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By ElvisNews.com / KeesOct 14, 2007
Released by Legacy Recordings is the five track CD “Discover Elvis”. Is it a good starting point to discover our man?

Design

How to describe the cover art of a series, which is only partly available in a physical format? The CD comes in a single cardboard format with a classic Elvis image on the cover. The physical teaser which should help you discover Elvis is followed by four digital albums with a matching design The use of titles in the design is something we see on more Elvis releases like the “Genre” releases from earlier this year and last year.

Content

The music world is changing, from a physical world to a virtual world. For CD collectors like myself it is a big change because I like to hold the music I buy in my hands. Besides the Elvis tracks already available on iTunes and other download shops and the “In The Ghetto” duet with Lisa Marie Presley which can only be bought from iTunes this release kinds of marks the release of download albums for Elvis. The first instalment can be bought in a store on an “old fashioned” CD; the other four instalments can only be downloaded as digital albums. They even come with their own cover art.

Looking at the track listing there are no surprises, it is a selection of the many titles that would fit on a “Greatest Hits” release. All tracks here come from the “Essential Elvis Presley” release from a few months back.

The bonus PC section is total bogus, I would have expected more here, but all it is is a link to the Legacy Records website where I can “discover Elvis” and download my one free track that comes with this CD. A release aimed at the new generation to discover Elvis I would expect a nice digital start with a nice digital illustrated biography. BMG has this information on the shelf from many many earlier releases.

Conclusion

As a young “old fashioned” I still prefer the physical album, like “The Essential Elvis Presley” from which most track come, but as a link to the new generation who only listen to music on their MP3 player, this is a nice start to discover Elvis, but there is so much more that these fifties and sixties tracks.

But I can't help but wondering ... what if your hard disc crashes ...

Tracks:

Discover Elvis:

Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Suspicious Minds
Fever
Kentucky Rain

Discover More:

Love Me Tender
All Shook Up
Fever
Return To Sender
I Just Can't Help Believin'

Discover Further:

Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Bossa Nova Baby
Big Boss Man

Discover Beyond:

Blue Suede Shoes
Its Now Or Never
Follow That Dream
Can't Help Falling In Love
Little Sister

The Full Discovery Package

Love Me Tender
All Shook Up
Fever
Return To Sender
I Just Can't Help Believin'
Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Bossa Nova Baby
Big Boss Man
Blue Suede Shoes
Its Now Or Never
Follow That Dream
Can't Help Falling In Love
Little Sister
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Reactions

Elvisnites (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2007report abuse
My point EspenK is that I want to walk into a "store". Not let my fingers do the walking over a keyboard. Yes, we have come out of the dark ages enough to ship cds within the US. LOL :-)
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2007report abuse
Surely there must be webshops that ships CDs from within the US?
Elvisnites (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2007report abuse
Greg, Thanks for the advise. However, when I go to Best Buy, they have the same 3 cds I already have. Target is a joke. Two weeks ago they didn't even have an Elvis cd in the store. Yes, good old Wal-Mart. I just bought several cds there I only had on albums. How nice it would be to walk in and buy an American Way cd is what I was referring to. Which I know is impossible, but thanks for the input. Maybe its just my area.
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2007report abuse
Elvisnites: I travel around the U.S. alot. Most record stores are gone, even famous chains, but things like BEST BUY and WALMART and TARGET all still carry Elvis releases, new and old.
Steve V: well said. I feel like Rip Van Winkle. Our time (really the 20th century) is truly passing. I'm happy they're bringing Elvis into the new era, but I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking "count me out."
Elvisnites (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 15, 2007report abuse
You can't go into a store in the US and get any new releases because we don't have any new releases. It's a pity Elvis is from here and is totally ignored. I know copyright issues (whatever). Now I have to go to the internet to order releases from another country (or friends in another country) and wait. Thank god someone in this world cares.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 15, 2007report abuse
yeah steve i agree with you though i didnt get top buy many records at all it was always aweseome to get a new cassette as a kid then cds as i grew up its hard to find any place to download the music you truly want
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 14, 2007report abuse
The world was much simpler when we could walk into a store and buy records and be dazzled by the artwork and smell of new vinyl. Downloads are not my thing at all.

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