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UNRELEASED TAKE WAY DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM?
June 16, 2016  -  Rolling Stone   /   Elvis Express Radio
About a year and a half before his death, Elvis Presley grew bored of the typical studio experience and turned the Hawaiian-themed den of his Graceland mansion, known as the
"Jungle Room," into a recording space. It's there where he sang what ultimately became his final studio recordings. An upcoming compilation, Way Down in the Jungle Room, due
out August 5th, will collect the sessions – including rare alternate takes of songs ­– for the first time.

One such rarity is an outtake of one of the first tunes the singer recorded in the Jungle Room,
"She Thinks I Still Care." George Jones had made the Dickie Lee-penned cut a
country chart topper in 1962, and Connie Francis and Anne Murray both recorded subsequent versions. Presley recorded a number of takes of the song during late-night sessions
on February 2nd and 3rd, 1976. One came out as the B Side to the Number One country single "Moody Blue," and two alternate versions – take two and take 10 – will appear on
Way Down in the Jungle Room.

The original version is a ballad-y, cinematic rumination on a woman who misinterpreted Presley's (seemingly obvious) affection. But take two, is a swinging, straight-ahead country
number, gilded with honky-tonk piano and elastic guitar as Presley flexes his voice on the song's twisty melody. It's a looser, more off-the-cuff performance than the widely released
version, and it shows executive producer Presley and producer Felton Jarvis' interest in experimentation.

Way Down in the Jungle Room collects Presley's sessions in February and October 1976, which featured many members of his touring band, including guitarists James Burton and
JOHN WILKINSON, drummer Ronnie Tutt and others. The recordings that came out on two of Presley's albums – 1976's From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and
1977's Moody Blue – appear on the first disc of the two-CD collection, while 17 newly remixed outtakes that include studio banter comprise the second disc. The set will be available
on CD, LP and digitally.

Hear the previously unreleased outtake of
'She Thinks I Still Care' from Elvis Presley's final studio recordings, part of the upcoming compilation 'Way Down in the Jungle Room.'

E.E.R NOTES: The named "unreleased" outtake (Take 2) of 'She Thinks I Still Care' is NOT in fact previously unreleased take. It was previously released on the FTD classic album
release of 'Moody Blue' (first issued back in 1995 on the 5CD set 'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters).

Regarding the outtakes on disc 2, these are expected to sound better than ever before and not simply because of remixing and remastering, but mainly because Felton Jarvis' post-
production on the original recordings will be removed on the outtakes on this album.
RCA/Legacy Recordings Set to Release Elvis Presley’s Way Down In The Jungle Room, A New 2CD Collection of Elvis’ Final Studio Recordings, on Friday, August 5

Definitive Compilation of Presley’s Last Sessions—Recorded in Graceland’s Legendary «Jungle Room»—Includes Studio Masters, Rare Alternate Takes and 16-page Booklet

June 16, 2016- New York, NY-RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Way Down In The Jungle Room, a definitive new
2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings, on Friday, August 5.

The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley’s final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology, Way Down In The Jungle Room is an essential and welcome
addition for every fan’s library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world’s first major recording artists to create fully-
realized professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio.

With original recordings executive-produced by Elvis Presley with producer Felton Jarvis (who’d helmed most of Elvis’ records from 1966-1977), Way Down In The Jungle Room
brings together, for the first time in one collection, master recordings and rare outtakes laid down during two mythic sessions (February 2-8, 1976 and October 28-30, 1976) in
Graceland’s den–known as the “Jungle Room”–which was converted into a professional caliber recording studio for the purpose of capturing these indelible performances. The
outtakes have been newly mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee.

For these sessions, Elvis was backed by many members of his longtime touring band including: James Burton (guitar),
John Wilkinson (Rhythm Guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums),
David Briggs (keyboards), Glenn D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Norbert Putnam (bass) and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps (vocals).

