We've reached volume 12 in this series, did we reach the bottom of the barrel too?
Volume 12 in this series continues the plain white design of the previous rip-off editions. Only the Madison volumes in this series come with a booklet.
Like the previous rip-off editions in this series this volume copied out-takes, live performances and alternate takes from existing releases. For some that is a reason not to buy these releases. To others who don't own the original releases, this series offers a lot of great material since this edition brings a great collection of Elvis' better work; at least for my liking.
"Aloha Oe", "Double Trouble", "One Track Heart" and "Singing Tree" don't rank high on my play list but the nineteen other tracks do. From the opening track "A Mess Of Blues" through "I've Got A Thing About You" to "Twenty Days And Twenty Nights" and "You Asked Me To" which closes this CD I really enjoyed this compilation of out-takes. A lot of my favorite tracks with a different sound due to the use of alternate takes.
These releases offend part of the Elvis community because they are rip-off releases cashing in on other people's work. Even producers of bootlegs complain that these con-producers steal their work for a quick buck. In my opinion the latter is dangerous for us as Elvis fans, since the result may be that there won't be that many new releases with new and interesting material. On the other hand I'm a fan of the man's music and this silver disc contains a great selection ... choices choices choices ... Sometimes I'm thankful for being an editor on this site, that way I can buy a nice compilation like this volume and warn you guys not to do so because it is ruining the import world :-).
A Mess Of Blues (alt. take) / After Loving You (alt. take 2) / Aloha Oe (take 1) / Danny Boy (remix) / Double Trouble (take 1) / Gently (take 2) / Going Home (take 2) / I Need Somebody To Lean On (take 8) / I Want To Be Free (alt taje) / If That Isn't Love (spliced take) / It's Midnight (unknown take) / I've Got A Thing About You Baby (rake 14) / Make Me Know It (take 18) / My Way (master take) / Night Life (take 3) / One Track Heart (master take) / Pledging My Love (take 3) / Singing Tree (take 4) / Such An Easy Question (take 1, 2) / That Someone You'll Never Forget (alt. take) / Without Love (take 1) / You Asked Me To (take 2)