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A selection of rare cassettes and studio reels featuring various unreleased and alternate  Ellis/Orion audio and video recordings. Most of the items pictured are in the hands of private collectors.

Demo session.
Original tape from a November 1979 demo session at Jam Records, Hapeville, Georgia.
Contains never before heard outtakes and the unreleased song One Night Of Love.
Songs included: Midnight Rendezvous; Old Mexico; Maybe Tomorrow; One Night Of Love.
Unreleased Orion live recordings.
Two cassette tapes containing live recordings from several venues. Includes the rarely performed song A Good Good Woman
DAT tape.
Features the unreleased SURPRISE album. Original reel is damaged making this the only existing master. Also includes the BY REQUEST ELLIS SINGS ELVIS album. In the hands of a private collector.
Outtakes tape.
Cassette tape featuring studio outtakes from the album THE LEGEND CONTINUES.
Contains: Treat Me Nice; That's The Thing About Love; Slow Hand; Feel Right; At This Moment; Nothing Short Of Dying; Since I Met You Baby; Tips Of My Fingers; It Only Hurts Me When I Cry; Love Is In The Air.
Southern Tracks rough demo tape.
Features for songs: I Need You In My Life; Lay Around And Love On You; Dream On You; The Way My Dog Loves Me.
Tony Lawrence master recording.
Studio master reel featuring the songs: I Do; Freeze Up and Still In Love With Billy. Recorded for the Tony Lawrence Management organisation.
Unreleased Orion cassette tape.
Songs include: Joy To The World; Little Town Of Bethlehem; The Closer He more. (All studio tracks).
Stand By Me; Something About You Baby I Like; Memphis Sun; Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain; On The Road Again; Love Is In The Air; more. (All live recordings).
Lonesome Angel (Alternate take); Movin' On; Out Of Reach; Introduction To The Other Side Of You; I'm Paying Now; Beggin' To You; Midnight Rendezvous (alternate take); Maybe Tomorrow (Possible alternate take); My Baby's Out Of Sight....and many others. (All studio recordings).
Concert recording from Lewisburg, Tennessee, 1982.
Songs include: Women Know How To Carry On; Always On My Mind; On The Road Again; Midnight Rendezvous; Slow Hand; A Woman's Touch....and more.
Also includes the X-Rated version of There You Go.
Jimmy Ellis' personal copy of concert cassette.
Recorded 29th. October 1983 from the audience.
Songs include: Women Know How To Carry On; Always On My Mind; How Can I Love Her So Much; A Woman's Touch; Slow Hand; A Lady Down On Love....and many others.
Orion studio material
Early studio songs on a cassette tape direct from Jimmy's office.
Contains: Words Are All I Have; Going To California (Extended version); Driving Me To Someone Else's Arms; Loving You Is The Most Natural Thing; Circle On Your Finger; Days Of Autumn Gold; Ailene; Promised Land; Anna Jones; The Tender Side Of Me; If My Lonely Tears Could Speak; I Know I Can, I Did Today; It's You Again (Alternate take); Sit Around And Remember You.
Master tape.
Master cassette tape from Stargem Studio.
Features two songs: Saving Up My Pennies; Starting Over.
Orion session tape 1981
Original cassette tape that was present in the studio when Orion recorded the songs in September/October 1981. Recorded by drummer Matt Clark's father and remained in his posession until a few years ago. Features alternate takes; studio chat, count ins and all undubbed versions.
Tracks: Honky Tonk Heaven; Strangers Til' We Touch (Alternate take); This Is A Hold Up; Love Is In The Air; Two Loving Shadows; Whatever It Takes; Sing Me Like You Sing Your Songs; This Is A Hold Up Baby.
Boblo reel.
Open reel tape containing tracks recorded at Boblo studio. Possibly containing alternate recordings. Includes Tupelo Woman.
Video master.
Television video master tape featuring footage of Orion in concert in Atlanta, 20th. May 1980.
