rebooked at the international -in - depth review The deluxe 4CD set released by the new Backdraft label is supposedly the ultimate January / February 1970 engagement package. While RCA have given us ‘On Stage’ in various forms and FTD also released the December 15th Midnight Show on ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and rehearsals, no one has given us the complete package including 13 unreleased RCA tracks, along with a very stylish 100-page book to go with it.
the complete louisiana hayride archives 1954-1956 review MRS promised a CD featuring 29 tracks all of which had been re-mastered using the most sophisticated non commercial technology. It includes restored and more complete versions of many of the Louisiana Hayride songs than ever before.
young man with the big beat Released to coincide with the 55th anniversary celebration of Elvis' national break-through year, 'Young Man with the Big Beat' is a 5-disc box set in a retro format containing all of the 1956 RCA Masters including the complete albums 'Elvis Presley' (#1254) and the second 'Elvis' (#1382). It also includes a previously-unreleased live show, outtakes and rare interviews with the Elvis along with an 84-page book with a day-by-day chronology plus assorted photos and memorabilia.
Back in March 1956 an RCA promotional poster billed Elvis Presley as a "Young Man with the Big Beat". There is no doubt that the billboard’s designers would have had no idea what an impact that BIG BEAT would have on future generations, shaking the very ground of the until now easy-listening entertainment world.
Can this new box-set really capture everything that Elvis achieved in this great Rock'n'Roll elvis foreveryone
mrs g.i blues - cafe europa sessions A 4-CD set plus 100-page book MRS containing nearly 4 hours of Elvis’ officially UNRELEASED studio takes from the ‘Café Europa’ sessions, recorded for the movie ultimately titled G.I.Blues.
bringing it all back home cd and book From Venus productions last year, a double CD/Book set of Elvis performing in Memphis. The first CD contains the matinée performance of March 16, 1974, his first live appearance in his hometown since 1961. The second CD features the only performance by Elvis at the Mid-South Coliseum on June 10th 1975. Both concerts are still NOT officially released and Venus have created a high-quality production with a delightful 132 page book full of great photographs and text. The notes say that the source used was the "first generation soundboard tapes" and it sure sounds like it! Both concerts are in great quality and deserve to be released by FTD!
As we head into 2011 EIN looks back to check out a few favourite releases from last year.
the complete elvis presley masters in depth "The Complete Elvis Presley Masters" 30 CD box-set collection has to be the ultimate deluxe Elvis collectors’ set, combining a massive 240-page book and every Elvis Master recording presented in one huge presentation case. The fact is that it also Sold Out before being despatched and so hardly needs a review. Plus it is damn expensive and well out of the range of most fans! Costing US$750 in the USA - plus for anyone overseas a hefty delivery charge. However it is good to hear that the popularity of the signed & numbered first run of 1000 copies has inspired SONY to produce a second edition early next year.
viva elvis cd EIN contributor Brian Quinn was one of the very first to hear the new Elvis album 'VIVA ELVIS'. He totally agrees with the EPE/Sony publicity, describing the CD as PHENOMENAL and with an AMAZING sound. Truly a listening and emotional experience and genuinely revolutionary in concept - which should give it an excellent chance for a Grammy Award next year.
elvis presley electro cover compilation meets korg ds-10
(Gerule, Japan, 2010, BRGA-0032, Running Time: 43’ 02”
Are you tired of listening to the same old Elvis recordings released for the umpteenth time or being sucked in by some lame remix version?
If yes, then this latest album release may just be the revitalising tonic you are looking for!
Elvis Presley Electro Cover Compilation is a contemporary electro mix of house, dance floor and ‘nue vogue’ pop sensibility with neat twists of retro lounge and swing which will challenge even the most progressive, musically aware fan elvis foreveryone
off duty with private presley book /cd 'Off Duty with Private Presley' is released by the Memphis Recording Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s discharge from the army in 1960. The 100-page book includes many rare and stunning photographs,many of which are unreleased and seen here for the first time. The accompanying CD contains recordings made during Elvis’ time off duty whilst in the army, including classics such as 'A Big Hunk O’ Love' and 'A Fool Such As I'. It also features 30 Unreleased tracks privately recorded by Elvis while stationed in the US and Germany. These recordings are released officially for the first time to the public elvis foreveryone
50 australian top ten hits 1956-1977 (cd )Sony Music Australia recently released an Aussie Top Ten hits compile.
EIN finds that should have been a special release turns out to be flawed in several important ways and not surprisingly the album is slipping quickly down the charts! (Feb 2010)
elvis 75 good rockin tonight cd Is this set really as good as the critics say??
