EC´s best alt. versions of his own songs

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EC´s best alt. versions of his own songs

Postby VonOfterdingen » Tue Apr 06, 2004 4:29 am

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I´m a sucker for edsel records reissues of EC´s classic albums. I even find some of the alt. versions as good as the originals. Is it just me?


Tears before bedtime; better than the original version

Town Cryer; on par with the original though a much different kind of song. I do like that blaxpotation sound :D

Big Sister´s Clothes; (Punch the clock, electric version) brilliant song. Can´t fail no matter which version (like the 2 on the Trust bonus disc)

Everyday I write the book; Really nice more timeless version on Punch the Clock re-issue

Human Hands; not that different but I like the lyrics :)

Battered old bird; not better of course but still nice


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Postby miss buenos aires » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:35 am

I find the alternate version of "Kid About It" much more moving than the standard version. And I get a kick out of the booze-soaked version of "Little Savage."

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Postby pophead2k » Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:21 am

This isn't really alternate, its live, but I love the Accidents will Happen from the Hollywood High gig more than the original.

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Postby BrilliantMistake45 » Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:12 am

I really love The Long Honeymoon with just EC & SN. I also I perfer Poor Nepolean with Bill Frisell.
I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this hurtin' feeling disappear
Like it was common sense
It was a fine idea at the time
Now it's a brilliant mistake

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Postby wehitandrun » Tue Apr 06, 2004 11:59 am

Hmm, alt. version of Tears Before Bedtime better? I'd say that the country version is better, but the alternate Tears Before Bedtime is a mess.
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Postby VonOfterdingen » Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:48 pm

I find it an ultimate crooner...

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Postby wehitandrun » Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:30 pm

I'll give it another chance, I admit I kind of dismissed it at first listen.


I for one hold "The Land of Give And Take" at high regard, but it certaintly isnt on the level of "Beyong Belief".
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Postby BlueChair » Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:38 pm

I agree that the the Imperial bonus disc version of "Tears Before Bedtime" is one of Elvis' best alternate versions. The country version doesn't do it for me at all, though I like the original Imperial Bedroom version.

"Every Day I Write The Book"! I'm surprised no one mentioned that yet. I like the alternate way more than the original for that one.

"American Without Tears No. 2" is one I enjoy a lot more than the original King Of America "American Without Tears."

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Postby VonOfterdingen » Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:44 pm

ups Knew nothing about a country version of Tears before bedtime... :oops: The only re-issue I am missing.

Blue Chair...mentioned 'Everyday I write the book' above :)

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Postby wehitandrun » Tue Apr 06, 2004 3:58 pm

Oh Von, wait till you hear the country Tears Before Bedtime. I love it.

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Postby seanpointblank » Tue Apr 06, 2004 4:26 pm

I like the alternate take of Hoover Factory better than the 'official' one.

Also, the demo of "The Comedians".

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Postby Watching_Detectives » Tue Apr 06, 2004 6:47 pm

I like the Man out of Time alternate.
As well as most of the alts on Get Happy!!
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Postby girl out of time » Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:32 pm

broken, kid about & black sails in the sunset
...the promise of indulgence in my confidential voice approached inmortal danger but you´ll never know how close....

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Postby wehitandrun » Mon Apr 12, 2004 7:36 pm

I like the original High Fidelity much more. I think he "dumbed it down" for the actual release.
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Postby King Hoarse » Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:27 am

I really like the fast version of This Year's Girl, but then again I'm a bit of a speedfreak. The alternative B Movie was really good live when played faster too.

Does anyone know if Elvis only ate amphetamines on tour, and that's part of the reason why those early Attractions albums sound comparatively sedate?

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:55 am

I love the alternate version of Battered Old Bird - purely for Bruce's bass and the alternate studio version of Watch Your Step. I wouldn't say I like either version as better as I could happily listen to them one after the other. They're both good in different formats.

I can't wait to see what other alternate versions come out on the reissues.

I have just been listening to a tape of Leeds in June 1981 when he sings the slow band version of I Can't Stand Up. Great stuff. He also did a version of I Got You. Not quite James Brown...

Back in 1984 he used to play the slow and normal versions of The Only Flame in Town in the same show and in 1986 on one of the Spinning Songbooks shows I have he played two different versions of Watching the Detectives.
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Postby normabuel » Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:26 pm

How about Girl's Talk? I like his version better than Dave Edmunds'. Does that count?

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Postby wehitandrun » Sat Jun 05, 2004 7:07 pm

I like his Alternate version more than his Real version. That sounds.
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