Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony
Music Entertainment, and RCA Records will commemorate the 40th
anniversary of Elvis Presley’s last major studio sessions with the
release of a newly expanded definitive edition of Elvis Presley’s
Today (Legacy Edition) on Friday, August 7, 2015.
The 40th Anniversary Today (Legacy Edition), the last studio album
to be released during the King’s lifetime, contains the entire
original album (first released on May 7, 1975) while premiering 10
un-dubbed mixes from the sessions, providing a new intimate
listening experience. Now, for the first time on an official release,
fans can hear Elvis’s pure unvarnished performances of these songs (recorded
March 10-12, 1975), freed from the controversial “countrypolitan”
overdubs on the original 1975 release and compare them to the more
polished versions of the finished album.
Today (Legacy Edition) includes a bonus disc of rare and collectible
concert performances recorded live during May and June 1975, the
period immediately following the original release of the album.
Elvis Presley’s Today was recorded in RCA’s Studio C in Hollywood in
March 10–12, 1975, and, though no one knew it at the time, it would
be the last time Elvis would lay down tracks in a major recording
studio. Studio C marked the spot where the King had recorded his
Gold record smashes, “Burning Love” and “Separate Ways,” in 1972 and
Elvis had handpicked a remarkable repertoire for this 1975 studio
album return. Among the material chosen for the album, Elvis
selected Don McLean’s “And I Love You So” and the Pointer Sisters’ “Fairytale,”
songs he would perform in concert up until his passing in August
Today (Legacy Edition) opens with the album’s first single and Top
40 hit “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” an unadulterated full-on rocker, penned by
Jerry Chesnut (who also wrote the album’s “Woman Without Love”),
which signaled a return to raucous form for the King.
Rounding out the original Today were “Bringin’ It Back,” the album’s
second single, and covers of songs recorded by Perry Como, Billy
Swan (“I Can Help”), Faye Adams (“Shake A Hand”), the Statler
Brothers, Charlie Rich and Tom Jones (“Green, Green Grass of Home”).
The 40th Anniversary Today (Legacy Edition) is the latest in a line
of successful Legacy Edition reissues of key Elvis albums from the
1970s, among them On Stage, Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite and
Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis—plus the special collections,
Prince From Another Planet and Elvis At Stax.
The final mixing and overdubbing of the original Today, recorded
with musicians outside of Elvis’ road-tested TCB Band, would become
a point of contention between the artist and RCA. These sessions
would turn out to be Elvis’ last in a traditional recording studio.
The smattering of new recordings that would comprise his subsequent
output over the following two years would take place either live in
concert or in Elvis’ home studio at Graceland.
Originally released in 1975, Today was the last studio album from
Elvis Presley. Now, in 2015, with the release of the 40th
Anniversary Today (Legacy Edition), fans and collectors can
experience the alternate “real” mix of the album, unadorned and true
to the spirit of the artist. (press announcement)