Thursday, August 28, 2008
Elvis Month: The On Tour Sessions Part 2
More of the rare reel to reel tapes that were used during the filming of the "Elvis On Tour" documentary during the spring of 1972. This one is subtitled "Elvis Gospel Special." It features great Presley gospel performances, with J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, plus three "secular" songs. On this CD we get a rare glimpse of what Elvis and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet did before each concert performance; Sing gospel songs to warm up vocally or for fun. Singing gospel was one of things that Elvis liked to do the best in the 1970s. Most of Elvis' 1970s concerts had gospel groups for opening acts and his own set contained a number of religious numbers performed alongside his 1950s classics.
The gospel rehearsal/warm up material contained in volume 2 is the only such material to surface on bootlegs and also seems to be the only instance where any such session was ever professionally recorded. Also included in this volume is 11 minutes of Elvis shooting the breeze with the film's director. Elvis reminisces about meeting J. D. Sumner, the Blackwood Brothers, talks about the kind of music he likes, and how he feels about performing in concert. Here is The Complete Elvis On Tour Sessions Volume 2. Enjoy!
Elvis-The Complete On Tour Sessions Volume 2