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March 11, 2017

Elvis Presley – Guitar Man (New Mix) (1981)

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Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll”, or simply “the King”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Elvis Presley
Title:  Guitar Man (New Mix)
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  RCA Records
Catalog#  PL-13917

In the early 80’s RCA records and Felton Jarvis found it necessary to create an album of studio remixes, leaving Elvis’ voice but replacing the original backing tracks with new 1980’s sound.  The result of this was Guitar Man, a 10 track LP.

The end result was the ‘Guitar Man’ album released early in 1981. The album was a moderate success reaching number 49 on the album chart. The single ‘Guitar Man’ did better, reaching 28 on the Pop Chart, 16 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, and number 1 on the Country Chart in the US (this turned out to be Elvis’ last appearance in the US Top 40 and his last US number 1 single until 2002 when the ‘A Little Less Conversation’ remix topped the US singles sales chart). The album and the song were also modest hits in the UK. ‘Loving Arms’ was released as the second single from the album and was a Top Ten Country hit.

RCA asked Waylon Jennings to sing along on his finished track. I couldn’t handle that. ‘Call Elvis’, I told them. ‘If it’s okay with Elvis, it’s okay with me’. The Too Much Monkey Business collection released by Follow That Dream Records, includes 10 other Jarvis remixes that were not included on the ‘Guitar Man’ album. It is possible that Jarvis had planned to use them on a second album of remixes. While the remixes are pretty good and most have more punch to them, in general I prefer the originals. It takes a few listens to get used to the differences.
Some of the songs sound like they just wanted to make them sound different and not necessarily better. One of the exceptions is ‘Guitar Man’; the remix sounds much better than the original too me. It features the song’s composer, Jerry Reed on guitar. He played guitar on the original too, only this time he plays an electric guitar instead of acoustic and it sounds great. ‘Burning Love’ rocks (but so did the original) and I also really like ‘I’ll Hold You In My Heart’, ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ and ‘Clean Up Your Own Backyard’.”
Unfortunately Jarvis died just before the album was released and did not see the fruits of his labor.

 

Side one
1.  Guitar Man   (2:50)
2.  After Loving You   (3:20)
3.  Too Much Monkey Business   (2:50)
4.  Just Call Me Lonesome   (2:04)
5.  Lovin’ Arms  (2:54)

Side two
1.  You Asked Me To   (2:58)
2.  Clean Up Your Own Backyard  (3:08)
3.  She Thinks I Still Care  (3:39)
4.  Faded Love   (2:52)
5.  I’m Moving On   (2:46)

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