I am not thrilled by the last few releases by the BMG strategic marketing department. We have all of Elvis' USA singles being released (similar to last years UK singles) with no different material or bonus material on them.
Since the high of 2002 when A Little Less Conversation and 30 No1s dominated there has been a massive decline in the quality of the products being released. Love, Elvis, Elvis By The Presley’s were very poor with many songs being repeated from 30 No1s and 2nd to None (If I can Dream, Always On My Mind, Heartbreak Hotel etc) and to add insult to injury, the long awaited third in the series (as was promised in the sleeve notes of 30 No1s was Hitstory. This album not only nicked Michael Jackson's previous Greatest Hits Collection title it included both 30No1s and 2nd To None - and there was no single remix. Total rip off.
Conversation and Rubberneckin' were excellent choices. Good songs (but little known outside of Elvis fandom) that could be remixed and presented to a new audience as "new" material. Ok Rubberneckin' had poorer sales than Conversation (as did 2nd to None to 30 No1s) but this was the way to go, instead of regurgitating the same songs again and again. Is it not time for an album of remixes? Think of all the songs that could be available for remixes that are little known to the General public Edge of Reality, Change Of Habit, Long Legged Girl, Hi Heel Sneakers, Big Boss Man the list goes on.
It is not good enough to be a blind fan who religiously buys whatever BMG sees fit to foist on us. It is time for a fresh approach. This also includes a new On Tour film (as done with that's the way it Is) by using unseen footage (only available in bootlegs) and giving us a "new" documentary.
And I won't even go in to Elvis In Concert (1977) that we repeatedly as for. "Oh Elvis was not at his best" yes we know he was fat then, we know he was ill and so does everyone else. It's hardly going to send shock waves round the world is it? Get it released and stop messing about. I have it on DVD and although not great there are many fine moments. BMG and EPE should give fans what they ask for not what THEY think they want.
I will not be buying any of the US singles and sticking a unique number on it is not going to persuade me that it is a MUST for Elvis fans everywhere. I want something fresh and new to get excited about. After years of loyal Elvis devotion I (and others) deserve better. But that is just my opinion.