Tuesday, 3 September 2013

DYLAN COVERS #115 Elvis Presley **SPECIAL*** Don't Think Twice, it's Alright x 4

Elvis in Nashville RCA Studio B 1971

ELVIS PRESLEY - Dont't Think Twice, it's Alright - Short edit from 'Fool' (1973)

Here we have a very interesting one. I was aware for some time that Elvis had covered Don't Think Twice, it's Alright. But it came as a surprise to me that there was a long Jam version as well, which is widely available.

The more I looked into it, the more of a mystery I found. Firstly there is no doubt that the session took place in Nashville, RCA Studio B, on the 16th May 1971. Where, along with other tracks, Elvis was recorded doing a long Jam version of Don't Think Twice.

It was first released in 1973 on the album Fool and was an edit of 2.42mins.

It again surfaced on the album Our Memories of Elvis Vol 2 in 1979. This was a long edit of 8.36 mins and had a Guitar intro.  



ELVIS PRESLEY - Don't Think Twice it's Alright (Our Memories of Elvis Vol 2 - Long Edit with Guitar Intro)

There was a further 4 min edit released on the 1995 album Walk a Mile in My Shoes : The Essential 70's Masters. This also had the guitar intro which differed from the original 2.42mins release.

The plot thickens, when an apparently an unedited 9.18mins version of the Jam appeared on the FTD (Follow That Dream) release on the album Now (2010) which had many additional outtakes and various other versions of songs.

Elvis  Now  (FTD, 2010) - 9:18 edit Review

The FTD releases were especially for dedicated Elvis Fans, much in the same way I suppose, are the Dylan Bootleg Series.  

Click here for an impressive run through of the various edit versions.   Don't Think Twice it's Alright - All the Edits
    
ELVIS PRESLEY - Don't Think Twice, it's Alright (FTD 'Now' 2010 Jam Unedited Version)

You might think that was the end of the story, but there was a further FTD release of the Fool album in 2012 and this contained a completely different Jam session of the song never heard before. To give you an idea of the impact of this version, I have quoted part of a review of the album.


FTD Collectors Release of  Fool  (2012)

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The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release.
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ELVIS PRESLEY - Don't Think Twice, it's Alright (FTD 'Fool' 2012 - Jam Take 2)

I personally do not think this is the end of this interesting saga, but that is as good as I can produce at this time.

I literally spent hours trying to get to the bottom of this little mystery.

Old Ma thinks I am crazy spending all this time on Dylan Covers :

'But if I can save you anytime'


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The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf
The second disc ends sensationally, with a previously unreleased take of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It's listed as take 2 of a version recorded on March 17, whereas the already released jam on Elvis Now (the unedited master clocking at 9:16 can be found on FTD's treatment of that album) was recorded on May 16, 1971. I think this is a spelling error, as Elvis didn't record anything at all on March 17 due to illness. My guess it's from May 16 as well, or the day after. With a running time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds it must be Elvis' longest recording released to date! It sounds a lot like the version we know, maybe not as driving, but including some great harmonica by Charlie McCoy not found on the original. A great way to end this classic album release. - See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/reviews/cd_review_elvis_fool_ftd_special_edition.shtml#sthash.GO4QNQc1.dpuf

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DYLAN COVERS #115 Elvis Presley **SPECIAL*** Don't Think Twice, it's Alright x 4
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3 September 2013 at 16:10

I bought the 'Our Memories of Elvis Vol 2' LP not long after it came out, just for this track, but was unaware of the various edits that have appeared and am amazed to hear a Take 2 that's even longer. Great work Old Pa, from now on we'll call you Sherlock!

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3 September 2013 at 16:49

I am impressd you bought memories I would have done the same if I was aware of it.

'What one man can invent another can discover.'
Sherlok Holmes

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3 September 2013 at 20:08

I was lucky enough to be working in a record shop by then so I could discover and check out all kinds of things. I also picked up the 'Elvis in Demand' LP at around the same time for the wonderful 'Tomorrow is a Long Time'.

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7 September 2013 at 09:28

Brilliant research and I'm surprised by how great this stuff is.

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