this album in my opinion.
"That's Someone You Never Forget" is one of Elvis' greatest songs and greatest performances...and greatest surprises. It is also a very rare and unique opportunity to listen to a song that Elvis wrote himself. It demonstrates that Elvis himself was really behind his whole sound and musical persona. Elvis just liked to take a back seat, but he was in charge of it all. Elvis was self-effacing and self-deprecating. That song proves it to me. Elvis was a musical innovator.
"That's Someone You Never Forget". That's a song you never forget. POT LUCK. That's an album you never forget. Elvis. That's a performer you never forget.
In this album, you have plenty of songs that would become later singles:
-I'M YOURS (N°11 in 1965)
-EASY QUESTION (N°11 in 1965)
-THAT'S SOMEONE YOU NEVER FORGET (b-side in 1967)
-KISS ME QUICK (N°34 in 1964)
-SUSPICION (a hit for Terry Stafford in 1964 then by Elvis himself in the UK but not before 1977 - N°9 -)
It's not Elvis's best album but it contains those hits plus the fans favorite NIGHT RIDER, the Blue Hawaii left-over STEPPIN' OUT OF LINE, the latin FOUNTAIN OF LOVE, etc...
This is not where you want to start your Elvis collection (although it was a hit album: N°4 in the US and N°1 in the UK) but once you have become familiar with Elvis music, it gives you another glimpse at the many styles he could sing.
The remastered edition contains a TOP 5 US single (N°1 in the UK) SHE's NOT YOU / JUST TELL HER JIM SAID HELLO and an Elvis-penned song called YOU'LL BE GONE that was a b-side to another single in 1965.
It's not JAILHOUSE ROCK, it's not even ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT, it's Nashville Elvis, it's the GOOD LUCK CHARM Elvis (if you know the song).
This release includes several bonus songs not included on the original. "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" was released as the B-side of "She's Not You" and was a minor hit reaching 55 on the singles chart. "That's Someone You'll Never Forget" was released as a B-side in 1967 and cracked the chart at 92. Elvis' performance of the song is haunting and one of his most underrated!
While this album was a hit in 1962, it paled in comparison to his recently released soundtrack albums GI Blues and Blue Hawaii, which were HUGE hits. This convinced his management that soundtracks were the best way to make money and for the next several years movie soundtracks were the only new albums that would be released. Sadly the soundtracks seemed to decline in quality with each new release.