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Friday, March 3, 2017

Elvis Presley's "Way Down In The Jungle Room"

Above, the album cover, the booklet and promo insert. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Yesterday, my cousin and I did some rummaging at CD Trader, the local record store who specializes in new and used vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

I picked up two CDs for listening while traveling in The Beast. One was Gordon Lightfoot's Complete Greatest Hits and the other was Elvis Presley's Way Down In The Jungle Room. I had previously mentioned about Way Down In The Jungle Room in this blog post. The recordings were made in Presley's Graceland den that later became known as The Jungle Room.

As mentioned, the two-disc album (releases last year) are tracks from Presley's last two albums: From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (1976) and Moody Blue (1977). Disc 1 is comprised of the master recordings from those albums and Disc 2 are the outtakes from them.

The set also includes a 23-page booklet about the two 1976 recording sessions these recordings are mainly from and his life at the time along with notes on each track.

It is an interesting album, particularly the outtakes. Elvis is listed as executive producer and Felton Jarvis is credited as associate producer.

My grade: A-.

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