Years after Elvis Presley died in 1977, he remains one of the most popular music artists of all time. Fans of all ages continue to play his classic songs like “Hound Dog” and “Don’t be Cruel”, knowing such songs are all that Elvis left behind.
But it turns out that’s not the case. On Thursday (June 16), RCA Records and Legacy Recordings issued a press release announcing the upcoming release of a new Elvis album called Way Down in the Jungle Room. The 2-CD collection will include a total of 33 tracks, all of which are recordings from Elvis’ final studio sessions.
All of the tracks on the album were recorded during two sessions in Elvis’ Graceland recording studio, known as the “Jungle Room”. The album features a disc of master recordings, ten of which first appeared on From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee. Other tracks were included on Elvis’ final studio album, Moody Blue.
The second disc features rare outtakes that were recorded during Elvis’ final studio sessions. Dialogue is also included in these outtake recordings, which are meant to give listeners a “fly-on-the-wall experience of what the sessions were like.“
Elvis’ official Facebook page also shared the news about the new album, and posted a short video with a preview of what fans can expect. During his final recording sessions, Elvis surrounded himself with only the best musicians there were. In the clip shared by his Facebook page, some of those musicians are seen returning to the “Jungle Room” for the first time in decades.
Way Down in the Jungle Room is set for release on August 5. In addition to the CD collection, the recordings will also be available on vinyl and in a digital format.
You can watch the preview video about the album below. Are you just as excited for it as we are?