Guest Blog #4: Elvis 1967 – That Wild Presley Beat (The Edge Of Reality #4)

What if the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Young Man With The Big Beat box set turned out to be something called That Wild Presley Beat, focusing on 1967? You’ve just crossed over into . . . the edge of reality.


1967 saw the beginning of Elvis Presley’s return to the charts with songs that were once again artistically significant. But it didn’t happen overnight. The once “young man with the big beat” from Memphis was still tied to the formula of making movies and recording soundtrack albums. By the end of that fateful year, though, he’d shown the world that he was still a force to be reckoned with.

That Wild Presley Beat

That Wild Presley Beat puts the focus on Elvis during 12 months, from February 1967 to January 1968. The package includes his RCA studio master recordings in Nashville; his soundtrack master recordings in Nashville and Hollywood; alternate masters, outtakes; home recordings, and much more. Taking its name from the poster for his movie Clambake, the super deluxe 5-CD, 12 inch square box set (with an amazing 80-page book with timeline) will be available on April 31.

The five CD’s comprise the following, all material originating from February 1967-January 1968:

CD One, Soundtrack Master Recordings
19 tracks recorded in Nashville and Hollywood, starting with nine songs from Clambake, (February 21-23, 1967) followed by 10 songs from Speedway, including the previously unreleased movie version of “Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby” (June 20-21, 1967).

CD Two, Studio and Soundtrack Master Recordings
17 tracks recorded in Nashville, starting with 10 songs from the “Guitar Man sessions,” including the unedited masters of “Guitar Man” (with a fade-out jam on “What’d I Say”) and “High Heel Sneakers” (September 10-11, 1967), followed by three songs from Stay Away, Joe (October 1, 1967) and four more songs from the combined studio sessions/soundtrack recordings for Stay Away, Joe (January 15-16, 1968).

CD Three, The Outtakes I
Four outtakes from the Clambake soundtrack recordings (“The Girl I Never Loved,” “How Can You Lose What You Never Had,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “A House That Has Everything”), segueing into the complete session of October 1, 1967 (19 takes of “Stay Away, Joe,” three takes of “All I Needed Was The Rain” and five takes of “Dominick”).

CD Four, The Outtakes II
Nine outtakes from the “Guitar Man sessions” plus another 15 outtakes from the combined studio sessions/soundtrack recordings for Stay Away, Joe, including all 12 takes of “Too Much Monkey Business.”

CD Five, Home Recordings and Interview
Eight home recorded tracks done in early 1967, including “Suppose” that Elvis submitted to his producer Felton Jarvis for overdubbing (done on March 20, 1967) by musicians and backup vocalists. The other seven tracks are previously unreleased, among them “It’s Now Or Never” (with Charlie Hodge) and “Elvis Practicing Organ.” The CD ends with a newly discovered interview with Elvis on the set of Stay Away, Joe. The interview was done and taped by reporter Joseph Lewis, doing a story for the Cosmopolitan.

That Wild Presley Beat will feature an extraordinary book, where the focal point, spread across its 80 pages, will be a unique, meticulously-researched, day-by-day chronology of Elvis during 1967, including every recording date, film schedule, personal events in his life, and much more. A dazzling photo array of memorabilia will illustrate each day and entry. Movie posters, RCA memoranda, letters from fans, postcards from Elvis to his family, personal photos, magazine covers and articles, trade charts, fan club relics, RCA publicity photos, candid photos, and more will be a feast for the eyes and the imagination as 1967 unfolds.

That Wild Presley Beat will also include five rare 8×10 photographs, three original-size movie poster replicas, and a replica of the “specially autographed” wedding photo originally included as a special bonus inside the Clambake album.

Pre-order customers will also receive an exclusive “Stay Away, Joe” vinyl 7″. Sharing the same striking cover art as the movie poster, the EP features “Stay Away, Joe,” “Goin’ Home,” “All I Needed Was The Rain,” “Stay Away” and “Dominick.”

This imaginary box set is available only in . . . the edge of reality.

/Thomas, Elvis Today

Throughout 2011, The Mystery Train Blog has commemorated the 44th anniversary of 1967. Find out why here. This concludes our coverage.

7 thoughts on “Guest Blog #4: Elvis 1967 – That Wild Presley Beat (The Edge Of Reality #4)

  1. Thomas, thank you for a fun post and for acting once again as guest conductor on The Mystery Train.

    Though I realize That Wild Presley Beat is just a product of your imagination, it would be interesting to watch the lively debates among Elvis fans that would ensue about the merits of including five takes of “Dominick” on a mainstream set! I think FECC and other forums would implode…


  2. Hey there, i tried to do a playlist of this, but realised not all of this stuff i had on my iTunes!! :P The mid to late 60’s is my favourite part of elvis’ career as it was the only time where all these outtakes come from! I love hearing him int he studio, you never hear enough of the real elvis. Also, there’s never enough pictures of elvis in the studio around the 60’s, it always sounds like they have a thousand musicians but never one photographer!! I do love the movie soundtracks of the 60’s, the quality, the instruments used, everything about it. Granted, not all of the songs were great (obviously) but there are always at LEAST 1 or 2 gems on each soundtrack. Alot of them grow on you too i’ve found.

    Great post!! :)


    • Good post. I often wondered the same thing, never one photographer or anyone to take photos of Elvis in the studio in the 60′s. Some photos are available but not many. And some photos were not taken by choice. Although it’s not when Elvis was in the studio but I’m thinking about when the Beatles met Elvis. But you’ll see photos of Elvis with RCA and movie executives. I agree not all of the 60’s movie songs were great but I think there is enough to make an album. Maybe another topic… Elvis’ Best Movie Songs.


  3. I like what you’re thinking and enjoyed reading your post. ’67 could have been a major turning point in Elvis’ career and also in his personal life as well if he thought he was recording songs and doing movies that were artistically significant. But Elvis did record songs that were artistically significant in ’67. They were buried on movie soundtrack albums. Some were issued as singles but didn’t get the air play they deserved. Elvis didn’t have time to promote them because he was too busy working on his next movie. Elvis plays a singing race car driver. Leaving out the movie soundtrack recordings and renaming it “Elvis’ Guitar Man Sessions” would have shown the world that he was still a force to be reckoned with. And more significantly, it would have helped him personally too. Who knows, Elvis may have postponed any wedding plans till after his ’67 World Tour. The Colonel wasn’t available for any comments because Elvis had parted ways with him. After Elvis’ press conference from Memphis announcing his World Tour schedule, I got a signed 8×10 photo of Elvis, Scotty and JD. I had it framed and it’s hanging on my wall. This imaginary tale is available only in . . . the edge of reality.


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