45 rpm single with attached CD in a cardboard sleeve.|
Content of the
vinyl single: Guitar Man (vocal overdub by Jerry Reed) / Help Me (vocal
overdub by The Gatlin Brothers)
The single is available in purple and yellow vinyl
In 1980 Felton Jarvis, Elvis' record producer for the last decade came
to the remarkable idea to freshen up some of Elvis' recordings. The idea
was to add total new backing tracks to Elvis' voice. This resulted in
the 1981 record release of "Guitar Man".
You hate it or you love it is probably the right thing to say about the
album. Felton was convinced Elvis would have loved it.
The title track "Guitar Man" written and first performed by Jerry Reed
was one of the tracks considered for the album. Jerry Reed was part of
the original recording by Elvis in 1967 and now Jerry Reed was back in
the studio with Felton Jarvis to work on the new album. Besides the
guitar work he also recorded a "duet" version of the song.
This version never made it to the album but it probably should have.
Felton finished the track most likely for his own pleasure or maybe it
was considered to end up on the album. We probably will never know as
Felton Jarvis sadly passed away early January 1981 even before the album
The second track on this 45RPM / CD combo is "HELP ME". The song written
by Larry Gatlin of Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.
This track was not used on the GUITAR MAN album. This track has overdubs
by the Gatlin Brothers and when you listen to it you will notice this
version was probably not finished by Felton Jarvis, this is either an
"early version" or he never go to the point of finishing it due to his
Before the album would be released the idea raised to record a so called
open-ended interview with Felton Jarvis for the radio stations. Disk
Jockeys would be able to ask a question and Felton would answer the
question that would be played from a record. The recording for this
open-ended interview would take place somewhere in the last week of
December. On December 16 1980 Jerry Flowers visited Felton to discuss
the questions and prepare the interview. Jerry Flowers recorded this
meeting as a test for the upcoming interview. The official interview
never took place as Felton Jarvis suffered a stroke on December 19.
Resulting in his death January 3rd 1981.
RCA decided to release the informal recording on a record for Radio
Stations. This complete recording is now available on this cd.