In a searching 4,000 word review, EIN's Nigel Patterson gives you the detailed lowdown on Sony's 4CD box set release commemorating what would have been Elvis' 75th birthday.
From the 100 tracks and Vic Anesini's remastering, to Billy Altman's essay and a number of illuminating sidebars, you will discover all you need to know about Elvis 75 Good Rockin' Tonight.
EIN's review also incorporates the full track listing and the 13 key tracks identified by music journalist, Robert Hilburn, that best illustrate Elvis's artistic progression.
tupelo welcome elvis presley home cd-book A special Collectors Edition CD/Book from MRS which features Elvis' two historic Tupelo concerts from 26th September 1956. It includes scene-setting interviews plus a 40-page hardback glossy book packed with rare photographs and new information on the recording of the concerts by radio engineer Ron Brandon.
If you have never heard these historic recordings before, they are a great insight into the excitement of Elvis performing live in 1956 and in front of a large crowd.
Music Review: Elvis Presley - Elvis 75: Good Rockin'
Tonight:Elvis Presley would have turned 75 on January 8, 2010. In celebration of that event the RCA label, through their Legacy Series, has issued a four-CD, 100-track box set.
Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight may not contain any huge surprises nor has it unearthed any new material that had been hidden away, but what it does do it does well. It gathers all of his number one hits, some other well known material, live performances, and a few cuts that do not surface very often, assembling them in chronological order to present a nice history of his music. Everything has been digitally remastered which has given it a crystal-clear sound. In addition there is an 80-page booklet which includes a 7,000-word essay by Billy Altman, rare photos, and copious information on every track.
In the mid-fifties Elvis combined country rockabilly with black southern rhythm & blues, which coalesced into rock ‘n’ roll. When you add in his personal charisma you have an artist who emerged as a cultural phenomenon and changed the course of American music. From 1955-1977 he would record over 700 tracks and solidify his reputation as The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Disc one covers his rise to fame; 1953-1957. The set begins with his 1953 recording of “My Happiness” which was a present for his mother and well worth its $4.00 investment. His mid-fifties Sun material quickly follows as songs such as “That’s All Right,” “Baby Let’s Play House,” “Blue Moon Of Kentucky,” and “Mystery Train” would jump start his career in the south and pave his way to being signed by the RCA label. By 1957 “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “All Shook Up,” “Hound Dog,” “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,” “Too Much,” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” and “Don’t” had all topped the singles charts in the United States and made him a star.
Disc two is the strongest from beginning to end as it culls the best of his 1958-1962 material. Tracks such as “Stuck On You,” “It’s Now Or Never,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” and “Return To Sender” are interspersed with some lesser known material including “Thrill Of Your Love,” “Doin’ The Best I Can,” “I Feel So Bad,” and “Pocketful Of Rainbows.”
Disc three, 1963-1969, wisely avoids most of his soundtrack material and concentrates on the series of strong singles that he issued during this period of his career. “Guitar Man,” “U.S. Male,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and “Kentucky Rain” may not have reached the top of the charts but they remain some of the best songs in his catalogue. “Viva Las Vegas,” “How Great Thou Art” and perennial favorites “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds” serve to enhance this disc.
The fourth disc, 1970-1977, is the weakest as it presents material from the last part of his career, which is hit or miss. The live material just does not measure up and while “Way Down,” “Burning Love,” and “Promised Land” may be listenable, overall this is the disc I will return too least often. elvis foreveryone
dayton reloaded stunning Saturday morning and the doorbell rings. To my surprise it is the latest International/DAE collaboration, Dayton Reloaded (released on the Boxcar label).
Quite simply this is a stunning release with excellent book and audio elements!!
What marks Dayton Reloaded as being particularly memorable is its potent audio-visual and narrative record of an artist, while struggling with his life and career, still being able to connect with and lift in response to his (especially receptive) audience of 13,500 screaming fans.
i believe the gospel masters BMG box set "I Believe – The Gospel Masters" is a BMG 4CD repackage of (nearly) all of Elvis’ Gospel and Inspirational Master recordings. While true Elvis fans will have bought most of these all-important recordings several times before, BMG promises the best-quality remastered Studio Sessions, along with an interesting final CD of other inspirational material. EIN's Piers Beagley spends a week soaking in Elvis' glorious spirit as he sings for salvation and escape. He discovers a few surprises on the way and considers whether BMG has delivered a value-for money quality box-set for 2009.
