You Very Much - Fort Baxter's Greatest Hits' is....
Baxter has produced some of the very best Elvis import
CDs in the past 13 years. These include their earliest
the excellent 'Just Pretend' 1975 concert, the two 'A
Profile The King on stage' box-sets, ‘Opening Night 1969’
and ‘Desert Storm’. In some way their success helped start
the official FTD Fan Club series. Nowadays FTD manages
to satisfy most fans' insatiable desire for new Elvis
material and the bootleg market has dwindled.
In fact, a fair amount Fort Baxter's material has now been
released by FTD and in better quality. However in a clever
marketing exercise ("celebration" they say) Fort Baxter have
now released a 'Greatest Hits' which gathers together some
of their rarest & best Elvis material.
off with the rockin' 'Baby What You Want Me To Do' from the
Opening Night 69 CD (which it actually isn't) through to the
fabulous unreleased 'My Way' from one of Elvis best 1977 shows
in Ann Arbor, this is a very clever compilation.
lot of these tracks truly deserve an official release whether
it be Elvis' only live performance of ‘Good Time Charlie Got
The Blues’ from Opening Night Aug 1974, ‘It's Midnight’ from
Desert Storm or Elvis' only (passable) live attempt at ‘Moody
Blue’. There are also a couple of exciting rehearsals for
TTWII, including ‘Suspicious Minds’, plus the weird & wonderful
like ‘Jambalaya’ from 1975.
only complaint is that some tracks have already seen official
release and in better quality. There is no point in including
'Steamroller Blues' when it was one of the best tracks on
'Platinum'. Similarly 'You're The Reason I'm Living' was on
the Live In Las Vegas box-set. However you do get a wonderful
taste of the power of Elvis in his last great tour in late
1976 with 'See See Rider' from Dallas December 28th. Elvis
is just bursting with an energy & enthusiasm that had been
missing for far too long, possibly because of new love Ginger
FTD have already suggested that an official live December
76 CD is planned.
Salad Annie' from 1972's Elvis At Full Blast is a treat too.
With an extended intro, full of energy, and with Elvis on
a natural high reacting with the crowd this is a gem and also
features a great guitar solo from James Burton.
are also 2 previously unreleased treats of 'Make The World
Go Away' & ‘Something’ both from the Jan 27 1971 Dinner Show.
‘Something’ has an unusual “shove it up your nose” ending
plus a slight reprise and is not the known version from the
(Midnight Show) bootleg ‘All Things Are Possible.’ Overall
this CD truly is a terrific celebration of (unreleased) Elvis
Live and given FTD's mandate to counteract the bootleggers
and satisfy collector's desires I expect to see several of
these tracks officially released in the future.
advocates the support of FTD releases since bootlegs do deprive
all the musicians of their deserved income, however if you
do get a chance to explore this CD it is a real thrill.
8-page booklet features some cool photos of Elvis as well
as some details of Fort Baxter's past releases. It also includes
Elvis’ own hand written lyric sheet for ‘America’, which strangely
isn’t actually on the CD.
- While serious Elvis collectors might already have most
of Fort Baxter’s original CDs, this compile is a clever encapsulation
of some magnificent & officially unavailable Elvis material.
Definitely worth searching out.
What You Want Me To Do (Aug 3 1969)
Cry Daddy (Jan 26 1970)
Got A Woman (reh July 24 1970) Suspicious Minds (rehearsal
July 24 1970)
Make The World Go Away (Jan 27 1971)
(Jan 27 1971)
Salad Annie (Aug 11 1972)
Can't Stop Loving You (Feb 5 1973)
(Aug 20 1973)
Blues (March 20 1974)
Now Or Never (May 25 1974)
Dog (May 27 1974)
My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again/Blue Christmas (June 29 1974)
Time Charlie Got The Blues (Aug 19 1974)
Midnight (Sept 2 1974)
Christmas (Sept 28 1974)
Boss Man (Oct 6 1974)
Be There/You're The Reason I'm Living (March 22 1975)
(May 4 1975)
Pretend (Dec 13 1975)
All Right (July 5 1975)
To Sender (Aug 1 1976)
See Rider (Dec 28 1976)
Blue (Feb 21 1977)
(April 23 1977)
Way (April 24 1977)
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