ALTERNATE GOLDEN RECORDS, VOLUME 3 (OMS 005) (Released 1999)
1. Review by Thomas Nilsson
Content: 4- Sound: 5- Artwork: 5
|Featuring the Little Sister Session
Little Sister (Take 1, 2, 3)
Little Sister (Take 4, 5)
Little Sister (Take 6)
It's Now Or Never (Master)
Stuck On You (Take 1)
Fame And Fortune (Take 1)
Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 1)
Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 2)
I Feel So Bad
Are You Lonesome Tonight (Take 2)
His Latest Flame (Take 9, 10)
His Latest Flame (Take 11, 12)
Good Luck Charm (Take 1)
Good Luck Charm (Take 2, 3)
Anything That's Part Of You (Take 2)
She's Not You (Take 1)
She's Not You (Take 2)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Take 13)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Take 14, 15, 16)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Take 17-24)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Take 25-28)
Little Sister (Take 7, 8)
Little Sister (Take 9)
Little Sister (take 10, 11)
Little Sister/Get Back (Rehearsal, July 29 1970)
It's Now Or Never (Rehearsal, July 29 1970)
Little Sister (Toledo, April 23 1977)
|1. Review by Thomas Nilsson
This is a record that I really enjoy, although there is something strange with my copy, it can't be played in my computer record player.
The record contains alternate takes of the songs from Golden Records vol. 3 in very good quality. Rather much of the material is copied from the "There's Always Me" series, but since they are to get, it doesn't bother the casual bootleg buyer very much.
Perhaps most interesting on this record, are the complete 'Little Sister' sessions (except the master) in very good quality. Much better than the tracks lifted from There's Always Me (mainly vol. 1 and 4), because they sound a bit noisy, not much, but you can certainly hear it. Especially on 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'. But that one is still a very nice alternate take, with prominent acoustic guitar.
All of the tracks are not alternate takes, however, It's Now Or Never is the original master, but the track starts too late! In excellent quality is also the outtakes of 'Can't Help Falling In Love', takes 13-28, very nice to have indeed.
'She's Not You' as well as 'Good Luck Charm' and 'His Latest Flame' are available on the "There's Always Me" series, and very nice, in fact, the whole record is very nice and pleasant listening.
Two of the last tracks comes from rehearsals in 1970 (copied from There's Always Me vol. 4) and are both now available on the new (and basically excellent) BMG That's The Way It Is box, but without the additional line after 'It's Now Or Never', where Elvis says 'Are You Horny Tonight'. Actually, if you listen carefully on the BMG box at the beginning of 'A Fool Such As I', you can here him say 'Are You', and then starts 'A Fool', which is bad work by BMG, by the way.
The last track is 'Little Sister', recorded live in Toledo, April 23 1977. It's a pretty good version. The cover art is very professional, the booklet is of foldout-type, with very nice pictures, and in general, the sound is very good. The record (which, buy the way is black, at least mine) runs more than 77 minutes.
To sum up, I like this record very much, especially because I don't have all the "There's Always Me" records, but even those who do, will probably enjoy it, because of 'Little Sister' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.
One small objection, though: Neither 'Gonna Get Back Somehow' (which doesn't fit this record at all) or 'Can't Help Falling In Love' was included on the original Golden Records vol. 3.