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  • Audio CD (Aug. 10 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00000JJU6
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Kiss Me Quick
2. Just For Old Time Sake
3. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow
4. I Met Her Today
5. (Such An) Easy Question
6. She's Not You
7. I'm Yours
8. You'll Be Gone
9. Something Blue
10. Suspicion
11. I Feel That I've Known You Forever
12. Night Rider
13. For The Millionth And The Last Time
14. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
15. Fountain Of Love
16. That's Someone You Never Forget
17. Steppin' Out Of Line

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Recorded between March 1961 and March 1962 over a total of five separate sessions, Pot Luck was finally ready for release in June 1962. Whilst never quite attaining the status of Elvis' earlier albums, it still performed well, peaking at #4 in the US. However, Elvis, popularity in the UK showed no sign of diminishing, where the album would become his seventh chart topper, as well as becoming his fifteenth consecutive album to make the Top 5 (out of fifteen releases). Much of the album was written by long time Elvis collaborators Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, who composed five of the album's twelve tracks.


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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4099e94) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40b18f4) out of 5 stars That's An Album You Never Forget July 12 2002
By Carl Savich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The highlight of this album for me is the song that Elvis himself wrote, "That's Someone You Never Forget", which originally closed the LP version from 1962. Elvis came up with the song title and the idea for the song, which was about the death of his mother Gladys Love Presley in 1958. Elvis co-wrote the song with Red West. Elvis is in a zone on this song. His singing was at its best level in this period of his career. During this period Elvis was pushing his voice to the limit, attempting operatic material. But the song "That's Someone You Never Forget" is great because it is so subtle and understated. In my opinion, it is perhaps Elvis' greatest vocal performance ever, right up there with his performances of "Crying in the Chapel", "Surrender", "It's Now or Never", "Angel", or even "Can't Help Falling in Love". This is Elvis at his absolute best. It shows what Elvis could do as a songwriter. I only wish he would have pursued songwriting. Elvis was defensive about songwriting and a little embarrassed by it. This song was thrown away as a B side to "Long Legged Girl" in 1967. It is an overlooked gem.

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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40b1948) out of 5 stars Elvis and a perfect example of his early 60's Nashville sound Dec 4 2005
By Blue Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Released in the summer of 1962, just after the BLUE HAWAII-craze in the winter of 1961-1962, this album represents Elvis's last studio effort before 1969. Between this album and FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS in May 1969, Elvis would only release soundtrack albums, greatest hits package and one gospel album.

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)


-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).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40b1d80) out of 5 stars THREE GEMS HERE Aug. 28 2002
By ALAIN ROBERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
KISS ME QUICK,SUSPICION and NIGHT RIDER should have been singles.There are undoubtedly the highlights of this 1962 record that is especially worth buying if you are a true ELVIS fan.The voice of the singer had changed a little over the years.It's softer and it's range is wider.Not all the songs here are great,but at this point of his career(just before the avalanche of ordinary movies)ELVIS has become an AMERICAN icon.It seems that the ELVIS that teenagers discovered in 1956 is really a thing of the past.Now it seems that the parents who rejected him when he sang HOUND DOG are more inclined to revaluate this guy who has mellowed at the same time of their teenagers who became adults.It is an enjoyable disc.The three tracks that i mentionned should really have been in GOLD RECORDS VOLUME 3 where they belonged.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40b715c) out of 5 stars More Romance Than Rock But It's Still Elvis March 27 2000
By plsilverman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A very enjoyable listen back in '62 and likewise in 2K - but if you're a relatively new Presley devotee, don't expect "Jailhouse Rock" - even the uptempo tunes lack any sustained wail. The numbers are given the full "Nashville" treatment and Elvis does not seem to mind - his easy-goin' vocals blend in well especially on the classy pop/jazz "(Such An) Easy Question" and on the unusual beat ballad "Suspicion". The fast numbers "Gonna Get Back Home Somehow" and "Night Rider" do not recall the Sun Elvis either, but are certainly worth playing again and again. As can be expected, the ballads are given the most serious attention by the man, and "That's Someone You Never Forget" (title by Elvis!) is a true work of art, "A" side material not issued on 45rpm until 1967 - on the "B" side! Unfortunately, this kind of quality does not pervade this project, even with the additional tracks. Elvis seemed to be drifting furthur and furthur away from his "roots", although it's now realized how important romantic ballads were to him, even in '53/'55.
HASH(0xa40b7240) out of 5 stars Pot Luck by Elvis not so "pot luck". March 19 2013
By G. RANDALL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Purchased this album on vinyl when it first came out. Was disappointed at first but found myself playing it quite a bit over the years. Sold my vinyl collection several years ago and decided that I needed to replace Pot Luck. The album had some hits on it, some by Elvis and some covered by other artists and it represents his studio recordings that were produced after he got out of the Army and before they realized that the money was being made on his movie soundtracks, which except for his first few movies were not so good. "(Such an)Easy Question", "She's Not You", "Just for Old Time's Sake", are standout songs, but I could list them all as standouts. This album in original form was number 4 for eighteen weeks. This was not up to standards because Elvis usually was number one for many weeks, but it remains a great album by almost anyone's standards.

Any Elvis fan will give this four or five stars because it deserves them.

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