In 1976, when the tracks for Way Down In The Jungle Room were cut, Elvis Presley had been an RCA Records recording artist for 20 years, inventing the sound and attitude that
defined the very essence of rock ‘n’ roll. That same year, RCA released The Sun Sessions, the label’s first official collection of the electrifying 1954-1955 Elvis recordings that
launched his career while transforming the world.

Having entered his 40s, Elvis Presley was evolving as an artist and, rather than bask in the nostalgia of his 1950s watershed recordings, was looking for new ways to express
himself musically. Needing to create new sounds for a new era, Elvis Presley–who’d been charting on Country and Adult Contemporary stations–decided to convert the Hawaiian-
themed “Jungle Room” (a relaxation den in his fabled Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee) into an informal home studio, where he could lay down tracks the way he wanted,
outside the budget and scheduling pressures of the professional studios he’d worked in previously. With the help of RCA’s mobile recording truck and longtime producer Felton
Jarvis and engineer Mike Moran at the board, Elvis tackled a far-ranging mix of country and pop covers (“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Danny Boy,”
“Solitaire”) and late-period classics of his catalog, such as “Moody Blue” and “Way Down.”

Ten of the “Jungle Room” master takes first emerged on From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee in the spring of 1976, including the Top 10 hit “Hurt.” More tracks from
these sessions were later paired with live material and released in July 1977 (a month before Elvis’ death on August 16) on the Moody Blue album. The title track would top the
country charts that month; “Way Down” would follow. These were the last studio albums released during Elvis’ lifetime.

According to the album’s producers, Way Down In The Jungle Room has been resequenced to “bring a fresh perspective to the material.” The material on Disc 2 – The Outtakes
was mixed for this collection at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis and includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a “fly-on-the-wall experience of what
the sessions were like.” With the exception of track 13 (“She Thinks I Still Care”), the performances on Disc 2 have been sequenced in the order they were recorded.

Way Down In The Jungle Room with also be available on 150g 12″ vinyl in a 2LP gatefold sleeve and as a digital collection.

Way Down In The Jungle Room may be pre-ordered now:
2CD - 2LP -  Digital

Elvis Presley
Way Down In The Jungle Room
2CD
DISC 1 – THE MASTERS
01 Way Down
02 She Thinks I Still Care
03 Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
04 Pledging My Love
05 For The Heart
06 Love Coming Down
07 He’ll Have To Go
08 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
09 Hurt
10 Never Again
11 Danny Boy
12 Solitaire
13 Moody Blue
14 It’s Easy For You
15 I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
16 The Last Farewell

DISC 2 – THE OUTTAKES
01 Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall – take 1
02 She Thinks I Still Care – take 10
03 The Last Farewell – take 2
04 Solitaire – take 7
05 I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – take 5
06 Moody Blue – take1
07 For The Heart – take 1
08 Hurt – take 3
09 Danny Boy – take 9
10 Never Again – take 9
11 Love Coming Down – take 3
12 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – take 4
13 She Thinks I Still Care – (alternate version) take 2
14 It’s Easy For You – take 1
15 Way Down – take 2
16 Pledging My Love – take 3
17 For The Heart – take 4

Elvis Presley
Way Down In The Jungle Room
2LP
DISC 1, SIDE 1
01 Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall – take 1
02 She Thinks I Still Care – take 10
03 The Last Farewell – take 2
04 Solitaire – take 7

DISC 1, SIDE 2
01 I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – take 5
02 Moody Blue – take 1
03 For The Heart – take 1
04 Hurt – take 3
05 Danny Boy – take 9

DISC 2, SIDE 3
01 Never Again – take 9
02 Love Coming Down – take 3
03 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – take 4
04 She Thinks I Still Care – (alternate version) take 2

DISC 2, SIDE 4
01 It’s Easy For You – take 1
02 Way Down – take 2
03 Pledging My Love – take 3
04 For The Heart – take 4