Studio Master
Studio master tape possibly for the cassette tape release Mr.E. Contains: Hurt; Burning Love; My Way; Moody Blue; Kentucky Rain; Return To Sender.
Live At Lyons, Georgia 1979.
Two live concerts from 6th. October 1979. First show features 12 tracks including: Lover Please; Got You On My Mind; Bitter They Are; I Can Help; Washing Machine; You Gave Me A Mountain.
Show 2 is incomplete with 10 tracks, including: Let's Go Jukin'; Blue Bayou; Before The Next Teardrop Falls; You Needed Me; Blue Suede Shoes.
Live In Selma, Alabama
Two cassette tapes in fair sound featuring Jimmy performing a benefit show for Meadowview School in his home town with his parents present.
Cassette one features 12 songs including: Love Is In The Air; Leona; A Woman's Touch; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Dixie Road; Hello Mary Lou; I Just Called To Say I Love You.
Cassette two has 17 tracks, including: Seven Spanish Angels; Let It Roll; City Of New Orleans; Love Me Tender; To All The Girls I've Loved Before; Feel Right; Old Time Rock; An American Trilogy.
Rare 1977 promo reel.
Open reel tape withtwo soundboard songs recorded in 1977 in brilliant sound. Features: C.C. Rider and Are You Lonesome Tonight.
Unreleased concert from Arkansas, 24th. May, 1986.
Audience recording featuring a different concert than one in circulation amongst collectors.
Includes: Restless; Run Fool Run; Texas Tea; Back On The Street; She Thinks I Still Care; Love Me; Teddy Bear; My Way.
Chesapeake, October 1988.
Cassette featuring four unreleased concerts.
Show one includes: Promised Land; Hello Mary Lou; I Tell It Like It Used To Be; Trouble; Little Sister; All Shook Up and seven others.
Show two has 17 songs including: Honky Tonk Heaven; Back On The Street; Texas Tea; Pledging My Love; How Great Thou Art; If I Can Dream; My Way.
Show three includes: Promised Land; Hello Mary lou; Never Too Old To Rock'n'Roll; Save The Last Dance For Me; Trouble; Little Sister. 13 songs.
Show four features 17 tracks, including: Honky Tonk Heaven; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Texas Tea; Lawdy Miss Clawdy; Teddy Bear; Burning Love.
Hilton Hotel, Memphis, August 14th. 1988 Soundboard recording.
Cassette recording containing 22 minutes of the show in glorious sound.
Features ten tracks, including: Are You Lonesome Tonight; Promised Land; Burning Love; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me.
Boblo Master Reel
Master reel from Boblo Recording Studio containing one track.
Open reel tape, recording date not known but probably 1976/77. Features an X-rated version of the song There You Go.
24 Track professional reel.
Original 1983 studio master reel straight from the studio. One of a kind item.
Features three songs: Rock It Billy; Out Of The Blue; Run Fool Run.
Live At the Elks Club, Brunswick, 27th. September 1986.
Cassette featuring two unreleased concerts.
Show one features 14 tracks, including: Save The Last Dance For Me; Sweet Little Sixteen; A woman's Touch; Feel Right; Got My Mojo Working (Medley); Texas Tea; Mona Lisa's Lost Her Smile; Hurt.
Show two has 13 tracks, including: Promised Land; Old Pipeliner; Dixie Road; Crazy Arms; Trouble; Love Me; The Impossible Dream; Old Time Rock; Are You Lonesome Tonight; My Way.
Winnepaukauka, Rossville, Georgia
Concert recorded in Winnepaukauka, Rossville, Georgia on 27th. May 1990. Side B features another concert which is undated.
Christmas Party 1992
Jimmy singing live at Christmas party, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, 12th. December 1992.
Live at the Big E
Two shows (2pm show on side A and 4pm show on side B) recorded at the Big E, Massachusetts, 16th. September 1983.
Local Radio Interview 1978
Eighteen minute interview on local radio from 5th. June 1978.
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