Attractions 'King of America' sessions

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Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Wed Sep 08, 2021 1:05 am

I've just been reading the Georg Purvis book, and in the Blood & Choc section, he mentions that the Attractions recorded versions of 'I Hope Youre Happy Now' and 'Blue Chair' while in America for the KOA sessions.

As far as I'm aware, these have never been released - unless I'm wrong?

The 'Happy Now' version on Rykodisc rerelease of Goodbye Cruel World is not the American session, is it?

And the (annoying, in my opinion) Blue Chair version that came out as a single isn't the KOA session version either, is it?

Anyone have a full list of what the Attractions recorded during their band-breaking time on KOA?

Obviously we know about Suit of Lights, which is one of their best ever recordings!

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby sweetest punch » Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:48 am

More info here:

http://www.inanotherroom.com/koa.html

BRILLIANT MISTAKE (ATTRACTIONS VERSION)
NEXT TIME ROUND (EARLY ATTRACTIONS VERSION)
BLUE CHAIR (EARLY ATTRACTIONS VERSION)
Elvis had originally planned to feature the Attractions on about half of King Of America, but plans were scaled back when their sessions did not live up to his expectations. Only three songs from the Attractions sessions have surfaced: "Suit Of Lights," "Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo," and "Betrayal." It is unclear how much else they recorded, but Elvis' liner notes mention they recorded "lackluster versions" of "Next Time Round" and "Blue Chair," both of which were ultimately re-recorded for Blood & Chocolate. It is not entirely clear whether "Brilliant Mistake" made it past the rehearsal stage.


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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:41 am

Thanks, guys. Ah, sorry, my memory served me badly.

Yes, I meant there was a version of 'Happy Now' by the Confederates knocking around somewhere. And it was released! So does anyone know where I can listen to it? I've just looked on YouTube to no avail!

John, that Blue Chair page doesn't mention a third version of Blue Chair - the 'unusable' one that Georg mentions. Maybe it just doesn't exist as a recording. Wow, wonder what it was like?!

So tantalising to wonder what these takes were like - they could hardly be terrible, cos the Attractions don't do terrible!
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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Mikeh » Wed Sep 08, 2021 6:24 am

I liked the story that Bruce told about the Attractions being a bit unhappy with the KOA situation. Bruce went to talk to EC in a hotel room, and EC was surrounded by large versions of possible "king" photos for the album cover, and Bruce thought he's finally gone mad.

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby johnfoyle » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:46 am

Yes, I meant there was a version of 'Happy Now' by the Confederates knocking around somewhere. And it was released! So does anyone know where I can listen to it? I've just looked on YouTube to no avail!


Just checked . I ,er , facilitated a upload to youtube in 2015 but the account it was on got taken down so its gone.

Blue Chair page doesn't mention a third version of Blue Chair - the 'unusable' one that Georg mentions. Maybe it just doesn't exist as a recording.


That seems to be the case .

Georg 's book has highlighted some material that has a very limited availability in digital formats. Time to rectify that !

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:37 am

johnfoyle wrote:I ,er , facilitated a upload to youtube in 2015 but the account it was on got taken down so its gone


Aw, that's a shame. So what was it like? Very Confederatesy? Upright bass, brushes on drums, James Burton silvery elec guitar sound? Was it a fast version, a slowie, what?

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby johnfoyle » Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:31 am

Neil - please check private message

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:11 am

Thanks, John - yes, that is my email address!

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:22 am

Thanks to a - *ahem* - mystery donor, I have now heard the Confederates version of 'I Hope You're Happy Now'.

It's a slowie version, very much in the style of 'Shoes Without Heels' (which is I think a classic and should have made it onto the original album - Eisenhower Blues could have happily been ditched - my least fave Elvis cover!

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby verbal gymnastics » Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:45 pm

I love Shoes Without Heels.
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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:56 am

verbal gymnastics wrote:I love Shoes Without Heels.


Yeah, they've always suited you, Verbal, and they're so much more comfortable than the other type.

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby sulky lad » Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:27 pm

:roll: :D :D
Neil. wrote:
verbal gymnastics wrote:I love Shoes Without Heels.


Yeah, they've always suited you, Verbal, and they're so much more comfortable than the other type.

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby krm » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:40 am

Neil. wrote:Thanks to a - *ahem* - mystery donor, I have now heard the Confederates version of 'I Hope You're Happy Now'.

It's a slowie version, very much in the style of 'Shoes Without Heels' (which is I think a classic and should have made it onto the original album - Eisenhower Blues could have happily been ditched - my least fave Elvis cover!


Is this the songs that can be found on the King of Americana boot?

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby Neil. » Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:47 am

Hi KRM - I don't have that bootleg, so I don't know.

But apparently it was accidentally released on the CD singles collections a long time ago.

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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby sweetest punch » Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:29 am

Neil. wrote:Hi KRM - I don't have that bootleg, so I don't know.

But apparently it was accidentally released on the CD singles collections a long time ago.

http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/inde ... ,_Volume_3
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Re: Attractions 'King of America' sessions

Postby krm » Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:03 pm

Neil. wrote:Hi KRM - I don't have that bootleg, so I don't know.

But apparently it was accidentally released on the CD singles collections a long time ago.


I managed to dig out my old copy of the bootleg, and it sure is that version. Thanks for pointing me in that direction. I found a lot of other stuff that I had forgot that I had :-)


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