Elvis Presley : Stereo 57

Elvis Presley : Stereo 57


RCA AP 057

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 -  I Beg Of You (Take 1)
A2 - Is It So Strange (Take 1)
A3 - Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Take 2)
A4 - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Takes 1,2,3)
B1 - Blueberry Hill (Take 2)
B2 - Mean Woman Blues (Take 14)
B3 - There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Takes 2,3)
B4 - Have I Told You Lately I Love You (Take 6)
C1 - Blueberry Hill (Take 7)
C2 - That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Takes 4,5,6)
C3 - Is It So Strange (Takes 7,11)
D1 - I Beg Of You (Takes 6,8)
D2 - Peace In The Valley (Take 7)
D3 - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Takes 12,13)
D4 - I Beg Of You (Take 12)

Recorded in 1957 at Radio Recorders Studios in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1933, Radio Recorders of Los Angeles was the preeminent recording studio of its day, and its director of recording, long-time engineer Thorne Nogar, engineered all of the Elvis sessions from 1955 to 1961. Elvis would be right in the center of everything, at every recording session, Nogar would later recall. "Like with the Jordanaires when he sang, we would set it up with a unidirectional mike, so he would be standing right in front of them, facing them, and they would have their own directional microphone and they would be singing to one another."

RCA's Essential Elvis series was a vehicle for the release of Presley's alternate takes. On this double LP set, listeners hear Presley at work, refining band arrangements and working through the nuances of his vocal performance. The LP reveals the Jordanaires voices' sparkling with a natural lifelike sound that's both sonically rich and detailed.

The Jordanaires, a vocal quartet originally formed as a gospel group in 1948, gained fame largely for being Elvis' background singers, both in live appearances and recordings, from 1956 to 1972. If discovering these rare, almost lost recorded treasures weren't enough, the sound reproduction puts this release over the top! When the Jordanaires sing "Peace in the Valley," you'll swear you're hearing a melody sent from heaven. An audiophile's prayer come true!

There are a number of first and second takes, during which Presley and his backing musicians make tentative passes at the material. As the record progresses, arrangements take shape and Presley, growing more confident that a keeper take is imminent, sings with more enthusiasm. Throughout, Presley is heard directing the proceedings and demonstrating a lot of "aw shucks" charm in the process, goofing with band members and laughing through his and others', flubs.

For serious Elvis fans and anyone else interested in the creative process, Volume 2 meets the first definition of "essential" as well as the second: it is indispensable.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.