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Elvis Presley: A Life in Music--The Complete Recording Sessions
For the first time, the complete story of Elvis Presley's recording career is told in this remarkable book. With exclusive access to the RCA vaults, producer Ernst Jorgensen brings to intimate life every moment that Elvis spent in the studio--from the spontaneous joy of his early sessions to the intensely creative periods of his later career. At once the definitive recordi...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin
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This book tells a sad story. I read the first 130 pages or so, which describes his pre-army recordings, and then forced myself to skim through the last few hundred which discuss his decent into madness. Madness? How else can you explain a guy who goes from inventing rock n' roll in Memphis, combining R&B, Country, Gospel, Blues and Pop in songs like "Mystery Train," to recording utter crap like "Yoga is as yoga does" for the "Easy Come Easy Go Soundtrack"? He did make a comeback in the late ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Brent rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: music fans
Recommended to Brent by: author Jorgensen and artist Presley
Together with Peter Guralnick's two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, this uniquely comprehensive list of recordings is key to understanding his work. I bought a copy at The Paperback Rack in Tallahassee, as I recall. Jorgensen coordinated reissues from Elvis and his back catalog for RCA and corporation BMG in the 1990s, resulting not only in clear reissues but consolidation of historical information. Read this fine reference work to understand the recording career of the King.
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Jul 20, 2014 Garrett Cash rated it it was amazing
A delightfully comprehensive work that gets the attention to where we should be looking: the music. It has all the information about every session you could possibly want, plus a lot of good extras, like many studio photos I had never seen. It can be read for reference or straight through. I read everything up until the army and skimmed the rest. Jorgensen is a real fan, an excellent writer, and an astute observer. A must have book on the King for sure.
Bubba Rowe gave this book 3-stars based on the story of Elvis's life and with that I won't argue. However as a reference book to E's recording sessions and their documentation therein, it deserves 5-stars. I compromised and gave it 4-stars overall despite the fact that session info was the main thrust of the book.