Today (Elvis Presley album)

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Today
Today.jpg
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released May 7, 1975
Recorded March 10–12, 1975
Studio RCA Studio C, Hollywood, California
Genre Country rock, rock and roll
Length 34:15
Label RCA Records
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Promised Land
(1975)Promised Land1975
Today
(1975)
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2
(1976)Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 21976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rough Guides 3/5 stars[2]

Today is a studio album by American singer Elvis Presley, released on May 7, 1975 by RCA Records. The Today sessions were held in RCA's Studio C, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, March 10–12, 1975, and marked the last time Presley would record in a studio. He last recorded at Studio C, Hollywood in 1972 where he recorded the gold records "Burning Love" and "Separate Ways", at this time, Elvis was 40 years old. He was accompanied by his then-current girlfriend, Sheila Ryan; in the 2005 FTD TODAY release from these sessions, Presley asked her to "step up here Sheila, let me sing to ya baby" on Take 1 of Don McLean's "And I Love You So". He continued to make "And I Love You So" and "Fairytale" a part of his live concerts until his death, on stage, he often referred to "Fairytale" as the story of his life.

Today featured a new rock song, "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", which was released as its first single and went Top 40 in the US. "Bringin' It Back" was its second single in the US. The album also features covers of songs by Perry Como, Tom Jones, The Pointer Sisters, Billy Swan, Faye Adams, The Statler Brothers and Charlie Rich.

"Green, Green Grass of Home" was released as a single in the UK, where it went Top 30, and also received US airplay. Presley first heard the song in 1967 while driving his bus back to Memphis after making another movie, and heard Tom Jones' new single "Green Green Grass of Home" for the first time and loved it, he had the Memphis Mafia call the local AM station to make them replay it over and over again.[citation needed] Eight years later, he cut his own version.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" Jerry Chesnut March 11, 1975 3:06
2. "And I Love You So" Don McLean March 10, 1975 3:41
3. "Susan When She Tried" Don Reid March 11, 1975 2:20
4. "Woman Without Love" Jerry Chesnut March 11, 1975 3:37
5. "Shake a Hand" Joe Morris March 11, 1975 3:52
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Pieces of My Life" Troy Seals March 12, 1975 4:07
2. "Fairytale" Bonnie Pointer, Anita Pointer March 10, 1975 2:47
3. "I Can Help" Billy Swan March 10, 1975 4:08
4. "Bringin' It Back" Greg Gordon March 12, 1975 3:04
5. "Green, Green Grass of Home" Curly Putman March 10, 1975 3:39

Follow That Dream re-issue[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "T-R-O-U-B-L-E"  
2. "And I Love You So"  
3. "Susan When She Tried"  
4. "Woman Without Love"  
5. "Shake A Hand"  
6. "Pieces Of My Life"  
7. "Fairytale"  
8. "I Can Help"  
9. "Bringin’ It Back"  
10. "Green, Green Grass Of Home"  
11. "Tiger Man"  
12. "And I Love You So" (take 2)  
13. "Pieces Of My Life" (take 1)  
14. "Fairytale" (takes 1,2)  
15. "Bringin’ It Back" (take 1)  
16. "Green, Green Grass Of Home" (take 1)  
17. "Shake A Hand" (take 1)  
18. "Susan When She Tried" (take 3)  
19. "Pieces Of My Life" (takes 2,3)  
20. "And I Love You So" (take 3)  
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Fairytale"  
2. "Green, Green Grass Of Home"  
3. "I Can Help"  
4. "And I Love You So"  
5. "Susan When She Tried"  
6. "T-R-O-U-B-L-E"  
7. "Woman Without Love"  
8. "Shake A Hand"  
9. "Bringin’ It Back"  
10. "Pieces Of My Life"  
11. "Green, Green Grass Of Home" (takes 2,3)  
12. "Susan When She Tried" (takes 1,2)  
13. "And I Love You So" (take 1)  
14. "Bringin' It Back" (takes 2,3)  
15. "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" (take 1)  
16. "Shake A Hand" (take 2)  

Personnel[edit]

Technical

  • Al Pachucki, Mike Shockley, Rick Ruggieri - engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 129. ISBN 1-84353-417-7. 

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