Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley recorded Tomorrow Is A Long Tome on May 26, 1966 during a session for his album How Great Thou Art. The song originally appeared as a bonus track on the Spinout movie soundtrack album. Dylan once said that Presley's cover of the song was "the one recording I treasure the most." According to Ernst Jorgensen's' book Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions, Presley first heard the song via Charlie McCoy, who had previously participated in the Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde sessions. McCoy played the 1965 Odetta album Odetta Sings Dylan before an Elvis session and Presley "had become taken with 'Tomorrow Is A Long Time.'"

It is often assumed that Dylan wrote "Went to See the Gypsy" after meeting Elvis Presley, as the song mentions visiting with a mysterious and important man in a hotel. The song also contains the line, "A pretty dancing girl was there, and she began to shout... 'He did it in Las Vegas, and he can do it here.'" This lyric was seen by some as a reference to Elvis' record-breaking run of performances in Las Vegas (his series of concerts at the International Hotel commenced on July 31, 1969). The meeting described in the song may have been purely imaginary, however, as Dylan clarified in a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone's Douglas Brinkley: "I never met Elvis, because I didn't want to meet Elvis... I know The Beatles went to see him, and he just played with their heads." In the same interview, Dylan expanded upon his imagined mythical image of the singer: "Elvis was truly some sort of American king. Two or three times we were up in Hollywood, and he had sent some of the Memphis Mafia down to where we were to bring us up to see Elvis. But none of us went... I don't know if I would have wanted to see Elvis like that. I wanted to see the powerful mystical Elvis that had crash-landed from a burning star onto American soil." In the final lines of the song, Dylan makes mention of a "little Minnesota town," a rare reference to his own childhood in Hibbing.

 



Don't Think Twice, It's All Right: Studio jam recorded in Nashville on 5/16/1971
Elvis  (a.k.a.: the Fool album)

Elvis (a.k.a.: the Fool album)

1973 - LP / 1994 - CD

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (2:42 edit)

Our Memories of Elvis Volume 2: More of the Pure Elvis Sound

Our Memories of Elvis Volume 2: More of the Pure Elvis Sound

1979 - LP compilation

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (8:36 edit)

 

 

Spinout  [soundtrack]

Spinout [soundtrack]

1967 LP

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

1999 - CD compilation

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

So High

So High

2004 - CD compilation

Tomorrow Is A Long Time (alternate take #2)

Platinum: A Life In Music

Platinum: A Life In Music

1997 - 4xCD compilation

Blowin' In The Wind (1966 informal home recording)

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters

1995 - 5xCD compilation

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (4:00 edit of studio jam - see above)
I Shall Be Released (0:48 partial; from studio soundcheck, 5/20/1971)

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