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December 16, 2022

Forever Young, Forever Beautiful (LP - Memphis Flash, 1978)

Title:
Forever Young, Forever Beautiful
Label:
Memphis Flash [JL-92447]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
30
Running time:
41:00
Type of album:
Home recording
Linked to:
Unofficial discography
Year:
1978
Recorded:
May 17, 1958
Released:
May 1978
Singles:
---

Forever Young, Forever Beautiful it was the first work to feature a complete and previously unreleased recording of Elvis' time in the Army. It contains audio captured by DJ Eddie Fadal at his home on May 17, 1958, when the King of Rock attended a birthday party.


When he was finally called up to serve in the US Army on March 24, 1958, Elvis had some uncertainties about the future of his career. His meteoric rise since signing his contract with RCA in November 1955 could very well have been interrupted by those two years of media absence, but he also had some confidence in Parker, who had pulled his strings so the singer could record plenty of material in advance and not leave the market empty in the period in which he would serve.

Taken to Waco, Texas, to begin his training, Elvis was stationed at Fort Hood and received all the necessary instructions to become an exemplary soldier. He was soon given permission to rent a house at 2807 Lasker Avenue, right next to the home of DJ Eddie Fadal, with whom he had formed a solid friendship while performing at Waco in 1956. There, he had the presence of his parents, grandmother Minnie Mae, his girlfriend Anita Wood and friends who often accompanied him to Fadal's house for moments of leisure.

In one of these meetings, in the last days of his stay in Texas, shortly before returning to Memphis to then go to Nashville to record new songs, Elvis took Anita to a birthday party at Fadal's house. Eddie then turned on his recorder and recorded one of the greatest moments in the singer's amateur recording history during his time in the Army. In it you can hear the King of Rock singing and playing the piano with his friends in more than 40 minutes of non-stop music.

Such a gem would be hidden from the world for a long time until it was released on an LP under the title "Forever Young, Forever Beautiful" by the bootleg label Memphis Flash, in 1978. The record was very successful in the US and attracted international fans, since the release of unknown recordings of Elvis were really rare in that period. Over time, it would become a collector's gem.

The album contains the following tracks:

SIDE A
1. Dialogue
2. I Understand Just How You Feel
3. Dialogue
4. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
5. Dialogue
6. I Can't Help it
7. Dialogue
8. Who's Sorry Now
9. Dialogue
10. Who's Sorry Now (Reprise)
11. Dialogue
12. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise)
SIDE B
1. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 2)
2. Dialogue
3. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 3)
4. Dialogue
5. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 4)
6. Dialogue
7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 5)
8. Dialogue
9. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 6)
10. Dialogue
11. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds
12. Don't You Know I Love You?
13. Dialogue
14. Tomorrow Night
15. Dialogue
16. Little Darlin'
17. Dialogue
18. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
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OTHER VERSIONS

Title:
Home Made Recordings
Label:
TCB Records [TCB/R CD 58789]
Format:
CD
Number of tracks:
17
Running time:
41:00
Type of album:
Home recording
Linked to:
Unofficial discography
Year:
1992
Recorded:
May 17, 1958
Released:
1992
Singles:
---

In CD this responsibility was taken over by the bootleg label TCB Records in 1992, under the title "Home Made Recordings", although the audio quality left much to be desired.

The CD contains the following tracks:

EDDIE FADAL'S RESIDENCE - MAY 17, 1958
1. Dialogue
2. I Understand Just How You Feel / Dialogue
3. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby / Dialogue
4. I Can't Help it / Dialogue
5. Who's Sorry Now / Dialogue
6. Who's Sorry Now (Reprise) / Dialogue
7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise)
8. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 2) / Dialogue
9. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 3) / Dialogue
10. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 4) / Dialogue
11. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 5) / Dialogue
12. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 6) / Dialogue
13. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds
14. Don't You Know I Love You? / Dialogue
15. Tomorrow Night / Dialogue
16. Little Darlin' / Dialogue
17. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
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Title:
Off-Duty With Private Presley
Label:
MRS [MRS30065859]
Format:
Book + CD
Number of tracks:
35
Running time:
61:00
Type of album:
Home recording
Linked to:
Semi-official discography
Year:
2009
Recorded:
May / June 1958 / April 1959
Released:
January 22, 2009
Singles:
---

Over the years, the material has been reworked several times and even remastered. The last release to feature audio from this occasion was MRS' "Off-Dutty With Private Presley" in 2009.

The CD contains the following tracks:

JUNE 1958 MASTERS
1. A Big Hunk O' Love
2. I Need Your Love Tonight
3. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I
4. I Got Stung 
EDDIE FADAL'A RESIDENCE - MAY 17, 1958
5. Sail Along Silvery Moon / I Understand Just How I Feel
6. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
7. Dialogue
8. I Can't Help it
9. Dialogue
10. Who's Sorry Now
11. Who's Sorry Now (Reprise)
12. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise)
13. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 2)
14. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 3)
15. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 4)
16. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 5)
17. Dialogue
18. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds / Blue Moon / Don't You Know I Love You?
19. Tomorrow Night 
20. Tomorrow Night (Reprise)
21. Little Darlin'
22. Monologue
23. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
BONUS
24 Elvis Arrival in Germany - Ray Barracks, Friedberg, 2nd October, 1958 
BAD NAUHEUM, GERMANY - APRIL 1959
25. At the Hop
26. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 
27. Que Sera, Sera / Hound Dog
28. I Asked the Lord
29. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Fast Unedited Version)
30. Apron Strings (Unedited version)
31. The Titles Will Tell 
32. At the Hop (Reprise) / Give Me Oil in My Lamp
33. Que Sera, Sera (Reprise)/ Hound Dog (Reprise)
34. Piano Solo
35. Send Me Some Lovin'
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RECORDING SESSIONS

Date:
May 17, 1958

Studio:
Eddie Fadal's Residence

Location:
Waco, Texas

Musicians:
Voice: Elvis Presley, Anita Wood, Eddie Fadal
Piano: Elvis Presley


MAY 17, 1958
                            Sail Along Silvery Moon / I Understand Just How You Feel
                            Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
                            Dialogue
                            I Can't Help it
                            Dialogue
                            Who's Sorry Now
                            Who's Sorry Now (Reprise)
                            Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise)
                            Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 2)
                            Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 3)
                            Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 4)
                            Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (Reprise 5)
                            Dialogue
                            Tumblin' Tumbleweeds / Blue Moon / Don't You Know I Love You?
                            Tomorrow Night 
                            Tomorrow Night (Reprise)
                            Little Darlin'
                            Monologue
                            Just a Closer Walk With Thee
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