|the complete 68 comeback special cd set 4 cds For the 40th Anniversary BMG/SONY release a 4CD "Complete '68 Comeback Special" to the general public. Hard-core Elvis fans have been overly dismissive, pointing out that we have all bought the same product previously. But is this true? Here we not only get the ORIGINAL Album version (The 'Memories' set was a very different compilation) but also something refreshing about the way this new set has been compiled. The second CD itself cleverly leads us from Elvis jamming with the boys on his very first release 'That's All Right' through a fabulous revitalisation of his classic songs all the way to the stunning 'If I Can Dream'which would be his newest single. EIN's Piers Beagley spends a while with Elvis in his gorgeous leather suit. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
back with a bang cd This Midnight concert from Friday March 22nd has always been a fan favourite and is one of Elvis’ best Vegas concerts from 1975. Originally released by Fort Baxter on their ‘A Profile Vol.2’ box-set it was the best concert in the series. Now 12 years later it is upgraded and re-released by the Audionics/Fort Baxter team. 1975 was the last time that Elvis made any major changes to his repertoire and the new additions created a fascinating concert, as well as keeping it fresh for Elvis and the band. Elvis’ mood and health had improved, perhaps due to the new presence of girlfriend Sheila Ryan - Elvis was indeed "Back With A Bang!" ELVIS FOREVERYONE
HIGH VOLTAGE -BIRMINGHAM 1976 CD There can be no doubt that Elvis' 29th December concert in Birmingham, Alabama in 1976 was one of his best concerts in a long while, on a par with his legendary New Year's Eve concert of 2 days later. The original bootleg ‘Burning In Birmingham’ was always a favourite among collectors but contained a lot of background audio hiss and the sound was pretty flat - especially compared to Elvis’ dynamic performance on the night. This new release however is not only in stereo but is now presented with a stylish 16-page booklet full of classic photographs from the concert itself. In ELVIS FOREVERYONE
|ELVIS VIVA LAS VEGAS'S BMG CD While BMG’s 'The King' was the key focus of this year's BMG Elvis marketing blitz, the real highlight for true fans of The King had to be this fantastic double CD. From the concert opening, "Well, It's One for the money, Two for the show" through to the smart finale of "Well, I gotta go.." Elvis sings his heart out to a fine set-list, displaying a real enthusiasm for his oldies as well as showing off his new material. As a double package featuring a brand new 1969 concert with Elvis at his most energetic, along with a superb selection of greatest live hits in pristine audio quality - Who could ask for more 30 years down the track? EIN's Piers Beagley cranks it up, rocks with The King and discovers exactly why every Elvis fan must buy this CD. ELVIS FOREVERYONE GREAT CD|
|THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS PRESLEY CD: Released by BMG/SONY at the start of 2007 in order to add Elvis to Sony's "Essential" artist series. With the overall packaging, sleeve notes, good photos and the "a little different" track selection 'The Essential Elvis Presley' can be rated as a fine companion to their series. The audio sparkles and the CDs present a good, if brief, look at Elvis’ musical legacy. However as always there is more to consider and wonder about when it comes to marketing Elvis' greatest hits. ELVIS PRESLEY|
|THE KING CD Released by BMG/SONY as their 30th Anniversary Elvis "key" marketing release , one would have hoped that some thought and inspiration could have been used by their Project Directors. But why bother? - Of course, due to the timing and marketing ‘The King’ became an international number One – and so why should fans complain? As always there is more to consider and wonder about when it comes to marketing Elvis' greatest hits - and you get the feeling that BMG/SONY will be laughing all the way to the bank with this one. EIN's Piers Beagley investigates. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
VIVA LAS VEGAS, CD #2 (Sony/BMG 2007): Crister Berge from Sweden offers EIN readers his take on the "live" album which forms one disc of the Viva Las Vegas release:
In one word Cris says: Sensational!
THE AMERICAN WAY VOL5 GOIN HOME TO MEMPHIS CDLast week EIN received a test pressing of 'The American Way Vol.5: Goin' Home To Memphis' the final instalment in this great series from the Southern Comfort label. Elvis' 1969 ‘American Studio’ sessions are featured in the first half of the CD and include some fabulous and unknown"Rough Mixes". We also get to hear Elvis Live in 1970, while the amazingly rare outakes of the 1968 'Goin Home' sessions fill the CD up to the brim. To be honest my house has been rockin' with the funk all week - and I have also been laughin' my *** off. Does an Elvis reviewer's life get any more fun than this! Although this is not the absolute final product, please enjoy our special Sneak Preview. Make sure you don't miss out. ELVIS FOREVERYONE
"Elvis At The Movies" capsule review: has issued its review of the latest Sony BMG Elvis release. It says (12 July 2007):
The latest double album release from Sony BMG offers nothing new but pleases with its strong sound quality. With 40 tracks, it features a largely different song line up than on last year's 'Elvis Movies' album. The mastering by Vic Anesini is a real strength as both Elvis' vocal and backing are crystal clear. Pump up the volume and enjoy!
