Elvis for Everyone!

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Elvis for Everyone!
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released August 10, 1965
Recorded July 1954 to January 1964
Genre Rock
Length 23:58
Label RCA Victor
Producer Sam Phillips, Steve Sholes, Chet Atkins, Urban Thielmann, Hans Salter, George Stoll
Elvis Presley chronology
Girl Happy
(1965)
Elvis for Everyone!
(1965)
Harum Scarum
(1965)
Alternative cover
Malaysian release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Elvis for Everyone! is the twenty-third album by Elvis Presley, issued by RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3450, in August 1965. Recording sessions took place over a ten-year span at Sun Studio in Memphis, RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, and Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. It peaked at number 10 on the Top Pop Albums chart.[2]

Content[edit]

Sessions in late May 1963 failed to coalesce into his fifth studio album of the 1960s, and by 1965 Presley's musical output had been focused exclusively on his movie career and soundtrack output.[3] He had not released a proper studio album since Pot Luck in June 1962, although seven non-movie singles had been issued since. RCA invented the concept of an "Anniversary Album" to celebrate Presley's tenth year on their label, which became Elvis For Everyone.[4] The album's cover depicting Presley standing next to the RCA mascot Nipper sitting atop a cash register. Since May 1963, Presley had only made one non-movie session in January 1964 that yielded a mere three tracks, two of which had already been issued as sides for singles. Bereft of new material, RCA assembled this album from unused tracks going all the way back to the Sun Records years, from sessions for both soundtracks and regular commercial releases. Possibly owing to its assembly from scraps and rejects, although it made the top ten on the LP chart, it was the first Presley album to sell fewer than 300,000 copies during the decade.[5]

Of the tracks on the album only "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears," recorded for but not used in the film Flaming Star, had previously been issued, on the extended play single Elvis by Request. Several tracks had appeared on film, but had not been issued on record before. "In My Way" had appeared in the 1961 film Wild in the Country, "Sound Advice" in the 1962 film Follow That Dream, and the traditional Neapolitan ballad "Santa Lucia" in the 1964 outing Viva Las Vegas. The remaining eight tracks had been unissued in any form. The Sun ballad "Tomorrow Night" had overdubs added for release on this album; it would not be officially issued in its original form for another two decades with the compilation, The Complete Sun Sessions in 1987.[6]

RCA had intended to include the unreleased Sun Records track "Tennessee Saturday Night," but withdrew it from the album and replaced it with "Tomorrow Night".[7] Neither has reference to a Presley Sun recording with this title ever been mentioned in any other source, nor has a Presley Sun recording with this title ever been discovered, although a song entitled "Tennessee Saturday Night" was slated for Loving You but not recorded.[8]

In its format as a compilation of mostly unissued leftovers from various sessions, and given its rather short running time, this album anticipated the Presley budget releases with a similar concept that would appear during the late 1960s and early 1970s on the RCA Camden label. RCA opted not to include it as part of its reissue program, appending its songs as bonus tracks to other albums as appropriate, with the overdubbed version of "Tomorrow Night" being ultimately replaced by the original Sun Records master version in general circulation.

Collective Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Your Cheatin' Heart"   Hank Williams February 1, 1958 2:24
2. "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" (unused song from Flaming Star) Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Jack Lloyd August 8, 1960 2:17
3. "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers"   Dory Jones and Ollie Jones May 26, 1963 1:47
4. "In My Way" (from Wild in the Country) Fred Wise and Ben Weisman November 7, 1960 1:19
5. "Tomorrow Night"   Sam Coslow and Wilhelm Grosz September 10, 1954 2:58
6. "Memphis Tennessee"   Chuck Berry January 12, 1964 2:08
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "For the Millionth and the Last Time"   Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper October 15, 1961 2:05
2. "Forget Me Never"   Fred Wise and Ben Weisman November 7, 1960 1:35
3. "Sound Advice" (from Follow That Dream) Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye July 2, 1961 1:45
4. "Santa Lucia" (from Viva Las Vegas) Traditional July 10, 1963 1:11
5. "I Met Her Today"   Hal Blair and Don Robertson October 15, 1961 2:42
6. "When It Rains, It Really Pours"   William Emerson February 24, 1957 1:47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, p. 183.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 200.
  5. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 201.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 16.
  7. ^ Carr, Roy, and Farren, Mick. Elvis: The Illustrated Record. London: Harmony Books, 1982; p. 99.
  8. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 79.