Elvis Country

Apr 5, 2006
Elvis Country
Released by SONY/BMG in a series of six themed compilations is the CD “Elvis Country”. Didn’t we already have a few of these? Design Elvis looks both the country boy with his old guitar and necklace, yet very modern with his hairdo and flashy font style. Probably a good choice from the designers to attract the casual Elvis buyer. Inside interesting liner notes on the country side of Elvis, although we believe Elvis was and did more “country” than the image these notes paint. Content With a very young Elvis on the cover and liner notes going back to the SUN era we expect a compilation with material from Elvis’ entire country catalogue, starting as early as 1955. What we do get? Songs recorded between 1969 and 1976, with a majority from 1972 and 1973. Does that make it a bad compilation? No, definitely not. Because of the selection the sound of the songs is very much the same. Just compare the difference in Elvis material by playing any fifties and any seventies song in a row. This compilation has a balanced sound. And the songs themselves? All themes that define a song as "country" are there: the tearjerker "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain", breaking up in "Release Me", looking back at better times with "Funny How Time Slips Away", looking foreward to better times "A Hundred Years From Now", plain old sentiment in "Green Grass Of Home", loneliness in "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry" and so on. All great songs sung by a man with a voice to carry these songs, adding the teardrop and sentiment these songs need. Do we get anything new? No not entirely. A lot of these DSD remasters have been taken from the previously DSD releases "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits", "Elvis 2nd To None", "Elvis By The Presley’s" and so on. So even the casual Elvis buyer who may have discovered Elvis through one of these previous releases, trying to expand his collection through these themed CDs is already buying the same material we avid fans bought over and over again. Conclusion We want to describe these releases as "old wine in new bottles", but old wine can taste very well.
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untamedhawk (profilecontact) wrote on May 13, 2006report abuse
It won't be long before they won't be able to give this stuff away, then we'll all accidentally pass up a CD they throw at us unexpected that will be great (But I won't hold my breathe for that to happen anytime soon). Sign the petition below TELLING R C A "We're Tired". 1.Hawk Prather 2. 3. 4. 50,0000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong!
Gladyslove (profilecontact) wrote on May 11, 2006report abuse
A beautiful photo destroyed by the yellow (!?) colour. The songlist is o.k. Ernst what the heck you are doing, you can make it better !
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on May 8, 2006report abuse
Coming on the heels of nice 2-CD country compilation in the '90s (still in some stores), plus the 1996 (and 2002 DSD remaster) of "Country Songs" (which is already still in many stores), this is a totally unnecessary disc. Even the cover is out of synch with the musical era. Along with "Country, "Rock," and "Inspirational," the so-called "genre" set is further proof that RCA/Sony/BMG is fully exploiting Elvis' rich catalog in the worst sense of the word, caring little about the original albums as they shamelessly shill "new" product. What a waste. They need to being respecting his key original albums and stop flogging his artistry. This indeed is old wine in new bottles. What's in it for us, maybe "DSD sound that only a dog could tell the difference about...? They're really lost their way in the last couple of years at BMG...
Gladyslove (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2006report abuse
See my comment on the Elvis rocks Cd thread

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