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Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room [Digipak]

Track List

>Way Down
>She Thinks I Still Care
>Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
>Pledging My Love
>For the Heart
>Love Coming Down
>He'll Have to Go
>Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
>Hurt
>Never Again
>Danny Boy
>Solitaire
>Moody Blue
>It's Easy for You
>I'll Never Fall in Love Again
>Last Farewell, The
>Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall [Take 1] - (take)
>She Thinks I Still Care [Take 10] - (take)
>Last Farewell [Take 2], The - (take)
>Solitaire [Take 7] - (take)
>I'll Never Fall in Love Again [Take 5] - (take)
>Moody Blue [Take 1] - (take)
>For the Heart [Take 1] - (take)
>Hurt [Take 3] - (take)
>Danny Boy [Take 9] - (take)
>Never Again [Take 9] - (take)
>Love Coming Down [Take 3] - (remix, take)
>Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain [Take 4] - (take)
>She Thinks I Still Care [Alternate Version] [Take 2] - (take)
>It's Easy for You [Take 1] - (take)
>Way Down [Take 2] - (take)
>Pledging My Love [Take 3] - (take)
>For the Heart [Take 4] - (take)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "WAY DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM showcases 16 master takes released on the last two LPs of Presley's lifetime, a chance to eavesdrop on a troubled performer pulling himself together for a final sprint at artistry."

Album Notes

Personnel: Ed Hill, Ed Enoch, Larry Strickland, Bill Baize (vocals).

Liner Note Author: John Jackson.

Recording information: Jungle Room (02/02/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (02/02/1976); Jungle Room (02/03/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (02/03/1976); Jungle Room (02/04/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (02/04/1976); Jungle Room (02/05/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (02/05/1976); Jungle Room (02/06/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (02/06/1976); Jungle Room (02/07/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (02/07/1976); Jungle Room (10/29/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (10/29/1976); Jungle Room (10/29/1976/10/30/1976); Youngun' Sound, Murfreesboro, Creative Workshop, Nashvi (10/29/1976/10/30/1976).

Photographer: George Hill.

In 1976, Elvis Presley was in an unusual position -- he was still the King of Rock & Roll and could sell out arenas all across the nation, but Top 40 radio played him only as an oldies act, and his new material popped up on the Easy Listening and Adult Contemporary charts when it charted at all. Tired of working in the studio where scheduling pressures stifled his creative spirit, Presley converted his den at his mansion Graceland into a recording studio with the help of RCA's mobile unit. Working with members of his top-notch road band, Presley recorded the sort of material he wanted to try -- songs that reflected his own maturity and that of his audience -- and the home-recorded sessions would become the basis for two albums, 1976's From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and 1977's Moody Blue. Way Down in the Jungle Room is an archival collection that collects the material recorded at Graceland in 1976, which would prove to be Presley's final recording sessions. Way Down in the Jungle Room includes the material from From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and Moody Blue, and a second disc of outtakes and alternate versions to create the definitive document of this often overlooked period in Presley's career. ~ Mark Deming



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