ROCK MY SOUL (Madison CWP 026) (Released 2009)
|1. A nice farewell...
(Review by Oven Egeland)
This marks Madison's last bootleg release (at least for a while). "Rock My Soul" feature the second part of the March 31 1972 rehearsal held in Hollywood. The first part was released on Sunset Rundown. Perhaps it would be wiser to release the March '72 rehearsal as a double CD release (as done with A Hilton Double Shot.), having it all in one place, instead of on Sunset Rundown and Rock My Soul. Minor details...
This new CD is just as good as - or perhaps even better than - Sunset Rundown. The sound quality is great all the way through and content wise it offers two or three new tracks, like 'Never Been To Spain' (#2) and 'Proud Mary' (#2), together with some lines of 'I'm Leavin' and a little more of 'Young And Beautiful'. Except from that most of the songs have been made available in better sound already by FTD (On Tour - The Rehearsals and Elvis 6363 Sunset).
The extra bits and pieces of 'Young And Beautiful' don't really offer a lot, but it is nice to have it complete...as it was. 'I'm Leavin' would have been a fine addition; unfortunately Elvis abandons it before it even gets started. 'Proud Mary (#2) has been available on several unofficial video bootlegs of the On Tour material, but never on CD and never in such great sound quality as here! Some feedback problems are obvious, but as these rehearsals goes it doesn't really matter.
'Never Been To Spain' (#2) is weaker than the first take. This also marks the last song from the rehearsal itself. The rest of the CD is filled with the Gospel jam that took place later the same evening. Also heavily issued before, both by BMG and by bootleggers, this time we get all the songs in a binaural output. The piano on one channel and all the singers on the other channel.
As this material have been subjected for several Elvis releases during the years it is not necessary to say much about the content. This is a fine CD release. As a double CD release it would have been even better. However, a nice way to say goodbye, Madison!
Madison released 27 bootlegs, giving a total of 30 CD's. The best of the releases are great, some of them questionable. Fortunately the greatest outnumbered the weakest by a good margin. So much that they could allow themselves to re-release material already made available by...themselves and even do it upright!
, Norway, April 2009
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