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Elvis (Fool)

Released:Jul. 16, 1973

Another in what was by now a very long line of peculiar follow-ups, tied this time to commercial considerations of which the public could scarcely be aware. On March 1, 1973, for a payment of $5.4 million, RCA acquired sole ownership of all past Elvis masters, with artist and manager forfeiting any future say in their release, not to mention all future royalties. It was a staggering amount of money at the time and, in retrospect, a staggeringly short-sighted valuation of Elvis’ catalog on Elvis and the Colonel’s part – but, then, neither was much interested in the financial long-term. This album was the first result of the agreement and precipitated much heated discussion at the label as to how best to exploit their newly acquired property. In the absence of any fresh product (which would have been everyone’s first preference), the decision was made to combine a scattering of unreleased tracks from 1971 and 1972 (including several impromptu performances never intended for release, with Elvis alone at the piano on three songs by r&b singer and longtime friend Ivory Joe Hunter). While the result was occasionally interesting, particularly the unself-conscious and heartfelt delivery of those three Ivory Joe Hunter tunes (which included “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen,” not written by Hunter but learned from his version), this couldn’t be said to be a very well thought-out album, and sales of 200,000 reflected the public’s relative indifference to indifferent packaging.

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  • Fool

    Carl Sigman/James Last. Recorded March 28, 1972 at RCA’s Studio C, Hollywood. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Emory Gordy. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. OVERDUBS - Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Guitar: Dennis Linde
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  • Where Do I Go From Here

    Paul Williams. Recorded March 27-29, 1972 at RCA’s Studio C, Hollywood. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Emory Gordy. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. OVERDUBS - Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Guitar: Dennis Linde
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  • Love Me, Love The Life I Lead

    Tony Macaulay/Roger Greenaway. Recorded May21 , 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs, Joe Moscheo. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Temple Riser, Ginger Holladay, The Imperials. OVERDUBS, Vocals: Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Percussion: Larrie Londin, The Imperials
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  • It’s Still Here

    Ivory Joe Hunter. Recorded May 19, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Piano: Elvis Presley, BAss: Norbert Putnam.
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  • It’s Impossible

    Sid Wayne/Armando Manzanero. Recorded live February 16, 1972, dinner show, at The Las Vegas Hilton. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me

    Gordon Lightfoot. Recorded March 15, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, The Nashville Edition
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  • Padre

    Jack LaRue/Paul Hebster/Alain Romans. Recorded May 15,1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs. Organ: Glen Spreen. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy
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  • I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

    Arranged by Elvis Presley. Recorded May 19, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Piano: Elvis Presley 09) I Will Be True - Ivory Joe Hunter. Recorded May 17-21, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Piano: Elvis Presley
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  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (edited version)

    Bob Dylan. Recorded May 16, 1971 during a break at the Christmas sessions. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs, Joe Moscheo. Organ: Glen Spreen. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: June Page, Millie Kirkham, Temple Riser, Ginger Holladay, The Imperials. OVERDUBS, Percussion: Larry Londin. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, The Imperials
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