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August 29, 2022

Any Way You Want Me (EP - RCA, 1956)

Title:
Any Way You Want Me
Label:
RCA Victor [EPA 965]
Format:
EP
Number of tracks:
4
Running time:
10:00
Type of album:
Studio / Compilation
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1956
Recorded:
September 12-16, 1954 - July 2, 1956
Released:
September 5, 1956
Singles:
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Any Way You Want Me was Elvis' sixth EP on RCA. It contained three tracks recorded in 1954 and 1955 at Sun Studio and the title track which was intended to promote the new recordings on RCA.


When Elvis signed to RCA Victor on November 20, 1955, he could barely imagine what the future of his career would look like.

On January 10 and 11, 1956, Elvis went to RCA Studio B in Nashville to record the first 5 tracks in his new home. His first single for the label, "Heartbreak Hotel / I Was the One", quickly reached 1 million copies sold while still on pre-order. It was an astounding result, given that RCA had never achieved such a feat with their other artists and that rock 'n' roll was still something new.

New sessions on January 30 and 31, 1956 captured another six tracks, which included "My Baby Left Me", which became the B-side to the "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" single on May of that year, and "So Glad You're Mine", which would be out of the releases until the LP ELVIS on October 19, 1956.

At the end of January, RCA had 7 new tracks - not counting "So Glad You're Mine" - and five previously unreleased songs from the Sun Studio period, which were added to the previous ones to create the iconic ELVIS PRESLEY album, released on 23 March 1956.

After spending most of the year focused on promoting Elvis' first record on RCA, the label still had a few Masters that needed to be released but couldn't find a place on the EPs and singles that were being sold.

"Any Way You Want Me" was one such case. Recorded at the July 2, 1956 session, it had been waiting for an opportunity after the other two songs captured that day, "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel", had been released as sides A and B, respectively, of a single on July 13.

RCA then found in it the opportunity to release an EP where it would be the protagonist and the four tracks would be previously unreleased on an album. All three other tracks came from Sun Studio singles that had been re-released by RCA between December 1955 and January 1956, and had some success.

The EP enjoyed some notoriety, but was overshadowed by ELVIS PRESLEY's singles and the proximity of Love Me Tender's theatrical release. However, the title song was successful enough to appear as the B-side of the single "Love Me Tender" on September 28, 1956.

The work includes the following tracks:

ORIGINAL EP
SIDE A
1. Any Way You Want Me
2. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
SIDE B
3. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
4. Mystery Train
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RECORDING SESSIONS

Dates:
September 12-16, 1954; March 5 & July 21, 1955; July  2, 1956

Studio:
Sun Studio
RCA Studio B
RCA Studio 1

Location:
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
New York, New York

Musicians:
1954/1955
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis presley
Electric guitar: Scotty Moore
Bass: Bill Balck
Producer/ Sound Engineer:
Sam Phillips

1956
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis Presley
Electric guitar: Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews
Bass: Bill Black, Ray Siegal, Neal Matthews
Drums: DJ Fontana
Piano: Dudley Brooks
Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins
Bongos: Gordon Stoker
Saxophone: Justin Gordon
Clarinet: Mahlon Clark
Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner
Trombone: Elmer Schneider
Backing Vocals: The Jordanaires
Sound engineer / Recording engineer:
Thorne Nogar / Wally Kamin

SEPTEMBER 12-16, 1954
                                Tomorrow Night F2WB 8115-07
                                I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') F2WB 8116-NA
                                Satisfied
                                I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine F2WB 8042-03
                                Just Because F2WB 8118-NA
                                Good Rockin' Tonight F2WB 8043-02

MARCH 5, 1955
                                How Do You Think I Feel
                                You're A Heartbreaker
                                 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone F2WB 8047-06

JULY 21, 1955
                                 I Forgot to Remember to Forget F2WB 8000
                                 Mystery Train F2WB 8001
                                 Tryin' to Get to You F2WB 8039

JULY 2, 1956
                            Hound Dog G2WB 5935
                            Don't Be Cruel G2WB 5936
                            Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) G2WB 5937
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SESSION LOGS






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