In a continues series of re-releases BMG decided to re-release the Camden release “Almost In Love”. Did they stick to the original?
The cover has a big sticker claiming “original artwork”. When we compared it to our vinyl copy of this album we saw a different back cover. To keep it original, BMG could have decided to use the original cover, including the advertisement of other Camden releases for other artists, on the back side of the booklet to keep as close as possible to the original release. The same could be said for the inside of the booklet, in stead of two empty pages, why not print the original inner sleeve of the album with an overview of Elvis’ catalogue (at that time)?
The Camden releases always were a strange series. The song selection was very much different from the RCA (re) releases and an album would sometimes it contained a different take.
Occasionally something went wrong. This album has "Stay Away Joe" listed as track 10, but the actual song on the CD is ''Stay Away''. That was a mistake in the old days and later issues of the Camden LP actually corrected this by including "Stay Away", and so does this CD. How could this happen, why not have the people in charge of the Elvis catalogue check this? Let’s just say SONY / BMG decided to keep close to the original release for the cover :-)
As for the songs themselves, this compilation is actually a nice mixed bag with one with some good tracks. It contains the originals of the remix hits “Rubberneckin’” and “A Little Less Conversation” and the up-beat “Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)”. But it also contains more theatrical songs line “Edge Of Reality” and “Charro”. These songs have a totally different sound and feel. Add to this a ballad like “Almost In Love” and the bluesy “Clean Up Your Own Back Yard” and the mixed bag is complete.
The audio on this CD is very good. All tracks have been remastered (according to the sticker on the front), but since there are no liner notes we don’t know which technique was used.
Finally this original album release is available for all fans who want to complete Elvis original catalogue. A nice mixed bag to play again.