It took a while, almost 8 years after the CD version, but for the vinyl lovers FTD released a 2LP version of the 1973 album Elvis (Fool).
The design is pretty standard, the cover is as originally intended by Joan Deary back in the 1970s. The inside carries the backside of the planned version and some notes from the archives and more coverart from the included singles. The backside has a great Aloha shot and the full tracklisting.
There are no surprises included, all tracks can be found on the CD too. The first LP has the songs that were supposed to end up on the 1973 version, thus including the re-recordings from January 1973. The highlight to me (yes, I am one of the vinyl lovers who is convinced vinyl sounds better than CDs) is the full version of Don’t Think Twice. The one on Behind Closed Doors didn’t sound too good anymore, so I am glad with this replacement. Ah well, the strings on Fool are nice for a change too. All together it is quite an enjoyable album, certainly compared to what Felton Jarvis made from it.
Purely for diehard collectors and vinyl lovers, I for one am pretty happy that there is no Padre!
THE ORIGINAL PLANNED VERSION OF THE ALBUM
01 Fool (2:49)
02 Where Do I Go From Here (2:41)
03 Blue Hawaii* (2:38)
04 Early Mornin’ Rain* (3:03)
05 It’s Impossible* (2:55)
01 Reconsider Baby (Blues Jam)* (2:45)
02 Hawaiian Wedding Song* (2:01)
03 Ku-U-I-Po* (2:14)
04 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (2:27)
05 No More* (2:38)
THE OUTTAKES AND ALTERNATES
01 FOOL (with full strings overdub) (2:49)
02 Steamroller Blues* (single mix) (3:05)
03 Until It’s Time For You To Go (takes 1 & 2) (5:47)
04 (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me (takes 9 & 10) (4:09)
05 I Will Be True (takes 1 & 2) (4:24)
01 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right + (take 2, informal recording) (11:20)
02 Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (alternate mix) (3:07)
03 It’s Still Here (takes 4 & 5) (2.05)