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Elvis / Today: Legacy reissue

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Early next month, Sony/Legacy will reissue Elvis Presley‘s 1975 album, Today, as 40th anniversary two-disc Legacy Edition.

Recorded in RCA studios in Hollywood, Today featured The King interpreting songs recorded by artists such as Tom Jones (Green, Green Grass Of Home – a UK single), Don McLean (And I Love You So) and The Pointer Sisters (Fairytale). The album also contains T-R-O-U-B-L-E which was a top 40 hit in the USA.

For this Legacy Edition, disc one features the original album and an alternate mix of the album without producer Felton Jarvis’s ‘controversial’ overdubs.  In many instances the original session mixes sound very different indeed. These overdub-free versions of the songs first appeared on the 2005 ‘Follow That Dream’ (FTD) edition of Today but have never had a wide commercial release.

The second CD offers live performances recorded throughout the southern United States in May and June of 1975, just months after the Today sessions. These performances have previously only been released on the limited 8LP box set Elvis Aron Presley, first released in 1980.

The Legacy Edition of Today is released on 7 August 2015.

NB: At the time of writing the UK price is much higher than it should be. SDE expects this to drop to around the £13 before release. Germany and France more accurately reflect the true cost for this release.



CD 1

  1. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  2. And I Love You So
  3. Susan When She Tried
  4. Woman Without Love
  5. Shake a Hand
  6. Pieces of My Life
  7. Fairytale
  8. I Can Help
  9. Bringin’ It Back
  10. Green, Green Grass of Home
  11. Fairytale (Undubbed Version)
  12. Green, Green Grass of Home (Undubbed Version)
  13. I Can Help (Undubbed Version)
  14. And I Love You So (Undubbed Version)
  15. Susan When She Tried (Undubbed Version)
  16. T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Undubbed Version)
  17. Woman Without Love (Undubbed Version)
  18. Shake a Hand (Undubbed Version)
  19. Bringing It Back (Undubbed Version)
  20. Pieces of My Life (Undubbed Version)

CD 2 – Recorded Live on Tour May-June 1975

  1. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) (Live)
  2. See See Rider (Live)
  3. I Got a Woman / Amen (Live)
  4. Love Me (Live)
  5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (Live)
  6. Love Me Tender (Live)
  7. All Shook Up (Live)
  8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel (Live)
  9. Hound Dog (Live)
  10. The Wonder Of You (Live)
  11. Burning Love (Live)
  12. Introductions / Johnny B. Goode  (Live)
  13. Introductions /  School Days (Live)
  14. T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Live)
  15. Why Me Lord? (Live)
  16. How Great Thou Art (Live)
  17. Let Me Be There (Live)
  18. An American Trilogy (Live)
  19. Funny How Time Slips Away (Live)
  20. Little Darlin’ (Live)
  21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live)
  22. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live)

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3 responses to Elvis / Today: Legacy reissue

  1. Galley says:

    This looks to be another great reissue in the series.

    • rockinrebel says:

      It’s been reported that the composite 1975 show, which originally appeared on the “Elvis Aron Presley” box set is “to be remastered and reassembled from the original source tapes to offer improved audio definition”.

      Considering that the original album will be sourced from Vic Anesini’s 2007 remasters, which are superior to the earlier FTD collectors label issue of “Elvis Today”, this release should be a worthy upgrade.

      My only minor complaint is that if Sony are prepared to remaster the live material from scratch, then surely it would have made more sense to look at other 1975 tour shows in which Elvis performed additional material from the “Today” album, rather than stick with the 1980 live compilation.

  2. Paul Martin says:

    For the completists out there – the live show is also the same one that appeared on the 1987 Dutch Fan Club CD – “Live in Dallas – June 1975″. These Legacy reissues are superb – and I’m Looking forward to the new release of “Today” this week.

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