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Golden Records, Volume 2
Side 1. I Need Your Love Tonight / Don't / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / My Wish Came True / I Got Stung
Side 2. One Night / A Big Hunk O'Love / I Beg Of You / (now and then there's) A Fool Such As I / Doncha' Think It's Time
This album was released in December 1959 and reached the number 31 slot on Billboard's Hot LP chart, it stayed on the chart for eight weeks.
Released in June 1960 in the UK by RCA, RD 27159, this track would reach the number 4 slot in the charts
The earliest recordings on the album date from 23rd February 1957, when Elvis returned to Hollywood's Radio Recorders studio to nail material for some new singles and provide a cut of Loving You to RCA's satisfaction, I Beg Of You was he second track tackled that day, and it took 22 takes to get in the can, this would be the second attempt at the track, as he had tried it on January 13th, and finally saw the light as a B-side to the sublime Don't, though the released version still feels slightly unfinished.
Elvis and the musicians struck gold with the next track recorded at Radio Recorders that would make it on to the compilation LP, the bluesy track One Night inspired a yearning, uninhibited vocal from Elvis, in fact, the Elvis classic was born out of the rather more suggestively titled One Night (Of Sin), which the star had unsuccessfully attempted earlier in the year as part of the Loving You soundtrack recordings. The song had originally been performed by New Orleans legend Fats Domino, and was written by his musical partner Dave Bartholomew.
The third track to make the LP also stemmed from Radio Recorders session, this time on September 6th 1957, My Wish Came True would surface as the B-side to the rockin' A Big Hunk O'Love in June 1959, Elvis greatly admired the composer of My Wish Came True - Ivory Joe Hunter, and worked hard on the number, the track has a gospel feel to it, the days sessions ended with a rather more distinctive recording, as with Love Me Tender, the slow and sincere Don't drew a touching vocal from Elvis, the song was penned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Elvis obviously liked it himself as he played it on the train all the way back home from the studio.
More gems were taken from another Radio Recorders session on February 1st the flowing year, when RCA started to panic that they wouldn't get enough material before Elvis went into the US Army for two years, the omens weren't good, before he joined the Army at the end of the following month, Elvis still had finish the movie King Creole and get a healthy stack of releasable music in the can during this last scheduled non-soundtrack session.
The pressure was on, of the three tracks completed during the day, two would feature on Elvis Gold Records, Volume 2, the first was Doncha' Think It's Time, which, even after 48 takes, it still didn't sound the way Elvis wanted it to sound, in the end it took a splice from three different takes to achieve an acceptable final version, still at least the days recordings yielded one A-side, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, though after numerous takes Elvis still wasn't sure about the track, so Elvis' insisted on overdubbing to jazz up the number, apart from a session for the King Creole soundtrack, this would be the last time Bilk Black would play on a session with Elvis.
Mindful of a shortfall in quality product, Steve Sholes called for more studio time, and was blessed with some luck in the shape of a one-off session at RCA Studio B. in Nashville, on June 10th, when Elvis was on leave from the Army. There to support Elvis in the studio was a crack team of musicians who had been assembled with the aim of getting as many singles as possible, they opened with the bright and breezy I Need Your Love Tonight, an example of toned down rock'n'roll, this would be the kind of music that Elvis would record when he left the Army, and this track would become the B-side of A Fool Such As I in March 1959, what followed was even better, the rocking A Big Hunk O'Love, this would pull a great vocal from Elvis, and something of a return to his earlier days, and would be a future number one. They hit gold again with the swinging A Fool Such As I, highlighted by some great low bass notes from new Jordanaire Ray Walker, (this would be his first recording session with Elvis), and neat rhythm guitar from Chet Atkins. Elvis and the band would up the session with the wonderful I Got Stung, 24 takes later and the number would be in the can, and would be the B-side to One Night, with that Elvis left the studio at around 5am on the morning of June 11th 1958 and return to the Army. He wouldn't record again for nearly two years, but in the meantime Elvis' Gold Records, Volume 2 provided fans with a top class compilation that reminded them all what they were missing and what was hopefully still to come.
I Need Your Love Tonight - Recorded June 10th 1958, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Don't - Recorded September 6th 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Recorded February 1st 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
My Wish Came True - Recorded September 6th 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
I Got Stung - Recorded June 10th 1958, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
One Night - Recorded February 23rd 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
A Big Hunk O'Love - Recorded June 10th 1958, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
I Beg Of You - Recorded February 23rd 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
(now and then there's) A Fool Such As I - Recorded June 10th 1958, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Doncha' Think It's Time - Recorded February 1st 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Radio Recorders, Hollywood
RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Elvis Presley - Vocals
Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley - Guitar
Bill Black, Bob Moore - Bass
D.J. Fontana – Drums
Floyd Cramer, Dudley Brooks - Piano
Buddy Harman - Bongos
Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires - Vocals
US - 31
UK - 4
US - December 1959
UK - June 1960