THE COMPLETE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CD To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, RCA re-releases 'The Complete Million Dollar Quartet.'
Here at last we have the missing 12 minutes, along with the songs being in the correct order and with audio restoration by expert Kevan Budd. On December 4th 2006 EIN's Piers Beagley re-examined this holy day of rock 'n' roll. Is there really all that much to get excited about? - Damn right there is!
ELVIS R&B CD EIN's Piers Beagley took time out from his overseas holiday to delve inside the aural delights of one of the latest Elvis releases from Sony BMG. Yet another compilation CD with upgraded sound, Piers found it has a surprising appeal. ELVIS FOREVERYONE
ELVIS LIVE CD Although aimed at the General Public, this could be a very fine compilation for all Elvis fans. Including the magnificent 'In Person' version of 'Suspicious Minds', as well as a hardly-played 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' this is a clever selection which also features upgraded audio. Can this mid-price genre CD really be that good? EIN's Piers Beagley explores. ELVIS FOREVERYONE
ALMOST IN LOVE CAMDEN CD Another budget Elvis CD, short & sweet - but is it what we really want to see in the records shops? Are these new budget compiles once again diluting Elvis' back-catalogue? Is this lightweight fluff or fabulous nostalgia? Are there any hidden gems or has the wily old Colonel Parker made a comeback? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates. ELVIS FOREVERYONE
|ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING CD Every year, when August comes around, all true Elvis fans needs to reflect on what might have been - and what a great loss we feel. This CD, released by Rock Legends in 2003, perfectly captures the emotions of that surreal night in 1977, and is a very poignant & moving reminder of Elvis and his amazing effect worldwide. Here EIN plays it one more time. (Source: August 2003/2006) ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
ONE NIGHT ONLY CD Madison releases an upgraded version of an old bootleg favourite, 'The Power Of Shazam'. Showcasing Elvis' once-off performance in Boston, November 10th 1971, the concert captures Elvis in great form and enjoying the larger crowds away from the Vegas/Tahoe casinos. Live recordings of Elvis in 1971 are few & far between. Here EIN's Piers Beagley explores the concert and investigates if a 35-year old cassette recording can really sound that impressive. ELVIS FOREVERYONE
|ELVIS COUNTRY CD 'Elvis Country' is part of Sony BMG's new "genre" series. Elvis was always at his best when the lyrics reflected his own moods and this interesting selection captures the sadness, loneliness & regret he felt through his final years. Skilfully avoiding the repeat of recently released songs, if you are in the right mood then this is the best in BMG's new series. EIN pours out a “Water glass full of whiskey” and soaks in these country vibes. , April 2006) ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
ELVIS ROCK CD 'Elvis rock' is part of Sony BMG's new "genre" series. Featuring 20 of The King's classic rock recordings and mastered by Vic Anesini at Sony Studios in New York, all the "genre" releases feature DSD audio technology for optimal sound quality. EIN delves into the aural delights of 'Elvis rock' and finds The King's vocal is nice and clear on all tracks. ELVIS FOREVERYONE
|MEMHIS RECORDING SERVICE SIMPLY STUNNING BOOK AND AUDIO RELESSE Pirzada'sMemphis Recording Service delivers fans an exquisite and well balanced offering of visual, aural and narrative elements in a superbly designed fold-out package. EIN takes a detailed aural and visual trip inside one of 2005's finest Elvis releases. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
|YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL TV GUIDE SINGLE -ON UNRELEASED The TV Guide mini-CD of an unreleased version of ‘Young and Beautiful’, from the movie Jailhouse Rock, is a true delight. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
|ELVIS THE COVER UP CD This unusual release from Memory Records is a tantalising mix of high quality "audience" recordings and interviews from around August 1977 and the TV show 20/20 in 1979. An historic record recommended for anyone interested in what happened around that fateful day in August 1977. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
|ELVIS TODAY ALBUM CD Our recent posting about the July 2005 release of the updated classic album, "Elvis Today" caused a lot of interest. Ernst Jorgensen recently confirmed with EIN that CD2 will feature the Felton Jarvis produced, original Rick Ruggieri "RCA rough-mix". In this interesting article EIN’s Piers Beagley delves a little deeper into ‘Today’ to find out why it was Elvis’ final great LP and highlights some great new cover artwork from Spinout Designs. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|
|THE CONTINING STORY OF MEMORY RECORDS EIN's Piers Beagley has a listen to what is essentially a "best of audience recordings" release from Czechoslovakia's Memory Records. ELVIS FOREVERYONE|