Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Record #0705: If I Can Dream / Edge of Reality – ELVIE PRESLEY

 

RCA Victor 47-9670 (original) USA, 3. December 1968
Words & Music by:  Side AWalter Earl Brown; Side BBernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals), Tommy Tedesco (guitar on side A), Michael Deasy (guitar on side A), Alvin Casey (guitar), Charles Britz (guitar on side B), Neil Levang (guitar on side B), Joseph “Bobby” Gibbons (guitar on side B), Larry Knechtel (bass / keyboards), Charles Berghofer (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), Don Randi (piano), John Cyr & Elliot Franks (percussion on side A), Gary Coleman (percussion on side B), Tommy Morgan (harmonica on side A), Bob Alberti & Tommy Wolfe (keyboards on side A), the Blossoms (backing vocals on side A), B.J. Baker, Sally Stevens, Bob Tebow & John Bahler (backing vocals on side B) and an orchestra conducted by Billy Goldenberg (on side A), side B orchestra conductor unknown.
Recording sessions: Produced by Steve Binder (Side A) and Billy Strange (side B) at Western Recorders Studio 1, Hollywood, CA; Side A – on 23. June 1968; Side B – 7. March 1968
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #12, Canada #6, UK#11, Australia #2: Side B – US #112, Australia #2

If I Can Dream” was the grand finale of Elvis’ “’68 Comeback Special” on 3. December 1968, which was also the release date of the single.

Earlier that year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Walter Earl Brown was asked to write a song for the grand finale of the show and he got the inspiration from these tragic events.

Edge of Reality” appeared in Elvis’ 1968 movie “Live a Little, Love a Little”. It was recorded in the same session with “A Little Less Conversation”, which became a posthumous international hit for Elvis in 2002, when JXL released a remix version of it.

Majority of the session musicians were members of “the Wrecking Crew”, hence I didn’t put links to their individual information.

This was Elvis’ first single with an orange RCA label.

List price:  Very Good+ is $4, Near Mint is $8. Picture sleeve is VG+ $2, NM $4.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Record #0704: Puppet on a String / Wooden Heart – ELVIS PRESLEY


RCA Victor 447-0650 (re-issue) USA, 1977
Words & Music by:  Side ASid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett; Side BFred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey, Bert Kämpfert
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Tommy Tedesco (guitar on side A), Neal Matthews (guitar on side B), Bob Moore (bass on side A), Ray Siegel (bass and tuba on side B), Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell (guitar and mandolin), D.J. Fontana / Frank Bode (drums on side B), D.J. Fontana / Buddy Harman / Frank Carlson (drums on side A), Floyd Cramer (piano on side A), Dudley Brooks (piano on side B), Jimmie Haskelf (accordion on side B), Hoyt Hawkins (tambourine on side B), The Jordanaires (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Side A - Produced by George Stoll at Radio Recorders Studio B, Hollywood, CA, on 10. June 1964; Side B – Produced by Joseph Lilley at RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA on 28. April 1960

Highest chart positions:
  No information about the re-issue’s chart performance

This is a posthumous re-issue of the original, which I just posted here. When Elvis had died, RCA re-released a s***load of his old records and cashed in big time. TCB.

List price:  Not listed in the catalog. These are selling for about 10 euros in eBay.

 

Record #0703: Puppet on a String / Wooden Heart – ELVIS PRESLEY

 

 


RCA Victor 447-0650 (original) USA, 26. October 1965
Words & Music by:  Side ASid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett; Side BFred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey, Bert Kämpfert
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Tommy Tedesco (guitar on side A), Neal Matthews (guitar on side B), Bob Moore (bass on side A), Ray Siegel (bass and tuba on side B), Hilmer “Tiny” Timbrell (guitar and mandolin), D.J. Fontana / Frank Bode (drums on side B), D.J. Fontana / Buddy Harman / Frank Carlson (drums on side A), Floyd Cramer (piano on side A), Dudley Brooks (piano on side B), Jimmie Haskelf (accordion on side B), Hoyt Hawkins (tambourine on side B), The Jordanaires (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Side A - Produced by George Stoll at Radio Recorders Studio B, Hollywood, CA, on 10. June 1964; Side B – Produced by Joseph Lilley at RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA on 28. April 1960
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #14, US AC #3, Canada #3, Australia #28; Side B - US #110, Finland #4 (in 1961)

“Wooden Heart” had already been released as a single in many European countries in 1961 and as a flip side of “Blue Christmas” in the States in 1964.

Puppet on a String” was in Elvis’ 1965 film “Girl Happy”. “Wooden Heart” was in his 1960 movie “G.I. Blues”.

List price:  Very Good+ is $5, Near Mint is $10. Picture sleeve VG+ is $15, NM is $30.